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OCT. 4, 1969                                          COMPETITION PRESS & AUTOWEEK                                                                                 PAGE 17

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NASCAR Grand National Championship

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             THROUGH TALLADEGA, ALA., SEPT. 14: 1 - David Pearson, 3337; 2 -
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Richard Petty, 3111; 3 - James Hylton, 3017; 4 - Neil Castles, 2799; 5 - Elmo
                                                                                                                 ;.’aw>.                                                                                                                                                                                     Langley, 2712; 6 - Bobby Isaac, 2534; 7 - John Sears, 2492; 8 - Jabe Thomas,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2424; 9 - E.J. Trivette, 2386; 10 - Wendell Scott, 2335; 11 - J.D. McDuffie,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2314; 12 - Cecil Gordon, 2286.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NASCAR Manufacturer's Championship

                                                                       *x<•:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THROUGH TALLADEGA, ALA., SEPT 14: 1 - Ford, 303; 2 - Dodge, 257; 3 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Plymouth, 70; 4 - Mercury, 51; 5 - Chevrolet, 6; 6 - Buick, 2.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       came to race at top speeds and  the future to those who did.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       refused to gear their cars just to put                                                               Although nothing has been

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on a show.                                                                                     announced by NASCAR, the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The 400-mile Grand Touring  thinking leans toward changes in
                  Richard Brickhouse averaged just over 153mph to win his first Grand National race of his career driving a brand-new Dodge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       race, won by Ken Rush in a  the method of entering a race. An
                  Daytona.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Pal Parker photo)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      year-old Camaro, did not bring out  inside source said France is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      any major tire problems for the  considering posting of a bond by a
             PDA Drivers Claim Talladega Track Unsafe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  small cars.                                                                                   he started the race.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     driver that would be refunded after

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      REFUSED TO MOUNT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NASCAR officials said there has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             However, all the fast cars in                                                           been nothing concrete develop on

           By Bob Myers                                                                                   day before the race to pull out,                                                                    Banjo Matthews, who owns                                                                 today’s 500-mile Grand National                                                               this idea as of now.

           NASCAR Editor                                                                                  although I am not surprised at the  Donnie Allison’s Ford, said “This is                                                                                                                     encountered tire problems at much                                                                    Racing fans in this virgin region

                 TALLADEGA, Ala., Sept. 14 -                                                              action they took.”                                                                            a matter of life and death. There’s                                                            slower speeds than the factory cars                                                           some 120 miles out of Atlanta and

           Big league stock car racing came to                                                                  Petty said drivers were able to                                                         no way I’d put my driver on this                                                               would have turned. “We told                                                                   some 40 from Birmingham received

           the new Alabama International                                                                  make only four or five laps on a set                                                          race track.”                                                                                   everybody we would not mount                                                                  a bonus, however.

           Speedway today but the drivers                                                                 of tires in practice. Goodyear                                                                      France felt the drivers should  tires for anyone today who planned

           didn’t.                                                                                        confirmed this. “We would be in  have geared their cars to race at                                                                                                                           to run over 190mph,” said                                                                                     RAIN CHECKS GIVEN

                 All the name drivers in NASCAR                                                           much better shape if we could have  slower speeds. “We’ve had problems  Goodyear’s Blanchard. “So far as I                                                                                                                                                                                        Rain stubs will be good for

           were missing when Richard                                                                      conducted a test here this week. We  before at nearly every race,” said  know no one exceeded that.”                                                                                                                                                                                       another race, either here or at

           Brickhouse drove a new Dodge                                                                   intended to do this with (pole  France. “Tires are always very                                                                                                                                     There is some retalitory action  Daytona International Speedway.

           Charger Daytona to victory in the                                                              sitter) Charlie Glotzbach and  significamt. But it is my conviction  from France anticipated toward the                                                                                                                                                                                           “The main concern that I’ve

           Talladega 500.                                                                                 (Ford’s) Donnie Allison, but we  that the drivers could have raced at  drivers. “I don’t want to comment  heard about the drivers pulling out

                 Members of the Professional                                                              were not able to run long enough  whatever speeds they considered  on that now,” said France. “But I  is the reaction of the fans,” said

           Drivers Assn. (PDA), headed by                                                                and finally got caught by darkness  safe. The track did not tear up as a  do want to congratulate those who  France. “I think they will leave

           Ford’s Richard Petty, withdrew                                                                 Friday,” Goodyear’s Blanchard  lot of them thought it would and  raced today.                                                                                                                                                                                                              here today favoring NASCAR.

           from the race yesterday, charging                                                             said.                                                                                          we ran a 400-mile race for Grand                                                                     “These guys saved this $6 million  They saw a splendid race. After all,

           that the sprawling 2.66-mile                                                                         Factory representatives said the                                                        Touring cars yesterday. The  racing facility, they saved the face  the fans make the sport. Their

           speedway was unsafe at racing                                                                 decision to race or not is left up the                                                         engineers say the track is safe. I  of stock car racing and they gave  consideration should be first.

           speeds.                                                                                        car owners. “Our contracts are with                                                           think they know a lot more about  the spectators (estimated at  Apparently, it wasn’t by the drivers

                 The unprecedented withdrawal                                                             the car owners,” said Ford official                                                           asphalt than I do.”                                                                           65,000) a grand show. They have a  who do owe the fans something.

