Freeport, Ill. (May 5, 1963) – Dick Hutcherson of Keokuk, Iowa, racked up his second straight feature win of the new IMCA season by outdueling Ernie Derr in the first annual “Cardinal 100” new model stock car race at Freeport Raceways on Sunday afternoon.
Hutcherson, driving a 1963 Ford, took an early lead and outran Derr to the finish line in the final straightaway. Derr, winner of the IMCA national crown for four straight years, wheeled a ’63 Pontiac.
Hutcherson also won the 10-lap first heat, nosing out Lenny Funk of Otis, Kan. Funk drove a 1963 Ford.
The second heat was stopped on the eighth lap, when Derr and Darrell Dake of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, battling for the lead, tangled. They blocked the track and then spun into the infield. Bob Reynolds of Edmond, Okla., in a 1963 Ford, won the event.
Funk had the fastest qualifying time, turning the flat half-mile in 27.43 seconds.
A crowd of 4,200 turned out for the Freeport track’s season opener.
Heat #1 - Dick Hutcherson, Lennie Funk, John Mickey (Time 4:47.31)
Heat #2 - Bob Reynolds, Gil Haugen, Ray Niemer (No Time)
1. Dick Hutcherson
2. Ernie Derr
3. Ramo Stott
4. Darrell Dake
5. Gil Haugen
Time – 47 minutes and 4.31 seconds.