Tuesday, April 23, 2024

1971 – Reinbeck Driver Wins Season Opener

Cal Swanson takes a victory lap after winning the MCRA season opener at Davenport. 

Davenport, Iowa (April 23, 1971) – Cal Swanson of Reinbeck led all the way in the 25-lap feature on Friday night in the Mid-Continent Racing Association season opener at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

Swanson, who also won the late model semi-main, never was in any serious trouble. He won by 200 yards over last year’s point champion, Ron Weedon of Pleasant Valley.

Gary Kerres of Edgington, Ill., won the first sportsman feature of the season over Chuck Lukemyre of Tipton. Kerres took the lead on lap 10 and stretched his margin from there.

Weedon, driving a bright blue 1971 Mustang, couldn’t come close to Swanson in the main event, settling for second. He also finished second to Swanson in the semi-main.

Roger Dolan of Lisbon and Ron Perdock of Washington were late model heat winners. Lukemyre won the sportsman heat while Don Roberts won the semi-main.

Results –

Heat #1 – Roger Dolan, Lisbon
Heat #2 – Ron Perdock, Washington
Semi-main – Cal Swanson, Reinbeck
Feature –
1. Cal Swanson
2. Ron Weedon, Pleasant Valley
3. Terry Ryan, Davenport
4. John Connolly, Delhi
5. Lem Blankenship, Keokuk

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