Sunday, July 8, 2018

1978 - Lakeside USAC Win to Wolfgang

Doug Wolfgang

Kansas City, Kan. (July 8, 1978) – Doug Wolfgang scored his first career USAC sprint car feature victory in Saturday night’s rain-shortened main event at Lakeside Speedway.

Wolfgang, who vaulted into the lead at the drop of the green, was still in command after 27 of the event’s 40 laps, when rain forced the contest to be halted.

Roger Rager, who was gunning for a clean sweep of the show after having set fast time in qualifying and capturing the first heat, was credited with finishing second, ahead of Billy Cassella, Chuck Gurney, and Bill Engelhart.

Wolfgang, Dana Carter and Gurney won the other heats and defending USAC sprint car national champion Sheldon Kinser claimed the semi-feature win.

Rich Vogler, the current USAC midget point leader, flipped his car during hot laps, but was uninjured and came back later in the evening to finish tenth.

Results –

1. Doug Wolfgang
2. Roger Rager
3. Billy Cassella
4. Chuck Gurney
5. Bill Engelhart
6. Bubby Jones
7. Sheldon Kinser
8. Joe Saldana
9. Ron Shuman
10. Rich Vogler

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