Lem Blankenship holds the checkers after winning the 100-lap stock car special in Harlan, Iowa, on July 25, 1969.
1969 - Lem Blankenship of Keokuk, Iowa withstood the challenges of 17 of the best drivers in the Midwest to win the Centennial 100 stock car race at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, Iowa, on July 25. Blankenship led the race for 95 laps. picking up a total prize of $495 for his efforts. A crowd of 3,306 saw Blankenship hold off George Barton of Ankeny and hometown driver Don Christensen for much of the race. Milo Stodola of Fremont, Neb., finished fourth and the "Flying Tiger" Red Rollins snared the fifth spot.