Ziegler's win was a very hard fought one, as the Sun Prairie driver had his hands full in trying to hold off a pesky Tom Reffner, Rudolph, who finished second in his new 1974 Javelin.
, took the initial lead in the
76-lap main event before mechanical woes forced him out of action. Rich Somers
then took the top spot, which he held until the 32nd lap. Stevens Point
Ziegler and Reffner, meanwhile, were working their way through the pack taking second and third positions on the 26th lap.
Somers, who built up a slight margin, saw it quickly dwindle and finally disappear as Ziegler and Reffner both passed him on the 33rd lap. The two then staged a thrilling battle. They ran handle to handle for nearly 20 laps with neither being able to gain an advantage over the other, much to the delight of the over 3,500 fans.
Ziegler, however, found the extra horsepower he needed and held off Reffner for the final laps.
Joe Shear of
Ill. and Marv Marzofka of Nekoosa staged their own battle for third position,
with Shear eventually winning that one by about a car length. Somers settled
Jerry Bohm took first place honors in the sportsman feature. The Amherst Junction pilot took the lead with two laps remaining and coasted to the win
Top honors in the mini-champ feature went to Jerry Witt of
In that event Mark Schumacher of De Pere had the misfortune of rolling his
mount while leading. He was not injured in the mishap. Fond du Lac
Feature Results –
1. John Zeigler, Sun Prairie,
2. Tom Reffner,
3. Joe Shear,
4. Marv Marzofka,
5. Rich Somers,
Steven Point Wis.
6. Jim Sauter,
7. Larry Detjens,
8. Tony Strupp, Slinger,
9. Dick Trickle,
10. Jim Back, Vesper, Wis.