Wednesday, August 31, 2011
And, the prize purse of $2,500 for the star-studded, seven-event program is the biggest being offered at any mid-western state track this season with the exception of the five-day program at the Minnesota State Fair.
In addition, the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA), who are sanctioning the races, wrote two new rules into the racing book last winter, which will make the Huron meet one of the most competitive in history.
Under National Championship rules a total of 25 national championship dates have been awarded licensed IMCA promoters, and all drivers of IMCA are eligible to compete at any national championship meet. This means the field will be larger and three times as many points will be awarded to money-winning drivers.
“Points” determine the standing of the driver and also determine his slice of the IMCA's huge cash point fund at the end of the season. As a result of this change drivers throw caution to the winds because they can win two ways - on the local level, and in national competition.
Program for Friday's races includes time trials, three preliminary qualification heats, match races, handicap races and a 20-lap feature in which more than a dozen cars will jockey around the track simultaneously.
Frank Winkley, president of Auto Racing Inc., promoter of the auto races, has brought many of the nation's top drivers to South Dakota, including such headliners as Emory Collins, Jimmy Wilburn, Russ Lee and Deb Snyder. Several world record holders such as Marvin Pifer, Jim McWithey, Red Amick and Harvey Porter also are expected on Huron's fast, half-mile oval.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
1988 – Billy Moyer completed a successful World of Outlaws/American Late Model Association season with his sixth feature win of the campaign at Lebanon (Mo.) I-44 Speedway on Saturday, August 27. Larry Phillips paced the first 10 laps before giving way to Ken Essary on round 11. A broken right front shock then knocked Essary out of the lead on lap 22 allowing Moyer to charge to the top. Once in front, Moyer, driving the Larry Shaw #21 Camaro, was unstoppable and won by a comfortable five-car lengths. Ray Guss Jr., Ken Essary, Larry Phillips and Rex McCroskey followed Moyer across the finish line.
1983 – Stan Fox swept the midget action at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway this season by winning the 50-lap World of Outlaws Midgets (WOOM) feature on Sunday afternoon, August 28. Fox, who established a WOOM qualification mark of 32.161 seconds (11.397 mph), began the afternoon on the sixth row, in the partially inverted, three abreast field of 36 midgets. Swiftly making his way through the field, Fox took the top spot on lap 24 when race leader Bob Cicconi's gearbox broke. The Janesville, Wis., driver was never seriously threatened after that, picked up the checkers and the $2,000 first prize. Jim McLean of Crest Hill, Ill., Jim Gates of Plano, Ill., Bill Engelhart of Madison, Wis., and Larry Hillerud of Arlington Heights, Ill., rounded out the top five that saw only 10 cars still on the race track at the finish.
1977 – Veteran Paul Feldner scored his first victory ever on the USAC stock car circuit, August 28, by winning the division’s 100-mile race at the Du Quoin (Ill.) Fairgrounds. Feldner inherited the top spot on lap 53 when race leader Charlie Glotzbach pitted during a yellow flag. With his 1974 Charger running to perfection, Feldner opened up a comfortable advantage and won by half a straightaway. Feldner averaged 73.968 miles per hour in recording the victory, despite the frequent appearance of the caution flag. Sal Tovella, starting 17th in the 28-car field, took runner-up honors, while Jim Hurlbert, Bay Darnell and Glotzbach followed.
Friday, August 26, 2011
But after winning the 25-lap season championship race and the inherent point title Friday night at Hawkeye Downs, the Dike driver is on the threshold of attaining his non-goal.
“I’ve got that in mind now,” breathed Hansen after holding off Ken Walton of Cedar Rapids in a bumper-to-bumper duel through the last four laps. “I've already clinched the point title at Des Moines and I’ve got pretty comfortable leads at Oskaloosa and Waterloo (Tunis).”
“I didn't think much about winning all four championships, but then at mid season everything seemed to be going in our direction.”
“I’m thrilled about winning at Hawkeye Downs because I really love this track. It was pretty tacky and muddy, but I just prayed everything stayed together when Walton came rushing up behind me.”
It was Hansen’s second point title at The Downs, the first coming in 1974.
Hansen, who started on the pole by virtue of point lead in a straight up start on the grid, picked up $500 for winning, but said his oil pressure readings scared him throughout the race.
“The gauge went up to 310, but then I got cooled down to 300 and then Walton came breathing down my neck again. It was up to 320 at the finish.”
