Silver Dollar Nationals

Monday, April 23, 2018

1961 – Late Model 100 to Goldsmith


Paul Goldsmith


Dayton, Ohio (April 23, 1961) – Paul Goldsmith of St. Clair Shores, Mich., won his third USAC late model stock car race of the season, taking the 100-lap feature with an average of 89.87 miles per hour. Goldsmith, who had won previously at Phoenix and Los Angeles, collected $750 for his efforts. 
Don White of Keokuk, Iowa, who holds the one-lap record at Dayton Speedway, which he set last season, chased Goldsmith across the finish line in a close finish. A lap behind were Bill Shoulders of Waukegan, Ill., Whitey Johnson of Hammond, Ind., and Les Snow of Bloomington, Ill.
Twenty-two cars started the feature with 18 finishing. Time for the 100-lap feature was 36 minutes and 2 seconds.
Goldsmith, driving a 1961 Pontiac, was in second place behind Bill Cheesbourg of Tucson, Ariz., from lap seven to lap 38. Cheesebourg started to slow and Goldsmith scooted by a lap later. Cheesbourg would retire four laps later with a broken axle. Goldsmith was never headed after that.

Results –

1.     Paul Goldsmith, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
2.     Don White, Keokuk, Iowa
3.     Bill Shoulders, Waukegan, Ill.
4.     Whitey Johnson, Hammond, Ind.
5.     Les Snow, Bloomington, Ill.
6.     Gene Marmor, Schiller Park, Ill.
7.     Don Oldenburg, Highland, Ind.
8.     Bill Lutz, Chicago, Ill.
9.     Sal Tovella, Chicago, Ill.
10.  Dave Lundman, Libertyville, Ill

Friday, April 20, 2018

1975 - Howe Wins Louisville ASA 100-Lapper


 
 
Louisville, Ky. (April 20, 1975) - Ed Howe, of Beaverton, Mich., battled with early race leader, Carl Smith, of West Jefferson, Ohio, until lap 44 of the 100-lap American Speed Association (ASA) “Circuit of Champions” Series event at Fairgrounds Motor Speedway, Sunday, then went into the lead to win the race by nearly half a lap on the third-mile paved track.

Smith utilized his front row starting position to take an intermediate lead in the feature event but had to battle a determined Moose Myers, of Fort Wayne, Ind., who ran side-by-side with the leader until being trapped behind a slower car and forced into the infield on lap 35. Myers quickly recovered but Howe, lurking in third, capitalized on the situation to take second behind Smith.

Although Smith artfully played slower traffic to his advantage to keep the faster Howe behind him, and open race track had at lap 44 allowed Howe to race by for the lead.

Myers maintained third position behind Smith until a tangle developed as he lapped Mickey Flora on lap 77. Myers spun into the infield and Bill Kimmel advanced to the third spot before Myers could recover.

Kimmel, a former late model champion at the Louisville track, mounted a late race charge against Smith for second position but was a car length short at the completion of 100 laps. Trailing Howe, Smith and Kimmel was Myers in fourth, with Billy Howell, of Louisville, in fifth.

In qualifications, Howe carded fast time but NASCAR veteran Charlie Glotzbach of Georgetown, Ind., was second fastest, just a tenth of a second back. Glotzbach was sidelined by a blown engine in his heat race.

 

Results -

1.  Ed Howe
2.  Carl Smith
3.  Bill Kimmel
4.  Moose Myers
5.  Billy Howell
6.  Robin Schildknecht
7.  Dave Sorg
8.  Joe Wormcastle
9.  Don Keevin
10.  Jim Hines
11.  Shorty Hinshaw
12.  Ellis Herbert
13.  La Marr Marshall
14.  Harold Scott
15.  Denny Miles
16.  Mickey Flora
17.  Danny Acrey
18.  Larry Clemons
19.  Clyde Brown
20.  Gene Prosser
21.  Jim Robinson
22.  Bobby Watson
23.  Mike Eddy
24.  Luther Reed

