Torn From The Headlines – April 7, 2010

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A COLD DRINK: A.J. Foyt gets a cold drink on a pit stop during the USAC stock-car event at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in August 1968. (Chris Economaki Photo)

A COLD DRINK: A.J. Foyt gets a cold drink on a pit stop during the USAC stock-car event at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in August 1968. (Chris Economaki Photo)

50 Years Ago – April 6, 1960
Carroll Shelby’s victory in the April 3 Riverside Grand Prix at Riverside (Calif.) Int’l Raceway was marred by the death of Argentine champion Count Pedro Von Dory. Von Dory was thrown to the track when he lost control and his Porsche flipped just five laps from the checkered flag.

25 Years Ago – April 10, 1985
Dave Blaney, a 22-year-old second-generation racer from Hartford, Ohio, recorded his first World of Outlaws sprint-car victory on April 6 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. Blaney took the lead following a lap-six rain delay and never looked back, beating Jack Hewitt and Sammy Swindell in the 20-lap race.

Countdown To 100
Jules Goux won the 1913 Indianapolis 500, which was truly an endurance race on the tricky brick-covered 2.5-mile speedway.

The volatile Frenchman, who drove a Peugeot, sloshed down champagne on every pit stop during the 500-mile grind.

Still, Goux won the race by the largest margin in the history of the event, beating Spencer Wishart to the checkered flag by 13 minutes and eight seconds, though both drivers and the top-10 finishers overall finished on the lead lap in a race that took six hours and 35 minutes to complete at an average speed of 75.933 miles per hour.

Newsmaker – Bobby Isaac
Ninety laps into the Talladega 500 on Aug. 12, 1973, at Alabama Int’l Motor Speedway, 1970 NASCAR Grand National champion Bobby Isaac pulled the Bud Moore Engineering Ford into the pit area and said he had decided to quit driving.

“Something told me to quit,” said the 39-year-old driver from Catawba, N.C. “I don’t know anything else to do but abide by it.

“I don’t have anything to prove to myself or to anyone else,” Isaac added. “I know how it feels to want to drive and I know how it feels to win and lose. I know how it feels to be a champion, and now I know how it feels to quit.”

Chris’s Column – May 23, 1973
“Women’s lib suffered a serious blow at California’s Ascot Park Saturday night when actress-model-racer-juror-trophy girl Joy Wilkerson drove a sprint car during intermission and stuffed it into the second-turn crashwall, breaking the right-front wheel, suspension, front axle and her competition bra. Joy, the night’s trophy girl, was OK, but the car, already qualified for the main, was trailered post haste. … Carling Brewing will sponsor the July 8 Road Atlanta Can-Am.”