Ernie Derr is presented the checkers after winning at Lincoln, Neb.
Neb. (June 16, 1968) – There have been harder cakewalks for Ernie Derr, but
Ramo Stott, who worked like a beaver this winter, is still wondering what was
racing veterans were hooked up in a rare tie for first place in the IMCA point
standings going into Sunday’s late model stock car action at the Nebraska State
Fairgrounds. They aren’t anymore…
to victory in the 50-lap feature while Stott settled for third. Actually, Ramo
was happy that he finished.
something drastically wrong with my car,” the Keokuk, Iowa, native pointed out
after the races. “During the last 25 laps, I thought for sure it was going to
first heat, Stott pronounced his 1968 Plymouth, “flatter than a pancake”. Later
he put in new spark plugs. That didn’t help either.
in between was another mechanical failure. The transmission went out and only a
furious installation of new parts allowed Stott to compete in the feature.
couldn’t have felt bad though. He could just consider the plight of nearly half
the 23 drivers on hand. No fewer than 11 went to the pits to stay during the
Lenny Funk, known as “Mr. Bad Luck” on the circuit. During the season, the
Otis, Kan., driver has finished only two features. Sunday, he didn’t even come
close…far from it.
blew on, believe it or not, on the third lap of pre-race warmups. “That’s the
fourth engine I’ve blown this year,” Funk said, shaking his head.
was Blaine Morrow of Mt. Joy, Ill. Involved in an eight-car pileup on Saturday
night at Des Moines, Morrow spent all afternoon trying to get his car to run…to
tangle on the first lap of the feature finished Ole Brua of Albert Lea, Minn.,
who had the fastest time in qualifying, and Butch Hall of Russell, Minn., Both
car sustained front end damage.
45-year-old Derr, it was just another win among many over the last two decades.
The mustached veteran, who seems to go on forever, confirmed he has no plans to
smiled. “I have to eat, don’t I.”
1. Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa
2. Lewis Taylor, Shawnee, Kan.
3. Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa
4. Ron Larson, White Bear Lake, Minn.
5. Fred Whisler, Independence, Mo.
6. Dale Keeling, Waynesville, Mo.
7. Frank Scadoris, Lincoln, Neb.
8. Sandy Sandstrom, Kansas City
9. Karl Stoufer, Independence, Iowa
Pankrantz, Mosinee, Wis.
Bolen, Topeka, Kan.