Thursday, September 10, 2020

1977 – Wrich scores IMCA victory at Spencer

Bill Wrich

Spencer, Iowa (September 10, 1977) – Bill Wrich of Kennard, Neb., won the 50-lap International Motor Contest Association late model feature at the Clay County Speedway on Saturday.

Wrich, who had taken the lead on lap 16, beat out early leader Bud Dibben of Kansas City, and 1977 IMCA point leader Kent Tucker of Aurora, Neb.

The 41-year-old Wrich said that he had problems early on in that he couldn’t get his tires heated up because of the numerous yellow flags at the start. He further explained that the tires were seven years old and were a harder compound than what is used today.

Wrich was driving a 1974 Chevelle with a 454 cubic inch engine. He mentioned that his car weighs about 600 pounds more than the Camaros, which were running the same horsepower engines as Wrich.

Wrich remarked that the track was a typical afternoon racing surface, slippery and dusty.

Winning heat races were Wrich, Randy Sterner of Blair, Neb., and Mike Richardson. Bud Dibben won the semi-main. Fast time of the day went to Jerry Holtkamp of Williams, Iowa, who turned the half-mile dirt in 25.25 seconds, a new Clay County Fairgrounds’ track record.

Results –

1. Bill Wrich
2. Bud Dibben
3. Kent Tucker
4. George Barton
5. Jerry Holtkamp
6. Bob Hill
7. Randy Markley
8. Shorty Acker
9. Gary Lindgren
10.Steve Coe

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