Monday, May 30, 2016

1969 - Bryant, Saldana dominate races

Roy Bryant - Photo Courtesy of Kansas Racing History


Belleville, Kan. (May 30, 1969) - A 'sell-out' crowd watched Roy Bryant and Joe Saldana dominate the Memorial Day races at the North Central Kansas Free Fairgrounds half-mile oval last Friday.
The day was marred by one accident during warm-up laps before the time trials. Ted Foltz of Colorado Springs apparently lost control of his car on the first corner of the track, flipping to the inside of the track. Foltz was admitted to the Republic County Hospital and dismissed Sunday after treatment of minor injuries.
Roy Bryant of Wichita and Joe Saldana of Lincoln, Neb., dominated the day's events.
Bryant was the top qualifier at 20.27 for the half-mile – six hundredths of a second off the track record. He also won the trophy dash.
Saldana won the first and third heat races and feature.
Top qualifiers were Bryant, Dale Reed of Wichita at 20.37, and Jan Opperman of Hayward, Cal. in 20.60 and Saldana at 21.07.
Placing in the first heat race was Saldana, Chuck Kidwell of Plainview, Neb., in the Belleville Goodrich Machine Shop Chevy, Bryant, and Dave Ross of Jetmore, fourth.
Top four places in the second heat race were Lonnie Jensen of Lincoln, Neb., Dick Bloom of Wichita, Eddie Chrisma of Miami, Okla., and Jim Golden of Palmyra, Neb.
Third heat finish was Saldana, Bryant, Jensen and Dan Dasher of Topeka. Opperman won the semi-feature 10-lap event. Reed, Ross and Harry Ivers of Lakewood, Colo followed him.
In the final main feature event it was Saldana again first. Opperman, Jensen, Reed, and Ross in fifth place followed him.
The Chamber of Commerce Fair Amusement Committee members termed the races excellent with near record times. The crowd was a "sell-out" and possible record breaker, according to the committee members.

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