Tuesday, September 3, 2019

1962 – Richert Cops Feature at State Fair

Huron, S.D. (September 3, 1962) - Jerry Richert, the hottest driver on the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) speedway circuit, drove off with top honors in the big car races at the South Dakota State Fair Monday afternoon.

With over 7,000 fans looking on, Richert won the 20-lap feature race in the time of 8 minutes and 59 seconds. Piloting the McDonald Offenhauser, Richert started on the pole position and led all the way in the feature with about a half-lap margin over second place Bill Horstmeyer, Madison, Wis.. at the end. 

Horstmeyer dueled with Jerry Daniels of St. Paul for second place most of the way but Daniels’ radiator blew up three laps from the finish knocking him out of the race.

Richert, who is from Forest Lake, Minn., earned the pole position by winning the first heat race in the State Fair record time of 3 minutes and 7 seconds over seven laps.

Don O’Reilly of Los Angeles wound third in the feature with Ted Ready of St. Paul fourth and Gordon Herring of Golden, Colo., was fifth.

Dale Reed, the Kansas dirt track champion from Wichita, who was driving a Chevrolet conversion racing engine, won the semi-main contest by posting a time of 3 minutes and 34 seconds for 8 laps.

Roger Lane, the Missouri state champion from Blue Springs, was second while Sonny McDaniels, the Texas state champion, was third.

Richert was also the winner in the first heat. Tony Farr of Pomona, Calif., was second while Ready was third.

O’Reilly won the second heat with Horstmeyer second and Daniels third.

Reed was the third heat winner with Art Pratt of Escondido, Calif., second and Harry Kern of St. Paul third.

Results –

Heat #1 – Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
Heat #2 – Don O’Reilly, Los Angeles
Heat #3 – Dale Reed, Wichita, Kan.
Semi-Main – Dale Reed
Feature -
1. Jerry Richert
2. Bill Horstmeyer, Stoughton, Wis.
3. Don O’Reilly
4. Ted Ready, St. Paul, Minn.
5. Gordon Herring, Golden, Colo.

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