2017 Silver Dollar Nationals

Friday, June 23, 2017

1963 – IMCA’s White in Third Straight at Winchester

Johnny White
Winchester, Ind. (June 23, 1963) – Johnny White proved he is “King of the High Banks” in IMCA big car racing as he took his third straight feature win Sunday afternoon on the famous half-mile, high-banked Winchester Speedway.
White, starting on the outside first row alongside fast qualifier Red Amick, shot his Weinberger Homes Chevy ahead of Amick’s Fetter Aluminum Chevy in the first turn and was never headed after that.
Running smoothly the entire 30 laps, White took off 30 seconds off Bob King’s record set exactly one year ago. White’s time of 9 minutes and 17 seconds is a new IMCA record, but did not erase the 30-lap record held by Roger McCluskey of 9 minutes and 14 seconds set last September in a USAC-sanctioned event.
Amick was able to keep his sights on White as he finished second in only his second drive since coming out of retirement. Norman Brown took third, Gordon Woolley grabbed fourth, and pavement ace Jim McCune rounded out the top five.
Amick topped the 30-car field in qualifications with an 18.06 second lap. Johnny White spun on his first lap but came back with an 18.07 on the second tour. Fourteen cars qualified in the 18 second bracket.
Amick, White, and Al Smith took heat wins while White grabbed trophy dash honors. Don Friend earned a hard-fought win in the semi-main over Bob Coulter.

Feature results –
1.    Johnny White
2.    Red Amick
3.    Norman Brown
4.    Gordon Woolley
5.    Jim McCune
6.    Bob Coulter
7.    Jim Nelson
8.    Al Smith
9.    Tom McClellan
10.  Vern Schmidt
11.  Ed Molketin
12.  Don Brown
13.  Tex Shackleford
14.  Dick Atkins
15.  Bud Randall
16.   Don Friend
17.   Nolan Johncock
18.   Pete Folse

Thursday, June 22, 2017

1973 - Gould Takes La Crosse ARCA 100

Bruce Gould
West Salem, Wis. (June 22, 1973) – The Automobile Racing Club of America new model stock cars returned to the 5/8-mile paved oval of La Crosse Interstate Speedway after a year absence and their return proved to be very exciting as Bruce Gould and his 1971 Ford Torino emerged the winner and $825 richer.
Twenty-one cars took the green flag for the 100-lap feature, with Gould taking the lead from his front row, outside starting position. Gould held the lead with Bobby Watson, Kenny Reiter, Dave Dayton and Ron Hutcherson right behind him.
On lap 18 as the leaders were moving through traffic, Frank Sandin spun in the fourth turn forcing the leaders to go in all directions to avoid him. However, only Dayton made contact with Sandin and had to pit under yellow for three laps to bend sheet metal away from his tires.
Because of the melee, Watson would inherit the lead with Reiter, Gould, Hutcherson and A. Arnold behind him. Dayton pulled out of the pits just as the leaders were going by him and he settled in between Reiter and Gould. The green flew once again on lap 22 and once again and it appeared to be a six-car battle though Dayton was three laps down.
On lap 23, Hutcherson moved past Gould for third while Watson and Reiter began pulling away. The race continued in that order until lap 41 when Dennis Caves spun his car in turn one, once again bringing out the yellow.
By lap 55, it was apparent Reiter was having issues with his Dodge Charger and he began dropping back, allowing Watson to have a full straightaway lead by lap 70 and also allowing Gould and Hutcherson to move up on Reiter.
On lap 95, Gould flew past Dayton going down the backstretch and was now on Watson’s bumper. On lap 97, Watson’s throttle would stick going into turn one and he locked it up, hitting the wall at a 45-degree angle, bouncing off the wall and coming to rest in turn two.
Gould would inherit the point and hold steady for the remaining three laps to take the win. Arnold would take runner-up honors with Hutcherson third, Cliff Nema fourth and Larry Anderson fifth.

Results –

1.    Bruce Gould, Milford, Ohio
2.    A. Arnold, Brooks, Ky.
3.    Ron Hutcherson, Keokuk, Iowa
4.    Cliff Nema, Cumberland, Ind.
5.    Larry Anderson
6.    Kenny Reiter, Louisville, Ky.
7.    Bobby Watson, Prestonsburg, Ky.
8.    Dave Dayton, Indianapolis
9.    Kenny Black, Indianapolis
10.  Ed Richardville, Temperance, Mich.
11.  Bob Thomas, Louisville, Ky.
12.  Wayne Trinkle, Jeffersonville, Ind.
13.  Tom Culbertson, Indianapolis
14.  Dennis Caves, Salem, Ind.
15.  Frank Sandin, Hamilton, Ohio
16.  N.D. Copley, Hodgenville, Ky.
17.  Wayne Watercutter, Celina, Ohio
18.  Mike Lynn, Indianapolis
19.  Dick Smith, Springfield, Ohio
20.  Larry Scott, Grand Rapids, Ohio
21.  Bobby Junior, Westland, Mich.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1979 – Hansen wins NSCA ‘Futurity 100’

Des Moines, Iowa (June 20, 1979) – An Okie from Muskogee and a Missourian from Springfield had been the winners in the first two National Speedways Contest Association late model stock car races, but Iowans finished in the top five spots at the Futurity 100 race at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Wednesday night before a crowd of 4,500.
Curt Hansen of Dike, Iowa, would take the victory after a race-long battle with Larry Phillips of Springfield, Mo. Hansen would collect $2,000 for winning the 100-lap event.