Thursday, April 19, 2018

1969 - The Old Master Sweeps Vinton Opener




Vinton, Iowa (April 19, 1969) – The Old Master, labeled by many experts as the best short track driver in the Midwest, showed ‘em how it’s done Saturday night on the Benton County Fairgrounds quarter-mile.
Red Droste of Waterloo, Iowa, the 1968 champion at both Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, tromped his 1968 Chevelle to victory three times in the late model stock car races before a capacity crowd that braved near-freezing weather to view the season opener.
Droste banked $300 for winning the feature and pocketed another $50 for setting fast time.
The redhead gave fans a preview of what was to come when he wheeled his Chevelle to fast time honors, touring the quarter-mile in 17.73 seconds. He followed that up with a squeaker in the fast heat and a fairly easy win in the 25-lap main event.
A crowd estimated at 1,700 watched the races as did some of the area drivers. Bill McDonough of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Bill Zwanziger of Waterloo, Iowa and Cal Swanson of Reinbeck, Iowa, were all present but were unable to complete their cars in time for the spring championship.
Chub Liebe of Oelwein, Iowa, was unable to make it because of work yet to be done on his car and Ron Weedon of Pleasant Valley, Iowa, the 1968 East Moline and Davenport champion, was kept at home because of floodwaters in the area.
Jimmy Schmuecker, a Vinton, Iowa favorite, didn’t even get time to re-ramp his 1965 Ford. His transmission locked up during hot lap and the popular charger was forced to watch the action from the pit area.
Del Stokke of Ames, Iowa, driving a 1957 Chevrolet, took an early lead in the feature, holding Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa, Danny Clement of Rhoades, Iowa and Droste at bay for the first nine laps until Sanger powered past him into the top spot.
Droste would also move past Stokke as well and was hot on Sanger’s tailpipe in no time, waiting for the young pilot to falter. Sanger would hold the top spot until the 17th lap, then give Droste the break he was looking for. Going into turns one and two, Sanger’s car would drift high, allowing Droste to go low and power by for the lead.
From there on out it was merely a battle for second place as Droste drove a beautiful race for the remaining eight circuits and his super power plant made the task seem easy.
Droste would take the checkers ahead of Sanger, Danny Clement, Tom Hughes of Monticello, Iowa and Dale DeFrance of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Al Iben of Monticello, Iowa, Clement and Droste would score heat wins while Glen Martin of Independence, Iowa, won the 12-lap semi-main.

Results –

1.    Red Droste, Waterloo, Iowa
2.    Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
3.    Danny Clement, Rhoades, Iowa
4.    Tom Hughes, Monticello, Iowa
5.    Dale DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa
6.    Del Stokke, Ames, Iowa
7.    Bill Beckman, Lisbon, Iowa
8.    Dave Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
9.    Glen Martin, Independence, Iowa
10.  A.E. Mayner, Winthrop, Iowa
11.  Arlo Becker, Atkins, Iowa
12.  Bill Barthelmes, Walker, Iowa

Sunday, April 15, 2018

1981 – Shear Tops ARTGO Main at Rockford




Rockford, Ill. (April 15, 1981) – ARTGO Racing opened its late model stock car racing season under cold, cloudy skies at Rockford Speedway on Sunday afternoon, with Joe Shear wheeling his 1981 Camaro to victory in the 81-lap ‘Spring Classic’.
The South Beloit, Ill., speedster, a former six-time track champion at the quarter-mile Rockford speed plant, took command on lap 47 from pacesetter Fred Campbell of Battle Creek, Mich., and went on to score the win under extreme pressure by second place finisher Larry Detjens of Wausau, Wis.
The victory was Shear’s third in ARTGO competition since the series began in 1975.
Finishing behind Shear and Detjens in the main event were three-time ARTGO champion Dick Trickle of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Jim Sauter of Necedah, Wis., and Campbell.
Twenty ‘stars and cars’ started the feature race on the high-banked quarter-mile with Pat Schauer of Watertown, Wis., grabbing the lead from his outside front row spot. Schauer and his Camaro set sail, putting daylight between him and his nearest competitor. Schauer would remain in the top spot until lap 26 when his mount lost oil pressure sending the young charger to the pit area.
Campbell and his Camaro, running second to Schauer, inherited the lead with the likes of Trickle, Shear, Sauter and Detjens moving rapidly towards the number one spot.
Campbell would keep his car out front until Shear, driving a hard race through the pack, took over the lead. Detjens, who twice had to come from the back of the pack because of minor spins, set his sights on the top spot. Taking over fourth place from Campbell on lap 53, Detjens sped past Sauter on lap 55 and then stole second from Trickle on lap 57.
With less than 30 circuits to go, a battle for the lead between Shear and Detjens was played over and over as the pair of Camaro’s whistled around the high-banked Rockford facility. In the heat of the battle, the two stock cat jockeys rubbed fenders a number of times trying to get the advantage over the competition.
Detjens, who was last year’s ARTGO ‘Spring Classic’ winner, finished a car length behind Shear at starter Bill Gronley’s checkered flag, with Trickle the same distance behind Detjens.
In time trials, Detjen’s qualifying lap of 13.643 seconds topped a field of 44 entrants.

