Thruman, who had led the entire race, lost the lead to Lameyer on the far straightaway of lap 36 and seconds later blew an engine to enable Lameyer to breeze to the victory.
Lameyer had grabbed the second spot early in the race and provided the only serious challenge to Thruman out of the 15-car field. Thruman had established u healthy lead shortly after mid-race, but Lameyer came back and edged into the lead just before Thruman's mishap.
John Connolly, winner of the mid-season championship at
victorious in both feature races Labor Day weekend, was forced out of the feature
with car trouble Sunday night. The Freeport , driver was still the season
point leader here, amassing nearly 200 more than Darrell Dake of Delhi,
Iowa . Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A major delay in the feature took place when John Englekin of Morrison went into the wall on the third turn of lap 24. It was during the delay that Connolly, who had moved up two slots in six laps and was sitting in third place, developed trouble and had to be towed off of the track.
After the race was restarted Thruman took up right where he had left off. He had an undisputed hold on first place until Lameyer, taking the inside, pulled even with him on the final turn of lap 35. A half lap later, Lameyer took the lead and after Thruman's trouble the final stages of the race were academic.
“The car was not running quite right,” said the bearded Lameyer. “But then neither was his (Thruman's) or anybody else's.” (Accidents plagued most of the racing action.) “I was close, but I think he (Thruman) would have stayed ahead if he had not had trouble,” admitted Lameyer frankly.
Jim Leverington, also of
, finished in the second spot and Freeport ’s Al Terrell
captured third. Fourth place in the feature went to Peoria ’s Dave Meile while fifth was taken
by Rick O'Brien of Freeport . Peoria
Terrell took the time trials in a time of 25.99 seconds for one lap around the half mile dirt track. Terrell also won the trophy dash as he overtook the hard luck Thruman on the final turn of the race in an exciting finish.
The semi-feature went to
’s Terry Pfeiffer, who moved ahead of
Dennis Miller of Freeport , about halfway through the
30-lap event. Cedar Rapids,
Pfeiffer also won the first heat race. He took both victories in commanding fashion. Englekin took the second heat, passing initial leader Dennis Miller on the third lap and outracing Meile to the finish line. The third heat was captured by Connolly, who led the entire race and won handily over Norm Meinert of Davis and Terrell.
There were many cars, normally regulars at
, who were not
here Sunday night. The field was thinned even more by the
rash of drivers having mechanical troubles of one kind or another with their
machines. However, most drivers who had problems during their respective races
were able to complete the event. Freeport
The final top 10 point winners for the 1977 season and their accumulated totals:
1. John Connolly,
– 1,247 Delhi, Iowa
2. Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – 1,051
3. Duane Steffe,
- 980 Peoria,
4. Terry Pfeiffer,
- 900 Freeport, Ill.
5. Mike Niffenegger,
- 886 Kalona, Iowa
6. Bill Lameyer,
- 819 Freeport,
7. Jim Strube,
- 808 Peoria,
8. Jim Leverington,
- 774 Freeport, Ill.
9. Norm Meinert,
- 740 Davis,
10. Jim Thruman,
- 669 Freeport,