Sunday, July 5, 2020

1970 – Derr Bests Field at Odessa

Erne Derr

Odessa, Mo. (July 5, 1970) - Veteran IMCA stock car driver Ernie Derr walked off with the first-place prize of $1,000 Sunday afternoon at I-70 Speedway in front of 9,500 racing fans.

Derr, who also picked up $100 for setting the fast time, paced Fred Whisler and Terry Bivins across the finish line in the 100-lap feature.

The only other two events of the evening were the trophy dash, which was won by Dave Wall, the current point leader at I-70 Speedway, and a consolation feature, which was copped by Tom Faircloth.

Sedalia racer Donnie Cooper in a 1969 Dodge, placed fourth in the consolation and 11th in the feature.

Derr, who comes from a long line of Keokuk, Iowa, stock car specialists, piloted his 1969 Dodge ahead of Whisler for most of the race, although Whisler was able to lead for some 25 laps.

Finishing behind Derr, Whisler and Bivins were Irv Janey, Gary Martin and Jim Hager.

For the veteran Derr, it was his second win in as many nights, as he also copped a 200-lap feature at the Mid-America Fairgrounds Saturday night.

Results –

Time trials – Ernie Derr
Trophy dash – Dave Wall
Consolation – Tom Faircloth
Feature –
1. Ernie Derr
2. Fred Whisler
3. Terry Bivins
4. Irv Janey
5. Gary Martin
6. Jim Hager
7. Chuck Janey
8. Frank Spencer
9. Jerre Wichman
10.Jim Anderson

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