Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa, accepts the trophy from Darby Orange (left) and Judi Becker (right) after winning the late model feature at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Wednesday night, May 17, 1972. — Beetle Bailey Photo
Sanger, driving a Chevy, took the lead from Bill Martin on the tenth lap of the 20-lap race; Martin of Council Bluffs managed to hold off a hard-changing John Moss and Sanger thru the first half of the face.
, was right on Sanger’s bumper when the
two cars crossed the finish line. Martin came home a good third ahead of Bill
Zwanziger of Iowa City .
Ramo Stott of Keokuk and Ron Hemsted of Lone Tree were fifth and sixth
The drivers were so anxious that the red flag came twice before one lap was even completed. The first when several cars bunched up in the second turn and second when Ramo Stott went off the backstretch.
George Barton of
in his first appearance here this year, captured the 15-lap semi-main. Barton
took the lead on the sixth lap from Jerry Roberts of Ankeny ,
who had led the first five laps. Roberts then held the second spot in a
three-car bottle with Roger Kruse and Phil Reece. After a mix-up on the last
lap that involved a little fender bending, Karl Sanger took second followed by
Reece, Kruse, Tim McDonough and Larry Wasserfort. Prairie City
Bill Martin led all the way to win the first heat ahead of John Moss. Chris Maurer of Colfax won the second heat with Bill Newman a very close second. Mel Morris led for seven laps before a blown head gasket forced him out of the race.
Bill Beckman took the third heat with a good-sized lead over second place Stott. Ron Hemsted managed to win the fourth heat by holding off Ed Sanger and Dave Chase of
Sanger and Chase were breathing down Hemsted’s tail pipe all the way. Council Bluffs
The race was halted on the seventh lap when Mike Niffenegger, Don Hoffman and Chase tangled in the fourth turn. As they were coming out of the turn, Niffenegger became airborne and flipped wildly down the front straight landing upside down just past the flagman. On his first twisting flip in the air Niffenegger hit the top of the fence post in front of the grandstand, breaking it, but luckily, he didn't go over or thru the fence.
Even those fans that come to see wrecks applauded enthusiastically and heaved a huge sigh of relief when Mike crawled out of the demolished car. Mike received leg and neck injuries, not believed to be serious.
Ed Baker of
repeated his win of last week when he took the checkered flag for the Sportsman
feature victory. Ed Osborn was second followed by Skip Gray of Norwalk . Tom Johnson of Eldon brought out the
red flag when he went sailing thru the third turn outside guard rails. Those
steel rails just flew as Johnson plowed thru. He was uninjured in the mishap. Ottumwa
John Moss took over the point lead with 1,010 points. Ed Sanger has 985 and Don Hoffman, 880.
FIRST HEAT: 1. Bill Martin,
2. John Moss, Council Bluffs ;
3. Bill Zwanziger, Iowa City ;
4. Curt Hansen, Dike. Waterloo
SECOND HEAT: 1. Chris Maurer, Colfax; 2. Bill Newman,
; 3. Ron Prymek, Burlington ; 4. Red Droste, Iowa City . Waterloo
THIRD HEAT: 1. Bill Beckman,
2. Ramo Stott, Keokuk; 3. Ron Lisbon ; 4. Randy Sterner, Perdock,
Washington Blair, Nebr.
FOURTH HEAT: 1. Ron Hemsted, Lone Tree; 2. Ed Sanger,
; 3. Dave Chase, Waterloo ; 4. Joe Merryfield, Council Bluffs . Des Moines
FEATURE (20 laps): 1. Ed Sanger, 2. John Moss, 3. Bill Martin, 4. Bill Zwanziger, 5. Ramo Stott, 6. Ron Hemsted, 7. Bill Newman, 8. Dave Chase, 9. Red Droste, 10. Curt Hansen.