Thursday, September 29, 2022

1979 - Bruggeman Wins 317 Cheater's Day Crown

Gerald Bruggeman, the racing veteran from Hoskins, Neb., won the 317-cubic inch sprint title during the annual Cheater’s Day at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.

Sioux Falls, S.D. (September 29, 1979) – Veteran Hoskins, Neb., driver Gerald Bruggeman sped away with the 317 cubic inch Cheater’s Day sprint title Saturday night at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.

Bruggeman, who became the first driver in Huset’s Speedway history to win three consecutive point championships, started on the inside of the second row and quickly moved to the front. The show was sanctioned by Huset’s.

Bruggeman, 48, also announced that his wife had given him permission to race one more year, and he’ll be back in 1980. “Hell, it’s fun,” he said.

Bruggeman is a credit to racing,” said Fred Buckmiller, promoter of the Cheater’s Day special. “He’s a man who is a clean driver, using a head and toe that work together.”

Finishing second to Bruggeman was Gordy Lamb of Moorhead, Minn., while Doug Hanson of Lakefield, Minn., was third, Marv DeWall of Jackson, Minn., was fourth, and Bill Rook of Madison, S.D., rounding out the top-five.

Heat wins were recorded by Hanson, DeWall, Bruggeman, and Terry Smith of Raytown, Mo. Kenny White of Sherrill, Iowa, won the semi-feature and DeWall won the trophy dash.

Results –

Trophy dash – Marv DeWall, Jackson, Minn.
Heat #1 – Doug Hanson, Lakefield, Minn.
Heat #2 – Marv DeWall
Heat #3 – Gerald Bruggeman, Hoskins, Neb.
Heat #4 – Terry Smith, Raytown, Mo.
Semi-main – Kenny White, Sherrill, Iowa
Feature –
1. Gerald Bruggeman
2. Gordy Lamb, Moorhead, Minn.
3. Doug Hanson
4. Marv DeWall
5. Bill Rook, Madison, S.D.
6. Larry Weiland, Mason City, Iowa
7. Denny Houseman, Estherville, Iowa
8. Kenny White
9. Jack McCorkell, Redwood Falls, Minn.
10.Don Weyhrich, Norfolk, Neb.

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