Monday, September 3, 2012

1967 – Karl Busson cops Golden Gopher 200 at St. Paul

St. Paul, Minn. (September 3, 1967) - Karl Busson of Toledo, Ohio, copped the Minnesota Golden Gopher 200 sprint car race here Sunday when Bill Koepler’s roadster blew an engine with 19 laps to go on the half-mile asphalt track at the Minnesota State Fair Speedway. Official paid attendance was 21,576.

Koepler had taken the lead from Busson, who is the current IMCA national point leader, on the 146th lap when Busson pitted for fuel.

Koepler had not made a pit stop the entire distance although is Chevy-conversion machine began to spill oil about three or four laps before the engine gave out.

Even with his trip to the pits, Busson trailed Koepler, from Fostoria, Ohio, by only a quarter of a lap at the time Koepler bowed out.

The triumph for Busson was only his second on the IMCA circuit this season, his first full campaign under the Auto Racing, Inc., banner. However, he’s been as steady as taxes are certain, thus his top point ranking.

It was the biggest win to date for Busson who earned $2,000 for the victory. He started 16th in a 24-car field.

Defending national sprint car champion Jerry Richert of Forest Lake, Minn., finished sixth after earning the pole position with 20.64 clocking during time trials.

Bob Davis of Dayton, Ohio, and Russ Larsen, the veteran from Cumberland, Wis., walked off with the second and third, respectively.

The 20-lap consolation event, to determine the final six entries in the feature, was won by Don Mack of East Grand Forks, Minn.

Feature results –

1. Karl Busson, Toledo, Ohio
2. Bob Davis, Dayton, Ohio
3. Russ Larsen, Cumberland, Ohio
4. Dean Mast, Dover, Ohio
5. Harry Kern, St. Paul, Minn.
6. Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
7. Barry Kettering, St. Paul, Minn.
8. John Backlund, Kansas City
9. Bob King, Muncie, Ind.
10. Buzz Barton, Tampa, Fla.

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