           which actually threatened the                                                                 John Crowley. “It’s up to them                                                                       Petty said the drivers had no  great future in racing and those  Quitters never win and winners

           running of the race when it                                                                    whether or not to race.”                                                                      intentions of sandbagging, that they who did not race today might owe                                                                                                                        never quit.”

           happened claimed every

           factory-assisted driver except

           Brickhouse and Dodge’s Bobby                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shelby/Ford

           Isaac, who finished fourth in

           another Dodge Daytona.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Performance Dealers

                 The PDA, the first organization

           of its kind in racing and one which                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CALIFORNIA

           says its aims are for the betterment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Costa Mesa

           of the sport, made its decision not                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               John Feltier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Theodore Robins Ford
           to compete after tires began to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eureka

           blister and shread at speeds of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Merideth Kausen

           nearly 200mph.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harvey M. Harper

                     FIRESTONE WITHDRAWS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mike Rhodes

                 Firestone withdrew its tires on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chaffee Motors

           Friday, saying they were not safe.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pasadena

                 Goodyear changed compounds                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bob Swender

          three times during the week. Field                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Robert H. Loud Ford

          manager Chuck Blanchard of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Al Rivera
          Goodyear said, “We’ve done                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        S & C Motors, Inc.

          everything in our power to perfect                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        --.    **                                        Sepulveda

          a tire for this race, but we simply                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ken Gargill

          were not ready. There were so                                                                                                                                                                                         V                                                                                                                                                                                           Galpin Ford
                                                                                                                                                   •-■   .V«»'
          many unknown factors involved in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          S. Lake Tahoe

          this track and this race.”                                                                                       ............ ''" • • ■ > •" • :'"" •'              --                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ralph Graham

                Petty and the PDA members                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Shelby Ford Inc.

          asked NASCAR President Bill                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         FLORIDA

                                                                                                                                                                           . ■ ■ ■
          France to postpone the Grand                                                                                                                                           li                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maitland

          National event for 30 days until                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Al Renn

          tires could be developed and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Johnny Bolton Ford, I nc.

          improvements made to the track.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1                                                    ILLINOIS

                France refused vehemently.                                                                                                                                                    ■<• <v»«  :•<«; s"< ••'• .^x* •><                                                                                                                                                                                     Hinsdale

          “There’ll be a race .if there is                                                                                                                                                     •.v                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vince Roselli

          nobody on the track except me and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jack Loftus Ford, Inc.

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          Bobby Isaac. The race has been

          scheduled and the purse posted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MASSACHUSETTS
          Anybody who wants to race is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     John Ristuccia

          welcome. I can’t do anything about                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wilmington Ford

          those who don’t want to race,”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Worcester

          France said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bill Fisher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Harr Ford
                         ISAAC NOT INVITED
                Isaac is not a member of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Royal Oak

         PDA. The leading winner in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       John Schoenherr

         NASCAR with a dozen victories, all                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Stark Hickey Ford

         on short tracks however, said he                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        v                                                         NEW JERSEY

         was not invited to the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Garfield

         organizational meeting last month                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • • ■ • ; -.’Ay. ;.___. v_ ...  <y: .* ^>.<1 s‘;‘xv.                                                                          Steve Spak
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         in Ann Arbor, Mich.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •X. ,S >S X‘- ivi           ■-.                                                  B.J. Werner, Inc.
                “One of the leading drivers of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              POWER BY

         the group said I couldn’t be trusted                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NEW YORK
         and that’s why I wasn’t invited to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bud Cannarella

         the first meeting,” Isaac said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amerling Ford, Inc.

         “Then when they came to me and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Niagara Falls

         asked me to join I told them if I                                                                       .. .to talk high-performance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jerry Hamam

         couldn’t be trusted before, I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frontier Ford Sales Inc.

         couldn’t be now. So I didn’t join.”                                                                    see the men who know high-                                                                                                                         ' performance                                                                                                                                 Rochester

               France is convinced there is more                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul Sullivan

         behind the boycott than the tires.                                                                     The Salesmen at your area                                                           They can show you the                                                                                                                                                                                               Nagle Ford Inc.

                “I anticipated something like                                                                    Shelby/Ford dealership                                                             new Shelby GT 350 and 500                                                                                                                                                                              OHIO

         this, ” said France. “I’ve heard                                                                        are a hand picked group -                                                          and all of Ford's full                                                                              I                                                                                                          Cleveland

         rumors ever since the drivers                                                                           selected because of their                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dave Smith

         organized they were going to                                                                                                                                                               line of high performance                                                                                                                                                                                              Marshall Motor Co.

         boycott Talladega because I’m the                                                                       ability to help you buy                                                            machinery. They understand                                                                                                                                                                             PENNSYLVANIA

         president of NASCAR and of the                                                                          the right high performance                                                         your present car and                                                                                                                                                                                           Harrisburg

         new speedway.                                                                                           car for your needs                                                                can give you the best                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roger Cackovick

               “I don’t know what they seek to                                                                   and to keep it running                                                            deal at trade in time. Drop                                                                                                                                                                                            Francis-Fords Inc.

         gain because no one has told me.

         But I think drivers who have                                                                            at its optimum.                                                                    in today for a chat with                                                                                                                                                                              RHODE ISLAND

         qualified for a race owe it to the                                                                                                                                                        the salesman listed here -                                                                                                                                                                                     East Providence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dean Gregson
         promoters and to the spectators to                                                                                                                                                        See the men who know!                                                                                                                                                                                                Tasca Ford Sales, Inc.

         compete. I am indeed surprised the

         PDA would wait until the very last