Friday, October 6, 2017

1968 – Eaker Cops Sterling 100-Lapper

Sterling, Ill. (October 6, 1968) – Verlin Eaker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, set fast time in qualifying at the sixth annual Sterling Midwest Invitational, then went on to win the 100-lap feature running the last 25 laps on a flat tire.
The safety inner boot, used on many race cars today, prevented Eaker’s tire from going completely flat and permitted him to pull away in the closing laps of the marathon race.
Eaker led all but one of the 100 laps when Don Bohlander of Glasford, Ill., briefly led one circuit. He collected $1,000 for his victory.
USAC star Herb Shannon of Peoria, Ill., finished second while Bohlander took third. Jim Gerber of Long Grove, Iowa, finished fourth, the last competitor to complete the entire 100-lap distance. Only 18 of the original 30 starters finished the event that was run without a single caution flag being thrown.
Young Lem Blankenship of Keokuk, Iowa, came from his 28th starting position to grab fifth place in an outstanding display of driving on the dry, slick clay oval. Bill McDonough of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was equally impressive as he moved from his 26th starting spot to finish sixth.
A total of 66 cars were entered for the Speedbowl Park season finale with 16 drivers timing in under the 19-second mark on the third-mile oval.
Don Davidson of Des Moines won the 30-lap semi-main while B.J. Higley of Sterling, Ill., won the 20-lap consolation.

Feature results –

1.    Verlin Eaker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2.    Herb Shannon, Peoria, Ill.
3.    Don Bohlander, Glasford, Ill.
4.    Jim Gerber, Long Grove, Iowa
5.    Lem Blankenship, Keokuk, Iowa
6.    Bill McDonough, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
7.    Roger Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa
8.    Dean Montgomery, Milan, Ill.
9.    John Connolly, Delhi, Iowa
10.   Red Droste, Waterloo, Iowa
11.   Cal Swanson, Reinbeck, Iowa
12.   Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
13.   Tom Hughes, Monticello, Iowa
14.   Don Dane, Peoria, Ill.
15.   Allan May, Peoria, Ill.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

1980 – Dri-Powr 400 to Terry Senneker

Winchester, Ind. (October 5, 1980) – Terry Senneker of Wayland, Mich., claimed his first-ever American Speed Association victory, winning the Dri-Powr 400 at the historic high-banked Winchester Speedway.
It was perhaps the wildest of the eleven previous Dri-Power 400 events staged at the half-mile asphalt speedway.
Although Senneker finished seven laps ahead of runner-up Ray Young of Dolton, Ill., Senneker was in third place with just eight laps left remaining – behind race leader Mike Eddy and second place Mark Martin. However, as the pair entered the first turn on lap 393, Martin was on the inside, but drifted up into the side of Eddy, sending both into the wall between turns one and two, sidelining both cars.
That allowed Senneker to coast home to an easy win with Young completing 393 circuits for second. Eddy was third and Martin fourth with 392 laps completed.
Wrecks also eliminated the likes of Bob Senneker, the brother of the winner, Doug Klein, Jerry Sisco, Dave Brandenburg, Jeff Pflum, Ken Harrison, Dave Jensen, Chuck Roumell, Bob Strait, Ron Hayes, Randy Sweet and Harold Scott.
In all, there were 15 caution flags for 122 of the 400 laps run.
Martin set a new record in qualifying with a lap of 15.741 seconds for an average speed of 114.351 mile per hour.

Results –

1.   Terry Senneker, Wayland, Mich.
2.   Ray Young, Dolton, Ill.
3.   Mike Eddy, Midland, Mich.
4.   Mark Martin, Batesville, Ark.
5.   Carl Smith, West Jefferson, Ohio
6.   Lonnie Breedlove, Indianapolis
7.   John Jutila, Grand Rapids, Mich.
8.   Dave Sorg, Fort Wayne, Ind.
9.   Gary Williams, Orient, Ohio
10.  Don Gregory, Columbus, Ohio
11.  Bob Sensiba, Middleville, Mich.
12.  Ryl Magoon, Grand Rapids, Mich.
13.  Don Wilbur, West Carrollton, Ohio
14.  Bob Senneker, Dorr, Mich.
15.  Buddy Cole, Indianapolis

