Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1963 - Local Races Important in Battle for National Title

Knoxville, Ill. (July 30, 1963) - The IMCA championship sprint car races at the Knox County Fair here Thursday and Friday nights, may be the turning point in the battle for the 1963 national sprint car crown.
According to Secretary Wendell Farris, the latest championship standing released by Mike Heffron, secretary of the International Motor Contest Association show the first 10 positions have changed considerably in the past two weeks.
Johnny White, the defending IMCA national champion, is well entrenched in first place but Gordon Woolley of Waco, Texas has passed Pete Folse, the five-time champion, for second place, by virtue of his consistent running in first, second, third and fourth places in recent feature events. Woolley finished fourth at Winchester Speedway last Sunday behind Red Amick, while White finished tenth clue to a spinout in the 30-lap feature.
Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill., and Jerry Daniels of St. Paul are tied for fourth place with 340 points each. Bob Coulter, of Lakewood, California another entry here, is moving up rapidly and is right on Blundy's tail with 327 points to hold down fifth spot.
Blundy's recent 15-lap feature win at Urbana, Ill., is expected to change the standings quite a bit from the latest release. Blundy finished ahead of Jim McCune of Toledo, Ohio, Johnny White, the IMCA champion from Warren, Mich., and Woolley.
The two-day meet, here with championship points at stake may very well be the turning point for the front-running, who are now beginning to feel the pressure from a big group of newcomers to the midwestern track racing circuit.
Time trials will start at 7 p.m. Thursday and will hold good for the two nights of racing. The first of six races each evening will get the “go” flag at 8 p.m.

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