Thursday, September 16, 2021

1972 – Prymek Captures MVSC Title at Columbus Junction

Ron Prymek

Columbus Junction, Iowa (September 16, 1972) - Ron Prymek of Iowa City darted to victory here Saturday night in the 35-lap season championship feature event.

Prymek took over the lead after the 16th lap, when Ron Hemsted of Lone Tree incurred a flat right rear tire and had to start in the back of the pack after he had led the race for 12 laps. The event was marred by several spinouts which stopped the race.

Perry Beckler of Tiffin held third place for 12 laps then moved into second spot when Prymek went ahead. Beckler chewed at Prymek's door for several laps and was barely beaten out only as the checkered flag fell.

No time trials were held for the championship race, so the drivers drew for positions in the heats. Don Morgan of Muscatine finally picked up the trophy for the final trophy dash of the year at the Louisa County Fairgrounds track.

Bob Helm of Andalusia, Ill., and Hemsted fought neck-and-neck for the 10-lap first heat event, with Helm coming in first for the flag. Beckler drove to victory in the second heat event. Morgan picked up the third heat event and, in a two-car, three-lap semi-main event, Tom Spitznogle of Fruitland won hands down when Bob Kleindolph of Muscatine spun out on the white flag lap.

Results –

Trophy dash – Don Morgan, Muscatine
Heat #1 – Bob Helm, Andalusia, Ill.
Heat #2 – Perry Beckler, Tiffin
Heat #3 – Don Morgan
Semi-main – Tom Spitznogle, Fruitland
Feature –
1. Ron Prymek, Iowa City
2. Perry Beckler
3. Bob Helm
4. Ron Hemsted, Lone Tree
5. Dan Robertson, Muscatine
6. Larry Jenkins, Wilton
7. Jim Gerber, Long Grove
8. Bill Hopp, Muscatine
9. Don Morgan
10.Tom Hearst, Muscatine

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