Tuesday, August 23, 2022

1969 – Taylor Loses Lead, Race to Brua

Ole Brua accepts his trophy in victory lane after winning the 25-lap late model stock car feature. Woody Brinkman presents the checkers while race promoter Al Sweeney makes the announcement. 

Sedalia, Mo. (August 23, 1969) - Ole Brua of Albert Lea, Minn., in the blue ’69 Bill Greer Ford Special passed Lewis Taylor in the last 100 yards of the final lap to win the $300 first-place prize for the feature event for stock cars at the Missouri State Fair Grounds half-mile track on Saturday night.

Taylor had led from the third lap of the 25-lap feature race. He looked as if he was on his way to the finish line first, but when he came out of the fourth turn of the final lap, his ’67 Plymouth veered toward the inside guard rail. By the time he could get the car straight, Brua had gained a half car lead when the cars got the checker.

The onslaught of Ernie Derr was not enough to get him any higher than third.

Brua was running seventh at the end of the first lap, but on the 21st lap he passed Derr for the second spot, on the back stretch.

For the driver of the locally owned car, it was his second feature win of the season.

Brua is currently in fifth place in the IMCA late model stock car standings.

The consolation feature went to Fred Horn of Marion, Iowa; he also placed high at the end of the main feature, finishing fourth.

Harland Conn of Fulton and Ralph Bowlen of Marshall finished second and third respectively in the consolation run.

Results –

Heat #1 – Ole Brua
Heat #2 – Ernie De
Heat #3 – Gary Mart
Consolation – Fred Horn
Feature –
1. Ole Brua
2. Lewis Taylor
3. Ernie Derr
4. Fred Horn
5. Gordy Blankenship

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