Thursday, June 2, 2022

1974 – Nelson a Winner at Terre Haute

Norm Nelson

Terre Haute, Ind. (June 2, 1974) – Norm Nelson drove a Plymouth to victory in the 100-lap United States Auto Club sanctioned stock car race at the Vigo County Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon.

The race was run in 48 minutes and 35 seconds. Out of the starting field of 20, only 13 cars finished the race on the half-mile track.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s Irv Janey topped the qualifications for the afternoon, breaking the one-lap record set in 1972 by Roger McCluskey of Tucson, Ariz., of 26.18 seconds. Janey’s fast time was 26.02 seconds, driving a Dodge.

Ernie Derr of Keokuk, Iowa, piloting a Dodge, nabbed second place behind Nelson. Defending USAC national champion Butch Hartman of South Zanesville, Ohio, also in a Dodge, nailed down the third spot, with fourth place going to McCluskey in a Dodge.

Kennard, Neb., driver Bill Wrich finished fifth in a Dodge.

The trophy dash winner was Steve Drake of Bloomington, Ill., in a Dodge and the 15-lap semi-main went to Paul Feldner of Colgate, Wis., also driving a Dodge.

Results –

1. Norm Nelson, Racine, Wis.
2. Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa
3. Butch Hartman, South Zanesville, Ohio
4. Roger McCluskey, Tucson, Ariz.
5. Bill Wrich, Kennard, Neb.
6. Pat Patrick, Sayler Park, Ohio
7. Paul Feldner, Colgate, Wis.
8. Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa
9. Don White, Keokuk, Iowa
10.Jim Tobin, Bloomington, Ill.

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