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

1970 – Denver Driver is Tops at Rockford Nationals

Rockford, Ill. (October 4, 1970) – A crowd of 3,852 watched Wayne Stallsworth of Denver Colo., win the fifth annual National Short Track Championship 200-lapper on Sunday afternoon at Rockford Speedway.
Stallsworth inherited the lead from Bud Helm of Brainerd, Minn., on lap 141 when Helm’s car developed an ignition problem. Helm had been the dominant car up to that point, with a 2-lap lead over his nearest competitor.
Stallsworth would lead the remaining 59 circuits and win by a couple of car lengths over Don James of Bloomington, Minn. Ramo Stott of Keokuk, Iowa, the defending race winner, would claim the final podium spot with a third-place finish.
The outcome of the race may have been very different if many things hadn’t happened…
Joe Shear, the Rockford point’s champion from Beloit, Wis., pushed Helm for the first 110 laps of the event before he dropped from the race with a broken fuel pump.
Both Stott and Dick Stang of Prior Lake, Minn., spun out early in the race only to recover and finish third and fifth respectively. Bob Jusola, the Elko, Minn., champion, blew a motor as he began moving his way to the front to challenge the leaders. Marlin Walbeck, the 1967 champion, crashed when he spun out in the oil that spewed from Jusola’s car.
Jon Chrest of Minneapolis set the event’s fast time at 14.58 seconds but the youthful driver had trouble in the feature when his drive shaft gave out on lap 20.
Results –

1.  Wayne Stallsworth, Denver, Colo.
2.  Don James, Bloomington, Minn.
3.  Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa
4.  Denny Burgan, Waukegan, Ill.
5.  Dick Stang, Prior Lake, Minn.
6.  Dan Prizborowski, Savage, Minn.
7.  Dick Collins, St. Louis Park, Minn.
8.  Larry Smith, Shakopee, Minn.
9.  Greg Arenson, Minneapolis
10. Roger Schuur, Friedly, Minn.
11. Darrell Swartout, Janesville, Wis.
12. Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
13. Duane Walch, Madison, Wis.
14. Harvey Dunbar, Rockford, Ill.
15. Rich Schuyler, Jefferson, Wis.
16. Fred Bender, Madison, Wis.
17. Les Ferris, Northfield, Minn.
18. Gene Marmor, Stevens Point, Wis.
19. Rich Bickle, Beloit, Wis.
20. Bud Helm, Brainerd, Minn.

Monday, October 2, 2017

1966 – Iggy Katona Celebrates at Dayton with Victory

Dayton, Ohio (October 2, 1966) – Iggy Katona, looking as trim and dapper as the Dayton Speedway landscape, leisurely whipped a field of 16 late models stock cars in the 100-lap ARCA-sanctioned feature that marked the debut of a new regimen at the west side track.

Driving a 1965 Dodge, Katona crossed the finish line just three seconds ahead of a 1964 Ford wheeled by Elmer Davis with a crowd of 3,000 watching.

But Iggy had the race won before it even started. That was when Les Snow, the co-favorite in the race, heard strange noise coming from under the hood of his ’65 Dodge.

First place money ($400) wouldn’t have bought Les a new engine, so the chubby mechanic chose not to take chance on irritating the power plant with a berserk connecting rod.

Snow had been the day’s fast qualifier with a lap of 20.09 seconds. This 96 mile per hour trip around the high banks wasn’t far off the track record, proving that the recent asphalt patching job had done some good.

It also established Snow as the favorite, a role he would soon yield to Katona when the engine went sour.

Katona, who packs 200 pounds on his 5’ 9” frame, was chased frantically by 1964 Ford’s driven by Davis and another leadfoot from the Ohio country, Bobby Watson. Those three ran away from the other 14 cars in the field.

On lap 47, Watson left his right door on the guardrail in turn four, giving race fans a great view of the inside of his car. But Bobby kept going despite the invasion of privacy.

All three cars lapped fourth place Keith Ploughe’s 1964 Ford on lap 49. Content just to stay in front, Katona nearly lost the lead at the three-quarter mark as a few slower cars blocked his path.

Iggy pressed a little harder on the accelerator and managed to get through unscathed. Davis stayed close but Watson, probably tiring from fighting the wind buffeting through his car, fell back. On the last few orbits, Iggy pressed it a little harder and Davis’ Ford couldn’t keep up.

There were just nine cars running at the end, wrecks and popping tires having taken their toll.

“I cold have run all day,” Katona admitted afterwards. “If Les Snow had been out there, you would have seen a different race.” Snow and Katona have won 14 out of the last 15 ARCA races.

“The track didn’t seem rough to me,” Iggy stated, adding that he had more stamina after losing 25 pounds by, “not eating so much.”

