Monday, May 1, 2023

1977 - Top Prize to Rookie in Queen City ARCA

Bill Green

West Chester, Ohio (May 1, 1977) – Rookie Bill Green of Covington, Ky., passed with honors in his first Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) grand national stock car test at Queen City Speedway, by winning the Ohio 100 which was concluded Sunday afternoon after being stopped after 10 laps because of rain one week earlier.

Green was followed by Alton Jones, Moose Myers, Bob Brevak and Jim Osgar.

The race restarted on lap 11 with Jones in first followed by Woody Fisher, Brevak and Green.

Green, who had set new track records in qualifications and the trophy dash during preliminaries last Sunday, took third on lap 12 and then joined Fisher in putting the pressure on Jones.

Green caught Fisher behind a slower car and moved up to second place on lap 26, while Myers was getting around Brevak for fourth.

Under a constant barrage of pressure, Jones drifted high on lap 49 and Green, Fisher, and Myers all charged past him.

Fisher took to the low groove and passed Green for the lead on the 53rd circuit. But, Green used the same tactic to regain first place before the lap was even completed and was never headed again.

Myers, who had dropped from the fight for first when he spun exiting turn two on lap 47, continued without losing a lap because of the incident and regained third place on lap 82. However, he was unable to advance beyond that position. 

Results –

1. Bill Green, Covington, Ky.
2. Alton Jones, Pleasant Grove, Ala.
3. Moose Myers, Fort Wayne, Ind.
4. Bob Brevak, Ashland, Wis.
5. Jim Osgar, Mansfield
6. Ralph Latham, Cincinnati
7. Larry LeMay, Mount Clemens, Mich.
8. Wayne Watercutter, Botkin
9. Keith Ploughe, Danville, Ill.
10.Woody Fisher, Cincinnati

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