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1963
 
USAC Sprint Cars
 
March 24, 29th Eastern Inaugural, Reading Fairgrounds, PA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 1; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 A. J. Foyt, TX, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63], 12’52.48”, 69.90 mph;
2 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
3 Don Branson, IL, Beletsky=Porter/Chevrolet [SP.62];
4 Allen Crowe, IL, Iddings=Meyer/Chevrolet [CH.60-B];
5 Elmer George, CA, HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60];
6 Jim McElreath, TX, Wilson/Offenhauser [SP.58].
Lap leader: Foyt, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Foyt, 24.24”, 74.25 mph.
Preliminary heats – 8 laps: Foyt, 5’25.75”, 44.20 mph; 8 laps:  George, 5’29.16”, 43.74 mph; 8 laps: Bobby Courtwright, NJ, Anfuso=Hillegass/Ford [SP.50], 3’26.48”, 69.74 mph; 10 laps: Jim Hurtubise, NY, Vargo/Offenhauser [SP.52], 4’18.42”, 69.65 mph.
Championship points: 1 Foyt, 30; 2 McCluskey, 24; 3 Branson, 21; 4 Crowe, 18; 5 George, 15; 6 McElreath, 12.
 
March 31, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 2; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Don Branson, IL, Beletsky=Porter/Chevrolet [SP.62], 13’01.67”, 69.08 mph;
2 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
3 Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60];
4 Elmer George, CA, HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60];
5 Allen Crowe, IL, Iddings=Meyer/Chevrolet [CH.60-B];
6 Jiggs Peters, NJ, Barzda/Chevrolet [SP.63].
Lap leader: Branson, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Hurtubise, 24.52”, 73.40 mph.
Preliminary heats Branson; McCluskey; Crowe; 10 laps: Mickey Shaw, OH, Altfater/Chevrolet [SP.61].
Championship points: 1 Branson, 51; 2 McCluskey, 48; 3 George and Crowe, 33; 5 Foyt, 30; 6 Hurtubise, 27.
 
April 7, Langhorne Speedway, PA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 3; two 50-lap heats of 1.0-mile dirt oval, race stopped at 90 laps, 90.0 miles.
1 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62], 180 points;
2 Bobby Marshman, PA, Colvin=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.56], 130 points;
3 Allen Crowe, IL, Iddings=Meyer/Chevrolet [CH.60-B], 125 points;
4 Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60], 110 points;
5 A. J. Foyt, TX, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63], 100 points;
6 Mickey Shaw, OH, Altfater/Chevrolet [SP.61], 80 points.
Lap leader: Hurtubise, 49 laps (54.4 %).
Heat 1: 1 Foyt, 29’40.49”, 101.09 mph; 2 McCluskey; 3 Marshman; 4 (dead heat) Bobby Marvin, OH, Wergland/Chevrolet [SP.62] and Crowe; 6 Shaw. Lap leader: Hurtubise, 49 laps (98 %).
Heat 2: 1 McCluskey, 23’41.01”, 101.33 mph; 2 Hurtubise; 3 Crowe; 4 Marshman; 5 Cotton Farmer, TX, Sacks/Chevrolet [SP.56]; 6 Shaw. Lap leader: McCluskey, 30 laps (75 %).
Fastest time trial: Hurtubise, 32.805”, 109.73 mph.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 228; 2 Crowe, 158; 3 Marshman, 139; 4 Hurtubise, 137; 5 Foyt, 130; 6 Shaw, 83.
 
April 28, New Bremen Speedway, OH, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 4; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60];
2 Don Branson, IL, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63];
3 Bobby Marshman, PA, Colvin=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.56];
4 Chuck Hulse, CA, TeBow=Davis/Chevrolet [SP.62];
5 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
6 Bud Tingelstad, OH, Tingelstad=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.55].
Lap leader: Hurtubise, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Branson, 19.58”, 91.93 mph.
Preliminary heats Branson; Marshman; Hulse; 10 laps: Bobby Unser, NM, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60].
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 243, 2 Hurtubise, 167; 3 Marshman, 160; 4 Crowe, 158; 5 Foyt, 130; 6 Shaw, 90.5.
 
May 5, Salem Speedway, IN, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 5; 30 laps of 0.5-mile paved oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Parnelli Jones, CA, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60], 10’00.80”, 89.88 mph;
2 Allen Crowe, IL, Iddings=Meyer/Chevrolet [CH.60-B];
3 Bud Tingelstad, OH, Tingelstad=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.55];
4 Don Branson, IL, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63];
5 Chuck Hulse, CA, TeBow=Davis/Chevrolet [SP.62];
6 Al Miller, MI, Leffler=Myklebust/Offenhauser [SP.51].
Lap leader: Jones, 22 laps (73.3 %).
Fastest time trial: Crowe, 18.74”, 96.05 mph.
Preliminary heats 8 laps: Branson, 2’35.00”, 92.90mph; 8 Laps: Tingelstad, 2’34.08”, 93.45 mph; 8 laps: Mickey Shaw, OH, Altfater/Chevrolet [SP.61], 2’35.80”, 92.42 mph; 10 laps: Dave Norris, IN, Hoffman=Kuzma/Offenhauser [SP.48].
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 243; 2 Crowe, 182; 3 Hurtubise, 167; 4 Marshman, 160; 5 Foyt, 130; 6 Shaw, 99.5.
 
