Monday, July 24, 2023

1984 – Webb Tops Santa Fe 50, Stroh’s Title to O’Conner


Gary Webb wired the late model field in the Stroh’s Memorial 50 at Santa Fe Speedway. – Dorothy and Vince Mayer Photo

Willow Springs, Ill. (July 24, 1984) – Gary Webb led all the way to win Tuesday night’s Stroh’s Memorial 50-lap Stock Car Classic late model feature but a third-place finish in the contest gave Jim O’Conner the overall title in the two-event Stroh’s Stock Car Classic competition, the first half of which was held May 27.

Webb grabbed the upper hand on the opening trip around the speedway’s longer oval, with polesitter Arnie Gardner moving into second place on lap 2. O’Conner and Bob Pierce rounded out the top four.

Gardner relinquished second place to O’Conner on lap 22 and surrendered third to Pierce on the following circuit. At the 30-lap mark. O’Conner and Pierce began pressuring Webb, but the frontrunner utilized lapped traffic to reopen his advantage moments later. As the lead trio continued to run amid heavy traffic, Pierce overtook O’Conner for second.

With 10 revolutions remaining, Pierce again closed in on Webb. After failing to find a way around Webb in the lower groove, Pierce took the high road and got alongside Webb on the 46th round.

However, Webb proved equal to the task and retained the top spot the rest of the way. Pierce settled for second while O’Conner took third. Gardner was fourth with Ken Pohlman rounding out the top five.

The win was the second for Webb on Santa Fe’s longer circuit.

Results –

1. Gary Webb, Davenport, Iowa
2. Bob Pierce, Danville
3. Jim O’Conner, Kankakee
4. Arnie Gardner, Batavia
5. Ken Pohlman, Lombard
6. Tony Izzo, Bridgeview
7. Larry Jackson, Lyons
8. Denny Falkos, Aurora
9. John Provenzano, Glen Ellyn
10.Fred Lofgren, Bensenville

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