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An outstanding field of drivers have been lined up for the Sandlapper, 200 Grand National race at the Columbia Speedway, which will climax the July the Fourth week of racing in South Carolina.

Signed up for the 200-lap, 100 mile race for late model stock cars are the circuit’s finest drivers like Joe Weatherly, Nelson Stacy, Rex White, Ned Jarrett and Cotton Owens.

The race at the local half-mile dirt track will start at 8:30. Time trials are set for 6:30. Reserved grandstand seats are $4. Infield tickets are $3.

Weatherly will be driving a ’61 Pontiac, set up by mechanic Bud Moore as a dirt-track racer. Stacy, the burly driver from Daytona Beach who won the recent Rebel 300, will be driving a 1962 Holman-Moody Ford.

Jarrett, who wond the first GN race here this season, will be in ’62 Chevrolet as will Rex White. Smith will be driving a ’61 Pontiac and Petty will mount in a ’62 Plymouth. Owens has entered a ’62 Pontiac.

Columbia’s Joe Penland, an outstanding late-model sportsman driver, has entered a ’60 Chevy in the race. It will be his first outing on the GN circuit. Larry Thomas entered a ’62 Dodge, the only ’62 Dodge running regularly on the circuit.

Other drivers entered are Wendell Scott (Chevy), Buck and Buddy Baker (Chryslers), Tommy Irwin (Chevy), Jim Pascual (Pontiac), G. C. Spencer (Chevy), Herman Beam (Ford), Thomas Cox (Plymouth) and Ft. Jackson’s George Green (Chevy).

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Don Keesey of Roanoke, Va., driving a ’62 Dodge, heads the field at the Palmetto Raceway’s opening program today. Keesey and a host of top stock drivers will be on hand for the holiday drag racing event at the quarter-mile strip located near Pelion on Highway 215. A purse of $1,000 has been posted.

This will be a regional record meet of the Timing Association of America (TANA). A field of 175 cars is expected. Gates will open at 10:30. The first elimination event starts at 2:30.

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Drag Races are scheduled tonight at the quarter-mile strip near Blaney. Featured will be a host of drivers in the stock classes.

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Drag races will be held this afternoon and tonight at the Greer Jaycee Strip and will feature “anything you can ride.” Entries have been received from Bicyclists, go-karters and even horseback riders, in addition to the regular dragsters. The unusual events will beld from noon until 4 p.m. At 4:30, the regular drag show begins.

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A race of champions will be held at the Newberry Fairgrounds Speedway tonight in a July Fourth championship 100-lap event sanctioned by the Dixie Auto Racing Corporation (DARC). Former Winners who will compete in the race are Joe Jeffcoat of Columbia, Billy King of Saluda, Arnette Awtry of Greenwood, W. M. Fulmler of Saluda, James Burnette of Union, Junior McAllister of Greenwood, Marvin Moore of Westminster and Buck Simmons of Cornelia, Ga.

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The Firecracker 250 in Daytona Beach today will be carried in Columbia over radio station WCOS. The race will start at 11 o’clock.

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A modified sportsman program, featuring a top upper-state and Georgia drivers, will be staged at the Greenwood Fairgrounds Speedway Thursday night in a DARC program. W. M. Fulmer of Saluda and Joe Jeffcoat of Columbia are two of the outstanding drivers entered.

July 4, 1962  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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