Thursday, April 20, 2023

1980 – Gregory Gains ASA Salem Super Show

Don Gregory pops the bubbly while his crew looks on after the Columbus, Ohio, driver won the ASA Raider 200 at Salem Super Speedway.

Salem, Ind. (April 20, 1980) – Don Gregory outran the competition to win the Raider 200 for American Speed Association late model at Salem Super Speedway Sunday. He won by two car lengths over Bob Senneker who found Mike Eddy right on his tail at the finish.

Gregory took the lead in the 200-lap grind from Eddy when the latter pitted on lap 153. Eddy had led from lap 7 when he got around Randy Sweet and looked like a sure winner in most convincing fashion at the mid-point of the race. Eddy, however, decided to postpone his pit stop until late in the contest as many of the lead contingent pitted at thee halfway mark under caution.

Eddy and Dick Trickle postponed their pit stops and were finally able to catch a caution at the three-quarters mark. When the green flew for the for the final dash to the finish, Gregory was leading a freight train consisting of Bob Senneker, Eddy and Sweet. As this quartet weaved its way through traffic, Sweet was able to give both Senneker and Eddy the shuffle as Randy slid into the runner-up position and began working on the smooth-running Gregory.

Sweet’s engine would soon sour, taking him off the pace and dropping him back to a tenth-place finish. Senneker and Eddy would settle back into the second and third spots but were no match for Gregory in the end.

Results –

1. Don Gregory
2. Bob Senneker
3. Mike Eddy
4. Dick Trickle
5. Mark Martin
6. Terry Senneker
7. John Martin
8. Harold Scott
9. J.T. Hoff
10.Randy Sweet
11.Ryl Magoon
12.Ken Harrison
13.Dave Watson
14.Greg Webb
15.Bob Strait
16.Terry Shirley
17.Larry Brooks
18.Bob Sensiba
19.Denny Caves
20.Butch Miller
21.Terry Cater
22.Dave Jensen
23.Jeep Pflum
24.Doug Klein

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