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Art Pollard Memorial set Saturday

WHITE CITY -- The annual Art Pollard Memorial race is set for Saturday night at the Southern Oregon Speedway.

The special race will feature a 50-lap main event in the winged modified division, with $750 going to the winner.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing scheduled to start at 6. Admission is $8.50 for general admission seats and $7 for seniors 60 and over and kids 7 through 12.

Racing will also be held in the pro stock, mini stock, super truck and dwarf car divisions.

Pollard, who lived in Medford during the 1960s and early 70s, was killed during the Indianapolis 500 time trials on May 12, 1973.

Pollard raced at Indy seven times, finishing eighth in the 1967 race. The following year, while driving one of the celebrated STP-Turbo cars, he qualified 11th and was running fourth with just a few laps to go when a fuel pump drive shaft broke and forced him from the competition.

That same year, 1968, he won the pole position at the Milwaukee 200 and led the race for the first 135 miles, when his brakes failed.

Pollard was killed when he lost control of his Dan Gurney Eagle car and smashed into the outside retaining wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The car careened off the wall, burst into flames and spun into the infield, where it rolled several times.

Just seconds before, Pollard had turned the famous 2-mile oval at 191.4 mph.

Pollard dominated racing on the super modified circuit on the West Coast in the late '50s and early '60s. During one period in 1961, he won 22 of 28 main events.

A race in his name has been held in the Rogue Valley and in Roseburg, where he lived for several years prior to moving to Medford. He graduated from Roseburg High School in 1945.

Pollard was born in Dragon, Utah, but spent much of his youth in and around Los Angeles.

Tom Glover won the Pollard race last year at the Southern Oregon Speedway.