Wednesday, July 20, 2022

1974 - Knoxville Victory to Dawley

Knoxville, Iowa (July 20, 1974) – “The track was good, and the car felt great. I think we’re getting the car in shape,” Daryl Dawley of Sioux Falls, S.D., summing up his third feature win at the Marion County Fairgrounds this season. Until 1974, feature wins had eluded Dawley, who now possesses three.

Roger Rager of Mound, Minn., led the first two circuits of the 20-lap finale until engine failure led him to the pits. Eddie Leavitt of Kearney, Mo., took over and was on top for the next three laps until Dawley charged by him on lap 6 and ran untouched the rest of the way.

Finishing behind Dawley were Leavitt, Ralph Parkinson Jr. of Kansas City, Mike Thomas of Des Moines, and Dick Sutcliffe of Greenwood, Mo.

Dawley also set quick time in qualifying, touring the half-mile in 21.31 seconds.

Rager won trophy dash and first heat while Bill Miller of Prairie City, Iowa and Wayne Holz of Lincoln, Neb., were the second and third heat winners respectively. Leavitt outdistanced Lonnie Jensen of Lincoln, Neb., to win the 10-lap consolation.

Results –

Fast time – Daryl Dawley, Sioux Falls, S.D. (21.31)
Trophy dash – Roger Rager, Mound, Minn.
Heat #1 – Roger Rager
Heat #2 – Bill Miller, Prairie City, Iowa
Heat #3 – Wayne Holz, Lincoln, Neb.
Consolation – Eddie Leavitt, Kearney, Mo.
Feature –
1. Daryl Dawley
2. Eddie Leavitt
3. Ralph Parkinson Jr., Kansas City
4. Mike Thomas, Des Moines
5. Dick Sutcliffe, Greenwood, Mo.
6. Larry Kirkpatrick, Wood River, Ill.
7. Ralph Blackett, Des Moines
8. Lonnie Jensen, Lincoln, Neb.
9. Bill Miller
10. Mackie Heimbaugh, Des Moines

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