, said he's lost about 50 per cent of
his hearing in doing the dynamite suitcase act the past 16 years. "You
can't make any mistakes because you only get one crack," said Kisselburg. Kisselburg,
who said he has had 43 different bones broken, set a world record for a ramp
jump in an automobile, clearing 127 feet 2 inches last year in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City, Utah
He certainly wasn't clowning around when he matched his 55-year-old body against four sticks of dynamite in a suitcase.
And Rick Merryfield and Bill Rice weren't clowning around either, making their presence known in dramatic ways.
First, it was Merryfield, younger brother of late-model driver Joe, knocking off the two top season point leaders in the sportsman feature. He challenged Bill Davis, season point leader, for six laps before passing him on the fourth turn of the tenth lap to move into second.
Then Merryfield, driving a 1971 Camaro, stayed with leader Dave Farren until the thirteenth lap where he took a gamble and went high into turn two and came out a car length in front of Farren.
Merryfield led a contingent of local drivers to the checkered flag. In fact, the next four drivers — Farren, Glenn Woodard, Davis and Rocky Hodges — were all from
. Des Moines
Things were a little less hectic for Rice, also of
. He drove a 1977 Camaro and led
from start to finish in the 25-lap late-model program. Des Moines
Don Hoffman of
wheeling a 1977 Nova, gave a little scare, moving from fifth place to second,
20 yards behind Rice. Des Moines
Two accidents marred the program but none of the drivers were injured.
George Waits of Des Moines totaled his 1966 Chevelle when he was clipped by Bill Carter of
in the fourth heat of the sportsman division. Waits hit the guard rail and spun
completely around with the back of his car hitting the concrete stage. Des Moines
Greg Augspurger of Van Meter lost control of his car in the second turn during the first lap of the sportsman feature. Carter, in a 1970 Camaro, barreled into Augspurger's 1968 Chevelle with both cars landing at the wall.
Sportsman feature –
- Rick Merryfield
- Dave Farren
- Glen Woodward
- Bill Davis
- Rocky Hodges
- Chuck Anderson
- Dave Allison
- Bob Thompson
- Del McDowell
- Leonard Woodward
Late Model feature –
- Bill Rice
- Don Hoffman
- Karl Sanger
- Curt Hansen
- Joe Merryfield
- Verlin Eaker
- Arnie Braland
- Ed Sanger
- Dave Chase
- Stan Stover