Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This week in history

1990 -Rich Vogler of Glen Ellyn, Ill., was fatally injured when he crashed and flipped in turn four while leading the USAC Sprint Car Series event at Salem (Ind.) Speedway on July 21st. Vogler was about to take the white flag when his car touched Wayne Hammond's mount on the banked fourth turn and careened out of control. Vogler's car slammed into a retaining fence. The race was red-flagged and Vogler was awarded his 165th and final USAC victory.

1984 - NASCAR superstar Bobby Allison came up north and showed some of the Midwestern boys the short way around a 1/4-mile oval as he wheeled his Miller High Life-sponsored 1984 Firebird to victory in the 7th Annual All-Star 100 at Rockford Speedway on July 23rd. Using the low side of the race track, Allison piloted his mount into the lead on lap 82, slipping underneath some of the Midwest's top stock car drivers including Joe Shear, Dick Trickle, Bobby Dotter and finally Don Leach.

1979 - Dwaine Erickson of Superior, Wis., made it a weekend sweep, winning late model features on his hometown track of Tri-State Speedway on Friday, July 20, ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wis., on Saturday, July 21 and finishing out the weekend in style by winning on Sunday evening, July 22nd at Proctor (Minn.) Speedway.

1973 - Bob Shryock of Estherville, Iowa became Kossuth Speedway's seventh different winner of the annual Midwest Super Stock Car Championships on Friday night, July 21. Gaining the lead on lap 10, Shryock held off the challenges of Denny Hovinga of Laurens and Dan Rurup of Titonka to capture the victory. The annual race attracted an impressive field of cars but adverse weather conditions kept the field from being the largest for this event and held the crowd to below average attendance. Skip Rose of Mason City, Iowa made it a clean sweep in the roadrunner division winning both his heat and the feature.

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