Results –

1.    Joe Shear, South Beloit, Ill.
2.    Larry Detjens, Wausau, Wis.
3.    Dick Trickle, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
4.    Jim Sauter, Necedah, Wis.
5.    Fred Campbell, Battle Creek, Mich.
6.    Larry Schuler, New Lenox, Ill.
7.    Willie Goeden, Kewaskum, Wis.
8.    Jim Weber, Roseville, Minn.
9.    Dennis Vogel, Manitowoc, Wis.
10.  Jim Pierson, Janesville, Wis.
11.   Dave Price, Panora, Iowa
12.   L.J. Lines, Indianapolis
13.   Bob Dotter, Chicago
14.   John Knaus, Rockford, Ill.
15.   Tom Jones, Northbrook, Ill.
16.   Wayne Lensing, Rockford, Ill.
17.   Pat Schauer, Watertown, Wis.
18.   Tom Reffner, Rudolph, Wis.
19.    Fran Prestay, Silver Lakes, Wis.
20.  Burt Weitmeyer, Lansing, Ill.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

1968 - Dick Sutcliffe captures Topeka opener


Dick Sutcliffe
 


Topeka, Kan. (April 14, 1968) – A chilly April evening didn’t cool the spirits of the racing fans as the 1968 race season opened at the Mid-America Fairgrounds under the promotion of Jerry Weld.
The fairgrounds came to life with drivers from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. They put on one of the best racing programs in Topeka in years.
Dick Sutcliffe of Greenwood, Mo., driving the Gary Hanna #29, grabbed the 25-lap feature win. Thad Dosher of Topeka, the 1967 Knoxville Nationals champion, took second, driving Jack Cunningham’s #14. Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill., in the Hitchcock #82 Chevy out of Des Moines, nabbed third place.
Blundy won the B-feature while Kenny Weld, formerly of Kansas City, now out of Pennsylvania, won the trophy dash.
All in all, it was a great first night for Jerry Weld in his first effort as the promoter of the half-mile track.
Sutcliffe ripped off a time of 24.59 seconds in time trials to earn the eighth starting position under the new rule which inverts the fastest eight cars for the feature.
The husky veteran won his heat race, proving it is possible to move from eighth to first in a hurry.
Blundy was unable to get his machine functioning for time trials and had to settle for starting in the rear of the field for both his heat and B-feature.
In the B-feature he started tenth to first in five laps, and won going away. In the main event, he got up to sixth in seven laps and was in third by lap 12. However, his momentum stopped there, as he was unable to get by Dosher and Sutcliffe.

Results –

Time trials – Dick Sutcliffe (24.59)
Heat #1 – Ralph Blackett
Heat #2 – Grady Wade
Heat #3 – Dick Sutcliffe
B-main – Jerry Blundy
Trophy dash – Kenny Weld
Feature –

1.    Dick Sutcliffe
2.    Thad Dosher
3.    Jerry Blundy
4.    Grady Wade
5.    J.L. Cooper
6.    Kenny Weld
7.    Bob Williams
8.    Bud Marsh
9.    Roy Hibbard
10.  Jon Backlund

Thursday, April 12, 2018

1987 – Miller tops ASA Buckeye 250 field




West Chester, Ohio (April 12, 1987) – The outcome was the same at the 1986 season opener – Butch Miller of Coopersville, Mich., driving his Camaro to victory in the ASA Racing Series ‘Buckeye 250’ at Queen City Speedway.
But how the script had changed with this year’s staging featuring a whole new cast characters in the leading role.
Miller was strong all day, leading and running in the top five all day after qualifying seventh quickest the day before. He had the tires, handling, and the power at the end of the race to pull away from the rest of the field.
But the story was much more than that.  Second place went to Joe Shear of Beloit, Wis., in his best ASA performance in nearly five years. Third was Harold Fair of Detroit, Mich., who was anything but impressive on Saturday afternoon, earning his way into the ‘250’ field by winning the last chance race. Fourth place went to Kent Stauffer of Elyria, Ohio, who made his debut in a Ford by recording his first career top five finish.
Others came from the tail of the field with little problem, such as; Bob Senneker of Dorr, Mich., who started 20th; Stauffer, who stared 30th; and Fair, starting 21st.
Fair worked his way to the front by lap 129, pacing the field until lap 148 when Dick Trickle of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., took over. From that point, however, Fair was never lower than sixth.
Despite 15 cautions for 84 circuits, mostly for minor spins, a total of 27 cars from the 32-field, were running at the finish.