“I don't know if it’s quite right, but I hugged the inside through those last few laps. I gave Kenny all the outside if he wanted it.”
A crowd estimated at 3,000 watched the late-starting program that didn’t begin until 9:15 because promoter Al Miller’s crewmen were busily putting the half-mile dirt oval in racing shape after heavy rains had turned it into a quagmire earlier Friday.
Steve Becker of Atkins roared in front of the field after starting on the pole and breezed to the sportsman season championship. Becker also won the point title in that division and pocketed $100 for his win.
Late Model -
1. Curt Hansen, Dike
2. Ken Walton, Viola
3. Roger Dolan, Lisbon
4. Fred Horn, Marion
5. Ed Sanger, Waterloo
6. Gary Crawford, Independence
7. Bill Zwanziger, Waterloo
8. John Moss, Iowa City
9. Verlin Eaker, Cedar Rapids
10. Bob Schulte, Delhi
11. Jim Burbridge, Delhi
12. Denny Osborn, Cedar Falls
13. Tim McDonough, Cedar Rapids
14. Dave Sidwell, Iowa City
15. Bob Kinsella, Dubuque
1. Steve Becker, Atkins
2. Bob Jaeger, Dubuque
3. Larry Schulte, Cedar Rapids
4. Gary Duggan, Hiawatha
5. Chuck Lukemyre, Tipton
6. Bernie Frieden, Fairfax
7. Roger Ockenfels, Cedar Rapids
8. John Ward, Bernard
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Carter gambled that the little-used ruts high on the track’s final turn would give him the edge, and shot past Olivero on the last lap to Tuesday's accident-marred, rain-plagued race.
“I took a gamble and ran up there. I was faster up there. It paid off,” said Carter, 30, of Brownsburg, Ind. “I knew Bobby had changed to softer tires, and they were blistering. I could afford to get my tires hotter up high in the ruts.”
The race was stopped for about 40 minutes after a spectacular, three car pileup on the 74th lap sent three drivers to a local hospital, two of them just for observation.
“All three were conscious and doing fine,” officials said. Bill Puterbaugh of Speedway, Ind., had the most serious injuries. Memorial Medical Center officials were working Tuesday night to determine if he had suffered fractures in a hand and shoulder.
Robert Smith, of Gibsonton, Fla., suffered a sprained shoulder, USAC officials said. Mack McClellan was doused with fuel when his car’s tank burst and was being held for observation.
All three cars were flipped upside down and heavily damaged in the crash. USAC observer Carl McCormack said Puterbaugh's car apparently slowed, and the other two drivers plowed into him.
“Man, those others hit him, and they all just started flipping,” said McCormack.
Olivero, the defending race champion, took advantage of the red flag to change to softer tires to increase his car's traction and speed. He knew he was gambling that they would last the final 26 laps in the muggy, 95-degree heat.
“The tires started blistering on the last lap, and that slowed me down,” said Olivero. “It was a gamble on our part. It would have worked if the race had been two laps shorter."
Carter had led only two laps before his finale. Pole-sitter Larry Rice, of Brownsburg, Ind., led through lap 18 and blew an engine. Tom Bigelow led from the 19th lap until his drive shaft broke only moments after the three-car pileup. Olivero then took command. Rich Vogler of Indianapolis finished third.
Twenty-eight cars started the race, but only six finished in the oppressive heat. “Hot days do add to the attrition rate,” said Carter.
The race originally was scheduled for Saturday during the Illinois State Fair, but was rained out. It was washed out again Monday
Carter’s victory was worth $7,140 and gave him an early lead in the USAC Dirt Car standings.
1. Pancho Carter
2. Bobby Olivero
3. Rich Vogler
4. Joe Saldana
5. Bill Tyler
6. Jan Opperman
7. Gary Irvin
8. Lennie Waldo
9. Tom Bigelow
10. Bill Puterbaugh
11. Mack McClelland
12. Robert Smith
13. Tony Weyant
14. Larry Rice
15. Billy Vukovich
16. Larry Dickson
17. Duke Cook
18. Gary Bettenhausen
19. Dean Shirley
20. Jerry Miller
21. Jack Hewitt
22. George Snider
23. Bill Burks Jr.
24. Gary Hieber
25. Steve Chassey
26. Frankie Schneider
27. Steve Cannon
28. Sheldon Kinser
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It took a single-file lineup to get the race under way after two red flag incidents stopped the race before a single lap was completed. Both mishaps occurred approaching the first turn.
