Thursday, July 1, 2021

1973 – Collier Returns in Fine Style

Ferris Collier

Oklahoma City, Okla. (July 1, 1973) – Ferris Collier returned “home” on Sunday evening and brought with him a hot-running 1973 Chevrolet and swept the field in the International Motor Contest Association late model stock car races at Fairgrounds Speedway.

Collier, now of Lampe, Mo., used to live in Enid and drove many times on the State Fairgrounds track in regular Mar-Car events. He never drove any better here than he did before Sunday’s 2,662 onlookers.

Collier started last in the first heat and shot in front to stay with a lap and a half to go. In the trophy dash, he again started last and took over first place on the fourth lap for the second leg of his way to the sweep.

In the 100-lap, 50-mile feature, he began in the sixth position, grabbed the lead on lap 8, and by lap 77 had completely lapped the field.

The victory comes on the heels of his second-place finish on Saturday night in the 200-lap late model feature at Topeka, Kan. That was his first start of the season on the IMCA circuit.

The winner at Topeka, and the point leader so far in IMCA late model competition, Gordon Blankenship of Keokuk, Iowa, finished third behind Collier and Joe Hull of Muskogee, Okla.

Results –

1. Ferris Collier, Lampe, Mo.
2. Joe Hull, Muskogee, Okla.
3. Gordon Blankenship, Keokuk, Iowa
4. Thurman Lovejoy, Kansas City, Mo.
5. James Pack, Fort Worth, Tex.
6. Ken Horne, Oklahoma City
7. Jim Hagar, Liberty, Mo.
8. Jim Still, Topeka, Kan.
9. Larry Lynch, Garland, Tex.
10.Ray Blohm, Arlington, Tex.

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