Tuesday, July 28, 2015

1971 - Green wins second Boone feature

Boone, Iowa (July 28, 1971) - Race fans had just about everything Saturday night as three classes of cars filled the Boone Speedway with action.
Rich Green, Webster City, won his second super late model feature of the year to finish the night's action, with Roger Tapper, also of Webster City, taking the sportsman class feature, his first win in that event this year.

In the special show of the night, Ron Perkins, Des Moines, won the feature for the super modified cars.

Curt Houge, Ames, was the busiest man of the night, having both his super modified and super late model cars at the track for competition.

He set the fast time for the super modifieds and ran third in the heat race for that class. Mechanical problems kept his from competing in the super modified feature. In the super late model competition, he won the first race he has run on the Boone oval this year - the trophy dash, was second in his heat and third in the feature.

The two top cars in super late model point standings at the Boone Speedway had considerable trouble after the opening events.

Denny Hovinga, the point leader from Laurens, had the fast time for the night, with Gene Schattschneider, Algona, third in the time trials. Schattschneider is second in season points.

In the trophy dash, Hovinga ran fourth and Schattschneider was second, but from that point it was all downhill for the two drivers. Both ran the third heat, but neither one finished the event. Schattschneider hooked up with Del Stokke, Ames, and went over the bank in number three turn, with both cars coming to rest upright at the bottom. Hovinga pulled out on the last lap with mechanical problems.

Schattschneider came out for the B-Main, but ran into trouble on the first lap and ended up with a flat tire. Hovinga also was in the B-Main, but spun out with just over a lap to go and finished sixth. Axle trouble kept him from even coming out for the feature. Schattschneider started the feature, but stayed far back in the pack throughout the race.

Under the heavy beating from the cars, the track turned into a dirty dry slick.

In the first heat, Roger Warden, Marshall town, received a broken bone in his elbow after his car was sandwiched between Lynn Ballard, Ames, and Gail Hoist, Fort Dodge. The right side of Warden's car was driven over against the driver's seat as the three cars smashed into the bank on the back straight.

Earl Tice, Ames, held the lead for a while in the second super late model heat, fighting off challenges from Mike Chapman, Whiting, but then was sent to the back of the field after he, Wes Smith, Story City, Arnie Braland, Boone, and Arlo Dorenbush, Boone were in a mix-up.

Chapman was behind the wheel of #66, driven until last week by Braland. The car is owned by Sam Post, Boone. Braland was behind the wheel of #65, owned by Ron Efkamp, Boone, the same car he drove in the State Fair races Thursday afternoon.

After the restart caused by the four-car tangle, Bob Lewerke slipped under Chapman when the Whiting driver went high in the number two turn and went on for the win. His brother, Jerry, had won the first heat and the third heat was won by Green.

Del McDowall, Ames, took over the lead in the B-Main when Tice dropped out with a shower of sparks under his car. McDowall held on to take the win.

In the sportsman competition, Glenn Woodard, Des Moines, won his first regular trophy dash of the season. The only other trophy he has picked up at Boone this season was during the Grand National competition. He ran third in his heat, being beaten by his brother, Leonard, for second spot. That heat was won by John Swallow, Adel, who has been behind the wheel of the car driven earlier by Doug White, Redfield. Allen Martin, Madrid, took the other sportsman heat.

Mark Michaud, Ames, had some of the worst luck in the Sportsman feature. Three times a car spun out in front of him and he hit it. None of the accidents were bad enough to knock him out of the race, but it dropped him back in position each time.

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