Darl Harrison - Al Consoli Photo
Des Moines, Iowa (October 15, 1969) - Darl Harrison of Tiffin, Ohio, has won the 1969 International Motor Contest Association sprint car championship, Bill Hitz, secretary of the organization, disclosed today.
Harrison, 32, took the lead at the start of the season in February and maintained it although he won only four feature races.
Hitz said there were 15 different feature winners during the year and the point race was close until the last few programs.
Harrison, the father of six children, compiled a total of 2,455 points. Don Mack of East Grand Forks, Minn., and Jay Woodside of Kansas City, Mo., tied for second with 2,180 points apiece. Russ Laursen of Cumberland, Wis., was fourth with 1,650.
Jerry Richert, the defending IMCA national champion from Forest Lake, Minn., finished 18th after he was sidelined most of the year because of surgery and recuperation.
Final Point Standings –
- Darl Harrison, Tiffin, Ohio – 2,455
- Don Mack, East Grand Forks, Minn. – 2,180
- Jay Woodside, Kansas City, Mo. – 2,180
- Russ Laursen, Cumberland, Wis. – 1,650
- Dick Sutcliffe, Kansas City, Mo. – 1,330
- Bill Utz, Sedalia, Mo. – 1,150
- Jan Opperman, Lincoln, Neb. – 1,105
- Ron Perkins, Bethalto, Ill. – 1,095
- Jerry Blundy, Galesburg, Ill. – 1,090
- Ray Wright, Elkhart, Ind. – 1,010
- Chuck Lynch, Springfield, Mo. – 915
- Norm Ellefson, Spokane, Wash. – 905
- Benny Rapp, Toledo, Ohio – 860
- Dick Gaines, Mitchell, Ind. – 810
- Bobby Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 795
- Ralph Parkinson, Wichita Falls, Tex. – 770
- Oscar Fay, Mishawaka, Ind. – 660
- Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn. – 650
- Ron Larson, White Bear Lake, Minn. – 620
- Johnny Babb, Ottumwa, Iowa - 610