Wednesday, October 27, 2021

1974 – McElreath Again in IMCA

James McElreath

Shreveport, La. (October 27, 1974) – Twenty-two year-old James McElreath Jr., son of Indianapolis 500 veteran Jim McElreath, sped to victory in as many days at State Fair Speedway on Sunday afternoon again winning the International Motor Contest Association’s 25-lap sprint car race.

McElreath broke his own one-day record with a time of 8 minutes and 56 seconds over the 12.5-mile course, nearly 3 seconds better than his winning time of 8 minutes and 59 seconds, set on Saturday, the first day ever of sprint car competition on the half-mile oval.

Ronnie Burke won the first heat in 3 minutes and 34 seconds, lowering his one-day record of 3 minutes and 36 seconds.

Richard Powell of Enid, Okla., who is USAC’s 1974 rookie-of-the-year in the midget division, won the second heat and also took home the trophy dash.

Shane Carson of Oklahoma City, driving a car built by Jim McElreath and his father, took the checkered flag in the third heat.

Bill Utz of Sedalia, Mo., clinched his first IMCA national championship as the race season closed out. Utz finished with 2,535 points for his first title in eight years of competition.

Results –

Heat #1 – Ronnie Burke, Houston, Tex.
Heat #2 – Richard Powell, Enid, Okla.
Heat #3 – Shane Carson, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Trophy dash – Richard Powell
Feature –
1. James McElreath, Arlington, Tex.
2. Ronnie Burke
3. Richard Powell
4. Bill Thrasher, Mesquite, Tex.
5. Rick Hood, West Memphis, Ark.
6. Ralph Parkinson Sr., Wichita Falls, Tex.
7. Tom Marshall, Grapevine, Tex.
8. Bobby Marshall, Dallas, Tex.
9. Roger Archer, Dallas, Tex.
10.Shane Carson

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