Thursday, August 29, 2019

1970 – Marzofka Downs IMCA Greats at Minnesota




St. Paul, Minn. (August 29, 1970) – Two world records toppled when the Wisconsin late model champion, Marv Marzofka of Nekoosa, Wis., blew by IMCA’s ironmen to win the Northland 300 new model stock car race.

Marzofka breezed past defending IMCA national champion Ernie Derr of Keokuk, Iowa, lap 8 of the 300-lap grind around the half-mile asphalt Minnesota State Fair oval and went on to set a 50-lap world record of 19 minutes and 24 seconds. Earlier, he had set a 10-lap mark of 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

Bud Helm of Brainerd, Minn., pushed his 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a second-place finish behind Marzofka’s streaking 1969 Ford Torino. Bill Mueller of Minneapolis was third in a 1970 Plymouth RoadRunner.

So complete was the rout of the highly touted IMCA new models that the champion Derr managed only a sixth-place finish behind five non-IMCA chauffeurs.

Results –

1. Marv Marzofka, Nekoosa, Wis.
2. Bud Helm, Brainerd, Minn.
3. Bill Mueller, Minneapolis
4. Clyde Boegman, Shakopee, Minn.
5. Jim Sauter, Necedah, Wis.
6. Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa
7. Bill Nelson, Minneapolis
8. Blackie Wangerin, Bloomington, Minn.
9. Ray Henningson, Hoyt Lakes, Minn.
10.Wayne Larson, Bloomington, Minn.

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