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Monday, May 18, 2020

1979 - Cannon tops USAC Midgets at Santa Fe




Willow Springs, Ill. (May 18, 1979) – Steve Cannon captured his first USAC midget feature win of the year at Santa Fe Speedway on Friday night.

It was the 20th career feature triumph in the division for the 38-year-old resident of Danville, Ill.

Steve Lotshaw charged into the lead of the 30-lap event and remained in front until lap 4 when Cannon, who had started eighth, took over for good.

Rich Vogler, the division’s defending driving champion, was second at the finish followed by Lonnie Caruthers in third, Johnnie Parsons Jr. in fourth and Lotshaw taking fifth.

Cannon’s triumph prevented Caruthers from scoring a sweep in the program. Caruthers had opened the evening by setting fast time with a 14.52-second effort in qualifications and then won the first heat.

Results –

Fast time – Lonnie Caruthers (14.52)
Heat one – Lonnie Caruthers
Heat two – Stan Fox
Heat three – Rich Vogler
Heat four – Tommy Thomas
Semi-main – Mel Kenyon
Feature –
1. Steve Cannon
2. Rich Vogler
3. Lonnie Caruthers
4. Johnnie Parsons Jr.
5. Steve Lotshaw
6. Mel Kenyon
7. Tom Corcoran
8. Jerry Weeks
9. Sleepy Tripp
10. Ken Biertzer
11. Ron Mullen
12. Wes Stafford
13. Bob Wente Jr.
14. Gary Lynch
15. Bob Bennett
16. Kevin Olson
17. Rick Duman
18. Stan Fox
19. Dave Stoltz
20. Tommy Thomas

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