Sunday, July 22, 2012

1969 – Karl Sanger tops Vinton race field

Vinton, Iowa (July 22, 1969) - Karl Sanger of Waterloo had little trouble winning the 25-lap late-model stock car feature Tuesday night at the Benton County fairground.

Karl started on the outside pole in the finale, took the lead from Bill Zwanziger coming out of the second turn and proceeded to run away from the rest of the 13-car field.

Only eight cars were running at the finish. Many either suffered blown engines or heated up to the point they were forced to drop out.

Ramo Stott of Keokuk, the former IMCA star who made a special appearance Tuesday, wheeled one of the cars that got too hot. He was out after 16 laps, only moments after Curt Hansen’s 'Torino hashed an engine.

Second place went to Ed Sanger, Karl’s brother, nearly 300 yards behind. Carl Swanson of Reinbeck earned third, while John Connolly of Delhi was fourth, followed by Zwanziger.

The latter and Karl Sanger finished in a dead-heat for the top spot in the second heat. Arlo Becker of Atkins and Red Droste of Waterloo were other heat winners.

Connolly won the 15-lap semi, while Ed Sanger copped the trophy dash.

Results –

Feature –
1. Karl Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
2. Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
3. Cal Swanson, Reinbeck, Iowa
4. John Connolly, Delhi, Iowa
5. Bill Zwanziger, Waterloo, Iowa
6. Dick Bragg, Hiawatha, Iowa
7. Arlo Becker, Atkins, Iowa
8. Red Droste, Waterloo, Iowa
9. Bob Hilmer, Dysart, Iowa
10. Glen Martin, Independence, Iowa

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