Friday, June 24, 2022

1975 – Sanger wins Minnesota – Iowa Challenge

Promoter Jim Hermel (upper left) congratulates Ed Sanger, after the Waterloo, Iowa, hot shoe won the Minnesota – Iowa Challenge at Chateau Speedway. Sanger’s crew joins in the celebration. 

Lansing, Minn. (June 24, 1975) – Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa, won the annual Minnesota – Iowa Challenge special at Chateau Speedway on Tuesday night.

Sanger bested a field of 48 late models entered from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Over 2,800 spectators watched as drivers vied for the $4,000 plus purse. Sanger, who started on the outside of the second row as a result of his heat win, grabbed the lead early in the 30-lap contest and never looked back in collecting the $600 first-place money.

Wendell Kuehn of Rochester came in second with Leon Plank of Eau Claire, Wis., taking third, with all three drivers representing all three states entered in the event.

Results –

Heat #1 – Roger Klingfus, Waterloo, Iowa
Heat #2 – Jack Harder, St. Paul
Heat #3 – Steve Keppler, Marion, Iowa
Heat #4 – Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
Semi-main – Earl Tice, Ames, Iowa
Feature –
1. Ed Sanger
2. Wendell Kuehn, Rochester
3. Leon Plank, Eau Claire, Wis.
4. Red Dralle, Evansdale, Iowa
5. Jack Harder
6. Rich Olson, Rochester
7. Steve Keppler
8. Mert Williams, Rochester
9. Dave Noble, Blooming Prairie
10.Darrell Zweifel, Rochester

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