Wednesday, September 18, 2019

1966 – White wins Milwaukee Governor’s Cup

Don White of Keokuk, Iowa, is all smiles after winning the Governor's Cup at the Milwaukee Mile. 

West Allis, Wis. (September 18, 1966) – Don White of Keokuk, Iowa, sped to a 22-second victory in the Governor’s Cup race, a 250-mile late model stock car race at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Norm Nelson of Racine, Wis., finished fourth, clinching his second consecutive United States Auto Club national championship.

White covered the distance in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 39 seconds in his 1966 Dodge Charger to take the home the $5,180 winner’s share of the purse before 18,837 fans.

Billy Foster of Victoria, B.C., Canada, took second and Jack Bowsher of Springfield, Ohio, grabbed third.

Nelson, who led the pack for the first nine laps, then had to make a pit stop because of tire trouble, had all but clinched the USAC crown on points before Sunday’s event. The club often adds races to the schedule towards the end of the season, however, and Sunday’s finish insured his title no matter if races are added or not.

White, who is second in the point standings, averaged 93.460 miles per hour and led for all except 42 laps over the one-mile paved oval.

Results –

1. Don White
2. Billy Foster
3. Jack Bowsher
4. Norm Nelson
5. A.J. Foyt
6. Sal Tovella
7. Herb Shannon
8. Roger Regeth
9. Terry Parker
10. Ed Kozbiel
11. Terry Blakely
12. Paul Feldner
13. Eddie Meyer
14. Jerry Norris
15. George Rondelli
16. Wayne Brockman
17. Dave Whitcomb
18. Bobby Dugan
19. Whitey Gerken
20. Jim Hurtubise

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