Thursday, April 3, 2014

1977 - Wallace snares Sedalia main event

Sedalia, Mo. (April 3, 1977) – “Super” Joe Wallace of Kansas City, Kan., stayed hooked to the racing surface at the Missouri State Fairgrounds to bank $600 for winning the season opening Missouri Spring Sizzler on Sunday afternoon, April 3rd.

It was all Wallace, as the veteran late model pilot swung his Chevy around the fast half-mile at ease, leading all 50 laps.

Tom Bartholomew of Waterloo, Iowa, finished second, followed by Mike Dibben of Kansas City, Mo., in third.

A small crowd turned out to witness the first late model race on dirt in Missouri for the 1977 season. More than 55 late models were entered from six different Midwestern states.

Ken Walton of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, blistered the time trials portion of the event, with a 24.56 second clocking. He started sixth in the feature, with an inverted top six start and finished sixth.

Most drivers had their late models in good running order but many still had a problem hooking up their horsepower to the lightning fast Missouri black dirt.

Results –

Fast Time: Ken Walton, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (24.56)

First Heat: Sonny Kimberling, Gilliam, Mo.

Second Heat: Larry Pipes, Kirksville, Mo.

Third Heat: Joe Wallace, Kansas City, Kan.

Semi-Main: Bill Myers, East Alton, Ill.


  1. Joe Wallace
  2. Tom Bartholomew, Waterloo, Iowa
  3. Mike Dibben, Kansas City, Mo.
  4. Bill Rice, Des Moines, Iowa
  5. Bob Shryock, Estherville, Iowa
  6. Ken Walton
  7. Ferris Collier, Lampe, Mo.
  8. Al Druesdow, Omaha, Neb.
  9. Bud Dibben, Kansas City, Mo,
  10. Kent Tucker, Aurora, Neb.

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