Friday, August 16, 2019

1967 – ‘Itch’ Scratches Out IMCA Win at Wausau

Don "Itch" Daniels

Wausau, Wis. (August 16, 1967) – No driver was able to win more than one event in the International Motor Contest Association sprint car races held as part of the Wisconsin Valley Fair on Thursday night.

Don “Itch” Daniels of St. Paul, Minn., took the lead on lap 11 and held on to win the 20-lap feature event in the six-event program.

Jerry Richert of Forest Lake, Minn., the three-time IMCA sprint car national champion, and a favorite of local race fans, had trouble with his car in the first heat race and was eliminated from further competition.

Richert, who is in the thick of the battle for this year’s championship, managed to obtain another car for the feature event and finished fourth to pick up valuable points.

Tom Custer of Rock Island, Ill., was hit in the eye with a rock during warmups and was taken to a local hospital, while Jerry Lepinski of St. Paul, Minn., hit the retaining wall during time trial and spilled fuel on the racetrack.

Custer damaged a blood vessel in his eye and was unable to compete in the races, but Lepinski was able to repair his fuel tank and return to action for the third heat.

Jim Moughan of Springfield, Ill., brought the spectators to their feet with some fancy driving in the 10-lap consolation race. Moughan came from the back of the pack to nip Ron Jackson of Mt. Vernon, Ill., at the finish line.

Results –

Heat #1 – Don Mack, East Grand Forks, Minn.
Heat #2 – Ron Beland, St. Paul, Minn.
Heat #3 – Bob Tomlinson, Palos Park, Ill.
STP Handicap – Lee Kunzman, Guttenberg, Iowa
Consolation – Jim Moughan, Springfield, Ill.
Feature –
1. Don Daniels, St. Paul, Minn.
2. Jim Moughan
3. Lee Kunzman
4. Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
5. Ron Jackson, Mt. Vernon, Ill.
6. Don Mack
7. John Stevenson, St. Paul, Minn.
8. Buzz Barton, Tampa, Fla.
9. Dick Smith, Stillwater, Minn.
10. Bob Herring, Arvada, Colo.

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