Friday, July 5, 2019

1979 - James Best in Wilmot Sprints

Wilmot, Wis. (July 5, 1979) – Lee James of Northridge, Calif., drove to victory in the National Speedways Contest Association 35-lap sprint car feature at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds on Thursday night.

James claimed the feature lead for good when previous front-runner Tim Green of Sacramento, Calif., spun. At the finish, James was followed by Randy Smith, John Stevenson, Joe Kristan and Dick Colburn.

Bobby Allen of Hanover, Penn., started the show by turning the fastest time trial lap ever recorded on the third-mile clay oval, with a time of 15.458 seconds. The previous best was a 15.89 second clocking by super modified chauffeur John Tierney, a standard which will continue to be recognized by that class.

Cliff Woodward edged Colburn to win the first heat, during which Rick Schmidt flipped his mount. Stevenson took the second heat, while James captured the third.

Results –

1. Lee James, Northridge, Calif.
2. Randy Smith, Norwalk, Iowa
3. John Stevenson, St. Paul, Minn.
4. Joe Kristan, Waukegan, Ill.
5. Dick Colburn, Muskego, Wis.
6. Gary Dye, West Allis, Wis.
7. Tim Green, Sacramento, Calif.
8. Cliff Woodward, Kearney, Mo.
9. Bob Robel, Oconomowoc, Wis.
10. Jim Moulis, Johnsburg, Ill.

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