Tuesday, September 22, 2020

1973 – Hansen Tops Midwest National


Des Moines, Iowa (September 22, 1973) – Curt Hansen of Dike, Iowa, came from the outside second row to claim victory in the 100-lap Midwest National Late Model Stock Car Championship Saturday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Bob Hilmer of Dysart, Iowa, led in the early going but was forced out of the race with a broken tie rod after a pileup involving Hilmer, Hansen, Lem Blankenship of Keokuk, Iowa, Dave Chase of Omaha and Fred Horn of Marion, Iowa.

Blankenship, in his 1972 Monte Carlo, led the restart and held it until just after the halfway mark, but blew a tire and was forced out of the race. Blankenship later re-entered the race but couldn’t make up the lost ground.

Hansen took over the lead from Blankenship on lap 58 and held it the rest of the way to the checkered flag.

Dave Chase, Ron Weedon of Pleasant Valley, Iowa, Randy Sterner of Blair, Neb., and Stan Stover of Reinbeck, Iowa, rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners were Weedon, Karl Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa, Hansen and Dave Mack of Des Moines. Sonny Morgan of Fairmont, Minn., won the Race of Champions, Dick Oldham of Des Moines took the B feature, Bill Geil of Des Moines scored the win in the consolation and Fred Horn won the trophy dash.

Results –

1. Curt Hansen, Dike, Iowa
2. Dave Chase, Omaha
3. Ron Weedon, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
4. Randy Sterner, Blair, Neb.
5. Stan Stover, Reinbeck, Iowa
6. John Connolly, Delhi, Iowa
7. Dave Bjorge, Austin, Minn.
8. George Barton, Ankeny, Iowa
9. Karl Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
10.Verlin Eaker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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