Thursday, June 4, 2015

1988 – Veteran Ramo Stott ends ARCA drought

Hazard, Ky. (June 4, 1988) – Richard Nixon was still President when Ramo Stott of Keokuk, Iowa, won his last ARCA Permatex Series race, but the veteran ended his long dry spell with a victory in the 150-lapper at Perry County Speedway on Saturday.

The 54-year-old Stott now has 27 career ARCA victories, fifth on the all-time list. Most of the wins came in the late 60’s and early 70’s when names like Snow, Hampton, Katona and Parsons were regular winners on the series.

“I never really retired, or got out of racing,” Stott said. “I’ve stayed active driving a few races a year and I guess it’s like riding a bike – you never forget how. My wife Judy and I travel around to races because our son Cory has been a crew member on several Winston Cup teams the past couple of seasons and I’ve worked as a crew chief for several Winston Cup and ARCA teams. But there’s no better feeling like getting behind the wheel and winning a big race.”

Stott qualified ninth on the 24-car field and watched the first 50 laps on the half-mile clay oval unfold as he stayed in the top five. Polesitter Larry Moore spun on lap one before Steve Drake Scott Stovall, Randy Huffman and Lee Raymond traded the lead.

Stott made his bid for the top spot on lap 65 and never trailed after that. Bill Thomas came from his 24th starting spot to finish second ahead of Huffman, all on the lead lap. Bobby Gerhart was fourth followed by Jerry Churchill.

Stott collected $5,010 for the victory and earned $1,500 more in Daytona Challenge and Permatex 500 Challenge bonuses.

Results –

  1. Ramo Stott
  2. Billy Thomas
  3. Randy Huffman
  4. Bobby Gerhart
  5. Jerry Churchill
  6. Grant Adcox
  7. Bob Keselowski
  8. Bob Dotter
  9. Marvin Smith
  10. Bill Venturini
  11. Eric Smith
  12. Don Marmor
  13. Donnie LaDuke
  14. Maurice Randall
  15. Steve Drake
  16. Jeep Pflum
  17. Scott Stovall
  18. Bobby Jacks
  19. Jack Wallace
  20. Bob Strait
  21. Larry Moore
  22. Tracy Leslie
  23. Lee Raymond
  24. Gary Weinbroer

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