Sedalia, Mo. (August 18, 1974) – Ron Hutcherson, Keokuk, Iowa, ran away with the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) stock car race on the half-mile dirt at the Missouri State Fair on Sunday afternoon.
Hutcherson’s win came easily. He finished nearly two laps ahead of the second and third-place drivers, Mike Dibben, Kansas City, and Jim Tobin, Hudson, Ill. The rest of the field was two or more laps off the pace.
Bud Dibben, Kansas City, took fourth and Tony Schiller, Frankfort, Ky., rounded out the top five.
Hutcherson, whose last appearance here was in 1971 with the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA), had only one serious challenger - Mike Derr, Keokuk, Iowa, who was about a half lap back when he retired to the pit area on the 51st lap with a broken valve spring. Derr had lapped virtually all of the field at least once before his exit from the race.
Derr, who was behind the wheel of his father’s #23 United States Auto Club 1972 Dodge, was running on a temporary permit with ARCA.
Hutcherson, a two-time ARCA national champion, set the pace in his 1971 Mercury, setting fast time and winning the trophy dash.
It was ARCA’s first-ever appearance at the Missouri State Fair.
1. Ron Hutcherson
2. Mike Dibben
3. Jim Tobin
4. Bud Dibben
5. Tony Schiller
6. Jerry Hufflin
7. Wayne Trinkle
8. Eddie Gray
9. Flea Atkin
10. Fred Kirk