Wednesday, September 21, 2022

1968 – Eaker Wins Fairground Title Race

Promoter Homer Melton greets Verlin Eaker after Eaker won the 50-lap season championship at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. - Beatle Bailey Photo

Des Moines, Iowa (September 21, 1968) – Late model point champion Verlin Eaker easily won the 50-lap State Fair Speedway season championship on Saturday night.

Eaker, from Cedar Rapids, led all the way in his 1967 Dodge and collected $400 for the victory.

Lem Blankenship of Keokuk finished second after battling Marion's Fred Horn, who was third.

Presentations were made to:

Eaker and point champ Carl Vander Wal, of Ames, representing the sportsman class. Vander Wal's engine blew up last weekend and he did not race Saturday.

The sportsman championship race was won by John Meyer of Brooklyn in a '56 Chevrolet, followed by Don Hoffman and Larry Sponsler, both from Des Moines.

Results –

Late Model -

1. Verlin Eaker, Cedar Rapids
2. Lem Blankenship, Keokuk
3. Fred Horn, Marion
4. Ray Guss, Milan, Ill.
5. Bill McDonough, Cedar Rapids
6. Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids
7. Bob Hilmer, Dysart
8. Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn.
9. Dick Oldham, Des Moines

Sportsman - 

1. John Meyer, Brooklyn
2. Don Hoffman, Des Moines
3. Jack Piper, Mason City
4. Dick Gustin, Des Moines
5. Larry Sponsler, Des Moines

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