May 12, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 6; 30 laps of 0.4375-mile dirt oval, 13.125 miles.
1 Allen Crowe, IL, Iddings=Meyer/Chevrolet [CH.60-B], 10’14.61”, 76.87 mph;
2 Chuck Hulse, CA, TeBow=Davis/Chevrolet [SP.62];
3 Al Miller, MI, Leffler=Myklebust/Offenhauser [SP.51];
4 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
5 Zeke Ingland, OH, Null/Chevrolet [SP.62];
6 Mickey Shaw, OH, Altfater/Chevrolet [SP.61].
Lap leader: Crowe, 15 lpas (50 %).
Fastest time trial: McCluskey, 18.77”, 83.91 mph.
Preliminary heats McCluskey; Crowe; Ingland; Snooky Bullock, IN, Gehlhausen=Dillon/Chevrolet [SP.57].
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 261; 2 Crowe, 212; 3 Hurtubise, 167; 4 Marshman, 160; 5 Foyt, 130; 6 Shaw, 111.5.
 
June 2, New Bremen Speedway, OH, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 7; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
2 Chuck Hulse, CA, TeBow=Davis/Chevrolet [SP.62];
3 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
4 Bob Mathouser, NE, Altfater/Chevrolet [SP.61];
5 Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60];
6 Snooky Bullock, IN, Gehlhausen=Dillon/Chevrolet [SP.57].
Lap Leader: McCluskey, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: McCluskey, 19.73”, 91.23 mph.
Preliminary heats McCluskey; Branson; Ronnie Duman, MI, Fetter/Chevrolet [SP.61]; 10 laps: Allen Crowe, IL, Iddings=Meyer/Chevrolet [CH.60-B], 3’37”, 82.94 mph.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 291; 2 Crowe, 212; 3 Hurtubise, 182; 4 Marshman, 164.5; 5 Foyt, 130; 6 Branson, 114.
 
June 7, Lancaster National Speedway, NY, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 8; 30 laps of 0.5-mile paved oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60], 9’59.25”, 90.11 mph (record);
2 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
3 Jim McElreath, TX, Beletsky=Porter/Chevrolet [SP.62];
4 Parnelli Jones, CA, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60];
5 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
6 Jimmy Maguire, MA, Venezia/Chevrolet [SP.61].
Lap Leader: Hurtubise, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: McElreath, 19.39”, 92.83 mph (record).
Preliminary heats 8 laps: Hurtubise, 2’37.30”, 91.54 mph (record); etc.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 306; 2 Crowe and Hurtubise, 212; 4 Marshman, 164.5; 5 Branson, 138; 6 Foyt, 130.
 
June 16, Terre Haute Action Track, IN, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 9; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62], 12’14.25”, 73.54 mph (record);
2 Chuck Hulse, CA, TeBow=Davis/Chevrolet [SP.62], 12’16”;
3 A. J. Foyt, TX, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63];
4 Steve Stapp, CA, Stapp/Chevrolet [SP.60];
5 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
6 Al Miller, MI, Leffler=Myklebust/Offenhauser [SP.51].
Lap leader: McCluskey, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Stapp, 23.42”, 76.85 mph (record).
Preliminary heats 8 laps: Hulse, 3’09.52”, 75.98 mph (record); 8 laps: Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60]; 8 laps: Miller; 10 laps: Jiggs Peters, NJ, Barzda/Chevrolet [SP.63].
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 336; 2 Crowe and Hurtubise, 212; 4 Marshman, 164.5; 5 Branson, 153, 6 Foyt, 151.
 
June 30, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, IN, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 10; 100 laps of 0.686-mile paved oval, 68.6 miles.
1 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62], 42’51.97”, 96.01 mph (record);
2 A. J. Foyt, TX, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63], 42‘54“;
3 Bud Tingelstad, OH, Tingelstad=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.55];
4 Ronnie Duman, MI, Fetter/Chevrolet [SP.61];
5 Steve Stapp, CA, Stapp/Chevrolet [SP.60];
6 Johnny Rutherford, TX, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60].
Lap leader: McCluskey, 53 laps (53 %).
Fastest time trial: Tingelstad, 24.51”, 100.75 mph.
Preliminary heats 4 laps: Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63], 1’38.55”, 100.23 mph (record); 10 laps: Bobby Black, IN, Mead=Beck/Chevrolet [SP.58].
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 466; 2 Foyt, 255; 3 Crowe and Hurtubise, 212; 5 Branson, 192; 6 Marshman, 164.5.
 
