Thursday, September 24, 2020

1972 - Iowa Driver Wins in Fair Finale


Irv Janey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won the 50-lap IMCA late model stock car finale at the Kansas State Fair. 

Hutchinson, Kan. (September 24, 1972) - Irv Janey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won the 50-lap feature race in the finale of the international Motor Contest Association late model stock car racing at the Kansas State Fair Sunday afternoon.

Janey, driving a 1970 Plymouth, came from the third position at the end of the 11th lap to take the lead for good. He finished the race in 21 minutes, 51.35 seconds, Janey was also the top driver in time trials with a time of 26.18 seconds.

Gordon Blankenship, Keokuk, Iowa, who finished second in the 50-lap feature on Saturday, was runner-up again Sunday. Mike Lutkie, Wichita, was third, followed by Gary Brooks, Grand Prairie, Tex., fourth, and Jerre Wichman, Kansas City, fifth.

Janey qualified for the feature with a third place finish in the first heat. He also placed second in the trophy dash behind Blankenship. The latter was timed in 2:13.02 in winning the dash.

In the first heat Brooks won in a time of 4:32.40, with Wichman second, and Jim Dreasher of Topeka fourth.

Galen Schaeffer of Topeka won the second heat in 4:37.51. Carl Vander Wal of Ames, Iowa, finished second, Gaylord Lippert, Albuquerque, N.M., third and Tom Frasher, Jefferson City, Mo., fourth.

In the consolation race, Jim Hager, Liberty, Mo., edged out Blankenship for the top spot. Thurman Lovejoy, Kansas City, was third and Jim Still, Topeka, fourth.

Results –

STP trophy dash – Gordon Blankenship, Keokuk, Iowa
Heat #1 – Gary Brooks, Grand Prairie, Tex.
Heat #2 – Galen Schaefer, Topeka, Kan.
Consolation – Jim Hager, Liberty, Mo.
Feature –
1. Irv Janey, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2. Gordon Blankenship
3. Mike Lutkie, Wichita, Kan.
4. Gary Brooks, Grand Prairie, Tex.
5. Jerre Wichman, Kansas City
6. Vic Elson, Ash Grove, Mo.
7. Tom Frasher, Jefferson City, Mo.
8. Jim Still Topeka, Kan.
9. Don Ely, Kingman, Kan.
10.Gary Truelove, Trimble, Mo.

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