Monday, September 28, 2020

1969 – Tri-County Win Posted by Gerken

West Chester, Ohio (September 28, 1969) — Whitey Gerken of Melrose Park, Ill., capitalized on a spin-out on the 95th lap to move ahead of Don White and win the 100-lap United States Auto Club feature race for stock cars at Tri-County Speedway by less than a car length Sunday night.

It was the first time since 1962 that a Chevrolet had won a USAC-sanctioned stock car race, Gerken said, after edging out White of Keokuk, Iowa.

Gerken, driving a 1969 Chevelle, won his first USAC feature race by going low on the final curve as Lefty Robinson of Des Moines, Iowa, went into a spin.  

The yellow flag was out for three laps. Then White tried unsuccessfully to maneuver his 1969 Charger back into the lead. 

White had taken the lead on the 42nd lap of the half-mile dirt track. He moved back into the lead again on the 44th circuit after yielding for one lap to Butch Hartman of South Zanesville, Ohio. Hartman had led from lap 8 to lap 42 and finished third in the race. 

Results – 

1. Whitey Gerken 
2. Don White 
3. Butch Hartman 
4. Roger McCluskey 
5. A.J. Foyt 
6. Jack Bowsher 
7. Verlin Eaker 
8. J.J. Smith 
9. John Martin 
10.Jim Nusbaum 
11.Glen Bradley 
12.Frank Freda 
13.Dave Whitcomb 
14.Lefty Robinson 
15.Paul Feldner

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