July 7, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 11; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62], 13’37.09”, 66.08 mph;
2 Chuck Hulse, CA, TeBow=Davis/Chevrolet [SP.62];
3 Bobby Marshman, PA, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63];
4 Bob Harkey, NC, Nelson=Hickey/Offenhauser [SP.54];
5 Mickey Shaw, OH, McDermott=Porter/Chevrolet [SP.62];
6 Steve Stapp, CA, Stapp/Chevrolet [SP.60].
Lap leader: McCluskey, 29 laps (96.7 %).
Fastest time trial: Hulse, 26.19”, 68.72 mph.
Preliminary heats 8 laps: Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63]; 8 laps: Hulse; 8 laps: Bud Tingelstad, OH, Tingelstad=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.55]; 10 laps: Marshman.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 496; 2 Foyt, 255; 3 Crowe and Hurtubise, 212; 5 Branson, 198; 6 Marshman, 185.5.
 
July 26, Hatfield Hi Speedway, PA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 12; 30 laps of 0.333-mile dirt oval, 10.0 miles.
1 Parnelli Jones, CA, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60], 10’28.33”, 57.29 mph;
2 Bobby Marshman, PA, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63], 10’29”;
3 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
4 A. J. Foyt, TX, Foyt=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60];
5 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
6 Bob Harkey, NC, Barzda/Chevrolet [SP.63].
Lap leader: Jones, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Jones, 19.49”, 61.57 mph (record).
Preliminary heats Branson; Marshman; Earl Halaquist, NY, Nesler/Chevrolet [SP.59]; Cotton Farmer, TX, Sacks/Chevrolet [SP.56].
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 517; 2 Foyt, 273; 3 Hurtubise, 221; 4 Branson, 213; 5 Crowe, 212; 6 Marshman, 209.5.
 
August 4, Salem Speedway, IN, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 13; 30 laps of 0.5-mile paved oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63], 9’35.90“, 93.76 mph;
2 Parnelli Jones, CA, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60], 9’38”;
3 Bobby Marshman, PA, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63];
4 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Stapp/Chevrolet [SP.60];
5 Chuck Hulse, CA, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63];
6 Bud Tingelstad, OH, Tingelstad=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.55].
Lap leader: Branson, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Branson, 18.22”, 98.79 mph (record).
Preliminary heats 8 laps: Branson, 2’28.83”, 96.75 mph (record); 8 laps: Hulse; 8 laps: Mickey Shaw, OH, McDermott=Porter/Chevrolet [SP.62]; 10 laps: Bob Mathouser, NE, Beck/Offenhauser [SP.56].
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 535; 2 Foyt, 273; 3 Branson, 243; 4 Marshman, 230.5; 5 Hurtubise, 221; 6 Crowe, 212.
 
August 11, Terre Haute Action Track, IN, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 14; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Bobby Marshman, PA, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63], 12’56.15”, 69.57 mph;
2 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62], 13’01”;
3 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
4 Bobby Grim, IN, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63];
5 Bob Wente, MO, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60];
6 Bud Tingelstad, OH, Tingelstad=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.55].
Lap leader: McCluskey, 25 laps (83.3 %).
Fastest time trial: Grim, 23.25”, 77.41 mph (record).
Preliminary heats 8 laps: McCluskey; 8 laps: Wente; 8 laps: Marshman; 10 laps: Tingelstad.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 559; 2 Foyt, 273; 3 Branson, 264; 4 Marshman, 260.5; 5 Hurtubise, 221; 6 Crowe, 212.
 
August 25, New Bremen Speedway, OH, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 15; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Chuck Hulse, CA, TeBow=Davis/Chevrolet [SP.62], 11’34.90”, 77.70 mph;
2 Bobby Marshman, PA, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63];
3 Arnie Knepper, IL, Lockard/Chevrolet [SP.62];
4 Bobby Black, IN, Engle/Chevrolet [SP.50-B];
5 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
6 Bobby Grim, IN, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63].
Lap leader: Hulse, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Hulse, 20.87”, 86.24 mph.
Preliminary heats 8 laps: Hulse; 8 laps: Marshman; 8 laps: Black; 10 laps: Knepper.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 559; 2 Marshman, 284.5; 3 Branson, 279; 4 Foyt, 273; 5 Hurtubise, 221; 6 Crowe, 212.
 
August 31, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, IL, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 16; 25 laps of 1.0-mile dirt oval, 25.0 miles.
1 A. J. Foyt, TX, Foyt=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60], no time;
2 Bobby Marshman, PA, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63];
3 Chuck Hulse, CA, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63];
4 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
5 Johnny White, MI, TeBow=Davis/Chevrolet [SP.62];
6 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62].
Lap leader: Foyt, 25 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Parnelli Jones, CA, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60], 34.51”, 104.31 mph.
Preliminary heats 3 laps: Hulse, 1’53.96”, 94.77 mph; 10 laps: Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60], 6’13.66”, 96.34 mph; 10 laps: Foyt, 6’08.35”, 97.73 mph; 10 laps: Branson, 6’12.20”, 96.72 mph; 10 laps: Mickey Shaw, OH, McDermott=Porter/Chevrolet [SP.62], 6’26.66”, 93.10 mph.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 579; 2 Marshman, 324.5; 3 Foyt, 323; 4 Branson, 309; 5 Hulse, 236; 6 Hurtubise, 231.
 
