Monday, September 21, 2015

1969 - Ernie Derr Wins Stock Car Race at I-70 Track

Eventual winner Ernie Derr (1) leads Fred Horn (01) in the early going at I-70 Speedway. - Ken Simon Photo
Odessa, Mo. (September 21, 1969) - Ernie Derr of Keokuk, Iowa, taking the lead for keeps on the 76th lap, won the 200-lap (100 mile) IMCA late model stock car victory at I-70 Speedway near Odessa, Mo.

As a crowd of 7,200 looked on, Derr, driving in 1969 Dodge Charger, set an IMCA record for paved half-mile tracks by winning in 1 hour, 16 minutes, and 38.66 seconds. The former record of 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 20.96 seconds was set by Ramo Stott of Keokuk, Iowa, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds track on September 6, 1965.

Irv Janey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Fred Horn, also of Cedar Rapids, finished second and third respectively. Both drivers held early leads.

Derr also set fast time in qualifying at 19.62 seconds.


Results -
  1. Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa
  2. Irv Janey, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  3. Fred Horn, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  4. Lewis Taylor, Shawnee, Kan.
  5. Butch Hall, Russell, Minn.
  6. Leland Cain, Miller, S.D.
  7. Bob Perry, Springfield, Mo.
  8. Glenn Arnold, Sweet Springs, Mo.
  9. Jon Backlund, Kansas City
  10. Hal Conn, Fulton, Mo.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the memory,Ernie Derr won the first stockcar race I ever seen.