Kevin Doty, who started on the pole, and Peru's Russ Gamester, who started on the outside of the front row, collided with Gamester coming to rest against the wall. Neither driver was injured and Vogler, who started on the outside of the third row, sustained a flat tire during the accident which brought out the first red flag.
On the attempted restart, Mel Kenyon flipped going into turn one, and Jim Keeker hit Kenyon's car while in the air. A seven-car pileup resulted to halt the race. The other cars involved included Tony Elliott, Roger McCluskey Jr., Dean Billings, Kurt Mayhew and Bill Luse.
No one was injured with only the cars of Keeker and Kenyon unable to continue the race. That spoiled Kenyon's chance to collect the $200 bonus which promoter Bill Lipkey had posted if a driver was able to win both feature events in the two-race series which started Tuesday at Fort Wayne's Baer Field Raceway.
In the meantime, Gamester's crew was able to repair his car in the infield, and he was able to get back in the race at the rear of the single-file restart.
Doty led the first lap, but Vogler got past him in the backstretch coming out of turn two and led the rest of the way to pick up his 118th career USAC feature triumph in impressive fashion.
It was Vogler's night. He was fast qualifier with a clocking of 16.962 seconds on a heavy track. The veteran Indianapolis hotshoe won the first eight-lap heat race with a USAC record time of 2:14.68, breaking his old mark of 2:21 set at Kokomo in 1978, then won the feature, lapping all but four cars in the process.
Vogler, who leads the USAC National point’s race, won by more than a straightaway, followed by Doty, Terry Wente, Kevin Olson and Gamester, the only cars still on the lead lap. Rounding out the top 10 were Allan Barr, McCluskey, Jim Hines, Mayhew and Billings.
Vogler started at the rear of the seven-car first heat which Hines led on the first lap. Johnny Parsons and Vogler got past Hines on the second circuit. Parsons broke a cam-shaft and stalled in turn four after three laps, and Vogler took the lead and pulled away to a full-straightaway, record-setting victory.
Warsaw's Elliott, a winner of five sprint features here this season, led the first five laps of the second heat before Kenyon slipped past on the sixth circuit. Kenyon held off Elliott and Gamester in a close finish.
In the third heat, McCluskey led the first six laps with Doty challenging him on every lap. Doty grabbed the lead on lap seven and held on to win the race.
Keeker led all 10 laps and won by half a straightaway to capture the B-Main semi-feature.
1. Rich Vogler
2. Kevin Doty
3. Terry Wente
4. Kevin Olson
5. Russ Gamester
6. Allan Barr
7. Roger McCluskey Jr.
8. Jim Mines
9. Kurt Mayhew
10. Dean Billings
11. Tom Hayworth
12. Steve Parks
13. Pepi Marchese
14. Steve Thinnes
15. Tony Elliot
16. Bill Luse
17. Jim Keeker
18. Mel Kenyon
19. Gordy Ward
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Racing on the half-mile dirt oval will begin with an International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) sanctioned new model stock car race for cars 1969-1976. This afternoon racing program is scheduled for Saturday, September 11. The program will consist of time trials, two heat races and culminate in a 100-lap feature main event.
Sunday, September 12, is reserved for the modified stock cars. The field, limited to the first 60 entries, will compete in the first leg of the Tri-State Modified Championships. There will be qualifying heat races, a B-feature, and a main event.
On the following Friday afternoon, the field of IMCA sprint cars comes to the track for their particular brand of action racing. Currently, at least five drivers have a good shot at the 1976 division championship title. Those drivers are Sonny Smyser of Glenwood, Mo.; Ralph Parkinson Sr. of Kansas City, Mo.; Gary Scott, of Holt's Summit, Mo.; defending champion of the past two years, Bill Utz of Sedalia, Mo.; and for loyal Iowans, Ralph Blackett of Des Moines.
Drivers will compete in a seven-event program to include time trials, qualifying heat races, an STP trophy dash, a consolation, and a 30-lap feature.
Closing out the fair's racing program is the senior Tri-State Modified Championships on Saturday afternoon, September 18. Again the program will consist of heats, B-feature, a main event that will determine the Tri-State Modified champion.
