Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Sep 8 1970, Page 8

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - September 8, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaG Tum Day site after a Dannie Allison car no. 27, hits Wall on346th Lap eliminating him from race tense crowd sees race Baker and his wife take a breather among his by Gregory Martin morning news sports editor roaring motors choking Gas fumes spin outs and tense Battles for the Lead. Crowded stands and an in Field packed with campers automobiles and Sun bathing spectators. That was the 1970 version of the Southern 500, the South s oldest and most prestigious Stock car race. The leaders fought it out for first place through four hours of the hazy afternoon while some infield spectators stared at the close duels and pointed excitedly 1 As their favourites charged toward the front of the pack. Others Lay Back on blankets or. On top of campers and caught up on lost sleep while i i still others milled lazily 500 trophies around the area. Cars scraped the Wall and skidded into the pits for Emer gency repairs sending p i t Crews scurrying about Mak ing rapid tire changes and pouring in gasoline. The Stock cars then roared off again to add to the incessant blast of noise that assaulted and deadened the ear Drums. One after another dejected Drivers gave up the Battle and walked away from cars they had brought in with blown engines and other assorted problems. Only 24 survived until the Check ered Flag waved buddy Baker after the 367th grueling Lap. The end brought pandemonium As Baker s car was hauled up the ramp to Vic tory lain and the infield Gates were opened to let the swarming kids push toward the trophy presentation. The crowds finally drifted away leaving the mile and three eighths track strewn with paper tin cans and other trash waiting the cleanup Crews. Staff photos i by Sonny Smith Johnny Ellis i Jimmie Owens Don Tarr bails out after car gets stuck at top of turn Dannie Allison 27 Cale Yarborough bump on turn Champ buddy Baker Cotton Owens trophy mrs. Baker wins kiss from hero Cale Yarborough out after hitting Wall buddy Baker 6 moves up on Yarborough James Hilton goes into spin

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