Saturday, April 17, 2021

1971 – Swanson cops Vinton ‘Spring Championship’

Vinton, Iowa (April 17, 1971) – Cal Swanson of Reinbeck, Iowa, bested some of the Midwest’s top late model stock car drivers Saturday night to capture the Spring Championship at the Benton County Fairgrounds’ dirt oval.

Swanson banked $350 for his feature win, his first and only checkered of the evening, as more than 2,100 fans watched the thrilling action on the renovated quarter-mile.

Many race fans were turned away on a perfect night for racing as the Cedar Valley Racing Association, sponsors of the first big race for 1971, posted “standing room only” signs outside the entrance a half hour before the program started.

Arlo Becker, the Atkins, Iowa, charger, squealed around the oval to capture second place, followed by Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa, Curt Hansen of Dike, Iowa, and Waterloo, Iowa’s Bill Zwanziger rounding out the top five.

More than 35 late models signed in for the annual event, which saw Hansen, Glen Martin of Independence, Iowa and Zwanziger take checkered flags in heat races. Becker outran Bill Beckman of Lisbon, Iowa, to capture the semi-main. Cedar Rapids’ Bob Ballard won the consolation ahead of Larry Wasserfort of Waterloo.

Red Droste of Waterloo, always a threat in any race, was limited to a second place in the third heat, and blew a motor in the semi-main, keeping him out of the main event.

Results –

Heat #1 – Curt Hansen, Dike
Heat #2 – Glen Martin, Independence
Heat #3 – Bill Zwanziger, Waterloo
Semi-main – Arlo Becker, Atkins
Consolation – Bob Ballard, Cedar Rapids
Feature –

1. Cal Swanson, Reinbeck
2. Arlo Becker
3. Ed Sanger, Waterloo
4. Curt Hansen
5. Bill Zwanziger
6. Bill Beckman, Lisbon
7. Ron Lint, Cedar Rapids
8. Dan Nesteby, Waterloo
9. Larry Wasserfort, Waterloo
10.Max Overturf, Cedar Rapids

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