Saturday, September 12, 2020

1970 – Fairgrounds’ Title to Stover


Stan Stover



Des Moines, Iowa (September 12, 1970) – Stan Stover of Reinbeck, Iowa, found the slick, rough Iowa State Fairgrounds track to his liking Saturday night and sailed to victory in the season championship late model stock car feature before a crowd of 6,007.

Joe Merryfield of Des Moines captured the 15-lap sportsman main when Sonny Morgan of Blue Earth, Minn., was sidelined on lap 14 after leading all the way.

The late model feature had been scheduled for 35 laps and the sportsman for 25. However, because of the cold – temperatures were in the low 50’s – and track conditions, drivers requested that the regular 25 and 15-lap events be run.

Stover, who piloted a 1970 Chevy II, won his first feature of the season although he finished second in points. He finished a full lap over second-place finisher Bob Hilmer of Dysart.

Dick Oldham of Des Moines, the regular season point champion, led the first six laps before giving way to Stover.

Jerry LeCroy of Des Monies finished third and Oldham settled for fourth.

Darrell Dake of Cedar Rapids, who had been absent for the last two weeks, had mechanical issues on the first lap of the feature and retired for the night.

Dean Montgomery of Milan, Ill., who had won the last two late model features, started in the rear of the field and was unable to get to the front of the pack.

Morgan, who had won the three previous sportsman features, had a nearly one-half lap lead over Merryfield at one time. After the race he believed the rotor broke.

Jerry Roberts of Prairie City finished second and Phil Reece of Des Moines was third.

Results –

Late Model

1. Stan Stover, Reinbeck
2. Bob Hilmer, Dysart
3. Jerry LeCroy, Des Moines
4. Dick Oldham, Des Moines
5. Cal Swanson, Reinbeck
6. Dave Chase, Council Bluffs
7. Chris Maurer, Colfax
8. Dan Dickey, Packwood
9. Bugsy Vincent, Nevada
10.Ed Sanger, Waterloo

Sportsman

1. Joe Merryfield, Des Moines
2. Jerry Roberts, Prairie City
3. Phil Reece, Des Moines
4. Tom Zenor, Madrid
5. Bob Pike, Des Moines

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