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Saturday, June 6, 2015

1964 - Winchester records fall a Pratt wins

Bob Pratt was dominant at Winchester in the Vivian Buick. 

Winchester, Ind. (June 6, 1964) – The hot-driving chauffeurs of IMCA went on a record-breaking binge Sunday afternoon before more than 4,300 race fans at Pete Wales’ world famous high-banked Winchester Speedway as they shattered four existing sprint car marks and came within two one-hundredths of a second of breaking a fifth.

Bob Pratt, the fastest qualifier of the day with a one-lap time of 17.61 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second off Johnny White’s world record for a half-mile, high-banked asphalt oval, wheeled the #26 Vivian Buick Special, a Chevy-powered machine, to first place in the 30-lap feature after a red-hot duel with Red Amick.

And, despite the feature being run under the yellow for two laps, Pratt was clocked in 9 minutes and 19 seconds for the 15-mile run to erase from the record books the old mark of 9 minutes and 17 seconds, which was established last year.

The first record to fall on the program, run under the sanction of IMCA and the supervision of National Speedways, Inc., was in the 8-lap heat race when Dick Gaines, piloting the Diz Wilson #71 withstood a desperate challenge by Pratt to roar home in 2 minutes and 26 seconds, wiping out White’s old mark of 2 minutes and 29 seconds set in 1963.

Dick Good, at the wheel of the #59 Hoosier Racing Tire Special, got into the act when he won the 5-lap trophy dash in 1 minute and 31 seconds. That mark obliterated the previous best of 1 minute and 33 seconds set by Jim McCune earlier in the year.

Then, in the 10-lap semi main, Amick continued the assault on the record book by wheeling his #11 Abbot Chevy home in 3 minutes and 5 seconds to wash out the old mark set of 3 minutes and 7 seconds set by Tom McClellan in 1962.

Amick, starting outside in the front row, went high into turn one at the start of the feature and edged by pole sitter Pratt to take the early lead with Dick Good in third and Bud Randall, operating the #1 Broadway Radiator Chevy Special, holding down fourth. Randall would run into mechanical difficulty on the second lap and have to leave the race.

Pratt caught up with Amick in traffic on lap 16 and as they entered turn four, went under the Muncie, Ind., redhead and into the lead he would never relinquish.

Results –

1. Bob Pratt
2. Red Amick
3. Dick Gaines
4. Bob King
5. Al Smith
6. Jerry Richert
7. Dick Carter
8. Tex Shackleford
9. Jim Moughan
10. Greg Weld
11. Bob Davis
12. Serg Tesolin
13. Jerry Daniels
14. Bud Randall
15. Jack Lindholt

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