National Speedways Inc. will officiate at all the racing programs.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
1972 – Kenny Weld of York, Pa., won his third career National Supermodified Championship at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa on August 12, leading all but two circuits of the 30-lap feature. Weld, who also won the event in 1964 and 1965, led the first four laps before relinquishing the top spot to Billy Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. Shuman would lead laps five and six until Weld regained it for good and beat Shuman by nearly one-half lap on the ½-mile dirt oval. Weld, who also won the second heat said, “I just forgot what I was doing when Shuman slipped around me. But I figured I didn’t come all the way here to take second.” Shuman and Lonnie Jensen of Lincoln, Neb., dueled for the second spot throughout the remainder of the race.
Thad Dosher of Topeka, Kan., won the 1967 Knoxville National Super Modified Championhips on August 12, 1967.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Johnny Mantz of Long Beach, Calif., driving a 1951 Nash Ambassador, was third. Red Byron of Atlanta, Ga., in a 1950 Ford “6” was fourth and Paul Newkirk of Cedar Rapids, Iowa was fifth in a 1951 Nash Ambassador.
Marshall Teague of Daytona, Fla., who had the pole position at the start of the 250-mile race, didn’t finish in the money as engine trouble forced him out midway through the race.
1. Tommy Thompson
2. Joe Eubanks
3. Johnny Mantz
4. Red Byron
5. Paul Newkirk
6. Jack Goodwin
7. Lloyd Moore
8. Ewell Weddle
9. Curtis Turner
10. Erick Erickson
11. Bill Majot
12. Jim Feibelkorn
13. Lee Petty
14. Lou Figaro
15. Bob Myers
16. Jim Paschal
17. Tim Flock
18. Bob Jeffries
19. John McGinley
20. Bob Flock
21. Les Snow
22. Iggy Katona
23. Dell Pearson
24. Bob Prince
25. Bobby Myers
26. Oda Greene
27. John Barker
28. Ray Duhigg
29. Jack White
30. Danny Letner
31. Walt Flanders
32. Bill Carden
33. Marshall Teague
34. George Seeger
35. Fonty Flock
36. Bob Greer
37. Jack Smith
38. Billy Myers
40. Al Miller
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Time trials will start at noon, then officials of the International Motor Contest Association will pare the starting field down to the 20 fastest qualifiers and numbers will be assigned to cars according to the way they qualified. An elaborate scoring system has been set up to keep the spectators informed just what lap each car is on.
Herschel Buchanan of Shreveport, La., the 1950 IMCA stock car national champion and winner of 15 one hundred mile races is a top-heavy favorite to capture the long grind in his 1951 Nash coupe.
Grinnell, Iowa’s Eddie Anderson, last year’s Iowa state champion and winner of three 100-mile races will have a heavy backing to win with a 1951 Chrysler. Dudley Froy of Tucson, Arizona is considered the “dark horse” entry with a 1949 Plymouth that carried him to important wins in the Southwest. Bob Dugan will carry the colors of Florida when the Tampa throttle- jockey faces the starter in his fast Plymouth coupe.
Wisconsin will be well represented in the field that will be shooting for a piece of the $2,000 prize money. Heading the home state contingent will be Bill Johnson, well known midget star from Oconomowoc, who won the 50-lap mid-season championship at State Fair Park last week.
Other Wisconsin entrants are Dick Kurth of Wausau, Whitey Trader of Appleton, and Milton Shave of Wausau.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
But if you are a speed fan, or maybe just curious, the place to be is at the North Iowa Fairgrounds, Saturday afternoon, for the late model 100-mile stock car race.
Simply, that the field of entries is big with the best in the business bidding to be top dog in an event that combines skill and endurance. They'll be circling 200 laps in an event that should last for than two hours, a little less
The field of driver’s numbers 22. Included are Ernie Derr, Don White and Johnny Beauchamp, all former champions of the International Motor Contest Association; Beauchamp, from Harlan, has been the king the past two seasons. Yet he's only fourth in the current point standings.
Holding the No. 1 spot is White and in the No. 2 position is Derr. Both are from Keokuk. In the No. 3 position - and also slated to run in Mason City is Bob Burdick of Omaha.
A lot of money hangs on the race. Promoter Al Sweeney figures a prize pot of about $2,000. The winner will receive $400 and an additional $25 if he is among the 20 fastest qualifiers. That figures out to about $2 for each trip around the half -mile oval at the North Iowa fairgrounds.
Time trials for the big race start at one o'clock and the 100-miler is slated to begin at two o'clock. The trials are important because fast time insures a place near the front of the field.
Driving skill and speed can help a driver move up in the field but it's a rough deal to work up from the tail end to the front of the pack.