Results –

1.    Butch Miller, Coopersville, Mich.
2.    Joe Shear, Beloit, Wis.
3.    Harold Fair, Detroit
4.    Kent Stauffer, Elyria, Ohio
5.    Bob Senneker, Dorr, Mich.
6.    Dick Trickle, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
7.    Mike Eddy, Midland, Mich.
8.    Gary St. Amant, Cincinnati, Ohio
9.    Dave Jackson, Loveland, Ohio
10.  Tom Harrington, Hendersonville, Tenn.
11.  Gene Harsch, Sharonville, Ohio
12.  Ted Musgrave, Grand Marsh, Wis.
13.  Tom Jones, Northbrook, Ill.
14.  John Wilson, Springfield, Ohio
15.  Buddy Schrock, Plain City, Ohio
16.  Bret Miles, Muncie, Ind.
17.  Bill Stephenson, Richmond Hill, Ontario
18.  Ray Fullen, Anderson, Ind.
19.  Rick Rhonemus, Muncie, Ind.
20.  Bobby Dotter, Franklin, Tenn.
21.  Danny Knoll Jr., Hatburg, Ind.
22.  Dennie Miles, Muncie, Ind.
23.  Ed Cooper, Clarks Lake, Mich.
24.  Jim Nussbaum, Fort Wayne, Ind.
25.  Ken Lund, Oregon, Wis.
26.  Michael Kurkowski, Perry, Ohio
27.  Peter Gibbons, Stouffville, Ontario
28.  Russ Urlin, London, Ontario
29.   Kenny Wallace, St. Louis, Mo.
30.   Dennis Vogel, Manitowoc, Wis.
31.   Glenn Allen Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio
32.   Mickey Cibka, Glencoe, Ala.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

1981 - Kinser tops Granite City 'Outlaws'


 

Granite City, Ill. (April 11, 1981) – Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Ind., made it two in a row at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City as he won both ends of the two-day World of Outlaws race meet Friday and Saturday.
Kinser earned the pole position for Saturday’s 40-lap feature by setting fast time on Friday and he took the lead at the drop of the green and led all the way to the win. Rick Ferkel of Findlay, Ohio, was second and Doug Wolfgang of Sioux Falls, S.D., was third.
The 24-car field went the entire 40-lap distance without a caution flag and only six cars dropped out with mechanical problems.
While Saturday’s race was with wings, Friday’s was without, but it made little difference to Kinser as he won the 25-lap feature on opening night. He took the lead after 12 laps were down as he passed Tim Green of Carmichael, Calif.
Saturday heats were won by Sammy Swindell of West Memphis, Tenn., Mike Brooks of Knoxville, Iowa, Chuck Amati of Freeman Spur, Ill., Lee James of Sacramento, Calif., and Doug Wolfgang of Sioux Falls, S.D./ Dean Shirley of Middletown, Ill., won the semi-feature.
Friday heat winners were Wolfgang, Danny Smith of Hendersonville, Tenn., Ken Schrader of Fenton, Mo., Swindell, and Shirley. Joe McCarthy of El Paso, Tex., won the semi-feature.

Friday Feature –

1.    Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Ind.
     2.    Rick Ferkel, Findlay, Ohio
3.    Danny Smith, Hendersonville, Tenn.
4.    Ken Schrader, Fenton, Mo.
5.    Sammy Swindell, West Memphis, Tenn.
6.    Rick Ungar, Memphis, Tenn.
7.    Jeff Swindell, Memphis, Tenn.
8.    Lee Osborne, Jamestown, Ind.
9.    Rick Hood, Memphis, Tenn.
10.  Doug Wolfgang, Sioux Falls, S.D.
 

Saturday Feature –

1.    Steve Kinser
2.    Rick Ferkel
3.    Doug Wolfgang
4.    Lee Osborne
5.    Randy Smith
6.    Tim Green, Carmichael, Calif.
7.    Rick Hood
8.    Sammy Swindell
9.    Lee James
10.  Bob Geldner, St. Peter, Minn.
11.  Ron Milton, Jacksonville, Ill.
12. Mike Brooks, Knoxville, Iowa