Thursday, June 17, 2021

1961 – Snow First in Soldier Field Race

Les Snow poses next to his 1960 Pontiac prior to action at Soldier Field. - Wayne Bryant Photo/Stan Kalwasinski Collection

Chicago, Ill. (June 17, 1961) – Les “Tiger” Snow of Bloomington, Ill., captured top honors Saturday night in the United States Auto Club late model stock car races at Soldier Field before a crowd of 11,225.

Snow completed the 30-lap main event in 12 minutes and 22.28 seconds, finishing ahead of defending USAC champion Norm Nelson of Racine, Wis.

Nelson grabbed fast time honors with a lap of 23.67 seconds around the oval, which USAC listed as a half-mile as the track was extended to the far north end of the stadium.

Results –

1. Les Snow
2. Norm Nelson
3. Elmer Musgrave
4. Don White
5. Sal Tovella
6. Gene Marmor
7. Eddie Meyer
8. Bill Cheesbourg
9. Ted Hane
10.Don Oldenberg

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