Nashville, Tenn. (September 21, 1968) – Don Nordhorn of Mitchell, Ind., won the 25-lap IMCA sprint car feature at the Tennessee State Fair half-mile track last night before a crowd of 6,800 as two new track records were established.
Nordhorn took the lead away from Ray Wright of Elkhart, Ind., and withstood the challenges of Wright in a bumper-to-bumper battle down to the checkered flag.
Jay Woodside of Kansas City took second in a blanket finish and Wright came in third. Claire Lawicki of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Jerry Richert of Forest Lake, Minn., finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The time for the 25-lap main event was 8 minutes and 43 seconds, a new track record for distance. The old track record was 9 minute and 9 seconds held by Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill.
In time trials, Don Carmichael of Chicago set a new half-mile record, turning the oval in 19.72 seconds to break the old record of 19.76 seconds held by Dick Gaines of Mishawaka, Ind.
Time trials: Don Carmichael – 19.72
Trophy dash: Don Nordhorn, Mitchell, Ind.
First heat: Cliff Cockrum, Benton, Ill.
Second heat: Dick Gaines, Mishawaka, Ind.
Third heat: John Peddle, Madison, Ind.
1. Don Nordhorn
2. Jay Woodside, Kansas City
3. Ray Wright, Elkhart, Ind.
4. Claire Lawicki, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
5. Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
6. Fred Linder, Toledo, Ohio
7. Dick Gaines
8. Butch Smith, Frankfort, Ky.
9. Cliff Cockrum
10. Doc Dawson, Dayton, Ohio