50 Years Ago – June 1, 1960
Roger Penske, of Villanova, Pa., scored a clean sweep May 28 in winning the Carling 300 on the 1.9-mile Harewood Acres road course in Jarvis, Ontario, Canada. Driving a Porsche, Penske won each of the three 30-lap races and claimed the overall victory by 31 seconds based on total elapsed time.
25 Years Ago – June 5, 1985
Charlie Swartz became the first driver to win a late model feature at West Virginia Motor Speedway when he topped the All Star Circuit of Champions event on Sunday, June 2. A crowd of more 4,000 was in the stands at the new five-eighths-mile dirt track in Mineral Wells, W.Va.
Countdown To 100
In 1940, Harry McQuinn and George Barringer drove cars sponsored by Hollywood Pay Day candy bars in the Indianapolis 500.
The conservative AAA contest board took a dim view of this and ruled that the only product name allowed to appear on a car had to be used by that car in the race.
Dr. Raymond Sabourin caused a stir in the 1950s with his Chiropractic Specials. The first pro-active sponsor was Bryant Heating & Cooling. After backing some cars, it gave out awards and prizes for pre-race feats.
In 1962, its representative poured 150 silver dollars into Parnelli Jones’s helmet after he ran the first less than minute lap.
Newsmaker – Dale Inman
Dale Inman, who had been Richard Petty’s crew chief since his first race in 1958, resigned from Petty Enterprises on Feb. 18, 1981, just three days after Petty won his seventh Daytona 500.
Inman said he had accepted a new job as vice president of racing operations for Rod Osterlund Racing where he would oversee construction and preparation of the NASCAR Winston Cup cars driven by defending series champion Dale Earnhardt.
“It is time I thought about my family. I’ll be 45 in August and I’m still changing tires for Richard,” Inman said. “Richard and I talked about the whole thing. He was aware I was talking to Rod and he didn’t try to discourage me.”
Chris’s Column – August 5, 1981
“We remember the oohs and aahs that Karl Kinser’s 1,400-pound Mitchell chassis outlaw sprinter engendered a few years ago when it first appeared. Well, get ready to ooh and aah some more. This week out in California Buster Venard will test the new Don Edmunds sprint car featuring coil-over shock suspension on all four corners. The car is said to scale at 1,300 pounds — wet, that’s with water and oil.”