Don Mack - Photo courtesy of Greg Parent
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (June 15, 1969) - It was with a cloud of dust and a hearty Chevy-powered sprinter that Don Mack captured the 25-lap Dad's day sprint car classic Sunday afternoon at Hawkeye Downs.
Mack, the 9-year veteran from
who ranked second in International Motor Contest
Association point standings going into Sunday’s events, closed the door
on the rest of the 19-car field on the 20th lap to earn the top prize of $400. East Grand Forks, Minn.
Mack had started third on the half-mile dirt oval, which dried out considerably in the warm sun and created plenty of dust.
“I ate a lot of dirt,” smiled Mack as he wiped his face clean, “but that was before I took the lead. It felt good to see that checkered flag being waved at me. Yes, that’s my second feature win of the year for IMCA. I won earlier this year at the
( Tampa ) Sprints.” Fla.
Mack took the lead for the first and only time from
's Earl Wagner on the first lap after the only yellow flag, which
was out for five laps. Pleasantville,
Second place went to Darl Harrison of
the IMCA point leader who opened on the pole. Third was Jay Woodside of Tiffin, Ohio ,
with Cliff Cockrum of Kansas City , and Wagner rounding out the
top five. Benton,
Don “Itch” Daniels of
, St. Paul ,
was involved in the most serious accident of the day. His Ford-powered sprinter
lost its steering mechanism going into the second turn of the first heat and
flipped over the rail. Daniels was treated for facial cuts and was released
from the hospital before the program was completed. His car - the same one in
which Harry Kern was killed last year in the Little 500 at Minn.
- was badly damaged. Anderson, Ind.
1. Don Mack,
East Grand Forks,
2. Darl Harrison,
City, Jay Woodside, Kansas Mo.
4. Cliff Cockrum,
5. Earl Wagner,
6. Ralph Parkinson,
Wichita Falls, Tex.
7. Jerry Blundy,
8. Gene Rohl,
Lake Mills, Wis.
9. Benny Rapp,
10. Bill Compton,