Thursday, April 16, 2020

1972 - Oas tops Elko field

Elko, Minn. (April 16, 1972) – Bill Oas, the Bloomington driver who three times set speed marks at Elko Speedway last season, was the big money winner in Sunday’s late model action at Phil Stewart’s southern Minnesota speed emporium.

The businessman-driver had the advantage of starting on the pole and he went full bore for 30 laps to pocket a hefty chunk of the green.

But race fans went home buzzing about the brilliant second and third-place finishes of Norm Setran of Bloomington and Dick Giles of Minneapolis. Setran, a veteran of 16 seasons, started ninth and Giles punched it from his 12th starting position, yet both were challenging Oas at the finish. For Giles, it was the second straight Sunday finishing third in the feature and the second straight Sunday he won both his heat and trophy dash.

Setran won his heat as did Oas while Larry Behrens of Northfield won the consolation.

There were no serious accidents although Mert Williams of Rochester spun twice, and Behrens had issues after blowing a tire.

Of interest to many was the first appearance of the “Flying Finn”, Bob Jusola of Burnsville. Jusola looked impressive even though he had some handling problems.

Jim Weber of St. Paul posted a clean sweep in hobby stock action, winning hi heat, trophy dash and 20-lap feature assuring race fans that he’s out in earnest to take that division’s championship.

There were 3,141 fans on hand, a top crowd considering the North Stars were on area television. Even more cars were on hand for the Sunday matinee, with almost 60 hobby stocks taking part along with the expanded field of 30 late models.

Results –

Late Model –

1. Bill Oas
2. Norm Setran
3. Dick Giles
4. Dan Prziborowski
5. Larry Smith
6. Dick Stang
7. Mike Miller
8. Bob Jusola
9. Dick Graves
10.Jeff Haar

Hobby Stocks -

1. Jim Weber
2. Joe Ritchie
3. Dave Williams
4. Lynn Peterson
5. Bill Braunworth
6. Dan Hildebrand
7. Larry Price
8. Gary McCluskey
9. Tom McKay
10.Mike Blass

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