A crowd of 4,500 was on hand to see the races that were postponed from Sunday by rain.
White, driving a 1972 Dodge, and Ernie Derr, also of Keokuk, who finished second in 1972 Dodge, were the only leaders. White led the first four laps, Derr from lap 5 to 35 and then White, who will be 48 years old next month, the remaining distance.
The first four finishers were from the Hawkeye state as Irv Janey,
, in 1973 Cedar Rapids, Iowa , and Ramo Stott, Keokuk, in 1974 Plymouth , were third and
fourth, respectively. Plymouth
It turned out to be two races on the track. Derr, who finished second Friday night in
to Butch Hartman, the
current USAC champion, chased White to the limit. Janey, who was third in the Knoxville,
Iowa teacher, two,
had to hold off Stott in a tremendous duel for third place. Knoxville
Hartman was never a factor in this one as he was credited with 14th place after going out with transmission troubles after 80 laps.
In taking the lead for good on the 36th lap White drove underneath Derr going around turns one and two.
“I wanted Derr in front for a while just to see where he would run,” White said of his strategy of giving up the lead briefly.
“The original plan was to change the right rear tire at about 50 laps,” commented the winner, “but the track conditions didn't change that much and the tires weren't wearing as much as anticipated.”
White collected $1,660 of the nearly $10,000 purse.
Another great driving feat was turned in by Bill Utz of
in the companion
sprint car feature. The invited field of 22 drivers competed in back to back 25
– lap races in Utz won them both. Sedalia
By winning the first race Utz was the last-place starter in the second race as the entire field was inverted.
Gene Gennetten of
, was second in both races. Gennetten
appeared to have victory in sight in the second race when he was passed by Utz
with one lap remaining. Gladstone,
Jay Lyle of
, was third in both features
and Gary Scott of Holt Summit, Mo., was fourth in each sprint race. Warrensburg,