Wednesday, July 26, 2023

1970 – Stott Takes Oregon Feature

Ramo Stott

Oregon, Wis. (July 26, 1970) – Close to 5,000 race fans watched grand national stock car racing make its debut in the area at Capital Super Speedway on Sunday night. If crowd reaction is any indication of popularity, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) will return.

Andy Hampton of Louisville, Ky., and Ramo Stott off Keokuk, Iowa, chased each other around in a game of cops and robbers amid unwitting and dwindling traffic Sunday night, before Stott pulled his 1970 Plymouth ahead on the 58th lap and raced to an easy victory.

Hampton, piloting a 1970 Dodge, took the initial lead at the drop of the green flag and Stott cagily followed him around the paved half-mile track while the other 20 cars either dropped out or wheeled dutifully around like extras in a movie scene.

Hampton would get caught in slower traffic on lap 57, and Stott would maneuver past him and then start to extend his lead.

At the checkered, Stott held a commanding straightaway margin over Hampton.

Only half of the 22-car field was still on the track at the end. Following Stott and Hampton to the finish line were Iggy Katona of Willis, Mich., Tom Bowsher of Springfield, Ohio, and Ross Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Heat winner were Wayne Trinkle of Jeffersonville, Ind., Stott, and Paul Wensink of Deshler, Ohio. Katona won the trophy dash. Bowsher set fast time in qualifying, with a time of 14.37 seconds.

Results –

1. Ramo Stott
2. Andy Hampton
3. Iggy Katona
4. Tom Bowsher
5. Ross Smith
6. Dave Dayton

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