Sunday, October 2, 2022

1971 – Bad Tire Costs Hemsted at West Liberty

Ron Prymek was in the right spot at the right time to win the 50-lap Mississippi Valley Speedway Club season championship at West Liberty. 

West Liberty, Iowa (October 2, 1971) – After another Saturday night rainout, Mississippi Valley Speed Club point leader Ron Hemsted of Lone Tree nearly had the first of two 50-lap season championships sacked up before a bad tire cost him the victory.

In position to take over the lead when Hemsted’s car faltered, Ron Prymek of Iowa City outdueled Larry Jenkins of Wilton Junction and Bill Newman of Burlington to pick up the checkered flag.

Hemsted still managed to garner a fifth-place finish, finishing behind John Moss of Iowa City. Hemsted and Moss are one-two in the MVSC point standings heading into the final race at Columbus Junction next week.

Bill Hopp of Muscatine won the trophy dash. Pokey West of Westchester, Jim Gerber of Long Grove, Bud Darting of Wilton Junction and Bill Douglass of West Liberty were heat winners. Mel Morris of Atalissa was the semi-main winner.

Results -

Trophy dash – Bill Hopp, Muscatine
Heat #1 – Pokey West, Westchester
Heat #2 – Jim Gerber, Long Grove
Heat #3 – Bud Darting, Wilton Junction
Heat #4 – Bill Douglass, West Liberty
Semi-main – Mel Morris, Atalissa
Feature –
1. Ron Prymek, Iowa City
2. Larry Jenkins, Wilton Junction
3. Bill Newman, Burlington
4. John Moss, Iowa City
5. Ron Hemsted, Lone Tree
6. Jim Gerber
7. Ron Perdock, Washington
8. Ken Boyce, Wellman
9. Walt Carney, West Branch
10.Del Abney, Muscatine

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