Thursday, July 13, 2023

1963 – Mosier Stretches MVSC Lead

Mark Mosier

Columbus Junction, Iowa (July 13, 1963) – Another one “grand slam” of fastest time, a heat victory and feature win has lifted Mark Mosier of Washington to a commanding 70-point lead in the Mississippi Valley Speed Club point standings.

Mosier captured the first of two 50-lap mid-season championships at the Louisa County Fairgrounds on Saturday night before a near-capacity crowd. The second mid-season program is set for West Liberty next Saturday.

Before winning the feature, Mosier was number one in time trials, touring the big half-mile in 32.72 seconds and he also copped the first heat race.

His victory in the feature gives him nine wins and one tie in 12 feature events. The tie came in a “dead heat” with Bob Inglebright of Mount Pleasant during the 4th of July races here.

Bob Lane of Burlington took the early lead in the 50-lapper, but Bruce Reilly of Lone Tree took over on lap 10. Reilly stayed ahead until Mosier passed him on lap 34 as they both fought slower traffic.

Reilly kept in contention until the end of the 25-mile contest on a track left muddy by recent rain, but Mosier was able to pull ahead in the last 10 circuits and win comfortably.

The feature, which took slightly over one hour to complete, was marred by two cars going over the levee on the backstretch. Ron Hemsted of Lone Tree was the first to go over on the first lap and Mel Morris of West Liberty went over on the 31st lap. Neither driver was hurt.

Results –

Time trials – Mark Mosier, Washington (32.72)
Trophy dash – Chuck DeMeyer, Washington
Heat #1 – Mark Mosier
Heat #2 – Mike Niffenegger, Kalona
Heat #3 – Bob Lane, Burlington
Heat #4 – Chuck DeMeyer
Semi-main – Bill Pollmeier, LaHarpe, Ill.
Consolation – Dick Kleindolph, Muscatine
Feature –
1. Mark Mosier
2. Bruce Reilly, Lone Tree
3. Ron Hemsted, Lone Tree
4. Ron Jackson, Burlington
5. Bob Smith, Mt. Pleasant
6. Johnny Mullink, West Liberty
7. Mike Niffenegger
8. Bob Inglebright, Mt. Pleasant
9. Chuck Smith, Kalona
10.Stan Crooks, Letts

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