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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 8, 1983, Tokyo, JapanThursday september 8, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes Allison survives heat to win Southern 500 sports 27 Darlington . A Bobby Allison outraged a series of challengers and survived the oppressive heat monday to win the 34th Southern 500 grand National Stock car race. Racing the other cars was t As Tough today As racing the track said Allison of the narrow and treacherous 1.366-mile Darlington International raceway Oval. There was Strain on you Lap after Lap after Lap. There was no Relief at the 45-year-old Grandfather from Hueytown ala., started 14th, but was among the leaders before the first 100 Miles had elapsed on this humid Day with temperatures in the mid-90s. We had an excellent setup on the car Allison explained. We never changed a thing All Day Long. The Only real problem we had out there was the heat. I guess we be run races where it was this hot but for some reason today the heat was very noticeable to Allison got a Little Relief when his Digard team Crew Cut a Small Hole in the roof of the car during a pit Stop about Halfway through the race. That helped the circulation inside the car a Little bit and even a Little bit made a difference in this race Allison said. The Triumph May have helped Allison regain the momentum toward what he Hopes will be his first Winston cup championship. I really think we never really lost it the momentum he said. It s just that we have a commitment to go racing. And when you race sometimes you draw the Short Straw. But this is a big win for us he admitted. The Victory was Allison s fourth of the season and his fourth in the Southern 500. He previously won this race in 1971, 72 and 75. More importantly however it was the first time in four races that Allison had finished ahead of Darrell Waltrip the two time defending Winston cup Champion and Allison s closest pursuer in the current Point race. Allison driving a Buick regal crossed the finish line 9.38 seconds ahead of the Ford thunderbird driven by Bill Elliott. It was the eighth second place finish of Elliott s grand National career and his fourth this season. Waltrip was a Distant third followed by pole Sitter Neil Bonnett and Terry Labonte All of them in Chevrolet Monte Carlo super sports and All on the same Lap with the Winner. Allison picked up 15 Points on Waltrip and leads the season race by 56 Points with eight race remaining. The Winner averaged 123.343 Mph in the grueling 500-mile race made tougher by High humidity an temperatures in the mid-90s. There was Little question that Allison was on the Way to the 77th Victory of his grand National career after he made his final pit Stop on Lap 338. He took Only Gas and dashed out of the pits after stopping for Only 6.3 seconds. Allison who fought off challenges from All the top finishers As Well As buddy Baker and five time Southern 500 Winner Cale Yarborough regained the Lead for the last time on Lap 342 of the 367-Lap event passing Elliott and quickly pulling away to Abig Lead. Allison won $45,050 from the total purse of$339,000. Allison led four times in the race for a total of118 laps. Bonnett dominated the first 100 Miles moving off to leads of up to four seconds Over David Pearson before he began having problems with a broken pin on his steering wheel. He remained ahead until Lap 82 when Pearson sped by As Bonnett struggled with the steering wheel. Bonnett got the wheel changed when he made a Green Flag pit Stop on Lap 89, briefly losing Alap to the leaders. But he quickly got Back onto the Lead Lap and into Contention when All the other leaders also made Green Flag pit stops. And Bonnett managed to stay among the leaders the rest of the Way despite having to change steering wheels three More times to get the proper handling. There were no injuries reported but the race was slowed considerably by nine caution flags. The first came out on Lap three when Ronnie Thomas car began throwing off Billows of smoke. The next yellow Flag came out on Lap 25 when Lennie Pond scraped the Wall Between turns 3 and 4. Lake Speed who started third in the 41-car Field hit the Wall and continued on Lap 103, while Ron Bouchard caused the fourth caution when his car blew its engine on Lap 116. Kyle Petty son of the All time grand National Allison heat was noticeable Victory Leader crunched the Wall in turn 2 on lap131, bringing out the fifth yellow. Dick Brooks and Morgan Shepherd tangled in the third turn on Lap 144, starting a wild Melee in which everyone except Harry Gant managed to come out unscathed. Brooks car hit the Wall hard and was eliminated from the race. Gant s car was damaged and it Cost him about 40 laps Back in the garage