Sunday, July 21, 2019

1957 – Larson is Grove Winner

Andy Linden (73) momentarily takes the lead from Jud Larson (2) during action at Williams Grove. Larson, however, would storm back to take the lead and the eventual win. 

Harrisburg, Penn. (July 21, 1957) - A crowd of 10,600 saw Jud Larson of Kansas City, Mo., make a clean sweep of events to win the 50-lap sweepstakes feature race at Williams Grove Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Larson had to fight it out for the lead with runner-up Andy Linden of Los Angeles. Linden finished 50 yards behind. Pat O’Connor of North Vernon, Ind., and Eddie Sachs of Center Valley, Penn., finished third and fourth respectively.

Larson won $1,650 for his victory out of a total purse of $7,800. He also set a new qualifying track record of 25.32 seconds for one lap and a new track record in the heat race of 4:19.71 for 10 laps.

Linden closed on Larson on the seventh lap and took the lead on the seventeenth. However, Larson regained the lead at the forty-eighth and came on to win.

Results –

1. Jud Larson
2. Andy Linden
3. Pat O’Conner
4. Eddie Sachs
5. Don Branson
6. George Amick
7. Bud Randall
8. Mike Magill
9. Dick Rathmann
10.Chuck Weyant
11.Johnny Thomson
12.Elmer George
13.Van Johnson
14.Rodger Ward

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