Wednesday, August 23, 2023

1970 – Blundy Fails in Afternoon; Wins at Night


Jerry Blundy

Des Moines, Iowa (August 23, 1970) – Two things changed between the afternoon and night auto races Sunday at the Iowa State Fair.

Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill., converted his sprint car to a super modified and the dirt track went from dry and slick to somewhat heavy.

These combinations paid off in a 50-lap feature victory before an estimated crowd of 8,500.

Actually, the change on the car had little to do with the triumph. That only involved a switch of tail assemblies.

“I was able to get a better bite on the track,” Blundy said. “In the afternoon I wasn’t able to do this.” He finished fourth in the afternoon race.

Blundy started the evening race in the fourth row. Jay Woodside of Kansas City took the early lead and held it for the first eight laps before Blundy powered by and held the top spot permanently.

Woodside settled for second while Roger Rager of Lincoln, Neb., was third and Ralph Parkinson of Wichita Falls, Tex., was fourth.

Jerry Richert of Forest Lake, Minn., the afternoon winner, was nineteenth.

Results –

Heat #1 – Bob Ford, Marshall, Mo.
Heat #2 – Ralph Parkinson, Wichita Falls, Tex.
Heat #3 – Jimmy Boyd, San Jose, Calif.
Consolation – Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
Feature –
1. Jerry Blundy, Galesburg, Ill.
2. Jay Woodside, Kansas City
3. Roger Rager, Lincoln, Neb.
4. Ralph Parkinson
5. Joe Saldana, Lincoln, Neb.
6. Ron Perkins, Wood River, Ill.
7. Bob Ford
8. Steve Schultz, Chillicothe, Mo.
9. Cliff Blundy, Galesburg, Ill.
10. Johnny Babb, Ottumwa, Iowa
11.Hal Minyard, Speedway, Ind.
12. Dale McCarty, Kansas City
13. Bill Hudson, Montezuma, Iowa
14. Duane Stoneking, Burlington, Iowa
15. Al Murie, Kansas City
16. Lenard McCarl, Des Moines
17. Bob Ensminger, Burlington, Iowa
18. Burt Sonner, Des Moines
19. Jerry Richert
20. Jimmy Boyd

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