Saturday, September 16, 2023

1967 – Dake Cops Late Model Title

Darrell Dake 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (September 16, 1967) - Darrell Dake proved why he’s the season point leader in late model stocks by capturing the 35-lap season championship race at Hawkeye Downs Saturday night.

Official attendance was 3,035.

Dake and his 1967 Fairlane picked up the checkered flag ahead of his two closest pursuers for the point title.

Verlin Eaker took second and Dean Montgomery was third, the same way they stand in the point standings. The competitive rivalry was evident as Dake and Eaker bumped each other on the 25th lap.

Dake was in the lead at the time he hit the rail on the half-mile oval, but he recovered quickly to stay in front.

Bill McDonough of Cedar Rapids won the 10-lap semi while Mert Williams of Rochester, Minn., and Roger Dolan of Lisbon walked off with heat wins. Johnny Beauchamp of Atlantic, Iowa, and the former Daytona 500 star, won the trophy dash.

Results –

Trophy dash – Johnny Beauchamp, Atlantic, Iowa
Heat #1 – Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn.
Heat #2 – Roger Dolan, Lisbon
Semi-main – Bill McDonough, Cedar Rapids
Feature –
1. Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids
2. Verlin Eaker, Cedar Rapids
3. Dean Montgomery, Milan, Ill.
4. Johnny Beauchamp
5. Bill McDonough
6. Mert Williams
7. Bob Hilmer, Dysart
8. Roger Dolan
9. Lyle McNall, Aledo, Ill.
10.Tom Hughes, Monticello

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