Tuesday, August 30, 2016

1963 – Hutcherson wins Friday stock matinee at Minnesota State Fair

St. Paul, Minn. (August 30, 1963) – Dick Hutcherson joined Jerry Daniels as three-time auto racing feature winner Friday afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair before 13,609 fans.
Hutcherson won the new model stock car 100-lap feature, taking the lead on the first lap and staying in front the entire way.
He was challenged right down the checkered flag by Thursday’s 200-lap winner, Lenny Funk, but Hutcherson’s 1963 Ford was equal to every occasion as he toured the half-mile dirt oval in record time.
It was the 30-year-old Keokuk, Iowa contractor’s 22nd feature victory of the season in IMCA competition for the last six months.
Hutcherson’s victory was worth $850, which added to his previous feature and heat winnings of over $1,200, gave him more than $2,000 in prize money for four days of racing.
Second place finisher Funk pressed Hutcherson to within a one and three-quarters second lead as late as the 93rd lap, but two high turns in the next seven laps helped Hutcherson come home eight car lengths in front at the checkers.
Ernie Derr and Ramo Stott, both of Keokuk, waged a continuous duel for third place with Derr eventually winning that spot. Mert Williams of Rochester, Minn., took fifth.
Results -
1. Dick Hutcherson
2. Lennie Funk
3. Ernie Derr
4. Ramo Stott
5. Mert Williams
6. Johnny Beauchamp

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