Thursday, December 8, 2011

1974 -Schwader, Utz tops in IMCA

Des Moines, Iowa (December 8, 1974) - International Motor Contest Association stock car national champion Bill Schwader of Riverdale, Iowa received $3,750 in prize money at the auto racing organization's awards banquet Saturday night at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.

And, of the $20,700 total prize money presented, Bill Utz of Sedalia, Mo., the 1974 sprint car national champion, pocketed $2,750.

In the stock car division, Gary Lindgren of Ogden, Iowa was named Rookie of the Year; Shorty Acker of Windsor, Mo., was the “Most Improved Driver”, Tommy Taylor of Irving, Tex., was “Hard Luck Driver of the Year” and the pit crew of Billy Myers of Grand Island, Neb., was judged “Best Dressed”.

Steve Lewis of Kansas City, Mo., was named Rookie of the Year in the sprint car division. Ralph Parkinson, Jr., Kansas City, Mo., was “Most Improved Driver”, in that division; Roger Rager of Lincoln, Neb., was “Hard Luck Driver” and Thad Dosher of Topeka, Kan., had the “Best Dressed” pit crew.

Gene Gennetten of Gladstone, Mo., a sprint car driver, won IMCA’s sportsmanship award.

Schwader won the 1974 championship with 955 points, 95 more than runner-up Gordon Blankenship of Keokuk, the 1973 champion. Lindgren was third with 722.

Utz compiled 2,400 points in earning his title, with Larry Kirkpatrick of Wood River, Ill., finishing second with 2,245 and Ralph Blackett of Des Moines taking third with 1,640.

Kirkpatrick was presented with $1,600 on Saturday night, Blackett $950 and Gennetten $500. Blankenship was awarded $2,500, Lindgren $1,750, Gerry Harrison (fourth in points) of Topeka, Kan., $1,200, Myers $900, Jim Anderson of Kansas City, Mo., $725, and Jim Still of Topeka, Kan., $600.

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