Clipped From The Greenville News
.EXHAUST BLASTS Papa Petty Sets Pace; Amateurs Resume Races As for the Grand Nationals, the parade remains in the north this week with Papa Lee Petty still leading the parade by a 'wide margin with his oldest son, Richard, also driving. Richard had his initiation sometime ago in South Carolina, but drove in all three Grand Nationals last week at Busti, N. Y., Toronto, Canada and Buffalo, N. Y. and Jiad his first fence-busting experience at Toronto when he tangled with Jim Reed of Peek-skill, N..Y. Young Richard expects to be ready for the big 500-miler at Darlington, but has several other races coming up ahead of that including the National Sweepstakes race at Bowman Gray Record Field Expected For j Chester Races ' ' CHESTER A record num- Jier of cars perhaps 200 is expected to appear Saturday night in response to a special bait at the Chester airport drag . strip. ' The bait? A suspension of the Regular entry fee.. This week the competitors will only be required to purchase the pit pass for Insurance purposes. 'Last week a speed record fell fls 12? cars took part in the eliminations before a crowd of 1.100. Dessie Durden of Colum bia whipped his Chrysler-pow ered dragster down the quarter mile straightaway and hit 125 miles per hour at the finish line This effort, the fastest ever run here in the BGas Dragster division,- won him the Top Time Trophy. Durden was ready to take on Van Hatley of Mint Hill, N.C., in the battle for Top Elinv inator Award when he had to retire with a blown clutch'. Hat' ley, driving Dick Bchlings' Pon tiac Dragster, went on to take the big cup. LOW AT LINVILLE LINVILLE. N.C. - Mrs. Bevelle Nabers, 20-year-old St Petersburg, Fla. golfer, won the medal Monday with a one-over- par 72 to pace championship qual ifiers for the annual LInville Ladies' Invitational amateur tour namcnt. Stadium Fridajuiight, August 15. Mark down the name of Shorty Rollins in the victory ranks. Shorty won his first Grand National at Busti, N. Y, last week and the former Corpus Christi, Texas driver is really showing up as the rookie sensation of the 1958 season. Rollins is driving a 1958 Ford being maintained by Spook Crawford of Fayetteville, N. C. In the other Grand Nationals, Lee Petty won the thriller at Toronto, trailed by Cotton Owens and Jim Reed and then Reed won the feature at Buffalo Saturday night, trailed by Owens and Rex White. The Grand Nationals run at Rochester, N. Y. Friday night and at Belmar, N. Saturday night. South Carolina racing fans get their second glimpse at NASCAR's late model convert ibles within a week as they move to Myrtle Beach Saturday night for a 100-mile trip around the half-mile track. Greenville's Herb (Tootle) Estes, driving a '51 Plymouth powered with a Chrysler motor, has moved into 11th spot in the modified point standings. Estes will be racing at Charlotte Friday night. The NASCAR amateurs return to the Greenville-Pickens Speedway here Saturday nieht, starting at 8:15 oVlnrk. Elmo Henderson continues to lead the noint parade with 5(10 points. A field of 30 cars is expected. Independent amateur drivers, after being rained out last week, resume their weekly races at the Golden Strip Fountain Inn Satur-day night, starting at 8:15 o'clock. . Promoter Jim Boling said the guaranteed purse has been increased considerably. This week's schedule: Thursday Sportsman four-event program, Columbia. Friday Modified-sportsman races with double feature at Charlotte Fairgrounds: sportsman and amateurs at Lynchburg; and Grand Nationals at Rochester, N. Y. Saturday NASCAR amateurs, four events at Greenville-Pick ens Speedway; Independent amateurs, four events nt Golden Strip Speedway, Fountain Inn, sportsman and hobble? and Darlington film at Bowman Gray; Convert ibles at Myrtle Beach; G. N. at Belmar. N. J.