Tuesday, August 16, 2011

1976 - Clay County Fair features top Midwest racing program

Spencer, Iowa (August 16, 1976) - Gene Van Winkle, president of National Speedways Inc., in conjuncture with Miles Johnson, secretary of the Clay County Fair is pleased to announce a full slate of racing for the 1976 installment of the fair.

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.

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