September 1, Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, KS, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 17; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
2 A. J. Foyt, TX, Foyt=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60];
3 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
4 Steve Stapp, CA, Stapp/Chevrolet [SP.60];
5 Bob Harkey, NC, Flynn/Offenhauser [SP.60];
6 Chuck Hulse, CA, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63].
Lap leader: n/a.
Fastest time trial: Branson, 23.44”, 76.79 mph (record).
Preliminary heats Foyt; Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60]; Mickey Shaw, OH, McDermott=Porter/Chevrolet [SP.62]; Johnny White, MI, Meskowski/Chevrolet [SP.63].
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 600; 2 Foyt, 347; 3 Branson, 339; 4 Marshman, 324.5; 5 Hulse, 248; 6 Hurtubise, 231.
 
September 15, 35th Reading Fair Races, Reading Fairgrounds, PA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 18; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62], 11’56.95”, 75.31 mph (record);
2 Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60];
3 Chuck Hulse, CA, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63];
4 Earl Halaquist, NY, Nesler/Chevrolet [SP.59];
5 Bob Harkey, NC, Flynn/Offenhauser [SP.60];
6 Steve Stapp, CA, Stapp/Chevrolet [SP.60].
Lap leader: Hulse, 21 laps (70 %).
Fastest time trial: Hulse, 23.74”, 75.82 mph (record).
Preliminary heats 8 laps: Johnny White, MI, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60], 3’13.20”, 74.53 mph (record); 8 laps: Ron Lux, PA, Moskal=Hillegass/Chevrolet [SP.54], 3’32.84”, 67.65 mph, 8 laps: Hurtubise, 3’19.67”, 72,11 mph; 10 laps: Stapp, 4’11.36”, 71.61 mph (record).
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 630; 2 Foyt, 347; 3 Branson, 339; 4 Marshman, 324.5; 5 Hulse, 269; 6 Hurtubise, 255.
 
September 21, 42nd Allentown Fair Races, Allentown Fairgounds, PA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 19; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, race stopped at 29 laps, 14.5 miles.
1 Johnny White, MI, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60], 12’25.57”, 72.42 mph (record);
2 A. J. Foyt, TX, Foyt=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60], 12’30”;
3 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Philipps/Chevrolet [SP.62];
4 Bob Harkey, NC, Flynn/Offenhauser [SP.60];
5 Chuck Arnold, CT, Nelson=Hickey/Offenhauser [SP.54];
6 Jimmy Maguire, MA, Venezia/Chevrolet [SP.61].
Lap leader: White, 29 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: White, 25.96”, 69.33 mph.
Preliminary heats 8 laps: White, 3’28.76”, 68.97 mph; 8 laps: Arnold, no time; 8 laps: Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63],  3’34.46”, 67.14 mph; 10 laps: Bob Mathouser, NE, Dixon/Chevrolet [SP.63], 4’26.59”, 67.51 mph.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 651; 2 Foyt, 371; 3 Branson, 346.5; 4 Marshman, 327.5; 5 Hulse, 269; 6 Hurtubise, 261.
 
September 29, 11th Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial, Salem Speedway, IN, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 20; 100 laps of 0.5-mile paved oval, 50.0 miles.
1 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62], 33’48.03”, 88.75 mph;
2 Bob Wente, MO, Tingelstad=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.55];
3 Johnny White, MI, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60];
4 Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63];
5 A. J. Foyt, TX, Foyt=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60];
6 Chuck Hulse, CA, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63].
Lap leader: Foyt, 67 laps (67 %).
Fastest time trial: Foyt, 17.98”, 100.11 mph (record).
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 751; 2 Foyt, 421; 3 Branson, 406.5; 4 Marshman, 327.5; 5 Hulse, 309; 6 Hurtubise, 261.
 
October 5, 21st Ted Horn/Bill Schindler Memorial, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 21; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
* Jimmy Maguire, MA, Venezia/Chevrolet [SP.61] , 13’10.21”, 68.33 mph;
1 A. J. Foyt, TX, Foyt=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60];
2 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
3 Johnny White, MI, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60];
4 Chuck Arnold, CT, Nelson=Hickey/Offenhauser [SP.54];
5 Chuck Hulse, CA, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63];
6 Mickey Shaw, OH, McDermott=Porter/Chevrolet [SP.62].
Lap leader: Maguire, 30 laps (*); Foyt, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Foyt, 25.36”, 70.97 mph
Preliminary heats Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60]; White; McCluskey; Steve Stapp, CA, Stapp/Chevrolet [SP.60].
* disqualified due to oversize engine
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 775; 2 Foyt, 451; 3 Branson, 414; 4 Marshman 327.5; 5 Hulse, 324; 6 Hurtubise, 264.
 
