Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1949 - Ritchie, Newkirk and Russo grab midget wins

At Waterloo –

(July 23) – Dick Ritchie of Cedar Rapids drove the #50 to a midget victory at the Tunis Speed Bowl on Saturday night in the 25-lap mid-season championship. Starting from the pole position, Ritchie too an early lead and held it all the way. Red Hoyle chased Ritchie right down to the finish but couldn’t overtake him.

At Cedar Rapids –

(July 24) - Paul Newkirk was the winner of the main event in the midget auto races held at Ce Mar Acres Sunday night. The race meet was one of the fastest and most thrilling of the season, with all races being close, with one record being broken and all of the rest of the events run in close to record time. Newkirk grabbed the lead at the starter's flag and held it all the way but was pressed by Dick Hobel, who chased him right down to the finish. Jimmy Summers and Vic Ellis fought it out for third place with Summers getting the call.

At Burlington -

(July 24) – Tony Russo raced to a win in the main event at the midget auto races at the Burlington Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon. Starting from a first row position, the Wisconsin speedster grabbed the lead at the first turn and was never headed. Red Hoyle chased Russo all the way to the finish line but couldn’t track him down.

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