November 29, 1964 - Foyt Takes USAC Stock Car Finale at Hanford, Cal. - but PJ Takes Points Title

Dave Fulton
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Hanford Motor Speedway in California, which had originally been named Marchbanks Speedway after its builder, was the first superspeedway west of the Mississippi. The complex of several tracks was surrounded by the 1.4 mile paved triangular track (which in an aerial view might be mistaken for Pocono) where Rex White and Joe Weatherly had raced in 1960.

On November 29, 1964, the track in the middle of nowhere hosted the final race of the 1964 USAC stock car season. I don't really have any details except for the news clipping telling of AJ Foyt winning the Billy Vukovich Memorial Race in his 1964 Hemi Dodge and Parnelli Jones taking the USAC stock car points title.

In a sobering reminder of the staggering loss of drivers during the 1964 season, the race results state that the car originally scheduled for Bobby Marshman was driven by Marvin Porter. Marshman had been severly injured during an Indy car test at Phoenix the day previous to the stock car race named after another deceased driver and died from his injuries in December.

Though not too clear, the History of Marchbanks Speedway site has several color photos posted of the event. They include a starting lineup shot, a look at the turn banking, a spin by John Ward and Bill Myers, a crash by Lloyd Ruby and a shot of AJ in victory lane.

Reminiscent of the inaugural Charlotte Motor Speedway race, a number of cars appear to have dirt screens mounted in front of their grills.

Results from Ultimate Racing History




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updated by @dave-fulton: 12/05/16 04:00:58PM
Dave Fulton
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The memorial below to the race's namesake, Billy Vukovich, stands at the convention center in nearby Fresno, California:

The plaque reads as follows:

Bully Vukovich Memorial

This monument is dedicated May 30, 1956 by the citizens of Fresno to the memory of Fresno's own Billy Vukovich who met his death while leading the Indianapolis 500 mile race May 30, 1955.

Billy Vukovich who lived all his life in Fresno won almost every major automobile racing championship in the United States. Among his racing accomplishments are the following:

1954 Indianapolis 500 Winner
1953 Indianapolis 500 Winner
1950 National midget race champion
1947 Pacific Coast Midget Champion
1946 Pacific Coast Midget Champion

The citizens of Fresno are proud of Billy Vukovich. We are proud of his accomplishments his courage, his sportsmanship and his will to win. It is particularly fitting that we, the citizens of Fresno, erect and dedicate this memorial in honor of him who was a true champion.




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Dave Fulton
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Magazine cover showing the title clinching 1964 Bill Stroppe Mercury that Parnelli Jones used to clinch the USAC Stock Car Championship at Hanford, California on November 29, 1964:




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TMC Chase
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Lengthy history lesson on Marchbanks / Hanford here:

http://www.loganmolen.com/marchbanks/2010/4/8/history-of-marchbanks-speedway-aka-hanford-motor-speedway.html




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TMC Chase
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Marchbumps




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TMC Chase
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1964 Hanford USAC Vukovich 200 ad 112864HanfordSentinel.png




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