Results –
      1.    Iggy Katona
2.    Elmer Davis
3.    Bobby Watson
4.    Keith Ploughe
5.    Clyde Parker
6.    Norman Myers
7.    Dorus Wisecarver
8.    Gene Borelli
9.    Tony Tantarelli
10.   Wally Arkkelin
11.    Dave Dayton
12.   Namon Martin
13.   Dudley Stacy
14.   Ken Brenner
15.   Shad Wheeler
16.   Jack Shanklin

Sunday, October 1, 2017

1977 – Hansen repeats at Cornhusker-Hawkeye Challenge

Omaha, Neb. (October 1, 1977) – Iowa continued the domination of the annual Cornhusker-Hawkeye Challenge as 32-year-old Curt Hansen of Dike, Iowa, won the sixth annual event.
Hansen, who started on the pole, took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led for the first 78 circuits before relinquishing the top spot to Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa. The two would make a race of it from there on, racing side-by-side numerous laps. It was midway thru turns three and four of the last lap that Hansen pulled to the outside of Sanger and powered past him for a half a car length victory.
Hansen received $1,200 for the win plus $310 in lap money for leading 78 laps. Sanger would pick up the remainder of the lap money giving the Hawkeyes all 100 laps.
Bob Kosiski of Omaha placed third for the only Cornhusker finish in the top five. Kosiski was one lap off the winner’s pace while fourth and fifth places were four laps down. Joe Merryfield of Des Moines was fourth and Bob Shryock of Estherville, Iowa, placed fifth.
Second place seemed to be the hard luck spot in the field as Don Hoffman of Des Moines blew an engine while running second. Then on lap 22, Bob Shryock was black flagged for a trunk lid falling off while running second.
Dick Schilitz of Waterloo, Iowa, inherited second place only to have his battery cable come loose after 11 laps. Don Styskal of Fremont, Neb., moved into the number two spot until lap 62 when he exited with mechanical issue. Sanger moved into second at that point and went on to finish there.
The feature was started and stopped after one lap because of dust. The track was watered and thee race was completely restarted.
Nebraska did come through for two wins during the afternoon show with Kent Tucker of Aurora, Neb., winning the fourth heat and Jim Van Wormer, also of Aurora, winning the second consolation.
Other wins went to Hansen, Hoffman and Sanger while Denny Hovinga of Laurens, Iowa, won the first consolation.
Forty-eight cars entered, representing Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas.

Results –

Heat #1 – Curt Hansen, Dike, Iowa
Heat #2 – Don Hoffman, Des Moines
Heat #3 – Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
Heat #4 – Kent Tucker, Aurora, Neb.
Consolation #1 – Denny Hovinga, Laurens, Iowa
Consolation #2 – Jim Van Wormer, Aurora, Neb.
Feature –

1.     Curt Hansen
2.     Ed Sanger
3.     Bob Kosiski, Omaha
4.     Joe Merryfield, Des Moines
5.     Bob Shryock, Estherville, Iowa
6.     Kent Tucker
7.     Don Christensen, Harlan, Iowa
8.     Red Dralle, Evansdale, Iowa
9.     Wally Nissen, Omaha

Saturday, September 30, 2017

1970 – Oskaloosa Championship to John Moss

Oskaloosa, Iowa (September 30, 1970) -  John Moss of Riverside, Iowa, captured the 50-lap Southern Iowa Racing Association season championship on Wednesday night at the Mahaska County Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Moss took the lead from his pole position at the drop of the green and was never threatened as he led all 50 circuits. Moss pocketed $550 cash and also received the track championship trophy. His win clinched the SIRA point championship for the 1970 season. With point titles already won at Burlington and West Liberty, Moss became a three-time track champion.
Stan Stover of Reinbeck would finish second in the feature followed by Dan Dickey of Packwood, Ron Perdock of Washington and Jerry Roberts of Prairie City.
Ed Pilcher of Ottumwa would start the evening off by winning the 5-lap trophy dash. Mark Mosier of Washington, Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Mel Morris of West Liberty were heat winners while Morris won the 6-lap Australian Pursuit. Ron Perdock was the 10-lap semi-main winner.

Results –

Trophy Dash: Ed Pilcher, Ottumwa
First Heat: Mark Mosier, Washington
Second Heat: Ed Sanger, Waterloo
Third Heat: Mel Morris, West Liberty
Semi-Main: Ron Perdock, Washington

1.     John Moss, Riverside
2.     Stan Stover, Reinbeck
3.     Dan Dickey, Packwood
4.     Ron Perdock
5.     Jerry Roberts, Prairie City
6.     Mel Morris
7.     Don Hoffman, Des Moines
8.     George Barton, Ankeny
9.     Ken Boyse, Wellman
10.   Joel Rasmussen, Ames
11.   Mike Brooks, Hartford
12.   Marvin Korns, Brooklyn
13.   Bill Newman, Burlington
14.   Pokey West, Westchester
15.   Mark Mosier, Washington