2015 Silver Dollar Nationals


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

1963 - Two New World's Stock Car Records Established at Belleville

Dick Hutcherson

Belleville, Kan. (June 30, 1963) - Two new world records for new model stock cars were established at the Jayhawk 100 races held in Belleville on Sunday afternoon before a capacity crowd.

Ernie Derr, the 1962 IMCA stock car national champion, set a new world mark for a half-mile track in the time trials with a one-lap speed of 24.50 seconds. This erased an old world mark established in 1954 by Bob Peterson at Salem, Ind. Derr knocked .33-one-hundredths of a second off the world record, which had been 24.83 seconds, Derr, of Keokuk, Iowa, was driving a 1963 Pontiac. The world record is for dirt and asphalt half-mile tracks.

Dick Hutcherson, Keokuk, Iowa also set a new world record for 100 laps on a half-mile track, as he won the feature event in 42:18.25. This record also had stood since 1954 and had been set at Salem, Ind., by Bob Peterson.

Hutcherson, currently in third place in the IMCA stock car standings in a 1963 Ford, and Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa, driving a 1963 Plymouth and the current IMCA point leader, fought a duel for the 100 lap championship here Sunday.

After the inverted start Stott in front and held that position to the 38th lap with Hutcherson right on his tail. On the 38th lap Hutcherson jumped into the lead for two laps then Stott pulled back in front.

On the 42nd lap Hutcherson grabbed the lead for good to go on and win the race, with his and Stott's car never more than a car length apart.

Lenny Funk of Otis, Kan., driving a 1963 Ford held third place all through the race. Fourth place finisher was John Mickey, Columbus Junction, Iowa, in a 1963 Pontiac and Ernie Derr, 1963 Pontiac finished fifth.

Hutcherson and Stott lapped everyone in the field one-lap with the exception of Funk, the third place finisher.

The race was exceptionally trouble free, as only two cars failed to finish out of the 13 starters.

Ramo Stott, 1963 Plymouth, won the first 10-lap heat race following the time trials and Hutcherson won the second. Newt Bartholomew, Carlisle, Iowa, driving a 1963 Plymouth won the six-lap consolation race

Eight of the top 10-stock car drivers in the standings were present for the event here Sunday for non-money winners, which preceded the 100-lap feature event.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

1971 - Bjorge masters field at Fairmont

Fairmont, Minn. (June 25, 1971) - Dave Bjorge of Austin mastered a starting field of 24 cars to win the feature race of the First Annual Minnesota - Iowa Dirt Track Late Model stock car championship at the Fairmont Speedways here Friday night

Bjorge went into second place on the sixth lap after Phil Prusak of Eau Claire led during the earlier laps. There was no change in the top four from the sixth to the 18th lap. On the 18th lap Bjorge went around Bob Shryock of Estherville who led from the start of the race. Then on the 27th lap Butch Householder of Algona moved ahead of Shryock for second.

Here’s a wrap up of the other five races plus the time trials: A total of nine drivers broke the 25 second barrier over the half-mile oval. Pace setter was Mert Williams of Rochester who turned in a time of 24 seconds flat. Butch Householder of Algona was next in 24:03 with Phil Prusak of Eau Claire, Wis., 24:06, Joe Salner of St. Cloud, 24:50, and Dave Bjorge of Austin, 24:61, rounding out the top five.

Jim Edgington of Fairmont was declared the winner of the first heat even though he did not complete the final lap. Edgington took the lead on the ninth lap from Jack Piper of Mason City, but spun out in the third corner of the last lap when Piper hooked him. Piper went on to finish ahead of the 12-car pack but was disqualified. Jim Calverley of Albert Lea, the early pace setter finished second with Phil Prusak of Eau Claire third.

Edgington started on fourth row outside wheel.

Dave Bjorge of Austin, taking the lead on the sixth lap from Lloyd Matter of Lyle, won by several car lengths in the second heat. Bjorge started on the sixth row inside and finished the 10 laps in 4:10, the time trial clocking. Matter finished second and Gerhard Wollenburg of Austin third.

Starting from the back of the pack, time trial winner Mert Williams of Rochester skillfully worked his way into the lead on the ninth lap to win the third and final heat race. Paul Fitzpatrick of Rochester, who took the lead temporarily on the fifth lap, finished second with Bob Soma of Winnebago third.

Gerhard Wollenburg of Austin, jumping off to a quick start, won the trophy dash by a quarter lap of his nearest rival, Dave Bjorge, also of Austin. Wollenburg started on the first row outside wheel. Bjorge had to battle toward the front from fourth row outside.

Third in the fierce driving was Bill Oas of Minneapolis.

With only nine of 20 starters finishing the race, Al Metcalf of Minneapolis won the consolation event after starting on the fourth row outside. Metcalf took the lead on the sixth lap with Jack Piper of Mason City, who led during the early laps, second and Chuck Knutzman of New Richland, third.

There were two restarts because of accidents, on the second and 12th lap with no personal injuries.

Monday, June 22, 2015

1982 – Smith Cruises to Columbus ARCA Score

Columbus, Ohio (June 22, 1982) - Marvin Smith sailed to victory in the ARCA-sanctioned “Columbus 100” at Columbus motor Speedway on Friday night for his first victory in the 1982 Automobile Racing Club of America Talladega Super Car Series campaign.

Scott Stovall, the ARCA series point leader, nipped Bob Dotter by less than 6 inches on the final lab to take second place. The pair finished around eight car lengths behind the winner.

Lee Raymond, who won the last round at Flat Rock earlier this month, finished fourth, surrendering the lead to Smith on lap 34. Bobby Jacks and Larry Smith, Marvin's brother, finished fifth and sixth on the same lap as the leader.

Stovall, Dotter, Raymond, Jacks, Larry Smith, Rick Roland and Jack Wallace dies for positions to through eight to route the 100-lapper around the CMS third-mile paved oval as Marvin Smith was able to open up a lead but never fully break away from the pack.

Roland and Wallace ran with leaders for much the day before tire problems forced both to the pits late in the race, putting and several laps down to leaders.

A total of 20 cars were on hand for the event, which was number five for the tour. The features saw five caution flag periods.

Marvin Smith, at two-time track champion here and two-time ARCA national champion, piloted his Buick Regal to the quickest lap, 15.311 seconds, of the six cars eclipsing the old ARCA record set in 1979.

Results –

1.     Marvin Smith
2.     Scott Stovall
3.     Bob Dotter
4.     Lee Raymond
5.     Bobby Jacks
6.     Larry Smith
7.     Delmar Clark
8.     Terry Stineman
9.     Jerry Churchill
10.  Rick Roland
11.   Joe Adams
12.   Jack Wallace
13.    Darrell Basham
14.    Jerry Bowman
15.    Jim Vaughn Jr.
16.     Ned Tracy
17.     Jim Cushman
     18.     Stuart Huffman
19.     Craig Jackson
20.     Gordon Blankenship