Ray Lee Goodwin's first career IMCA sprint car win came at the Clay County Fair. IMCA's Woody Brinkman presents the checkers. - Beetle Bailey Photo
Spencer, Iowa (September 18, 1970) – National modified race champion Ray Lee Goodwin won the International Motor Contest Association sprint car race at the Clay County Fair on Friday afternoon.For the Kansas City chauffeur, it was his first career IMCA sprint car victory as he nipped Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill., second-place finisher and Eddie Leavitt of Kearney, Mo., third-place finisher.
Rounding out the top five were Jerry Richert of Forest Lake, Minn., and Joe Saldana of Lincoln, Neb.
Blundy and Jay Woodside of Kansas City tangled in the first heat, flipping the car driven by the Missourian. Woodside escaped injury while Leavitt went on to win.
Other heat winners were Ron Perkins of Wood River, Ill., and Darrell Dawley of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Blundy nabbed the trophy dash and Ralph Blackett of Des Moines took the consolation.
Little Joe Saldana set a record as he won fast qualifying time, touring the half-mile dirt oval in 23.40 seconds, to erase a 13-year-old mark set by Bobby Grim of 24.14 seconds back in 1957.
1. Ray Lee Goodwin, Kansas City
2. Jerry Blundy, Galesburg, Ill.
3. Eddie Leavitt, Kearney, Mo.
4. Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
5. Joe Saldana, Lincoln, Neb.
6. Lonnie Jensen, Lincoln, Neb.