Saturday, August 20, 2022

1966 – Illinois Driver Wins Missouri Futurity

Missouri Futurity winner Jim Moughan is congratulated by Missouri Agriculture representative Dexter Davis as IMCA’s Al Sweeney looks on. Announcer Jimmy Glenn (right) and starter Woody Brinkman (left) join in the ceremony. – Beetle Bailey Photo

Sedalia, Mo. (August 20, 1966) – Jim Moughan of Springfield, Ill., won the 30-lap Missouri Futurity for International Motor Contests Association sprint cars Saturday afternoon just before a downpour soaked the track and fairgrounds.

The feature, dedicated to the late Jud Larson, was Moughan’s first victory of the 1966 season. A crowd of 14,000 watched the opening day of automobile racing at the Missouri State Fair.

Finishing behind Moughan in the race were Jerry ‘Scratch’ Daniels of St. Paul, Minn., Grady Wade of Wichita, Kan., and Dale Reed, also of Wichita. The prizes for the top four finishers were $600, $500, $350, and $300.

Moughan also set a 10-lap record of 4 minutes and 11 seconds, beating the previous record of 4 minutes and 12 seconds set in 1960 by A.J. Shepard of Gardena, Calif.

Jerry Richert of Forest Lake, Minn., had the fastest time in qualifying, touring the half-mile in 24.07 seconds.

Bill Puterbaugh of Roxana, Ill., won the first heat in 3 minutes and 50 seconds with Richert in second, and Bill Utz of Sedalia, Mo., taking third.

Wade was the second heat winner in 3 minutes and 26 seconds with Gordon Woolley of Waco, Tex., in second and Dale Reed in third.

Ken William of Kansas City was the victor in the third heat with Jerry Weld and Wes Ferrand, both of Kansas City, taking second and third respectively. There was no time because of a restart.

The 5-lap handicap went to Grady Wade in a time of 2 minutes and 3 seconds bettering the old record set again in 1960 by Shepard of 2 minutes and 4 seconds.

Moughan also won the 10-lap semi-feature race. Ron Larson of White Bear Lake, Minn., was second and Ray Lee Goodwin of Kansas City took third. The time of 4 minute and 11 seconds beat Shepard’s 4 minute and 12 second mark set in 1960.

Results –

1. Jim Moughan, Springfield, Ill.
2. Jerry Daniels, St. Paul, Minn.
3. Grady Wade, Wichita, Kan.
4. Dale Reed, Wichita, Kan.
5. Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
6. Bill Utz, Sedalia, Mo.
7. Gordon Woolley, Waco, Tex.
8. Bill Puterbaugh, Roxana, Ill.
9. Jerry Weld, Kansas City
10.Wes Ferrand, Kansas City

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