Byron, Ga. (January 31, 1971) – Dick Gaines of Mitchell, Ind., wheeled his Chevy sprint car to victory on Sunday afternoon in the 40-lap International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) feature on the high-banked half-mile Middle Georgia Raceway.
Billed as the third annual Winternationals Sprints preview, the event was run before a light crowd due to threatening weather. The victory for Gaines was worth $600 from the $4,000 total purse.
Gaines took the lead on the 10th lap from early leader Dick Sutcliffe of Kansas City, Mo., and was never headed. He completed the accident free 40 laps in 14 minutes and 20 seconds.
Bill Roynan of Tampa, Fla., followed Gaines across the finish line followed by Herman Wise of Atlanta, Bob Kinser of Bloomington, Ind., and Lee Osborne of Lebanon, Pa.
Rounding out the top-10 were Dick Sutcliffe, Cliff Cockrum of Benton, Ill., Benny Rapp of Toledo, Ohio, Jay Woodside of Kansas City and Jim McClean of Joliet, Ill.
Osborne set a new IMCA record in winning the 5-lap STP trophy dash race. His time was 1 minute and 39.10 seconds.
1. Dick Gaines, Mitchell, Ind.
2. Bill Roynan, Tampa, Fla.
3. Herman Wise, Atlanta, Ga.
4. Bob Kinser, Bloomington, Ind.
5. Lee Osborne, Lebanon, Pa.
6. Dick Sutcliffe, Kansas City, Mo.
7. Cliff Cockrum, Benton, Ill.
8. Benny Rapp, Toledo, Ohio
9. Jay Woodside, Kansas City, Mo.
10.Jim McClean, Joliet, Ill.