November 2, Ascot Park, Gardena, CA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 22; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 A. J. Foyt, TX, Foyt=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60], 11’28.07”, 78.48 mph (record);
2 Parnelli Jones, CA, Morales/Offenhauser [SP.61];
3 Chuck Hulse, CA, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63];
4 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
5 Johnny White, MI, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet [SP.60];
6 Ned Spath, CA, Hansen/Chevrolet [SP.59].
Lap leader: Foyt, 30 laps (100 %).
Fastest time trial: Jones, 22.43”, 80.24 mph.
Preliminary heats 3 laps: McCluskey, 1’08.90”, 78.37 mph, 8 laps: Jones, 3’05.79”, 77.50 mph; 8 laps: Spath, 3’03.51”, 78.46 mph; 8 laps: Jim Hurtubise, NY, Barnett/Chevrolet [SP.60], 3’02.95”, 78.71 mph; 10 laps: Allen Heath, CA, Miletich/Ford [SP.62], 5’02.87”, 59.43 mph.
Championship points: 1 McCluskey, 793; 2 Foyt, 481; 3 Branson, 414; 4 Hulse, 345; 5 Marshman, 327.5; 6 Hurtubise, 271.5.
 
November 9, Ascot Park, Gardena, CA, USAC National Sprint Car Championship, round 23; 30 laps of 0.5-mile dirt oval, 15.0 miles.
1 Parnelli Jones, CA, Morales/Offenhauser [SP.61], 11’18.72”, 79.56 mph (record);
2 A. J. Foyt, TX, Foyt=HOW/Chevrolet [SP.60];
3 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips/Chevrolet [SP.62];
4 Chuck Hulse, CA, Watson/Offenhauser [SP.63];
5 Bobby Unser, NM, McGowen=Kurtis/Chevrolet 4000;
6 Johnny White, MI, Fike=Henry/Chevrolet[SP.60].
Lap leader: Jones and Ned Spath, CA, Hansen/Chevrolet [SP.59], 15 laps (50 %) each.
Fastest time trial: Billy Cantrell, CA, Maxson-Jeffries=Watson/Offenhauser [SP.57], 22.91”, 78.56 mph.
Preliminary heats 3 laps: Jones, 1’08.51”, 78.82 mph; 8 laps: Jones, 3’04.00”, 78.26 mph; 8 laps: Foyt, 3’08.10”, 76.55 mph; 8 laps: Don Branson, IL, Phillips/Offenhauser [SP.63], 3’08.49”, 76.39 mph; 10 laps: Hulse, 3’50.48”, 78.09 mph.
Final championship points:
1 Roger McCluskey, AZ, 814;
2 A. J. Foyt, TX, 505;
3 Don Branson, IL, 421.5;
4 Chuck Hulse, CA, 363;
5 Bobby Marshman, PA, 327.5;
6 Jim Hurtubise, NY, 271.5;
7 Allen Crowe, IL, 212; 8 Bud Tingelstad, OH, 199.5; 9 Johnny White, MI, 179; 10 Mickey Shaw, OH, 178; 11 Steve Stapp, CA, 174.5, 12 Parnelli Jones, CA, 156; 13 Bob Harkey, NC, 136.5; 14 Johnny Rutherford, TX, 101; 15 Bob Wente, MO, 95; 16 Al Miller, MI, 81.5; 17 Ronnie Duman, MI, 81; 18 Bob Mathouser, NE, 68.5; 19 Bobby Marvin, OH, 65; 20 Zeke Ingland, OH, 64.
Owners: 1 Bruce Homeyer (Konstant Hot) # 2, NJ, 796; 2 Walter Meskowski (Competition Engineering/Econo Car Rental) # 9, IN, 355; 3 A. J. Watson (Leader Card) # 4, CA, 332; 4 Jud Phillips (Leader Card Sprinter) # 7, CA, 328.5; 5 Harlan Fike # 1, AZ, 308; 6 Barnett Bros. (Sterling Plumbing) #56, CA, 280.5.
 
