Sunday, May 14, 2023

1972 – Phillips Doesn’t Wait Around for Ark-La-Tex Reward

Larry Phillips

Shreveport, La. (May 14, 1972) – Larry Phillips had just enough time to win the Ark-La-Tex 100 stock car race at State Fair Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

The tall, dark-haired driver, who was the feature winner in a Saturday night race in Fort Smith, Ark., led from start to finish in the 100-lapper here to collect the $1,000 first place check.

But he couldn’t stick around to collect his purse. He had to board a plane for another race that began in three hours in his hometown of Springfield, Mo.

Phillips, who won the race in the time of 36 minutes and 34 seconds, was the first heat winner as well and started the main event on in the pole position. He left a combined check of $1,255 for his day’s work with a member of his pit crew who towed his Chevrolet back to Missouri.

Phillips was never in trouble in the race. The big question was who would finish after him.

A battle for second developed between Keokuk, Iowa’s Ernie Derr, Dean Roper of Springfield, Mo., and Baton Rouge’s Warren Hughes during the first 25 laps. However, Roper was forced out with about half the race remaining and Hughes took command of second for good. He collected $700 for his efforts.

Derr lost out his bid for third by one second to latecomer Larry Schild of Houston, Tex., and had to settle for fourth place. Schild, the winner of the third heat, won $500 in the feature while Derr took home $400.

Chuck Arnold of Jackson, Miss., finished fifth among the field of 22 that made it into the feature and collected $300. Only 15 cars completed the race.

The race was the first sponsored locally by the MId-America Stock Car Racing Association and drew an estimated 500 spectators.

Results –

1. Larry Phillips
2. Warren Hughes
3. Larry Schild
4. Ernie Derr
5. Chuck Arnold
6. Gene Newsome
7. Freddy Cook
8. Charles Wright
9. Ron Chumley
10.Vance Cook
11.Wayne Stallsworth
12.C.H. Cave

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