Monday, July 12, 2021

1965 - Norm Nelson Wins 200-Miler at Milwaukee

Norm Nelson accepts his trophy after winning the USAC 200-mile late model stock car race at the Milwaukee Mile. 

West Allis, Wis. (July 12, 1965) – Norm Nelson of Racine forged to the front in the final lap and picked up $5,053 in winning Sunday's 200-mile late model stock car race at State Fair Park in a 1965 Plymouth before a crowd of 27,944.

Nelson won by two seconds over teammate Jim Hurtubise of North Tonawanda, N.Y., also piloting a ‘65 Plymouth, on the one-mile asphalt track. Hurtubise, who had led most of the way collected $3,522.

Nelson averaged 90.25 miles per hour as the caution flag was raised eight times for a total of 35 miles because of minor accidents. No one was injured.

The starting field of 37 was the largest in a United States Auto Club race this season. The total purse was $26,250 plus accessories money.

A. J. Foyt of Houston, Tex., was third in a 1965 Ford and was followed across the finish line by three '65 Dodges. They were driven by Bobby Isaacs, Catawba, N.C.: Davis Pearson, Spartanburg, S.C., and Herb Shannon, Peoria, Ill., respectively.

Announcement of the winner drew mixed cheers and boos from the crowd. Nelson, leading the USAC circuit, said, “I’ve never had this many boos for winning but I'm very glad that Plymouth finished one-two.”

Hurtubise, who suffered severe burns in a big car race on the same track last year, said, “I had tire trouble at first and then my brakes went out on the 190th lap.”

Parnelli Jones of Torrance, Calif., seeking his eighth straight victory in late model stock car racing at State Fair Park, did not finish. His Mercury was disabled in a collision in the 20th lap.

Results –

1. Norm Nelson
2. Jim Hurtubise
3. A.J. Foyt
4. Bobby Issacs
5. David Pearson
6. Herb Shannon
7. Don White
8. Billy Foster
9. J.C. Klotz
10.Roger Regeth
11.Gary Bettenhausen
12.Elmer Musgrave
13.Eddie Meyer
14.Whitey Gerken
15.Paul Goldsmith
16.Ted Hane
17.Ed Kozbiel
18.Bobby Wawak
19.Rob Chauncey
20.Bob Christie

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