Friday, April 26, 2019

1975 – Martin Nabs Spring Invitational

Omaha, Neb. (April 26, 1975) – Bill Martin of Council Bluffs, Iowa, started the season exactly like he finished it at Sunset Speedway – by winning a title race – this time the third annual $5,000 Spring Invitational.
Last year he grabbed the $8,000 Cornhusker-Hawkeye Challenge.
With 52 late models, 22 survived the four qualifying heats and two consolation events to enter the 75-lap feature.
Martin jumped into the lead from his front row starting position and fought off Bob Kosiski for 27 laps before the 23-year veteran took command.
With 23 laps remaining, Kosiski’s axle broke giving Martin clear sailing and eventually a $1,000 payday before a crowd of 2,135.
Martin’s victory was a boost to local stock car racing as the win came over some of the best dirt track drivers in the Midwest.

Results –

Heat #1 – Bill Martin, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Heat #2 – Joe Wallace, Kansas City
Heat #3 – Bob Kosiski, Omaha
Heat #4 – Karl Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
Trophy Dash – Bob Kosiski
Consolation #1 – Ed Morris, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Consolation #2 – Denny Hovinga, Laurens, Iowa
Feature –

1.     Bill Martin
2.     Don Hoffman, Des Moines
3.     Karl Sanger
4.     Jerry Wancewicz, Omaha
5.     Ed Morris
6.     Dave Knott, Minneapolis
7.     Joe Wallace
8.     Mike Dibben, Morris, Minn.
9.     Ferris Collier, Liberty, Mo.
10.  Chuck Bosselman, Grand Island, Neb.

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