The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 10, 1978, Image 11

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    THE BATTALION Page 11
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1970
US AC championship
—io he decided at TWS
By SEAN PETTY
Battalion Staff
Imagine if you can, driving 170
l.p.h. for 250 miles. Imagine the
lental and physical strain on your
y as you circle a two mile track
times with 29 other cars right on
bur tail and some, literally, right
on your bumper.
If you can t imagine that, you at
fast have the opportunity to watch
ien who drive like that for a living
latch machine, minds and speed at
jwcas World Speedway for Sunday’s
Hexan 250 and Texas Race of Cham-
jons.
The Texan 250 is the last stock car
ice of the season for the United
lates Auto Club and the USAC
lampionship will be decided right
Ire in College Station. The whole
[ar’s driving, battling and money
Dent to keep the cars running
imes down to this one race for all
itbe marbles.
A.J. Foyt, who leads the USAC
Hidings with 1,825 points, will be
ying for his first USAC cham-
onship since he last won it ten
ars ago.
Yet, there are three other men
io would like to keep Foyt from
King that victory. The race fea-
res the top four men in the point
ladings. All have a shot at the
pwn. Foyt leads the point race fol
ded by Terry Ryan with 1,640,
|y Darnell with 1,620 and Gary
bwsher with 1,595. These four
en will be battling down to the
Ire to see who wins the big money
' id AC championship,
m’tfeellli Many people may not realize how
world record for fastest lap average
there, averaging 181 m.p.h. The
track definitely has its history.
A good crowd is expected to view
the final race as the weather should
be ideal for watching and racing.
Connor said a favorite in the
Texan 250 would be hard to pick.
“Out of the 30 starters, 20 are ca
pable of winning the race, ” he said.
“That shows you what caliber of race
we have down here.”
A.J.
Foyt
There will be drivers from 18
states with 12 coming from Illinois
alone. The total investment in race
cars this weekend at the Speedway
is estimated to exceed $2 million,
which is a lot of machine.
“This is the largest field of race
cars we have ever had for a similar
event,” said R.C. Conole, president
of TWS. “I think it is proof that
interest is building in Texas auto
racing. The quality of cars and driv
ers assures these to be great races.”
Qualifying will be held Saturday
for the three races on Sunday. One
Texas Race of Champions will be
run followed by the Texan 250 and
then followed by another Texas
Race of Champions.
Approximately 56 cars will be
fighting for the 40 available slots for
the TROC, and out of 52 entrants
only 30 will make it to the final
USAC shootout.
The cars should average speeds of
170-174 m.p.h. reaching top speeds
of 190-200 m.p.h. down the back
straight.
“The thing that makes this race
(Texan 250) great is that the drivers
go all out from the start because it is
a short race,” Connor said. “The
strategy is different from a 500 mile
race because you can’t wait around
and see how things develop.”
All of the action will not be on the
track this weekend. The Speedway
has scheduled an Interplanetary
Chili Cookoff for the spectators
Saturday. Along with this will be
beer drinking contests, a wet T-shirt
contest and various other interest
ing events set up to entertain the
public who camp out at the Speed
way.
The whole show kicks off Satur
day morning with qualifying all that
day followed by the final races on
Sunday.
Bati Q
Pix
Week 10 David
Boggan
GAME
Houston-Texas Houston by 13
Arkansas-Baylor Arkansas by 23
SMU-Rice SMU by 17
Texas Tech-TCU Texas Tech by 21
LSU-Alabama Alabama by 10
Oklahoma-Nebraska Oklahoma by 14
Washington-USC USC by 9
Dallas-Green Bay Dallas by 7
Houston-New England . .New England by 4
Pittsburgh-Los Angeles Pittsburgh by 3
Last week’s record 7-3
Season’s percentage 700
Mark
Patterson
Texas by 4 Texas by 6
. . .Arkansas by 11 Arkansas by 17
SMU by 16 SMU by 14
.Texas Tech by 13 Tech by 17
. . . .Alabama by 10 Alabama by 10
. . . .Nebraska by 9 Nebraska by 2
USC by 3 USC by 12
.Dallas by 17 Green Bay by 6
. .New England by 7
.New England by 9
. . .Pittsburgh by 6 Pittsburgh by 7
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Texas A&M head football coach
Tom Wilson was admitted to St.
Joseph’s Hospital Thursday with
kidney stones but Athletic Director
Marvin Tate said Wilson was ex
pected to return to practice sessions
by Sunday.
“He is resting comfortably,” Tate
said Thursday afternoon. “Hope
fully he will be up and out of here by
tomorrow. It’s just a good thing that
since this had to happen we had an
open date this weekend.” The Ag
gies are not scheduled to play this
Saturday but resume action next
week against Arkansas.
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beads yan-College Station area. Accord-
' to Mike Connor, vice president
the Speedway, this one race
puld pump over a million dollars
to the community.
jit starts with the hotels, restaur-
ill be nil f s anc l stores and filters down
ough various channels,” Connor
d. “Plus we hire a big staff from
area to work the race so you
local people involved all the
ith schooi Yaround.”
o the gain Mthough car racing may not be
p of the bigger spectator sports in
Southwest, the Texas World
1 up in
ik
jther, eci Be( bvay can boast some things no
II weeb ler race tra ck in the country can.
has been called “the world’s fas
tspeedway” and for good reason.
Irio Andretti set a closed course
ford there with a lap time of 214
p.h. Gary Bettenhausen set the
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being i
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now rel
j" Igested Dr. Houston. He’s prob-
" e “y the best in the business.”
lohnson injured the knee when
stumbled during an open field
against Dallas Aug. 19.
10 an:
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iming b | e receiver and punt returner
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partofE S o n .
ffense. C he 5-10, 170-pound Johnson,
of the fastest players in the
L, will be lost for the season,
spokesman said Dr. Jack Hous-
a nationally known orthopedic
a splitf geon, will repair torn cartilage in
nson’s ailing left knee in Colum-
; Ga.
backli The knee won’t heal itself,” said
ler physician Dr. Tom Cain,
high t ach time it flares up on him he
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