Wednesday, April 25, 2012
1971 - Morris out duels everyone for 2nd stock car victory
Columbus Junction, Iowa (April 25, 1971) - Mel Morris battled his way out of heavy traffic on the opening lap and took the lead early in the race to capture his second straight feature win in the Mississippi Valley stock car circuit.
Newcomers Lem Blankenship of Keokuk and Don Hoffman of Des Moines offered the most serious challenges with Blankenship leading part of the way and Hoffman in second place before spinning out on the white flag.
The most serious accident came at the start of the fourth heat when Bob Ballard of Marshall hit the retaining wall on the straightaway and Stan Crooks hit him. Neither driver was injured, but Ballard’s car had to be lifted off the retaining wall by a wrecker.
Pokey West of West Chester turned the fastest time, won the trophy dash and also the first heat.
Chilly weather held the crowd down lower than last week’s opening night. Action will swing back to West Liberty next Saturday night for the third race of the year.
Fast time: Pokey West, West Chester, Iowa (26.57)
Trophy dash: Pokey West
First heat: Pokey West
Second heat: Larry Jenkins, Wilton, Iowa
Third heat: Byron Buchele, Muscatine, Iowa
Fourth heat: Mark Mosier, Washington, Iowa
Consolation: Gary Redlinger, Wellman, Iowa
Semi-main: Earl Wagner, Pleasantville, Iowa
1. Mel Morris, Atalissa, Iowa
2. Ron Prymek, Iowa City, Iowa
3. Pokey West
4. Mark Mosier, Washington, Iowa
5. Ray Guss, Rock Island, Ill.
6. Bill Newman, Burlington, Iowa
7. Ron Perdock, Washington, Iowa
8. Earl Wagner
9. Ron Hemsted, Lone Tree, Iowa
10. Don Morgan, Muscatine, Iowa