Tuesday, October 13, 2020

1974 – World 100 to Sanger


Ed Sanger

Rossburg, Ohio (October 13, 1974) – Ed Sanger, a 33-year-old resident of Waterloo, Iowa, took home $7,320 after he nabbed the World 100 late model stock car race on Sunday afternoon at the high-banked half-mile Eldora Speedway.

The top 22 in time trials started the rich event, a 100-lap feature, with Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s Verlin Eaker gaining the pole position by virtue of his sixth fastest clocking as the top six were inverted. Starting on the outside of Eaker was the defending World 100 champion, Floyd Gilbert, who led the early laps of the contest.

A total of 128 cars vied for a starting berth in the race. Sanger started in the seventh position.

After Gilbert blew his engine while leading on the 40th lap, Jim Patrick took command of the race until, he too, blew an engine on lap 73, yielding to Sanger’s Camaro. 

"I ran a lower gear in the feature than what I qualified with," Sanger said afterwards. "I was just trying to hold the car together."

Don Seaborn of New Lebanon, Ind., trailed Sanger by a mere two seconds at the finish line.

Rounding out the top five were Neal Sceva of Urbana, Ohio, M.J. McBride of Green Bay, Wis., and Don Bohlander of Glasford, Ill.

Wayne Watercutter won the B-main while heat wins went to Pat Patrick, Jim Hurtubise, Watercutter, Don Taylor, Bill Hahn, Earl Smith, Robin Hayes, George Branscom, Charlie Byrd, Ron Leaser, Pete Davis and Ray Maples.

Patrick was the fast qualifier in a 1974 Camaro with a time of 20.005 seconds.

Results –

1. Ed Sanger
2. Don Seaborn
3. Neal Sceva
4. M.J. McBride
5. Don Bohlander
6. Tommy Day
7. Ron Edwards
8. Junior Smalley
9. Jim Patrick
10.Baldy McLaren
11.Ron Hutcherson 
12.Delmas Conley
13.Verlin Eaker
14.Floyd Gilbert
15.Jim Hurtubise
16.Bob Wearing
17.Pat Patrick
18.Larry Moore
19.Paul Coyan
20.Don Gregory
21.Dick Crup
22.Don Hoffman

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