Knoxville, Iowa (August 15,1970) - "Little" Joe Saldana of Lincoln, Neb., was the big man in the National Super-Modified Championships at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Saturday night.
The 5-foot 4-inch, 145-pounder led the entire 30-lap feature before a crowd of 12,987.
Dick Sutcliffe of
, finished second, eight car
lengths behind Saldana, and Ray Lee Goodwin of Kansas City, Mo. ,
was third. Kansas City, Mo.
Jan Opperman, who shared the front row starting positions with Saldana, finished fourth and Jerry Blundy of
took fifth. Galesburg, Ill.
Saldana earned the pole position by qualifying in 20.75 seconds on Thursday night. He earned a total of $3,300 in winning the feature. Of that amount, $300 was for lap money.
This was the first national championship for Saldana. He led this race in 1967 but a broken wheel forced him to the sideline on the seventeenth lap. He finished sixth last year and also in the 1966 race and was fourth in 1968.
Of three former National Super Modified champions, only Goodwin did well. His title came in 1968, Jay Woodside, the champion of 1966, finished twenty-first. Thad Dosher of
, the 1967 champ was not in
the feature but did compete in another race. Topeka,
Sutcliffe earned $2,200 and Goodwin was paid $1,500 for their share of the $11,500 championship purse.
Heat winners for the night were Al Murie,
; Earl Wagner, Pleasantville; Rick
Ferkel, Kansas City, Mo. ;
Bob Williams, Fostoria, Ohio ; and Jon Backlund, Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City, Mo.
Gene Genetten of
won the 10-lap consolation race and Backlund
edged Jerry Richert of Kansas
City , for victory in the 15-lap
“B” Main. Forest Lake,
1. Joe Saldana,2.
3. Ray Lee Goodwin,
Kansas City, Mo.
4. Jan Opperman,
5. Jerry Blundy,
6. Roger Larson,
Sioux Falls, S.D.
7. Steve Unger,
8. Lonnie Jensen,
City, Stan Borofsky, Kansas Mo.
, Taylor ,
11. Stacy Redmond,
Mason City, Iowa
12. Tom Corbin,
13. Curt Hogue,
City, Al Murie, Kansas Mo.
15. Harold McGilton,