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Saturday, September 6, 2014

1972 – Sauter holds off Jusola for State Fair win

St. Paul, Minn. (September 6, 1972) – An early crash sent the pre-race favorite to the sidelines and mechanical difficulties sent front running Tom Reffner of Rudolph, Wis., into the pits.

So Jim Sauter of Necedah, Wis., took the lead from Reffner on the 232nd lap and held off the persistent challenge of Bob Jusola, Burnsville, Minn., to win the North Star 500-lap race for IMCA late model stock cars Monday.

A crowd of 11,107 watched the racing windup at the Minnesota State Fair.

Sauter's winning time was 3 hours, 28 minutes and 35 seconds and he collected $3,250 in prize money. Jusola, who finished 9.2 seconds and about a half a lap behind Sauter won $1,800 for his runner-up finish while Ernie Derr of Keokuk, Iowa, was third and won $1,500, followed by Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn., who won $1,000. Ron Hutcherson, Keokuk, Iowa, came in fifth and won $800.

Only 16 of the 40 starting cars finished the race. A seven-car accident at the end of the first lap eliminated pre-race favorite Bud Helm, Littleton, Colo. The other six cars resumed the race but the yellow caution flag was up for seven laps.

It went up again for two laps when Marv Marzofka, Nekoosa, Wis., blew an engine on the 13th lap and had a minor collision. He had set a track qualifying record of 21.62 seconds around the half-mile oval. The yellow flag went up again for 14 laps when Russ Ebert, Pequot Lakes, Minn., crashed into the concrete retaining wall on the 340th lap.

Ebert appeared to be only shaken up.

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