Hansen, who qualified sixth fastest in time trials, would start on the pole after the top six qualifiers would be inverted. The 34-year-old pilot would lead the first 53 circuits of the 100-lap affair until Phillips, who had run second and third at various stages of the race, took over.
Hansen would manage to stay close to Phillips’ bumper for the next 20 laps and when the Missouri ace’s axel broke on lap 75, Hansen would inherit the top spot again and cruise from there.
Hansen would win by a half a lap over second place finisher Mike Niffenegger of Kalona, Iowa, and Ken Walton of Viola, Iowa. Verlin Eaker of Mechanicsville, Iowa and Bill Zwanziger of Waterloo, Iowa, would round out the top five.
Tom Laster of Muskogee, Okla., winner of the first NSCA-sanctioned event and the series’ current point leader, was not in attendance.
Ken Walton was the fastest guy around the track in time trials, touring the half-mile in 25.018 seconds. A.C. Saint of Tulsa, Okla., won the 15-lap consolation.

Feature finish –

1.     Curt Hansen, Dike, Iowa
2.     Mike Niffenegger, Kalona, Iowa
3.     Ken Walton, Viola, Iowa
4.     Verlin Eaker, Mechanicsville, Iowa
5.     Bill Zwanziger, Waterloo, Iowa
6.     Clayton Peterson, Grand Island, Neb.
7.     Bill Martin, Council Bluffs, Iowa
8.     Dick Schiltz, Waterloo, Iowa
9.     Bill Sanders, Muskogee, Okla.
10. Joe Kosiski, Omaha
11. Larry Wasserfort, Waterloo, Iowa
12. A.C. Saint, Tulsa, Okla.
13. Bill Myers, Grand Island, Neb.
14. Tom Frasher, Jefferson City, Mo.
15. Tom Hearst, Wilton, Iowa
16. Ken Davidson, Indianola, Iowa
17. Larry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
18. Bill Davis, Des Moines
19. Rodney Combs, Cincinnati, Ohio
20. Bob Shryock, Estherville, Iowa
21. Bill Rice, Des Moines
22. Arnie Braland, Boone, Iowa
23. Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
24. Tom Bartholomew, Waterloo, Iowa
25. Fred Horn, Marion, Iowa
26. John Connolly, Delhi, Iowa
27. Bill Wrich, Kennard, Neb.
28. Bill Beckman, Lisbon, Iowa

Sunday, June 18, 2017

1977 – Veteran Dake Sweeps West Liberty


West Liberty, Iowa (June 18, 1977) – Darrell Dake of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, proved Saturday night he can still get the job done.
Before a crowd of 3,600 race fans, Dake made a clean sweep of the late model program at the West Liberty Fairgrounds.
This was Dake’s first win since his tragic accident last August at Hawkeye Downs which left him with severe injuries and threatened to end his legendary career of more than two decades.
“Double D” as he is aptly nicknamed, has made steady progress on the track the past month and the victory marked a milestone in Dake’s determined goal to make a comeback on the Midwest racing circuit.
Dake took advantage of his pole starting position in the feature to jump into the lead on the first lap, a lead he would never surrender.
Ron Hemsted of Lone Tree, Iowa, Tom Hearst of Wilton, Iowa, and Duane Steffe of Colona, Ill., battled for second place the entire 25 laps, often three abreast, but Dake was able to fend off the trio who were at his bumper the entire time.
Mike Niffenegger of Kalona, Iowa, winner of last week’s feature, had torn up hi car at Davenport the week before so he wasn’t in competition Saturday. This caused him to lose some ground in the point standings with Tom Hearst although he still maintains second.
Bill Schwader of Riverside, Iowa, was the consolation winner while heat wins went to Hearst, Dake, Ken DeGood of Iowa City and Steffe.
Kenny Fenn of Washington, Iowa, made it feature win number eight in sportsman competition. Starting on the pole, Fenn wouldn’t be touched by any of his challengers.

Results –

Heat #1 – Tom Hearst, Wilton, Iowa
Heat #2 – Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Heat #3 – Ken DeGood, Iowa City, Iowa
Heat #4 – Duane Steffe, Colona, Ill.
Consolation – Bill Schwader, Riverside, Iowa
Feature –
1.     Darrell Dake
2.     Ron Hemsted, Lone Tree, Iowa
3.     Duane Steffe
4.     Tom Hearst
5.     Ron Prymek, Iowa City, Iowa
6.     Dave Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
7.     Ed Mellecker, Iowa City, Iowa
8.     Ron Weedon, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
9.     Larry Rummelhart, Riverside, Iowa
10. John Moss, Iowa City, Iowa
11. Jack Hall, Muscatine, Iowa
12. John Simenec, Rock Island, Ill
13. Ken DeGood
14.  Bill Schwader