Friday, August 15, 2014

1975 - Higgins Wins Redbud 300

Anderson, Ind. (August 15, 1975) - Don Higgins of New Castle, Ind., took the lead on lap 262 and went on to win the Redbud 300 at Sun Valley Speedway.

Finishing in the runner-up position was Dave Sorg of Fort Wayne, Ind., whom Higgins passed on the 262nd lap after he had led since early in the race. A moment of history thus was recalled, the two of them having teamed up in 1972 to win the Redbud 300 as Higgins, the starting driver, gave in to the heat.

Higgins started in the seventh position, while Sorg began in 10th. Both were driving 1974 Camaros.

Finishing third was Dennis Miles of Muncie, Ind., with Robin Schildknecht of Louisville, Ky., taking fourth and Gene Prosser of New Castle, Ind., in fifth.

Bobby Allison of Hueytown, Ala., forsaking the NASCAR circuit for the evening, set a Redbud 300 record on a qualifying lap of 13.26 seconds.

Starting from the pole, Allison shot into the lead and led the first 50 laps before mechanical problems slowed him down and forced numerous pit slops.

Randy Sweet took over the lead and the Portage, Mich., driver was in front until he mashed a fender on the 77th lap and Sorg moved ahead.

Results –

  1. Dave Higgins
  2. Dave Sorg
  3. Dennis Miles
  4. Robin Schildknecht
  5. Gen Prosser
  6. John Sommerville
  7. Jim Blount
  8. Moose Myers
  9. L.J. Lines
  10. Joe Wallace

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