Saturday, October 15, 2022

1972 – Hutcherson over Glotzbach in Salem 500

Charlie Glotzbach is shown accepting the trophy from John Marcum after capturing the Salem 500. However, after a re-check by ARCA officials, Ron Hutcherson was awarded the win.

Salem, Ind. (October 15, 1972) – It took Automobile Racing Club of America officials some three hours after the race had ended to declare a winner, but after all the checking and rechecking was finished, Ron Hutcherson of Keokuk, Iowa, was declare the victor of the Salem 500 late model stock car race on Sunday afternoon.

Hutcherson appeared headed to a second-place finish in the annual ARCA-sanctioned event, finishing about five car lengths behind Charlie Glotzbach of Edwardsville, Ind.

However, Hutcherson protested the judge’s ruling that Glotzbach had won the race, saying he had completed one more lap than necessary.

After checking individual score sheets, officials ruled that he had completed the race one lap ahead of Glotzbach, and he was ruled the winner.

Hutcherson won the race driving a 1971 Mercury while Glotzbach was competing in a 1972 Chevelle in the 3 hour and 26-minute marathon.

Dave Sorg of Fort Wayne, Ind., driving a 1972 Chevelle, finished third, four laps behind the winner.

Glotzbach, upon hearing the final ruling, protested the decision, but ARCA officials ruled the verdict final, and that Hutcherson was the rightful winner.

Results –

1. Ron Hutcherson, Keokuk, Iowa
2. Charlie Glotzbach, Edwardsville, Ind.
3. Dave Sorg, Fort Wayne, Ind.
4. Dave Kulmer, Brooks, Ky.
5. Ed Richardson, Temperance, Mich.
6. Bill Clemons, New Albany, Ind.
7. N.D. Copley, Hedgesville, Ky.
8. Iggy Katona, Willis, Mich.
9. Kenny Black, Indianapolis
10.Mike Johnson, Martinsburg, Ind.
11.Bruce Jacobi, Indianapolis
12.Ron Hayes, Indianapolis

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