Saturday, April 14, 2012
This Week in Racing History
1973 – Ray Para pulled his 1972 Nova into victory lane after winning the season-opening 50-lap “Ice Breaker Invitational” at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway on April 15. The East Hazel Crest, Ill., driver, who started 17th in the 20-car field, inherited the lead after race leader Don Leach of Beloit, Wis., was involved in an accident with a lapped car on the 44th tour. Leach, who had started 18th, scrambled to gain back the top spot in the remaining laps but fell short by mere seconds at the checkers. Ed Hoffman of Niles, Ill., would finish third in the event.