The track had gone to open competition in its top division, and the field was mixed.
In the famous Snap 6, an Edmunds sprint car, was Jim Martel, a highly regarded veteran from Massachusetts, who continued on to a stellar career.
From #991 - Geoff Bodine ran a Pinto-bodied modified in 1981.
But he decided to go in a different direction in time for the Thompson 300 in early September, and put a Cavalier body on his #99 White Tornado. The new body-style stuck, and by 1983 Cavaliers were everywhere. For many years, modifieds had been built from junkyard parts and ingenuity, but almost overnight they turned into store-bought race cars.
From the late twenties to 1938, he competed coast to coast in AAA competition with such unbelievable energy and success that he became known as the Grand Old Man of Auto Racing.
It all came to an end, however, time-trialing at Flemington, NJ, on September 3, 1938.
But there never has been anyone who has failed twice. Maybe it was due to the cold drizzle that had met incoming fans the night before or maybe it was the national worry about Hitlers action in Europe.
There have been some men who have failed it once, come back and passed it. Quote and Photo from #999 - There seemed to be a strange foreboding at the Brickyard early in the day of the 1941 500.
The event, down two cars, started an hour late, and Mauri Rose eventually won the show.
From #998 - It was the early 70s on the oiled dirt at the 1/3-mile Beech Ridge Speedway, just outside Portland, ME.
Now the biggest difference from one car to another was the paint job.
Photo and Caption from #990 Heres a beefy Bob Smith out of Columbus, Ohio, wheeling this Lawless 66 flyweight small block at the old West Virginia International Speedway in Ona in 1964. The next year he won the Wynns Invitational at Ona handily in a Lawless pavement roadster.