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THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL

MONDAY MORNING, AUGUST 4, 1969

A Three-Tire Stand Goes Down The Drain.
Wood Turns Quarter
    In A Record Time 

By LARRY REA

Bobby Wood worked overtime yesterday afternoon at the Shelby County International Raceway and the extra duty paid off with a National Hot Rod Association record.

   The Birmingham driver won a two-match Funny Car battle with Eddie Schartman of Cleveland in a special show on the NHRA's Southeast Division II points meet at SCIR.

   As an extra bit of showmanship, the noted Chevrolet driver climbed behind his famed Chevy II and hit the wire at :07.58 elapse time, an NHRA record.

   While Wood was cracking the NHRA record book, defending Street Eliminator Bo Laws of Orlando, Fla., swept to an easy victory for his category.

   Laws, who picked up $350 for his efforts, turned back Buddy Criscoe of Fern Creek, Ky., with a final round clocking of :11.66 at 117.03 miles per hour.  Criscoe was clocked at :11.79 at 114.79 mph.

   The 33-year-old Laws, a 13-year veteran of drag racing, was the pre-race favorite in his 427-cubic-inch Chevrolet Corvette.

   A crowd of 4,639 watched more than 150 entries compete for points toward a possible high spot in next month's NHRA World Series at Tulsa, Okla.

   Wood's easy win over Schartman, who was filling in for Don Nicholson, stretched his sub-:07 streak to seven straight over SCIR's 1320 drag strip.  He also won the Funny Car title at the Southern Nationals earlier this season.

   Laws, the 1968 Street Eliminator champion, turned back Nashville's Ronnie Stewart in a near photo finish in the second round.  Laws was clocked at :11.67, only :00.12 off his existing NHRA record.  Stewart, a winner in the Southern Nationals earlier this season at SCIR, hit the wire at :11.79.

   Wood, driving a 1969 Chevrolet, turned :07.54 on his first at 194.38 mph, while Schartman had a :08.03 at 176.12 mph.  Wood's clocking on only two-tenths of a second over the SCIR record of :07.52 set earlier this season by Memphian Larry Coleman.

   A fast jump off the line enabled Wood to score a two match victory over Schartman's 1969 Cougar.  Wood was timed at :07.58 at 193.54 mph, while Schartman had an :07.98 at 181.80 mph.

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NHRA Scorecard

FUNNY CAR: Won by Bobby Wood, Birmingham; 2. Eddie Schartman, Cleveland.

TOP GAS: Won by the team of Durel-Rondazzo-Punaky, Kenner, La (:07.93-185.56); 2. Ron Martin, St. Louis (redlight).

SUPER STOCK: Won by Bill Tanner, Norcross, Ga. (:10.78-128.93); 2. J.C. South, Birmingham (:10.97-128.38); 3. Melvin Yow, Lillington, NC.

COMPETITION: Won by David Major, Nashville (:10.27-133.13); 2. Sherrill Huff, Lebanon Junction, Ky. (:11.89-118.73).

STREET: Won by Bow Laws, Orlando, Fla. (:11.66-117.03); 2. Buddy Criscoe, Fern Creek, Ky. (:11.79-114.79).

 

 


The preceding article is Copyright The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN.  
Thanks to David Rubenstein for supplying this article.

 
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