Saturday, July 27, 2019

1968 - Eaker Fails, Montgomery Takes Mid-Season Crown

Des Moines, Iowa (July 27, 1968) – Dean Montgomery of Milan, Ill., who hasn’t had too much glory at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, captured the 35-lap mid-season championship late model stock car race Saturday night before a crowd of 7,027.

Montgomery's best finish in a main event here with a 1967 Chevelle was second on May 4. However, he had compiled 945 points to rank fourth going into Saturday's program.

The mechanical woes of Verlin Eaker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Mert Williams of Rochester, Minn., aided Montgomery. Montgomery started in the front row with Eaker and had the lead until Eaker took over on lap 5.

Eaker stayed ahead until lap 17 when his 1967 Dodge developed engine trouble. Montgomery took the lead permanently.

Williams, one of the top drivers here, ran third for a while and was sidelined on lap 13 by heating problems. 

In sportsman action, Carl Vander Wall of Ames, Iowa, scored his sixth feature in seven attempts.

Results –

Heat #1 – John Connolly, Delhi, Iowa
Heat #2 – Lem Blankenship, Keokuk, Iowa
Semi-main – Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn.
Feature -

1. Dean Montgomery, Milan, Ill.
2. Bill McDonough, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
3. Fred Horn, Marion, Iowa
4. John Connolly
5. Lee Pinckney, Des Moines
6. Tom Hughes, Monticello, Iowa
7. Stan Stover, Reinbeck, Iowa
8. Ernie Speth, Davenport, Iowa
9. Ray Guss, Milan, Ill.
10.Bob Livingston, Des Moines

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