Thursday, August 31, 2023

1960 - Dolphy Drives Plymouth to Marshfield Win


Joe Dolphy

Marshfield, Wis. (August 31, 1960) – Joe Dolphy of Minneapolis, driving a 1960 Plymouth, captured the 100-lap feature for late model stock cars, highlighting the opening night of the Central Wisconsin Fair on Wednesday night.

Dolphy started the main event in the first row on the outside and led from the second to the 63rd lap, when the wheat farmer from Otis, Kan., Lenny Funk, caught him and passed him.

Funk, however, led for only one lap before Dolphy regained the top spot, but from there on, it was strictly a two-man race between Dolphy and Funk, who was driving a 1959 Plymouth.

During the last 37 laps, the lead exchanged hands perhaps three times, with Dolphy taking over for good on lap 92. When the pair crossed the finish line and accepted the checkered flag, less than half a car length separated the two drivers.

Trailing the two leaders to the finish line were Newt Bartholomew of Carlisle, Iowa, in a 1957 Plymouth, Jack Toutand of Minneapolis in a 1957 Plymouth, Gerry Harrison of Topeka, Kan., in a 1960 Ford, and Ramo Stott of Keokuk, Iowa, in a 1960 Ford convertible.

Dolphy grabbed a front row starting spot by winning the second 10-heat in the time of 5 minutes and 26.48 seconds. Dolphy’s time was almost two minutes faster than the first 10-lap heat winner, Jerry Draper of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who won in the time of 7 minutes and 10.45 seconds.

Ramo Stott won the consolation.

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