Wednesday, April 24, 2019

1960 – ‘Old’ Late Model Still Derr’s Pet

Hutchinson, Kan. (April 24, 1960) – Ernie Derr, the red-hot stocker from Keokuk, Iowa, milked another big win from his 1957 Pontiac in the Jayhawk 100 late model stock car race on Sunday afternoon.

With a new 1960 Pontiac in his garage at home awaiting the heavy fair season, Derr is still grabbing top money in his ’57.

During Sunday’s 100-lapper on the Kansas State Fairgrounds’ half-mile, Derr took the lead from Bob Kosiskie on lap 83 after trailing the Omahan’s Thunderbird for 64 laps. Kosiskie would finish a close second.
A spin on the third lap eliminated three pre-race favorites, Dick Hutcherson (’57 Pontiac), Ramo Stott (’60 Ford) and Darrell Dake (’60 Chevy). Ralph Wilhelm of Milwaukee had just lost the lead to Kosiskie and spun going in to hard, causing the pileup.
Derr set a qualifying record of 29.11 seconds and won the first 15-lap heat in a record breaking 7 minutes and 7 seconds. Kosiskie took the second preliminary.

Results –

1.   Ernie Derr
2.   Bob Kosiskie
3.   Lenny Funk
4.   Herb Shannon
5.   Newt Bartholomew
6.   Gerry Harrison
7.   Phil Cronin
8.   Ralph Wilhelm
9.   Art Brady
10.  Wayne Lee
11.  Dick Hutcherson
12.  Ramo Stott
13.  Dick Hendershot
14.  Darrell Dake
15.  Buzz McCann

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