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Friday, July 10, 2015

1953 - McGee wins feature at Burlington oval


Burlington, Iowa (July 10, 1953) Fibber McGee copped the feature event Friday night at the Burlington Speedway track.

The race was a battle between McGee and Les Dykes with the number one spot exchanging hands several times before McGee finally pulled across the finish line for the checkered flag. Following Dykes, who finished second, was Hal Schroeder in the third position. McGee also finished first in two other races during the evening.

The hood of Kenny Gahn’s car went up against the windshield on the third lap of the feature, but Gahn still managed to finish out the race despite the handicap.

Red Untiedt, a consistent winner on his track and winner of a 40-lap feature at Davenport on Thursday night, was unable to compete in the main event because of mechanical trouble.

In the trophy dash the four winners of the proceeding races battled it out for first place with Les Dykes leading until the eighth lap when he hit a rut and bounced into second place while Fibber McGee took over first.

Red Untiedt now leads all other drivers under NASCAR’s point system. Drivers are awarded points on the basis of the number of races in which they finished and the order in which they crossed the finish line. Under this point set-up Untiedt has 234 points compared to his closest rival, Les Dykes, who has 190 points.

These points are the determining factor in which driver is awarded the championship trophy at the end of the season.

Results –

Feature – Fibber McGee

Trophy Dash - Fibber McGee

Consolation - Al Samberg

First heat – Red Untiedt

Second heat – Fibber McGee

Third heat – Les Dykes

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