Monday, May 1, 2017

1980 – Martin’s Passing Exhibition Nets Superamerica 150 win


West Allis, Wis. (May 1, 1980) – Things almost went too smoothly for Mark Martin during his victory in Sunday’s third annual Superamerica 150-mile American Speed Association Circuit of Champions late model stock car race at Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway.
Thanks to a quicker than expected tire change on lap 73, Martin was forced to make another pit stop for fuel 15 miles later and when he returned to the track, the defending and two-time division driving king found 24 cars between himself and race leader Alan Kulwicki.
However, despite three late caution periods, Martin guided his Camaro through the pack to take the lead from Dick Trickle on lap 137 and went on to record his second ASA victory of the year.
For his efforts the Batesville, Ark., native pocketed $6,000 of a record $40,000 purse, contributed to by a crowd of 15,096.
Mike Miller, who placed second to Trickle in last year’s Superamerica 150, passed four opponents in the final eight miles to finish second, two seconds behind Martin.
Bob Senneker passed Trickle with less than two laps remaining to take third, while Trickle settled for fourth, ahead of Bob Strait, Dave Watson and Mike Eddy. The top 13 finishers all completed the event’s full 150-mile distance.
Martin started the weekend by shattering Randy Sweet’s year-old track qualifying record of 31.217 seconds (115.322 mph) with a 30.476 second (118.125 mph) tour of the one-mile paved oval on Saturday, to earn thee pole starting berth for Sunday’s race.

Results –

1.    Mark Martin
2.    Mike Miller
3.    Bob Senneker
4.    Dick Trickle
5.    Bob Strait
6.    Dave Watson
7.    Mike Eddy
8.    Ray Young
9.    Bob Sensiba
10.  Alan Kulwicki
11. Don Gregory
12.  Butch Miller
     13. Ted Musgrave
14.  Mike Opperman
15. Ken Harrison
16. Johnny McPartlin
17. John Martin
18. Ken Lund
19. Fred Bender
20. Steve Seligman
21. Bill Venturini
22.  Jim Grazanna
23. Tom Jones
24. Ryl Magoon
25. Bob Williams
26. Jeep Pflum
27. Ed Hoffman
28. Pat Schauer
29. Rick Carelli
30. Willie Goeden
31. Billy Kuhn
32. Harold Scott
33. Dave Jensen
34. Steve Burgess
35. Dennis Vogel
36. Tom Reffner
37. Joe Shear
38. Randy Sweet
39. Larry Detjens
40. Al Schill

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