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Sitter said unleaded fuel now account8 for about one-third of totalpuolinesrles. BY l m , it will be l a d and within another dn y a m , all guloline rill be unlerded. he -- said. -~ The average l e d content is declining ss older c u a are replaced, and Bitter said this trend will bring average lead content . 7 g r a G per gallon t o from the present 1 0.5gramoverthenext five years.ButEPA Winston Cup teams return next May. It milem an hour, the race going under the rules call for an 0.8-gram average by Jan. By Q a a O m n p r wu, a fitting climax to 20 waaons of caution 10 times for 54 laps. 1 of next year. He became only the fifth driver to win NASHVILLE. Tenn-The Nashville 420 competition on theold fairgrounds tmck. Sitter said this requirement can be However, it was a very frustrating 250- ul many a s two races here, joining Petty waived and said his projections of ade~atirday night w u raminiscent of yesteryear. when wdl-ban-, fender- mile. 420-la0 event for most of the drivers (8).Cale Yarborough (4). Jim Paschal (3) quate gasoline capacity prs h u e d on the bending and angry outbumts were w m - rn the 30-c& field. It wa8 agreat week for and Benny Parsons (2). asaumntion of such a waiver and no ban D a m l l Waltnp. who had a Waltrip day monplk. WalMp won the first race of hin career on MM'T. IfeithertheO.8Lead requirement Add a sweltering 90 degrees and you held m his honor on Wednesday a t n e u h y here in his 50th start, the 1975Music City or an MMT ban goes into effect. refinen, h da l l the ingredient8 of a wild nIght of RankIin. 420. His sixth win came in start No. 115. would have to reduce gasoline output He led300 laps,includingthelast251, in racing at any local dirt track. It wss a bitter loss for pole winner lower octane levels, he said. Bitter called for more dialog between But this war thestar-studded 17thw e n t posting his t h M victory of the season. It Puaons. who wss trying to become the in the Winston Cup series. The spit and was not an easy win,althoughtheDiOud third driver to win three Nashville races the oil and auto industries. notinu that a poliahed late model m a c h m s showed Gatorade Chevrolet driver won by two in a row and the first to take three ban on MMT might help auto makirs. but could create problems for refiners that moreasarandtearaiterthersoethanyou laps over the battered and bruised 8TP consecutive 250-milers. Dodge driven by Richard Petty. wuld bslieve. Pstty,who has won only one of the last would eventually hurt both industries. Waltrip. 30,fought off the sizzling heat. 1 It waa the 28th and ladt race for the cam 18 here, had hopes of breaking a 15"If MMT wsre banned. it would m i r e and drivers on the ,588-mile Nashville survived numerous accidents and ended race losing atreak on the short tracks. a a billion iv&tment by 188J to keep circuit he once dominated. His last short- octane up t o currant levels." he said. "11 track win was recorded on Nov. 2,1975,at could cause a shortfall by 1979 of 500.000 Bristol. Tenn. ConUnued On Next Pam And the losing streaksol Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker continued. AUiaon hss TR7'S WIN AT MID-OHIO lost 53 races in a row dating back to the AND WATKINS GLEN 1875 Bouthem 500. Baker i s winless in his l a d 37 starts, his last victory being O n Pohhw. m hs n n ml. . a OP I( Ud-Mow *11y 11. m t .Mind . a M n OWnhdf m maha TR7 K a Sll* mldl rt 11provide bo&s prize money of $&O. $200, and g50 to the top three mgistsmd in the 1878 Winston 500. n l u b the rur bl YdOha, lull I 1 climbing out of the car. Weltrip W 1st finishers in Showroom Stock B racing. The V W of A bucks en,in s aAfter e & o l y n w w e i d "Well, do you think I lucked into this w II MkeFmW, mud* addition to any guaranteed payback from other sources. Contlnwd Om Pago 16 &&Opt YC Md@ R Is1

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MidOhio's CanAm raoe August 8, ~ m O r e to d be the site of an insurrection whemin promoter Lea Griebling would allow turbos and let the SCCA do as it would. will be "a box-stock CanAm." according to the track. No turbos, no trick stuff. But the August 28 IMSA weekend will feature 50 cars, a $10.000 bonus for the overall win, and the track has made up a list of 22 leading drivers who will not be allowed to pair up in the three hour race in an effort to get more cars. Camel GTU driver Walt Maas, leading the series at the midpoint of the season, has had hie sponaorship incmaaed by Automation and Garretson Enterprises so he can run the rest of the year. He had initially had enough money for aelected races only. Everywhere you look. there's a kid going fast: German Hans Surer has been signed to team with B N ~ O Giacomelli on the Meroh FZ team. Surer, who has raced with American Eddie Cheever in a

Ford Backs Out Of Airbag Deal
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