Tuesday, July 2, 2013

1974 - Ramo Stott paces USAC Stocks at Salem

Ramo Stott
Salem, Ind. (July 2, 1974) – Bobby Allison’s Indiana racing, luck continues - all bad.

“I pulled another Indianapolis,” said a disheartened Allison after lasting only two laps in Sunday’s 50-mile stock car race at Salem Speedway.

The Hueytown, Ala., driver referred to his 1973 Indianapolis 500 effort which also lasted two laps. Allison, a million dollar winner on the Southern NASCAR circuit, had been the pre-race favorite for the United States Auto Club event, but it was gritty USAC regular Ramo Stott who took the checkered flag.

Stott, of Keokuk, Iowa, drove his Plymouth into the lead in the 68th lap of the 100-lap feature when Larry Moore, who had led in his Chevelle until the 11th circuit, dropped out of the race.

Stott averaged better than 79 miles an hour, finishing 13 seconds ahead of newcomer Bob Schippers, of Kalamazoo, Mich., who was in his first race on high-banked tracks like Salem’s half-mile paved oval.

Allison retired with handling problems, but he at least lasted one lap more than fellow NASCAR driver Charlie Glotzbach, a Hoosier who holds some of Salem’s speed records.

USAC stock car point leader Butch Hartman, who qualified his Dodge on the pole with a new track record of 91.13 miles per hour, stayed in front of the 20-car field through the first 10 laps. Norm Nelson edged out a fading Hartman for third place. Mickey Flora led Don White to the finish for fifth. All were one lap behind Schippers and the leader.

There were only two yellow lights, one for a crash involving semi winner Ken Rowley and the other for George Coonrod’s spin.

Stott, who also won the trophy dash, was expected to receive more than $3,000 for the victory out of an estimated $10,000 purse. A huge crowd, estimated at 8,000, packed the tiny speedway and was treated to a sun-drenched afternoon of racing.

Results –

  1. Ramo Stott
  2. Bob Schippers
  3. Norm Nelson
  4. Butch Hartman
  5. Mickey Flora
  6. Don White
  7. Irv Janey
  8. Larry Cope
  9. Paul Feldner
  10. Harold Fair
  11. Ken Rowley
  12. Steve Drake
  13. Larry Moore
  14. George Coonrod
  15. Joe Booher
  16. Bobby Watson
  17. Jim Marshall
  18. Cleve Smith
  19. Bobby Allison
  20. Charlie Glotzbach

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