Earnings & points: Andrews $3,500?200 pts.; Thomas $2,500?160 pts.; Finney $1,500?140 pts.
The race: Andrews was last to make climb, delayed by installation of new transmission borrowed from another car. Setting new record, Andrews clipped 35.7 sec. from 1953 time of Louis Unser (known as The Old Man of the Mountains for having won the event eight times).
SEPT. 11: SYRACUSE, N.Y.
100 miles; 1 mile dirt; crowd 30,000. Total prize money $15,000. 18 started?10 finished 100 laps.
1. Bob Sweikert (Lutes Truck Spcl) 90.03 mph.
2. Don Freeland ( Bob Estes Spcl).
3. John Tolan (Anderson Spcl).
Earnings & points: Sweikert $3,750?200 pts.; Freeland $2,700?160 pts.; Tolan $1,500?140 pts.
The race: Sweikert took the lead from pole-position man Don Freeland on lap 47 and held it to finish. Refusing pit stop, Sweikert braved possibility of a blowout from a frayed tire. Forced to slow on 85th lap to save rubber, he finished ? mile ahead of Freeland.
SEPT. 18: HOOSIER 100 ( INDIANAPOLIS FAIRGROUNDS), IND.
100 miles; 1 mile dirt; crowd 17,876. Total prize money $23,600.18 started?9 finished 100 laps.
1. Jimmy Bryan (Dean Van Lines Spcl) 84.65 mph.
2. Bob Sweikert (Lutes Truck Parts Spcl).
3. Sam Hanks (Belanger Spcl).