A late model stock race was held at the fairgrounds in June, also operated by National Speedways, Inc. Burdick, only 23 years old, was the winner of the 25-mile feature before an estimated crowd of 4,000. That attendance is expected to be surpassed this Saturday.
Beauchamp has been the winner at the last two North Iowa Fairs in Mason City with the race a year ago cut to 101 laps. Much work has been done on the track since a year ago and it's reported to be in top shape.
White was the winner of the feature race at Oskaloosa on Wednesday night. A newcomer to watch will be Les Snow of Bloomington, Ill., second at Oskaloosa and third at Donnellson in recent races. He recently joined National Speedways to get in more racing dates. Last year he raced on the circuit for United States Auto Club and was the point leader for the season.
The track’s late model stock records for racing at the fairgrounds are held by Beauchamp. His time trial run of 29.81 seconds in 1957 for a half-mile is one mark and his time of 1:51.20 in 1956 for 100 miles is the other.
Sunday will be another big racing day at the fair as speedway races are slated in the afternoon. Bob Grim, the I.M.C.A. champ, will be headlining the field. However, he never has won a race in Mason City.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
1988 – Steve Knepper scored the biggest win of his career Saturday, August 6th by winning the 40-lap Belleville Midget Nationals feature at the Belleville High Banks. Knepper collected $6,500 of a $34,000 purse. Knepper jumped to the lead followed closely by Randy Roberts. The duo pulled away from the field and battled for the top spot. By the 10th trip Knepper had increased his lead on the half-mile and won by six car lengths at the finish. Roberts, Dan Boorse, Chuck Gurney and Robby Flock rounded out the top five finishers.
1983 – Bob Senneker won the ASA Silver Creek Racing Series-sanctioned Redbud 400 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway by .6 of one second over Rusty Wallace before a record crowd of 11,312, on Saturday, August 6. In patent Senneker style, the Michigan ace measured the front-runners for the first half of the race then applied pressure in the latter stages. Senneker got around Wallace on lap 366 and by the narrowest of margins, took the checkers for the second straight year. Third place finisher Dick Trickle would be the only other driver to finish on the lead lap. Butch Miller (1 lap down) and Bob Strait (2 laps down) would round out the top five.
1977 – Twenty-two year old Scott Hansen of Green Bay, Wis., came through with the first victory of his blossoming three-year late model career on Saturday, August 5, by winning the 50-lap Midwest Open championship at the $1,000 first prize at Luxemburg (Wis.) Speedway. Hansen, driving a 1973 Camaro, started on the outside of fellow townsman Roger Perrot in the front row. Hansen looked at the back end of Perrot’s 1969 Camaro for 31 laps before he and J.J. Smith of Appleton, Wis., finally slipped by when Perrot went high in turn two. Smith dogged Hansen for the final 19 laps waiting for the youngster to make a mistake but Hansen drove a flawless rest of the race on the third-mile clay track. Smith, Perrot, Larry Ninneman of Milwaukee and Jerry Smith of Medina, Wis., rounded out the top five.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Bobby Adkins of Indianapolis finished third with Fred Linder of Fremont, Ohio, fourth and Dick Gaines of Mitchell fifth. Butch Wilkerson of Columbus took the sixth position with Doug Wolfgang of Lincoln, Neb., in the seventh spot and Rick Ferkel of Fostoria, Ohio, eighth, Allen Barr of Seymour in the ninth spot and Randy Kinser of Bloomington 10th.
Bobby Kinser, who was the fastest qualifier, won the first heat with Jack Hewitt of Troy, Ohio, second, Ferkel third and Adkins fourth.
The second heat was won by Steve Kinser with Leland McSpadden of Tempe, Ariz., second, Barr third and Gary Patterson of Sacramento, Calif., fourth.
Ed Angle of Flora captured the third heat with Kerry Norris of Columbus second, Bob Christian of Clayton third and John Beaber of Gibsonburg, Ohio, fourth.
The fourth heat was won by Wolfgang with Gaines second, Ron Shuman of Tempe, Ariz., third and Randy Kinser fourth.
Shuman won the trophy dash with Wilkerson second and Kenny Jacobs of Orville, Ohio, third. Wilkerson won the semi-final with Linder second, Mark Caldwell of Bunker Hill third and Jacobs fourth.
All in all, it was an excellent sprint car program and viewed by a large crowd. Without a doubt, the Outlaws will make a repeat performance next season. And without a doubt, the drivers who run each Sunday night in the sprint car division at the local oval showed they could run with the best of them.