Friday, August 29, 2014

1964 – Hutcherson Gains Victory in Fair’s 100-Mile Race

Sedalia, Mo. (September 29, 1964) - Dick Hutcherson of Keokuk, Iowa, took the late model stock car 100-mile race, but his victory wasn't official until judges had nullified a protest on lap tabulation filed by Ramo Stott, also from Keokuk.

But, the afternoon was not a complete loss to Stott. He set a 1 mile time trial record – not only for the Missouri State fair dirt track, but an unofficial world record for mile on dirt. Stott circled the mile oval and 41.34 seconds breaking his own record set in 1963.

That's not all. Stott not only had the fastest time in qualifying, but he set a lap record during the race. He turned laps in 39.65 seconds and had other times of 40.0 and 40.02 seconds.

Stott’s protest was on the lap count. The judges established that Hutcherson passed Stott while he was in the pits. His pick crew was under the impression Stott had a lap and a half lead over Hutcherson; it did not prove out on the official count.

It took more than two hours to make the check to determine the winner of the race.

Results –

  1. Dick Hutcherson, Keokuk, Iowa
  2. Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa
  3. Bob Reynolds, Edmonds, Okla.
  4. Lenny Funk, Otis, Kan.
  5. Bob Jusola, Mound, Minn.
  6. Ole Brua, Albert Lea, Minn.
  7. Dean Huckaby, Kansas City, Kan.
  8. Bill Thomas, Lake Elmo, Minn.
  9. Eddie Gray, Jefferson City, Mo.
  10. Vic Elson, Springfield, Mo.

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