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Old 06-14-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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I have a few photos that I found in an envelope tucked away in one of my photo albums. The only information I have written on the envelope is, "The Arizona Fairgrounds." And were cut from a magazine, but what magazine I don't remember. I did not note anything about USAC on the envelope.

As my memory tends to ebb and flow, I do remember that Jerry Unser was the 1957 USAC Stock Car National Champion; and advertised on the left rear fender of his #92 Ford is NAT'L STOCK CAR CHAMP. So it must be USAC.

So I'll just leave it at 1957. It does look like a dirt track. The quality of the photos is not HD they are scanned and look passable, some have spots on them.

I'll add them one at time.

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Jerry Unser, #92, 1957 Ford, Fenton Special.
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LAKESIDE - Late at night by the old Lakeside Speedway, you can hear the ghosts - The barking, crackling "Flathead Fords", the zinging "Chevy Stove Bolt's", The rumbling of the "KK-Offy's", and the snarling "Ford V8-60's". Listen and faintly hear the announcer say, "Ladies and gentlemen, the line up for the trophy dash," and the place would erupt with the mix echoes of cheers and boo's...Remember...
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:02 PM   #2
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Thomas, Jerry Unser was the 1957 champion, with Ralph Moody second and Sam Hanks third. The USAC Stock Car Division ran at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix on January 20, 1957, with the race won by Jimmy Bryan in a 1957 Mercury. I can't find complete results.

They raced there the next time on February 9, 1958, with Bryan winning again in a 1957 Mercury and Jerry Unser running second in a 1957 Ford. I'd say the photo is from that race since it has the championship noted on it. Les Snow ran third that day, followed by Troy Ruttman and Cotton Farmer.

They ran there again on February 5, 1961, calling it the Jimmy Bryan Memorial, and the winner was Paul Goldsmith - probably in a Ray Nichels-prepared Pontiac.

Bring on the rest of those photos.

Here's a photo of the way Bryan's Mercury looked at Milwaukee in that time period...

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Old 06-15-2010, 03:17 PM   #3
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Here's a photo of the way Bryan's Mercury looked at Milwaukee in that time period...

See there was time when cars had class and character.



"Stay tuned for the greatest spectacle in racing" ~ Sid Collins

LAKESIDE - Late at night by the old Lakeside Speedway, you can hear the ghosts - The barking, crackling "Flathead Fords", the zinging "Chevy Stove Bolt's", The rumbling of the "KK-Offy's", and the snarling "Ford V8-60's". Listen and faintly hear the announcer say, "Ladies and gentlemen, the line up for the trophy dash," and the place would erupt with the mix echoes of cheers and boo's...Remember...
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
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From the few photos I have, here is Les Snow in his #8 1957 Chevrolet, it is in Bel Air or 210 trim rather than the 150 Utility Sedan style. I'm not sure if USAC allowed fuel injection or not. What a great photo from a great time period of stock car racing.
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LAKESIDE - Late at night by the old Lakeside Speedway, you can hear the ghosts - The barking, crackling "Flathead Fords", the zinging "Chevy Stove Bolt's", The rumbling of the "KK-Offy's", and the snarling "Ford V8-60's". Listen and faintly hear the announcer say, "Ladies and gentlemen, the line up for the trophy dash," and the place would erupt with the mix echoes of cheers and boo's...Remember...
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:02 PM   #5
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Yes, it is. I'm really happy to see that one. I was in the service from 1956 until June of 1960. Later in the 60s, when I was flagging for MARC and then ARCA, Les was a friend. Keep 'em coming Thomas. I don't know about the fuel injection for certain, but I'm told that the Fords and Mercurys in 1957 were equipped with a Paxton supercharger, so I'd guess the Chevies had injection.
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From the same few photos, I think that this Al "Cotton" Farmer #18 1956 Ford, looks like a Mainline business sedan.
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From the same few photos, there is a separate note that states, "Unser 81" and "Crawford 82". Might this be Bobby Unser (?) in the 1956 Mercury, and Ray Crawford (?) in the 1957 Chevrolet, which looks like it could have used some rub rails.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:22 AM   #8
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From the same few photos, I'm not sure about this car, it's from the group photos. #98 1957 Ford Business sedan, the driver is Troy Ruttman. I saw Troy Ruttman in Aggies #98 at Indy in 1952.
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Thomas, Jerry Unser was the 1957 champion, with Ralph Moody second and Sam Hanks third. The USAC Stock Car Division ran at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix on January 20, 1957, with the race won by Jimmy Bryan in a 1957 Mercury. I can't find complete results.

They raced there the next time on February 9, 1958, with Bryan winning again in a 1957 Mercury and Jerry Unser running second in a 1957 Ford. I'd say the photo is from that race since it has the championship noted on it. Les Snow ran third that day, followed by Troy Ruttman and Cotton Farmer.

They ran there again on February 5, 1961, calling it the Jimmy Bryan Memorial, and the winner was Paul Goldsmith - probably in a Ray Nichels-prepared Pontiac.

Bring on the rest of those photos.