area before he was Able to come Back onto the track while Shepherd was Able to smacked the Wall on Lap 197 for the seventh caution and Tommy Gale s blown Engin and crash caused the eighth yellow Flag. Grand National rookies Sterling Marlin and Trevor boys both ran through Gale s Oil and crashed. Dick mayan . Ulrich both running far Back in the pack bumped on Lap 261 and left a Load of debris intern 2, bringing out the ninth caution Flag. A Sun drenched crowd estimated at about 65,000watched the race. The heat had its effect on the Drivers wit several of them needing Relief and Elliott and Waltrip needing treatment for heat exhaustion following the race. Both were treated in the infield medical Center and released. Rookie takes Lyga Victory in Illinois Springfield 111. A Lauri Peterson became the first Rookie on the Lyga tour to win a tournament in the last four years defeating Judy Ellis on the first Hole of a sudden death playoff monday and capturing the $150,000 rail Charity Clas . Ellis bogeyed the first Hole of the playoff missing a six foot putt after Peterson tapped in for her Par. Peterson and Ellis had tied at 6-under-Par 210 at the end of regulation play in the 54-Hole ladies professional golfers association tournament. Peterson 23, of Phoenix ariz., recovered from a triple bogey on the Par-3 14th Hole where she hit her second shot into a water Hazard. She and Ellis both birdied the 17th Hole and parred the 18th to set up the playoff. Peterson s previous Best showing was a third place tie last May in the Lyga lady Michelob tournament in Atlanta. Her Victory monday brought her $22,500 in top prize Money. Australia ii captures challenger spot faces Liberty in cup finals Newport . A Australia ii the yacht with a secret winged keel pinned a three minute 19 second defeat on Britain s Victory 83 monday winning the right to Chal Lenge for the historic America s cup next week. Sailing in an easy going Smoky southwesterly of about 10 knots the aussie 12-meter, sailed by John Ber Trand sprinted to a 1 18 Lead at the first Mark and never was threatened thereafter. The Victory gave Australia ii Vic tory in the Best of seven challenger finals 4-1, and put her on the starting line in the cup finals sept. 13. The australians in the seven race cup finals face skipper Dennis con Ner and Liberty named last Friday to defend the storied old sailing prize for the new York yacht club. Victory 83, under helmsman Law Rie Smith and Rodney Pattison made up seven seconds on the second leg a Broad reach but then fell behind. After the second tacking leg Australia ii led by 2 41. The British boat made up 23 seconds on the fifth leg a run but then fell Back by More than a minute on the final beat. Australia ii and Liberty Are the survivors of seven foreign boats and three american entries which began racing trials in june to determine which would be matched for the cup. The America s cup won 132 years ago in a race off England s Isle of Wight has never been taken away from the . In 24 previous foreign challenges. Australia ii has dominated foreign racing Here winding up the summer with a 48-6 record. Victory 83 ended the trials at 32-22. Australia is keel has been controversial since she arrived and her Crew has kept it hidden from prying eyes or cameras by draping the boat s underbody in plastic sheets when out of the water. The aussie Syndicate has declined to describe the keel but said earlier that designer Ben Lexcen developed it in Long study at the testing tanks of the maritime research Institute i Holland. The nyc made repeated but unsuccessful efforts to have the winged keel ruled illegal during the summer and announced aug. 26 that questions about the design of Australia ii had been resolved. Echoes of the dispute cropped up monday when member Richard Latham of the nyc s cup committee released a letter asking for a retraction from the dutch research Sta Tion s research chief or. . Oosterveld. Latham complained that dutch scientist or. Peter Vanoossanen in a telex report to the aussies about a conference aug. 24 said he declined to sign an affidavit from Latham about the boat because it had inaccuracies. Latham said he believed his affidavit was Correct based on earlier talks with Vanoossanen. Latham s proposed affidavit said in part Ben Lexcen was the team Leader and maintained an office at numb the dutch lab for four months. However the project from beginning to end was a team Effort and the results represent the combined talents and contributions of Al members of the nyc cup committee member Henry h. Andersonjr. Said the Latham letter was to Clear the air in View of Vanoossanen s report to the aussies. I think he is trying to straighten the record Anderson said monday

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