driver fought off the constant challenge of relative unknown Terry Ryan to win
his second consecutive feature, and third overall, in six USAC events this
season. South Zanesville, Ohio
Hartman, who changed the gear ratio in his racer after seeing the
track, also took the lead away from
Norm Nelson of Hartford , in the United States Auto Club’s stock
car point standings with the victory. Racine, Wis.
“I went to a different gear as soon as I got here,” commented Hartman after picking up $1,385 in earnings at the half-mile paved speedway. “I heard it was a little more banked than it was.”
Nelson, the top qualifier at 20.85 seconds in his ’74
finished third as the only other
racer on the same lap with Hartman and Ryan. Hartman, who won an unprecedented
third straight season championship last year, now stands at 1,071 in the point
standings for 1974 after picking up 200 more in Sunday’s victory. Nelson is
second at 1,040 and Don White of Plymouth , third with 731. Keokuk,
“We blew two new tires and hit debris on the track both times,” stated Geldhof. “When he (Schippers) was running he was just passing them at will...we’ll be back.”
The race marked the first appearance of major league racing in the area, but the fan turnout was a disappointment for Hartford Speedway Promoter George Malaski, who estimated the crowd at about 800. The USAC event carried an overall $8,000 purse, and Malaski isn't certain at this time on the future of USAC stock car racing on the
Hartman and Ryan both thought the speedway offered one of the nation’s best half-mile paved tracks.
“It’s one of the better ones,” declared Hartman. “I was sorry to see that there were not more people out.”
“It’s nice and smooth and you can pass on it,” added Ryan with his praises.
Hartman, who qualified second fastest at 20.96, took the lead from pole on the 33rd lap of the 100-lap feature and never trailed again. Ryan moved into second on the 37th lap and stayed there the rest of the way.
“Butch was just running a little bit harder than we were, noted Ryan. “I just didn’t have enough coming off to get by him.”
Ryan, who hails from Davenport,
blew a tire in warm ups and disappeared from view after going off turn two. He
returned to qualify fifth at 21.27 seconds in his new Chevy which was being raced
only the second time. The former pit man for Mel Kenyon who posted his highest
finish in three years on the USAC circuit, was eighth the previous week at Iowa . Indianapolis
There were four yellow lights for a total of 30 laps in the 50-mile race, but there were no caution flags out after the 40th lap. The race took 42 minutes and nine seconds, with Hartman having an average winning lime of 71.174 miles per hour.
Hartman also won the four-lap trophy dash in 1 minute and 24.95 seconds for the four fastest qualifiers. White was second, Nelson third and Bay Darnell of
Bluff, , fourth. Ill.
The 16-fastest qualifying cars were in the feature, along with the top four finishers from the 15-lap semi-feature. Ken Rowley of
won the semi-feature in 5 minutes and 38.24 seconds while Dave Decker finished second, Lefty
Robinson third and Bob Whitlow fourth. Bloomington, Ill.
Nine of the top 10 USAC stock car point leaders were at the
race, where a total of 26 cars
qualified. There were 13 cars running the end of the feature race. Hartford
Going to the pits with tire problems with Schippers was Darnell. George Coonrod went out with oil pressure problems. Jerry Wolland had troubles with his car’s rear end. Bob Brevak blew a head casket, Jigger Sirois had handling difficulties and Lefty Robinson was unable to return after going off the track.
- Butch Hartman
- Terry Ryan
- Norm Nelson
- Paul Feldner
- Fred Zack
- Pat Patrick
- Mickey Flora
- Larry Cope
- Ken Rowley
- Don White
- Irv Janey
- Dave Decker
- Bob Whitlow
- Jerry Wolland
- Bay Darnell
- Bob Brevak
- Jigger Sirois
- Bob Schipper
- George Coonrod
- Lefty Robinson