Monday, April 5, 2021

1970 - I-70 Features to Blundy, Morris

Jerry Blundy

Odessa, Mo. (April 5, 1970) - Jerry Blundy, who made the long trip to I-70 Speedway Sunday afternoon from Galesburg, Ill., didn’t travel the distance for an afternoon joy ride around the half-mile asphalt oval.

Blundy copped one of the two heat events for the super-sprints as well as winning the sprint feature on a cool, windy afternoon.

Blundy took the lead on the eighth lap of the 20-lap feature and crossed the finish line ahead of Don Mack. Mack had earlier in the afternoon set a new season’s track record during the time trials by turning in a time of 18.56 seconds.

The East Grand Forks, Minn., driver had traveled the oval in a first-lap time in at 18.80 seconds.

Eddie Leavitt of Kearney, Mo., ran third in the sprint car feature, while Ralph Parkinson of Kansas City finished fourth.

Sedalia’s Bill Utz tested the asphalt for the second time this season at I-70. The best he could muster was a fourth-place finish in the first sprint car heat race and an eighth-place finish in the feature.

The Sunday afternoon program at I-70 was another combined show of super-sprinters and late model stocks.

Mel Morris of West Liberty, Iowa, powered his 1970 Dodge Charger to the late model feature win. Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa, who had broken the old one-lap time trial record earlier in the day with a time of 20.48 seconds, finished second. Roy McClelland of Independence, Mo., was third, while Terry Bivins of Kansas City finished fourth.

Results –

Super Sprints - 

1. Jerry Blundy
2. Don Mack
3. Eddie Leavitt
4. Ralph Parkinson
5. Bob Williams
6. Jan Opperman
7. Dale McCarty
8. Bill Utz
9. Roy Hibbard
10.Daryl Dawley

Late Models -

1. Mel Morris
2. Ed Sanger
3. Roy McClelland
4. Terry Bivins
5. Dave Wall
6. Jim Still
7. Gary Martin
8. Jim Hager
9. Ray Littrell
10.Tom Stewart

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