Wednesday, June 14, 2023

1984 – Helm Tops “Pabst 100’ Field at East Moline

Bob Helm

East Moline, Ill. (June 12, 1984) – Bob Helm, Milan, took his car to the limit Tuesday night and raced away from a top field of late models with a stunning upset victory in the fifth annual Pabst Blue Ribbon 100 at East Moline Speedway.

Helm garnered $2,000 for the win.

Helm not only defeated the top drivers from around the East Moline area, but he also defeated some of the best drivers from throughout the United States. Cars came from as far away as River Grove and Springfield, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo., and various other towns from Northern and Southern Illinois, not to mention Eastern Iowa.

Helm could only muster a second place finish in both the trophy dash and third heat but managed to save enough to win the big feature event.

Roger Dolan of Lisbon, Iowa, Ken Schrader of Fenton, Mo., and Darrell Marmor of Rover Grove were heat winners while Dick Schiltz of Waterloo, Iowa, won the semi-main.

When the feature began, there were five different track champions in the lineup – Gary Webb of Davenport, Iowa, Roger Dolan of Lisbon, Iowa, Dick Taylor of Springfield, John Provenzano of Aurora, and Ed Sanger of Waterloo.

The race featured only two cautions and after 62 laps, Webb held the lead with Helm a close second. Elm took over the lead on the 69th lap and Dolan slipped up to take over second place.

From there on, it was bumper to bumper racing with Helm keeping the lead, only to have Dolan on his rear bumper. At the finish it was Helm taking the checkered flag, much to the delight of the huge crowd on hand.

Results –

Trophy dash – Ken Schrader, Fenton, Mo.
Heat #1 – Roger Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa
Heat #2 – Ken Schrader
Heat #3 – Darrel Marmor, River Grove
Semi-main – Dick Schiltz, Waterloo, Iowa
Feature –
1. Bob Helm, Milan
2. Roger Dolan
3. Gary Webb, Davenport
4. Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
5. Rock Wages, Moline
6. Dick Taylor, Springfield
7. Jerry Wolland, Peoria
8. Don Bohlander, Glasford
9. Mark Powell, Davenport, Iowa
10.Bob Wood, Metamora

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