Eddie Leavitt - Al Major Photo
Knoxville, Iowa (August 9, 1969) - Eddie Leavitt of Kansas City, Mo., captured his first super modified feature win at the Marion County Fairgrounds at Knoxville on Saturday night.
Leavitt jumped out into the lead on the first lap from his outside front row starting position to lead every lap of the 25-lap race. Eddie took the checkers in the No. 94 super modified ahead of second place driver, Jan Opperman of Lincoln, Neb. Bob Williams of Independence, Mo., fought off a hard challenging Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill., to finish third. Blundy was fourth.
These two drivers have tied for first place in numbers of feature events won in one season at
The red flag was thrown on the ninth lap of the feature when Norm Wadle and Burt Sonners of
were involved in an accident in
the first turn. Wadle was taken to the Des Moines
hospital where first reports listed him in serious condition with undetermined
Three drivers tied for fast time out of the field of over 40 supers. Kenny Weld of
; Kenny Gritz of Thomasville,
and Earl Wagner of Pleasantville all set a time of 21.99 seconds around the
half-mile semi-banked oval. Lincoln, Neb.
Weld was here in preparation to the National Super Modified Races coming up this week, Aug. 14-15-16. Kenny is a two time winner of the big national race.
Roger Rager of
, won the accident-marred
seven-lap trophy dash. Burt Sonners was second followed by Kenny Gritz, Bob
Williams and Kenny Weld. Earl Wagner and Burt Sonners tangled on the second
turn of the second lap which sent Wagner into the fence rolling several times.
Earl climbed out uninjured from his wild ride. Lincoln,
Chuck Lynch copped the first 10-lap heat by leading all the way to the checkered flag.
Joe Saldana set a new 10-lap consolation record when he won the consolation event. Saldana's new time of 3 minutes and 38.75 seconds broke the old record of 3 minutes and 39.09 seconds held by Bill Utz of Sedalia, Mo., set on
In second spot was Burt Sonners and third was Norm Wadle. Next across the
finish line came Steve Schultz, Ben Hollifield, Jerry Sanford, Don Droud, Curt
Houge of July 20, 1968
and Tom Stasa of Ames . Kansas City
Trophy Dash: Roger Rager,
Heat One: Chuck Lynch
Heat Two: Lloyd Beckman,
Heat Three: Ken Gritz,
Consolation: Joe Saldana,