Winchester, Ind. (April 9, 1972) -Larry Dickson has served notice to his fellow USAC sprint car competitors that the winning combination for his Leffler Chevy sprinter has been found.
Dickson did so Sunday at Winchester
Speedway when he scored a seemingly easy and convincing victory in the 40-lap
feature event on the high-banked paved half-mile oval.
Starting from the pole position
Dickson throttled his beautiful dark blue sprinter past a strong but outclassed
field of 20 starters to gain his 35th sprint car feature win.
Following a restart, caused when
Roger West and Merle Bettenhausen tangled in the first turn at the drop of the
green flag, Dickson literally blasted past the field in record breaking time.
The time for the 40-lap feature
was 11 minutes and 27 minutes, 21 seconds better than the track record established by Rollie
Beale in 1971.
While being interviewed in
victory circle, Dickson revealed that it was Larry Dickson, the wrench man, and
not the driver who was the reason far the team's poor start during the first
three races of the season.
“I believe we finally have found
the fight combination for the car and we're going to be a hard team to beat
from here on out,” said the two-time national sprint champ.
“Probably the main reason for our
poor start was because I changed the chassis around, experimenting too much.
From now on I'll do the driving and leave the work on the car to Paul (Leffler
the car owner),” he said.
The large crowd that braved the
mud and cold couldn't help but notice the different driving styles of two very
familiar faces on the sprint circuit, that of Larry “Boom Boom” Cannon and
Johnny Parsons Sr.
Many ofthe same fans that
were viewing the activities on Sunday were also at Winchester last September when Cannon took
one of the worst flips ever seen in sprint car competition. The hair-raising
style of driving done by Cannon wasn’t to be seen Sunday.
Parsons turned in another fine
driving performance in the Parsons-Meskowsi sprinter, capturing the 12-lap semi-feature
and finishing seventh in the feature.
Parsons is due to drive in the
Hulman Classic. Parsons entered the Winchester
race ranking fifth in points after a third place finish at Cincinnati, fourth at Harrisburg, Pa.
and ninth at Rossburg, Ohio.
The Parsons-Meskowki team looks
like a strong combination for the sprint car championship.
So much racing history has been made through the years right here in the Midwest.
From the rich dirt ovals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska to the paved short tracks in Minnesota and Wisconsin, some of the best drivers ever to get behind the wheel of a race car competed right here in the heartland.
We all have our own story to share about our favorite driver who thrilled us everytime they rolled onto the track or that one particular race that still stands out as the greatest they ever saw.
We'll go back in history, 10, 20, 30, 40, even 50 years ago (even more) and reminisce about what has made racing in the Midwest so special for us.