Freese added the feature title to a special match dash crown he won earlier in the program. He had finished second in a heat race.
pilot had led the feature most of the way but on the 10th lap Richert, who was
the feature winner here two years ago, began a challenge that saw him seize the
lead on the 13th turn. California
But Freese battled back to forge ahead by inches on the backstretch of the final lap and held off Richert's bid on the final turn to take the checkered flag first.
Richert, who couldn't get going in the heat competition, won the semi-main race of seven laps.
Don Guida of
, driving the Ernie Johnson Offenhauser
that Richert piloted to victory here two years ago, and Ron Larson of Moorhead,
were heat winners. Milton, Wis.
Richert had the best effort in the time trials with a 25.38 clocking followed by Sonny McDaniel, the
state champion, with a 25.60 mark and
Freese with a 25.94 clocking. Texas
A total of 15 cars, from throughout the nation, competed in the event. Cool, wet weather prevailed during the program but track officials, under the direction of Auto Racing, Inc., did an excellent job of having the track in top shape for the meet.
1. Dick Freese,
2. Jerry Richert,
3. Sonny McDaniel,
4. Don Guida,
5. Ron Larson,