Monday, December 6, 2010

1963 - Thirteen a Lucky Number for Bowsher

Jack Bowsher of Springfield, Ohio earned three consecutive ARCA national driving titles in 1963, 1964 and 1965 when he amassed a record 54 series victories in three seasons, still third on the all-time win list.

Toledo, Ohio - The Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC) enjoyed one of it's most successful season in 1963 and it's final one under the MARC banner with plenty of fierce competition throughout the year. From now on the organization headed by John Marcum and Frank Canale will be known as the Auto Racing Club of America (ARCA) and will operate in a larger geographical area.

In 1963 new car action, Jack Bowsher of Springfield, Ohio turned in a strong and consistent performance, driving his 1963 Ford to a record 13 feature victories on the 34 date schedule. He also placed second on six occasions and third place three times, amassing 3,375 points, a MARC record and exactly 600 more than runner-up and defending champion Iggy Katona of Willis, Mich., earned during the campaign.

Katona captured four main events in his own 1963 Ford and led third place Dick Freeman of Dayton, Ohio in the final point tally. Freeman posted two feature wins behind the wheel of Ken Phillips' 1963 Mercury. Jim Cushman, like Bowsher and Freeman, a graduate of the Ohio super modified ranks, wound up fourth, driving Jack Russell's 1963 Plymouth.

Cushman had three main event wins with fifth place finisher Earl Balmer taking two feature wins as did Jesse Baird. Drivers who scored a single win include Wimpy May, Keith Ploughe, Ken Reiter, Les Snow, Bob Reynolds, Buddy Ward, Johnny Roberts and Ernie Derr.

Final Point's Standings

1. Jack Bowsher - 3375

2. Iggy Katona - 2775

3. Dick Freeman - 2475

4. Jim Cushman - 2220

5. Earl Balmer - 1465

6. Keith Ploughe - 1370

7. Wimpy May - 1340

8. Dick Dunlevy - 1225

9. Doug Easton - 1205

10. Bobby Watson - 1175

11. Paul Parks - 945

12. Mike Klapak - 900

13. Jerry Norris - 810

14. Paul Wensink - 790

15. Blaine Kaufman - 780

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