Unofficial standings:
Eastern division: 1 McCluskey, 369; 2 Hurtubise, 209; 3 Foyt, 202; 4 Marshman, 187; 5 Crowe, 158; 6 Harkey, 114. Owners: 1 Homeyer # 2, 369; 2 Barnett #56, 203; 3 Meskowski # 9, 178.
Midwestern division: 1 McCluskey, 406; 2 Branson, 303; 3 Hulse, 256.5; 4 Foyt, 249; 5 Tingelstad, 169; 6 Marshman, 140.5. Owners: 1 Homeyer # 2, 388; 2 Phillips # 7, 261; 3 Watson # 4, 257.
Pacific division: 1 Jones and Foyt, 54; 3 McCluskey and Hulse, 39; 5 White, 27; 6 Unser and Stapp, 15. Owners: 1 Alex Morales # 3x, CA and A. J. Foyt #21, TX, 54; 3 Homeyer # 2 and Watson # 4, 39.
Dirt tracks: 1 McCluskey, 551; 2 Foyt, 351; 3 Marshman 306.5; 4 Hulse 266; 5 Branson 250.5; 6 Hurtubise 241.5. Owners: 1 Homeyer # 2, 551; 2 Meskowski # 9, 311; 3 Barnett #56, 250.5.
Paved tracks: 1 McCluskey, 263; 2 Branson, 171; 3 Foyt, 154; 4 Tingelstad, 129; 5 Hulse, 97; 6 Wente, 80. Owners: 1 Homeyer # 2, 245; 2 Dee Tingelstad (American Lubricants) # 3, OH, 204; 3 Fike # 1, 194.
 
Standardized Percentage Scoring:
Drivers: 1 McCluskey, 23.08; 2 Foyt, 14.02; 3 Branson, 11.76; 4 Hulse, 9.10; 5 Jones, 8.95; 6 Marshman, 7.67; 7 Hurtubise, 6.48; 8 Crowe, 4.24; 9 White, 3.79; 10 Tingelstad, 1.39.
Owners: 1 Homeyer, 22.76; 2 Leader Card, 12.15; 3 Foyt, 10.10; 4 Meskowski, 9.70; 5 Fike, 9.46; 6 TeBow, 6.78; 7 Barnett, 6.67; 8 Iddings, 4.24; 9 Beletsky, 3.30; 10 Morales, 3.20.
Chassis: 1 Phillips, 32.82; 2 HOW, 12.11; 3 Meskowski, 9.70; 4 Henry, 9.46; 5 Davis, 6.78; 6 Barnett, 6.67; 7 Watson, 4.43; 8 Meyer, 4.24; 9 Porter, 3.60; 10 Morales, 3.20.
Engines: 1 Chevrolet, 82.27; 2 Offenhauser, 17.73.


Edited by Michael Ferner, 25 April 2018 - 07:48.


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#2 Michael Ferner

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:24

This is something I've been wanting to do for a very long time - in fact, ever since I started my research into Sprint car racing I have been fantasizing every once in a while about finding a book or a magazine with this sort of information: a simple listing of results with all the necessary detail, like you find in the appendices of the Autocourse yearbooks. Of course, I soon found out that if I wanted to have that, I had to do it myself :well:

Well, it took me about ten years to find all the information about one year alone, so the next installment is about to be expected in... no, hopefully not! :D Reseach is pretty close to finished for many others already, it's just that I want to check all the details, especially car assignments which is a bit of a headache when relying mostly on newspapers for results. But, thankfully, I have full point standings for most years from original USAC sources, drivers and owners, so I can double-check, which I do, painstakingly. Thus, the info is very reliable, although a few points still need to be considered:

- while car assignments are all double-checked, the full identification of cars is still an ongoing process. The way I identify the cars - Owner{=Constructor}/Engine [Type] - means that the info can still be amended after further research, even by someone other than me - an important criterion. Most other systems in use are very vague, which makes further research next to impossible, and in turn renders the identification system ineffective.

- heat information is still missing in a very few cases, and race or lap times are often missing, or not correct. This, to me, is a rather minor thing, if annoying, but can't be helped at this time.

So, now all I need to do is correct the formatting, which the superb :rolleyes: software of this BB has ****ed up yet again! :mad:

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#3 ReWind

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:03

1 A. J. Foyt,      TX, Foyt=HOW         /Chevrolet   [SP.60], no time;
2 Bobby Marshman,  PA, Meskowski        /Chevrolet   [SP.63];
3 Chuck Hulse,     CA, Watson           /Offenhauser [SP.63];
4 Don Branson,     IL, Phillips         /Offenhauser [SP.63];
5 Johnny White,    MI, TeBow=Davis      /Chevrolet   [SP.62];
6 Roger McCluskey, AZ, Homeyer=Phillips /Chevrolet   [SP.62]

 

You mean something like above?



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:10

It is one of those startling things that the US has not kept pristine records of all events.  Whereas you can go back to a random baseball match from 1878 and almost re-create the game.  Given the near-obsession with stats in American sports, to the extent that even the Panini equivalents get ratings, it's a weird loophole.



#5 Michael Ferner

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:10

Thanks for that, Reinhard, but the way it is now is good enough. I actually didn't want to create tables, knowing already that that is next to impossible with the forum software, so I was trying to achieve something like the "Autocourse look". But the software added "line forwards" between every line I had typed, which looked simply awful! And I had to delete them manually, all sixthousand-ninehundert-too-many of them! :mad: :mad: mad:



#6 Michael Ferner

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:15

It is one of those startling things that the US has not kept pristine records of all events.  Whereas you can go back to a random baseball match from 1878 and almost re-create the game.  Given the near-obsession with stats in American sports, to the extent that even the Panini equivalents get ratings, it's a weird loophole.


