On Lap 172, Roger McCluskey, driving relief for Mel Kenyon, spun going into Turn 3 and crashed hard into the outside wall. Ronnie Bucknum was collected in the crash. Sammy Sessions clipped the wall locking up the brakes and nearly slid into the crashed cars. Sessions gained control, weaved his way through, and continued in the race. Spilled fuel started pouring from McCluskey's car, and a small fire broke out. As the field approached the scene, Jerry Grant and Jack Brabham spun in the oil, but were able to avoid the wall and continue in the race. The fire was quickly extinguished, but the yellow light was on for over 14 minutes to clear the track.
USAC National Championship
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
AP; The Indianapolis Star
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