Here's a photo of the way Bryan's Mercury looked at Milwaukee in that time period...


Here is the finishing order to the Jimmy Bryant Memorial as posted on ultimateracinghistory.com. As a personal note My grandfather Bill Smith finished 29th in a 1960 Ford Starliner.

Jimmy Bryan Memorial

USAC Stock Car race
Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix, AZ
February 5, 1961
100 laps on 1 mile dirt oval; 100 miles

Fin St Driver # Owner Car Laps Money Status Laps Led
1 1 Paul Goldsmith 1960 Pontiac 100 1,500 running 89
2 7 John Rostek 1960 Ford 0
3 16 Elmer Musgrave 1961 Ford 0
4 3 Dick Hutcherson 1961 Ford 0
5 10 Norm Nelson 1960 Ford 0
6 12 Ron Hornaday Sr. 1961 Ford 0
7 21 Dave Lundman 1960 Ford 0
8 29 Jim Blomgren 1960 Ford 0
9 30 Brownie Brown 1960 Ford 0
10 24 Dempsey Wilson 1959 Plymouth 0
11 4 Danny Letner 1960 Ford 0
12 15 Gordon Gorman 1958 Ford 0
13 Eddie Meyer 0
14 28 Bruce Worrell 1960 Ford 0
15 23 Gene Long 1958 Mercury 0
16 19 Jack Norton 1959 Chevrolet 0
17 26 Dick Cook 1959 Plymouth 0
18 5 Jim Rathmann 1961 Ford 63 mechanical 0
19 14 Lloyd Dane 1959 Ford 0
20 8 A.J. Foyt 88 H. Richardson 1961 Ford 0
21 2 Rodger Ward 1960 Ford 48 accident 11
22 13 Parnelli Jones 1960 Ford 48 accident 0
23 6 Tony Bettenhausen 1958 Ford 0
24 9 Whitey Gerken 1960 Ford 0
25 25 Marvin Heinis 1960 Ford 0
26 22 Mel Larson 1958 Mercury 0
27 17 Bobby Unser 1960 Chevrolet 0
28 20 Bill Cheesbourg 1959 Ford radiator 0
29 18 Bill Smith 1960 Ford 0
30 27 Bob Hogle 1958 Pontiac 0
31 11 Wayne Weiler 1959 Plymouth 1 driveshaft 0
32 Bill Shoulders 0


Notes: Some reports place Hutcherson third and Musgrave fourth.
Time of race: 01:14:19
Average Speed: 80.72 MPH
Pole Speed: 41.87 seconds
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Here is the finishing order to the Jimmy Bryant Memorial as posted on ultimateracinghistory.com. As a personal note My grandfather Bill Smith finished 29th in a 1960 Ford Starliner.

Jimmy Bryan Memorial

USAC Stock Car race
Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix, AZ
February 5, 1961
100 laps on 1 mile dirt oval; 100 miles

Fin St Driver # Owner Car Laps Money Status Laps Led
1 1 Paul Goldsmith 1960 Pontiac 100 1,500 running 89
2 7 John Rostek 1960 Ford 0
3 16 Elmer Musgrave 1961 Ford 0
4 3 Dick Hutcherson 1961 Ford 0
5 10 Norm Nelson 1960 Ford 0
6 12 Ron Hornaday Sr. 1961 Ford 0
7 21 Dave Lundman 1960 Ford 0
8 29 Jim Blomgren 1960 Ford 0
9 30 Brownie Brown 1960 Ford 0
10 24 Dempsey Wilson 1959 Plymouth 0
11 4 Danny Letner 1960 Ford 0
12 15 Gordon Gorman 1958 Ford 0
13 Eddie Meyer 0
14 28 Bruce Worrell 1960 Ford 0
15 23 Gene Long 1958 Mercury 0
16 19 Jack Norton 1959 Chevrolet 0
17 26 Dick Cook 1959 Plymouth 0
18 5 Jim Rathmann 1961 Ford 63 mechanical 0
19 14 Lloyd Dane 1959 Ford 0
20 8 A.J. Foyt 88 H. Richardson 1961 Ford 0
21 2 Rodger Ward 1960 Ford 48 accident 11
22 13 Parnelli Jones 1960 Ford 48 accident 0
23 6 Tony Bettenhausen 1958 Ford 0
24 9 Whitey Gerken 1960 Ford 0
25 25 Marvin Heinis 1960 Ford 0
26 22 Mel Larson 1958 Mercury 0
27 17 Bobby Unser 1960 Chevrolet 0
28 20 Bill Cheesbourg 1959 Ford radiator 0
29 18 Bill Smith 1960 Ford 0
30 27 Bob Hogle 1958 Pontiac 0
31 11 Wayne Weiler 1959 Plymouth 1 driveshaft 0
32 Bill Shoulders 0


Notes: Some reports place Hutcherson third and Musgrave fourth.
Time of race: 01:14:19
Average Speed: 80.72 MPH
Pole Speed: 41.87 seconds

Johnny Rostek and Lou Wendzel @ Intermountain Speedway, WY circa 1959. ~VB
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