Yeah, but with motor racing, "complete statistics" usually means point standings, and a list of winners. Which really doesn't do it for me. Add to that that most point systems are rather quirky, and it doesn't tell you much if anything at all about how the season went. :(

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:46

From the first event -

Preliminary heats – 8 laps: Foyt, 5’25.75”, 44.20 mph; 8 laps: George, 5’29.16”, 43.74 mph;


Should those times not be 2 minutes faster? Or was there a valid reason for such slow speeds?

#8 Michael Ferner

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 11:17

That's entirely possible. As mentioned, newspapers are particularly weak on reported times. It should, however, also be pointed out that at the time, yellow flag laps still counted, so that it's entirely possible that the races were slowed down to that speed. A quick check, however, shows that several newspapers reported that Foyt recorded the fastest times in time trials as well as the heats, so you're probably right with your observation. :up:



#9 Tom Glowacki

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 15:32

Yeah, but with motor racing, "complete statistics" usually means point standings, and a list of winners. Which really doesn't do it for me. Add to that that most point systems are rather quirky, and it doesn't tell you much if anything at all about how the season went. :(

 

Baseball "game", "game" not "match"   :p



#10 Jim Thurman

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 20:04

First, Michael, great work. Though I do have to ask why did you only go to 6th place? 

 

It is one of those startling things that the US has not kept pristine records of all events.  Whereas you can go back to a random baseball match from 1878 and almost re-create the game.  Given the near-obsession with stats in American sports, to the extent that even the Panini equivalents get ratings, it's a weird loophole.

 

Not really. For one, it speaks to the relative popularity of racing, as well as pointing out the lack of an organized historical group. The baseball historical group (SABR) didn't exist until 1971, a football (gridiron) equivalent not until 1979. SABR has reconstructed baseball stats through old box scores and extensive research, which turned up many errors. Pretty much everything was down to newspaper chronicling and coverage. Aside from results and times, there wasn't much more to document with racing. Newspapers did that, some better than others. 

 

And, yes, it's "game" for baseball, "match" for cricket. 



#11 Michael Ferner

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 14:17

I have driver results back to 12th place, as that many scored points, but beyond 6th some car assignments become sketchy, since USAC only scored members (drivers and owners). Missing or wrong driver information I can reconstruct from the point standings, and most of the owners, too, but since owners are more rarely mentioned in newspapers it is more difficult for the lower ranks. Plus, some of the cars in the back of the field are more obscure than those at the front. I'm quite happy with the top six so far, but of course, my work doesn't stop here. Maybe I can amend the results at a later point. Also worth considering here is that prior to 1957, points didn't go back that far, so I'm not going to go beyond 6th consistently for all years anyway. :well:

 

Game, match, smatch. It's all stick'n'ball, isn't it? :yawnface:  ;)



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Posted 26 April 2018 - 17:36

I have driver results back to 12th place, as that many scored points, but beyond 6th some car assignments become sketchy, since USAC only scored members (drivers and owners). Missing or wrong driver information I can reconstruct from the point standings, and most of the owners, too, but since owners are more rarely mentioned in newspapers it is more difficult for the lower ranks. Plus, some of the cars in the back of the field are more obscure than those at the front. I'm quite happy with the top six so far, but of course, my work doesn't stop here. Maybe I can amend the results at a later point. Also worth considering here is that prior to 1957, points didn't go back that far, so I'm not going to go beyond 6th consistently for all years anyway. :well:

 

Game, match, smatch. It's all stick'n'ball, isn't it? :yawnface:   ;)

 

Good point Michael  :up:

 

Well, it might be stick 'n ball, but it's worth noting considering how upset some folks get when a writer uses the wrong/incorrect terminology for racing   ;)



#13 ensign14

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 19:26

I apologize for not calling it rounders.  ;)



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Posted 26 April 2018 - 19:27

I have driver results back to 12th place, as that many scored points, but beyond 6th some car assignments become sketchy, since USAC only scored members (drivers and owners). Missing or wrong driver information I can reconstruct from the point standings, and most of the owners, too, but since owners are more rarely mentioned in newspapers it is more difficult for the lower ranks. Plus, some of the cars in the back of the field are more obscure than those at the front. I'm quite happy with the top six so far, but of course, my work doesn't stop here. Maybe I can amend the results at a later point. Also worth considering here is that prior to 1957, points didn't go back that far, so I'm not going to go beyond 6th consistently for all years anyway. :well:

 

Game, match, smatch. It's all stick'n'ball, isn't it? :yawnface:   ;)

 

Just had to tweak you about that one; no hard feelings.  The statistical thing has now gone in the other direction to an extreme.  Now we're told about how some pitcher's win last night was the first time in 38 seasons that a left handed pitcher of Latvian descent had three consecutive wins in Tuesday night games.



