Thursday, May 14, 2009

Midwest Racing Archives (This week in history)

 Jim Wyman of Oakland, Iowa, set a new track record at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, Iowa, by winning six consecutive "A" features in a row in 1971. Wyman drove a 1971 Mustang Mach I.

2003 - Rick Eckert of York, Penn., started in the 11th spot and passed leader Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., with 9 laps to go to win the Xtreme DirtCar Series 50-lap feature at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D., on May 16. After leading the first 41 laps of the race, Bloomquist brought his car home in second. Dale McDowell of Rossville, Ga., Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, Wis. and Darren Miller of Chadwick, Ill., rounded out the top five.

1982 - Steve Burgess of Eau Claire, Wis., got the jump on the field, then out raced Dick Trickle of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to win the 20-lap late model feature, Wednesday, May 12 at La Crosse Interstate Speedway. Dave Watson, Milton, Wis., took third, Tom Reffner of Rudolph, Wis., fourth and Marv Marzofka of Nekoosa, Wis., fifth. Trickle set fast time (19.714), won the trophy dash and his heat while Don Turner of La Crosse and Burgess were the other heat winners. Steve Holzhausen of Bangor, Wis., won the semi-feature.

1976 - Ernie Brookins of Fargo, N.D., edged Dave Bjorge of Austin, Minn., by half a car length to win the late model feature at the 2nd Annual Spring Invitational at Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn., on May 15. Joe Salner of Clear Lake, Buddy Watkins of Litchfield and Dave Knott of Wabasso rounded out the top five finishers.

1971 - A crowd of 3,080 at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, Iowa saw Jim Wyman of Oakland, Iowa, make it clean sweep on Saturday night, May 14. Wyman, driving a 1971 Mustang Mach I, drove to victory in three events, the Harlan Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's trophy dash, the second heat and the 16-lap "A" feature. Finishing behind Wyman in the main event were Omaha's Glen Robey and Bob Kosiski, Dave Chase of Council Bluffs and Rich Lyons of Jefferson, Iowa.

1 comment:

  1. It would be great if you could post any photos of Jim Wyman's stock cars. I remember some, a 63 or 64 Ford Fairlane, then the 68 Torino, then the 71 Mustang fastback. Wyman always had white cars with green lettering. His engine of choice was the 351 Cleveland. I tried contacting Jim at his Ford dealer in Glenwood IA, and the guy at the dealership said Wyman had a box of photos sitting in his office. That was years ago. I don't know if Jim is still alive, but believe me, there's a lot of Ford guys who would like to see photos of the 68 Torino and the 71 Mustang, and any and all information about those cars, engine specs and details in particular, on the Torino Cyclone Technical Forum. Wyman was very popular in the Midwest with Ford racing fans.