Sunday, August 28, 2022

1952 – Magnison Grabs ‘100’ at Fair


St. Paul, Minn. (August 28, 1952) – Chuck Magnison of Minneapolis won the 100-mile stock car race before 27,840 at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday.

However, Magnison’s victory, which was worth $750, was incidental to the day’s excitement as three drivers overturned their cars, with Russ Lee, a 33-year-old local salesman, the most seriously hurt.

Dominic Perlick, the 30-year-old Minneapolis auto mechanic, started the accident parade on the 83rd lap when his 1950 Oldsmobile blew a right rear tire. Perlick, who led the race until lap 65 before he was forced to the pits to make repairs, was not hurt but his car wasn’t in condition to continue, and he lost the runner-up position he had been running in at the time of the misfortune.

Bob Craft of Superior, Wis., rolled his car on lap 86 but was not hurt in the incident.

Lee, who won the 1950 state championship big car race at the Fair and was competing for the first time this year, flipped over on the east turn when he hit a rut in the track. The 6-3, 240-pound Lee was running eighth in the race at the time of the accident.

Magnison, who won $325 on Wednesday for winning the 25-miler, brought his grand total to $1,075 for two days of racing.

Magnison had led the race from the onset until lap 26 when Perlick took over. When Perlick was forced to the pits on lap 65 to repair an overheated motor, Magnison inherited the lead once again and never relinquished afterwards.

Magnison’s Hudson Hornet maintained the pace all the way without repair. He won the race handily by four laps over Stan Buchta of Minneapolis, Bob Dugan of Minneapolis, Chris Skadal of Des Moines, Iowa, and Eddie Larson of Minneapolis.

The winning time of the race was 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds.

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