Involved in the 4-car were Ole Brua of Albert Lea, Mike Enter of St. Peter, Joe Salner of St. Cloud and Bob Shryock of Estherville. Brua hit the back wall during the backstretch of the fourth lap, rolled with the other three cars piling in. Brua somehow got out of his safety harness, escaped through the car’s safety cage and got off the track. He suffered second and third degree burns on his hands and arms with burns also on his legs. The other drivers escaped with minor injuries. Brua’s car was totally burned up.
Only two drivers cracked the 27-second mark over the half-mile track. Bob Weber of Lone Rock,
driving a ‘64 Chevelle was the pacesetter in 26.22 seconds. Joe Salner of Iowa , driving a ‘65
Studebaker with a 350 Chevrolet engine was clocked in 26.97 during the time
trials. St. Cloud
Mert Williams, point leader at the start of the race program of the late model division, won the first heat while Ole Brua of Albert Lea took top honors in the second heat. Williams, of
, starting the night’s program with
500 points in two nights of racing, took the lead on the second lap after
starting on the second row inside. Williams was driving a ‘70 Rochester .
Brua, in a ‘69 Monte Carlo Torino,
started on the third row inside, fought his way through heavy traffic during
the first four laps but then won by a comfortable margin over Bob Weber of Lone Rock, .
Al Jackson set the early pace in the second heat but fell to the back of the
pack after spinning out during the fourth lap. Iowa
Joe Salner of
in the late model dash event. Salner, starting on the pole position took the
lead on the second lap and then held off Brua. Brua nosed past Salner briefly
on the back stretch of the final lap but then Slaner regained the lead when
Brua went high on the number three corner. Salner then stayed low on the track
and won by less than two feet. St. Cloud
Jim Calverley of
of the pole position in the late model consolation race to outrace five other
drivers for top money. Jack Piver of Albert Lea was second.
Calverley was driving a ‘69 Camaro while Piver was in a ‘65 Chevelle. Mason City
Top honors in the street model class went to Bill Hawker of Alden and Bob Wohlford of
. Hawker, driving
a Dodge won the first heat after starting on the first row outside. Wolford, in
a Ford, started on fourth row inside and took the lead on the sixth lap when
Gary Saathoff, the pace setter since the second lap, blew a tire and was forced
out of the race. Fairmont