Monday, April 20, 2020

1975 – Dickson takes Winchester feature

Larry Dickson in victory lane at Winchester. 

Winchester, Ind. (April 20, 1975) - Larry Dickson of Marietta, Ohio, picked up his second feature win of the 1975 season in the USAC “Thunder and Lightning” sprint car division at Winchester Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Dickson, driving the Ernie Ensign Maude Special, also tied the one lap world record in qualifications of 16.16 seconds around the high banked one half-mile paved oval. Co-owner of the record, Bruce Walkup, originally set the mark July 28. 1974 The average speed for this time is 111 386 mph.

Billy Cassella, driving the Louis Seymour Enterprises machine led only two laps of the 40-lap feature before the yellow flag came out due to a spin on the backstretch by Jerry Poland

When the track was cleared and the green-flag fell, Dickson streaked past Cassella on the third lap and built up a sizable lead proving to the crowd he is the King of the USAC sprints with 37 sanctioned feature wins to his credit.

Second place went to Cassella followed by Pancho Carter, a former California resident now living in Brownsburg, Ind. Bruce Walkup was fourth and Gary Bettenhausen was fifth.

Heat races were won by Billy Englehart, Bruce Walkup, Pancho Carter, and Sheldon Kinser.

Rich Leavell hit the wall on the backstretch on the first lap of the fourth heat ripping off the right front wheel and putting his car out of commission for the day

He was not injured.

Results –

1. Larry Dickson
2. Billy Cassella
3. Pancho Carter
4. Bruce Walkup
5. Gary Bettenhausen
6. Greg Leffler
7. Bill Engelhart
8. Sam Sessions
9. George Snider
10.Sheldon Kinser

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