Running before a full-house crowd, Merryfield,
, pressured Boone Speedway regular, Denny
Hovinga, Laurens through much of the race, taking the lead for good with less
than two laps remaining. Des
Hovinga chose to run the tight inside groove on the dry track, which proved costly ($250, the difference between first and second place, to be exact).
Merryfield was challenging on the outside as he and Hovinga moved up to lap Dan Nesteby,
. Nesteby was
given the pullover flag, and he went to the inside of the track as ordered.
Unfortunately for Hovinga, that was also where the Laurens driver was running,
and Merryfield went to the outside in the first turn of the next-to-last lap
for the lead. Waterloo
Hovinga and Bill Barthelmes, Troy Mills, had staged a duel for the lead midway through the race pulling away from the rest of the field. Then one of several red flags came but as a car quit on the track, and the restart put Merryfield and other back up near the leaders.
After the restart Hovinga was leading, with Dr. Al Mayner,
, running second. Merryfield got by
the “Flying Physician” into second, and the race between he and Hovinga was on. Winthrop
Often running side by side, the two continued their battle and Merryfield went inside once as Hovinga broke out of his usual groove and the
driver was in the lead. Des Moines
However, the red flag came out just as Merryfield made the move, and the restart was lined up according to the last completed lap, putting Hovinga back in front.
Merryfield kept the pressure on Hovinga until the opportunity to pass came when Hovinga was boxed behind Barthelmes, and then moved out. The two cars came out of the fourth turn of the last lap side by side, but Merryfield had the power down the chute to win by two car lengths.
, finished third, Ed Sanger, Pleasant Valley , was fourth and
Earl Tice, Waterloo ,
came in fifth. Ames
was eligible for the pole position, which gave him his choice of starting
position. He took the outside, which didn’t turn out to be the best choice. Ames
Rasmussen didn’t get as good a jump as the other cars in the front two rows when the green flag went in the air and he dropped back into the pack in the first turn.
As the 33 cars, which started three abreast, dove into the first number two corners, one of the front-runners crossed up and there were cars flying in every direction. Rasmussen had the sheet metal on his car bent up in that fracas, but the basic machine survived and he stayed in the running. Bill Martin,
was knocked out of the pole position and on the restart Rasmussen was able to
move out in front. Council Bluffs
He lost the lead to Barthelmes, and then Hovinga went by, Rasmussen finished the race in eighth place. The third
driver, Del McDowall was forced out of the race with mechanical problems. Ames
Ramo Stott, Keokuk, managed to squeak into the championship event after the first lap accident. Stan Stover, Reinbeck, was knocked out in the accident, and was unable to come back out, which made Stott eligible for the race as first alternate. Stott, who spun out in the Monday night qualification races and failed to qualify in that race, tried again Tuesday.
With 13 cars running (12 cars from the B-Main qualified for the 50-lap championship race), Stott had a flat tire and went into the pits, changed tires and came back out. He was promptly black-flagged since pit stops were allowed only in the feature, so he had to settle for a final position one place out of qualification until Stover was unable to make the restart of the feature.
Later in the race, as the cars circled the track waiting for a restart, the drivers got jumpy and Ron Tilley,
went crossways in front of Stott. The Keokuk
driver slammed into his and Stott was then hit from behind by George Barton, Council
Bluffs . Ankeny
Stott came out of the accident in running condition, but the collision weakened the steering sector on his car, which is owned by Sanger, and it later broke, putting Stott out of the race.
Weedon, who had raced away from the field Monday night in his heat face until tire trouble put his out of the event, came back to do the same thing in the B-main - only this time without car trouble.
Arnie Braland, Boone, took the first lead in that race, but the Weedon pushed his smooth running Mustang past Braland on the laps and moved away in the remaining 22 circuits of the oval.
B-Main (20 laps)
1. Ron Weedon, Pleasant Valley
2. Arnie Braland, Boone
3. Bruce Sommerfeld,
4. Wayne Meyer, Algona
5. Dwight Engleen, Ogden
6. John Carlson,
7. George Barton,
8. Leonard Woodard,
Madden, Boone Darwin
10. Gordon Simpson,
11. Fred Knapp,
12. Don Christensen, Harlan
Grand National (50 laps)
1. Joe Merryfield,
2. Denny Hovinga, Laurens
3. Ronnie Weedon, Pleasant Valley
4. Ed Sanger,
5. Earl Tice,
6. Arnie Braland, Boone
7. Arlo Dorenbush, Boone
8. Joel Rasmussen,
Falls Henry Smidt, Iowa
10. Dan Nesteby,
11. Ron Tilley,
12. Ken Davidson,
13. Kenny Farrell, New Hampton
14. Bill Barthelmes,
15. Gordon Simpson,