Tuesday, July 12, 2022

1981 – 4,502 see Shear Capture ‘White’ Race

Joe Shear won the second leg of the Red, White, and Blue State Championship Series at Kaukauna. 

By Gary Vercauteren

Kaukauna, Wis. (July 12, 1981) – Joe Shear scored a two-car length victory in the second race of the Red, White and Blue State Championship Series for late model stock cars Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 4,502 at Wisconsin International Raceway.

Shear edged Jim Sauter in the 70-lap main event after a torrid duel for the lead for much of the race among four drivers, Shear, Sauter, Alan Kulwicki, and Dick Trickle.

After the event, it was found that Sauter’s engine had an illegal carburetor mounted on it, so he was officially dropped to last place in the Super America-sponsored event.

Larry Detjens came off his front row starting spot to lead the main event for the first five circuits before Wayne Lensing shot past him to take the lead.

Alan Kulwicki zoomed past Lensing on the backstretch of lap 10 to take charge. Sauter dropped into second place on lap 11 with Trickle following past Lensing. By the 12th round, Sauter and Trickle moved up to challenge Kulwicki when the race saw its first yellow flag when Terry Baldry and Jim Vandenberg tangled on the front stretch.

Kulwicki was able to hold back Sauter and Trickle on the restart while shear moved up to fourth place on lap 26, making it a four-car battle for the top spot.

Sauter bumped into the rear of Kulwicki’s car coming out of the fourth turn of lap 40 causing a chain reaction bumper tag that moved Sauter, Trickle and Shear back a few car lengths.

Trickle pulled past Sauter on lap 42 for second and began to move up on Kulwicki’s rear bumper.

Trickle continued to pressure Kulwicki for the lead with Sauter and Shear fighting it out for third. The race got so intense that Shear brushed the front stretch wall on lap 48, in an attempt to get around Sauter.

On the 52nd lap, Wayne Lensing spun in turn one bringing out the yellow flag. This time, Trickle was forced to pit. He had a problem with his headgear. The Wisconsin Rapids ace re-entered the contest, starting at the rear of the field.

Sauter dropped inside of Kulwicki on lap 55 to take the lead on the fourth turn with Shear also getting past Kulwicki.

Shear powered past Sauter on the backstretch of lap 60 as a light drizzle began to fall. Shear paced the final 10 laps without any pressure from Sauter. On the final few laps of the race, Jim Pierson slid past Kulwicki for third.

With Sauter’s disqualification, Pierson was moved up to second place with Kulwicki finishing third. Trickle, after having to go to the rear, made a valiant charge through the field and finished fourth. Ted Musgrave rounded out the top five.

Results –

1. Joe Shear
2. Jim Pierson
3. Alan Kulwicki
4. Dick Trickle
5. Ted Musgrave
6. Wayne Roffers
7. Tom Reffner
8. Jim Back
9. Steve Moll
10.Conrad Morgan
11.Jim Vandenberg
12.Rich Somers
13.Terry Baldry
14.Wayne Lensing
15.J.J. Smith
16.Jerry Wood
17.Dennis Lampman
18.Larry Detjens
19.Jim Sauter

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