#15 Jim Thurman

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 00:33

Just had to tweak you about that one; no hard feelings. 

 

Yes, but Michael wasn't the one who first called it "a baseball match"   ;)



#16 Michael Ferner

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 13:44

But I will do it now, just to show my írreverence: can we now stop talking about baseball matches, and return to MOTOR RACING? Thank you! :)

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 20:38

But I will do it now, just to show my írreverence: can we now stop talking about baseball matches, and return to MOTOR RACING? Thank you! :)

Provided nobody calls a hillclimb or a rally a race.   :evil:



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Posted 27 April 2018 - 20:56

Quick note on Allen Crowe, who is to the fore in these results, from racing-reference.

 

He died when battling Hulse at the New Bremen race right after Indianapolis.  According to Chuck's son Lee, the USAC officials hauled Chuck over the coals for "rough driving".  But he had the perfect expert witness - Don Branson, who had been running behind the pair, and who said that it was "just good clean hard racing". 



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 16:49

Quick note on Allen Crowe, who is to the fore in these results, from racing-reference.

 

He died when battling Hulse at the New Bremen race right after Indianapolis.  According to Chuck's son Lee, the USAC officials hauled Chuck over the coals for "rough driving".  But he had the perfect expert witness - Don Branson, who had been running behind the pair, and who said that it was "just good clean hard racing". 

 

I'm surprised Michael has left this sitting without comment. First, do you have a link? The Racing Reference boards aren't exactly reliable sources. I don't have any account that indicates Chuck Hulse having any role in triggering Allen Crowe's fatal accident. While there were incidents of "rough" or "overaggresive" driving triggering injurious, even fatal, accidents in short track open wheel racing, many portrayed as such were simply partisanship run amok (i.e. O'Connor fans blaming Elisian), while the rest were pure pulp fiction tales from the typewriters of Bad Hemingways inspired by True Magazine. Rarely was there animus to the level it gets played up. Or, for that matter, anything to the level it gets played up  :D  ...particularly if you're attempting to illustrate a dismissiveness about fatal accidents without context or comparison.



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#20 Michael Ferner

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 17:55

Well, Hulse was fined $100 for rough driving, but that related to his collision with Bobby Marshman on lap 16, which sent the Pennsylvanian into the wall, and was rescinded anyway about a week later. No big deal. I don't think I ever heard or read about Hulse being involved in Crowe's accident - in fact, I believe he was well up the road of it, having started near the front while Crowe started in the rear.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 18:04

I'm surprised Michael has left this sitting without comment. First, do you have a link? The Racing Reference boards aren't exactly reliable sources. I don't have any account that indicates Chuck Hulse having any role in triggering Allen Crowe's fatal accident.

 

No, and the report I'd seen on the accident suggested the closest cars were backmarkers he was lapping.  But I can imagine all sorts of confusion; especially if Hulse had been noted for it earlier in the race.

 

Reference is here.



#22 Michael Ferner

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:34

Not "earlier in the race", the Hulse/Marshman accident happened after the race was restarted following the Crowe accident. Even if written by Hulse's son, that account is simply not correct. Hulse and Branson (along with Marshman) ran at the front of the field, while Crowe was still coming up from his low starting position. The cars crashing into Crowe when he rebounded from the fence (Duman, Engel, Tingelstad) suggest that he was running about sixth or seventh, at best. No, the accident Hulse junior describes clearly is the Marshman/Hulse collision. We know Hulse was reprimanded for that, and it's obvious someone confused the incidents. Typical for American racing lore in that a non-fatal accident is substituted by a fatal one to make the story more dramatic!

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 11:07

It's interesting nonetheless.  In that USAC tried to ping a driver for rough racing in a race in which there had been a fatal accident.  But not for the fatal accident itself.  Maybe they would have blamed Crowe - the same as Levegh got the entire blame for Le Mans 55, it's safer to blame those who cannot answer back...



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 19:40

I don't recall Levegh getting the entire blame.  Was that the French commission of enquiry?



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 20:58

The British media...



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 23:39

I don't recall Levegh getting the entire blame.  Was that the French commission of enquiry?

 

 

The British media...

 

Amen...



#27 Jim Thurman

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 16:25

No, and the report I'd seen on the accident suggested the closest cars were backmarkers he was lapping.  But I can imagine all sorts of confusion; especially if Hulse had been noted for it earlier in the race.

 

Reference is here.

 

Thanks ensign...

 

No, the accident Hulse junior describes clearly is the Marshman/Hulse collision. We know Hulse was reprimanded for that, and it's obvious someone confused the incidents. Typical for American racing lore in that a non-fatal accident is substituted by a fatal one to make the story more dramatic!

 

Again, leave it to Michael to more succinctly put what I was trying to get at, that it was a simple misrembrance. Michael's last sentence is spot on here as well.