Saturday, July 10, 2021

1966 – White Edges Nelson in Milwaukee 200-Miler

Don White takes starter Duane Sweeney’s checkered flag to win the USAC 200-miler at Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway. – Patrick Heaney Collection

West Allis, Wis. (July 10, 1966) – Don White of Keokuk, Iowa, won a 200-mile race at Wisconsin State Fair Park on Sunday afternoon to gain $5,853, a new Dodge Charger for his family, and revenge over Norm Nelson of Racine, Wis.

Nelson, who had edged out White last weekend at Indianapolis, took runner-up honors, finishing 25 seconds behind the winner. His share of the $27,275 purse was $3,808, continuing his driver for a second consecutive United States Auto Club stock car national championship.

Finishing third before the 24,723 fans in attendance was Jim Hurtubise of North Tonawanda, N.Y., who like Nelson, drove a Plymouth.

White, behind the wheel of a Dodge, posted a winning time of just over 2 hours and 8 minutes and was about one minute and 40 seconds off the track record set by Parnelli Jones in August of 1964. It was White’ fourth major victory at the track. He won two races in 1962 and one in 1963.

Nelson an Hurtubise had finished this race first and second, respectively, last year, and had been favored to do the same on Sunday.

Billy Foster of Victoria, B.C., Canada, finished fourth in a Dodge and Roger Regeth of West Allis, finished fifth in a Ford.

Results –

1. Don White
2. Norm Nelson
3. Jim Hurtubise
4. Billy Foster
5. Roger Regeth
6. Andy Hampton
7. Butch Hartman
8. Sal Tovella
9. Dick Freeman
10. Eddie Meyer
11. Gary Bettenhausen
12. John Martin
13. Ralph Latham
14. Jack Shanklin
15. Keith Ploughe
16. Dave Whitcomb
17. Paul Feldner
18. Terry Blakely
19. Jim Welty
20. Bob Wawak
21. Norm Weltmeyer
22. Bob Schultz
23. J.C. Klotz
24. Bay Darnell

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