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St. Louis speed merchant Bob Wente avoided a first-lap tangle and won the 50-lap USAC midget feature Saturday night on the concrete floor of Chicago’s International Amphitheatre. Former series champion Gene Hartley was less than a second behind Wente at the checkered flag while Chuck Rodee moved up from the sixth-starting spot to claim the show money.
A.J. Foyt, the hard-driving 25-year-old from Houston, Texas, claimed the U.S. Auto Club National Championship in grand style Sunday by winning the 11th annual Bobby Ball Memorial at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix. Foyt started ninth, took the lead on lap 24 and cruised to victory on the rough track.