Reffner smoothly worked his way through the 25-car starting field and powered past Dave Watson of
on the 20th lap. From that point on Reffner continued to increase his lead and
won the 75-Iap feature on the half-mile paved oval with a quarter of a lap to
spare over Watson. Beloit
The Rudolph racer, known as one of the nation's leading race car drivers, compiled his 47th win of the year, far ahead of the record setting pace of 67 wins in a year established by Dick Trickle in 1972. Reffner gave a warning of things to come during qualifications when he flew around the track in 20.82 seconds, breaking a year old record held by Joe Shear of 21.12.
Dick Trickle moved past Somers on the 11th round only to be passed by Watson two laps later. Meanwhile, Reffner slipped past Trickle on the 18th lap and two laps later motored past Watson with John Ziegler, the winner of the first race of the series glued to his rear bumper. Ziegler remained in the picture until the 69th lap when he dropped out with mechanical problems while running second, about six car lengths behind Reffner.
Watson finished second with Larry Detjens of
making a late charge to earn himself third place money. Detjens wheeled his
hemi-powered Dodge Challenger past Somers, Shear and Trickle during the final five
laps of the race. Wausau
The 20-lap semi-feature was an exciting duel as Kaukauna's Pete Parker set the early pace with his 1973 Cameron. However, Whitey Harris of Lake Villa, Ill., got past Parker in the eighth lap and was later passed by teammate Al Schill of
. Harris placed
second with Parker third and Alan Kulwicki fourth. Franklin
Parker scored the most popular heat race win of the afternoon when he stubbornly held off John Speer and Kulwicki in the second preliminary race. Parker led from start to finish.
Other heat race wins went to Darrell Swartwout, Don Leach and Ziegler. Darrell Paasch won the 10-Iap, consolation besting Tom Steuding, one of the state's leading dirt trackers.
Feature results –
1. Tom Reffner. Rudolph
2. Dave Watson,
3. Larry Detjens,
4 Rich Somers,
5. Joe Shear,
South Beloit, Ill.
6. Dick Trickle.
7. John Reimer.
8. Tom Musgrave.
9. Fred Bender, Sun Prairie
10. Bob Gunn,
11. Tony Strupp, Slinger
12. Jim Back, Vesper
13. Jerry Eckhardt,
14. Gary Hemmerllng,
15. Doug Strasburg, Johnson