Mike Mosley drove the A

Sunday 25th April 1971

Mike Mosley drove the A.J. Watson Eagle to his first career USAC Indy Car win, taking the 200 mile race on the 1.5 mile paved “peanut” shaped Trenton Speedway, New Jersey, US. Bobby Unser won the pole at a record 155.579 mph and led lap 1 before brother Al took over. Bobby immediately began falling back with handling problems and Al’s hopes for his 4th straight Indy Car soon ended with a burned piston on lap 5. Al’s retirement put the McNamara-Ford of Mario Andretti into first. Andretti led until the turbocharger failed on lap 34, moving Mosley out front. Mosley pulled away handily, lapping the field. Lloyd Ruby, running a lap down in 2nd, crashed after clipping rookie Don Brown while trying to lap him in the dogleg on lap 108. Anticipating the restart, Mosley hit the wall, spun and was hit by new 2nd place man Steve Krisiloff. Mosley nearly stalled, but recovered and drove into the pits for a quick check while Krisiloff was eliminated. With Krisiloff out, B. Unser was back to 2nd. Mosley struggled for almost a lap to find high gear following the stop, but finally got back up to speed. B. Unser’s motor finally gave up with 3 laps to go and Mosley cruised across the line 3 laps ahead of runner-up Wally Dallenbach’s Kuzma-Ford. Stock Car star LeeRoy Yarbrough, replacing the injured Swede Savage in Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers Eagle, finished 3rd and B. Unser still completed enough laps to wind up 4th.

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