Monday, June 1, 2009

Midwest Racing Archives (This week in history)

1992 - Robbie Reiser of Allentown, Wis., passed Bryan Reffner of Wisconsin Rapids on the final lap to win the late model feature at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wis., on Friday, June 5. Reiser became the fourth winner in as many weeks at the half-mile oval.

1987 - The largest crowd in nearly 20 years jammed the grandstands and the pit area to watch NASCAR star Kyle Petty compete in the late model division at Marshalltown Speedway on June 5. A standing room only crowd of 2,600 watched Petty, driving a car owned by Frank Jorgeson of Carroll, Iowa, race to a 11th place finish in a feature won by Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls.

1982 - John Stevenson from St. Paul, Minn., won the winged sprint car feature and Bo Smith of St. Charles took his fourth late model feature win of the season at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., on June 4. Stevenson grabbed the lead at the green and was never challenged. Smith battled fellow front-row starter Fred Strobe until Strobe retired to the pits midway through allowing Smith to claim the victory.

1976 - Ron Bergsma of Richmond, Wis., battled wheel to wheel with Jimmy Hendges of Kenosha and then held off defending champion Dick Colburn of Muskego to win the 25-lap super modified feature at Kenosha County Speedway in Wilmot, Wis., on June 6.

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