Saturday, October 14, 2023

1984 - Reffner Holds Off Back, Best Capital Nationals


Tom Reffner waves to the crowd after winning the 100-lap late model feature in the October Nationals at Capital Super Speedway. Corine Chatman, Ms. Capital Speedway makes the trophy presentation. – Russ Lake Photo

Oregon, Wis. (October 14, 1984) – Tom Reffner held off a late charge from Jim Back to capture the 100-lap late model feature Sunday afternoon in the second annual October Nationals at Capital Super Speedway.

Reffner took the lead before the halfway point of the race and went relatively unchallenged until Back applied pressure near thee end of the contest.

Reffner was able to hold off Back for the victory with Steve Holzhausen, who was married on Saturday, taking the third spot. Ted Musgrave and Danny Darnell filled out the first five positions.

Perry Redeker won the late model consolation while Chuck Green won the last chance heat.

Bob Brownell charged past Roger Otto to take the 50-lap late model sportsman feature. Dave Hunt moved up to finish third behind Brownell and Otto. Rick Nelson placed fourth followed by Robin Amato.

Darryl Smithback and Jim Wagner scored victories in the late model sportsman consolation events. Jerry Straube won the last chance heat race.

Frankie Heimerl outraced Dick Colburn to score a 20-lap modified feature victory that saw the two drivers trade the lead on numerous occasions. Willie Goeden placed third ahead of Randy Tracy and Mike Frost.

Jim Pierson was triumphant in the 25-lap mini stock main event.

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