Thursday, September 1, 2022

1975 – Leffler Scores Wire-to-Wire Victory at Illiana

Schererville, Ind. (September 1, 1975) – Twenty-three-year-old Greg Leffler of St. Paul, Minn., captured the 40-lap USAC sprint car feature at Illiana Motor Speedway on Monday night.

Leffler, driving the Larry Davis Chevy-powered sprinter, started on the outside of the front row and led every circuit around the half-mile paved oval.

The victory was Leffler’s first USAC feature win of his career.

Leffler was pressured throughout the 20-mile contest by Tom Bigelow, who finished second, and by Gary Bettenhausen, who came in third. Finishing behind the threesome were Bruce Walkup and defending series’ champion Pancho Carter.

Bigelow, who has been on a hot streak in USAC competition recently, made his way into the main event by capturing the 10-lap semi-feature. Bigelow, who earlier in the evening established an all-time Illiana one-lap record of 20.186 seconds during time trial, piloted the Elder Cadillac Special to victory over Steve Cannon and Bob Richards.

Winners in the night’s heat races were Gary Irvin, Aaron Capps and Marvin Carman.

Results –

1. Greg Leffler
2. Tom Bigelow
3. Gary Bettenhausen
4. Bruce Walkup
5. Pancho Carter
6. Johnny Parsons
7. Sheldon Kinser
8. Larry Rice
9. Rich Leavell
10. Bill Puterbaugh

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