Saturday, May 8, 2021

1971 – Blundy Wins at Knoxville

Jerry Blundy is interviewed by announcer Skip Nelson after his super modified victory at Knoxville, Iowa. - Roger Arndt Photo

Knoxville, Iowa (May 8, 1971) – Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill., capped a busy racing day with a victory in the 25-lap super modified feature at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Saturday night.

Blundy, last year’s International Motor Contest Association sprint car champion, qualified for May 22’s Little 500 in Anderson, Ind., on Saturday afternoon, then flew to Des Moines. He arrived just minutes before qualifying took place. 

Ray Lee Goodwin of Kansas City led the first 21 laps before Blundy took over. Goodwin was then passed by Roger Rager of Lincoln, Neb., on the next lap.

Rager, who broke his nose in winning the third heat, finished second to Blundy, followed by Goodwin and Del Schmidt of Topeka, Kan. Jay Woodside of Kansas City rounded out the top five.

Results –

Time trials – Darryl Dawley, Sioux Falls, S.D. (21.95)
Trophy dash – Roger Rager, Lincoln, Neb.
Heat #1 – Stacy Redmond, Mason City
Heat #2 – Dick Forbrook, Morgan, Minn.
Heat #3 – Roger Rager
Consolation – Jay Woodside, Kansas City
Feature –
1. Jerry Blundy, Galesburg, Ill.
2. Roger Rager
3. Ray Lee Goodwin, Kansas City
4. Del Schmidt, Topeka, Kan.
5. Jay Woodside
6. Jon Backlund, Kansas City
7. Bob Williams, Kansas City
8. Don Droud, Lincoln, Neb.
9. Steve Schultz, Chillicothe, Mo.
10. Darryl Dawley

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