Thursday, May 4, 2023

1975 – Waukegan Main to Schuler


The "Junkyard Dog" Larry Schuler scored the first late model win of his career at Waukegan Speedway. 

Waukegan, Ill. (May 4, 1975) – Larry Schuler of Lockport scored his first ever late model feature win at Waukegan Speedway and in the process snapped a two-week winning streak of Ray Young in the 30-lap main event on Saturday night.

Young finished second in the finale, followed by Rich Kleich, George Dukas and Larry’s father, Lee Schuler and Rich Sundling. The event went non-stop.

The evening was one of ups and downs for veteran campaigner Ed Hoffman of Niles. Hoffman brought a band new Camaro to the track Saturday night and promptly lowered the one-lap record to 13.78 seconds.

However, as Hoffman began his second set of time trials, the brakes apparently locked on his Gene McGaughey’s Mustang as McGaughey headed for the pits following completion of his time runs. The problem forced McGaughey to veer directly into the path of Hoffman. Traveling at full speed, Hoffman was unable to avoid contact, and the ensuing crash demolished both cars.

Hoffman’s car had just been delivered from the Pete Hamilton Garage in Atlanta, Ga.

Jerry Kemperman won the trophy dash, George Dukas and Larry Schuler claimed heat wins and Lee Schuler copped the semi-feature.

Results –

Time trials – Ed Hoffman, Niles (13.78)
Trophy dash – Jerry Kemperman, Blue Island
Heat #1 – George Dukas, Zion
Heat #2 – Larry Schuler
Semi-main – Lee Schuler, Lockport
Feature –
1. Larry Schuler
2. Ray Young, Dolton
3. Rich Kleich, Chicago
4. George Dukas
5. Lee Schuler
6. Rich Sundling, Addison

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