Sunday, April 28, 2024

1984 - Gennetten Tops Springfield

Gene Gennetten waves to the crowd after winning the USAC National Midget Series 40-lap feature at Lil’ Springfield. – Bryan Gapinski Photo

By Bryan Gapinski

Springfield, Ill. (April 28, 1984) – Gene Gennetten won the 40-lap feature in the USAC National Midget Series program, Saturday night at the Springfield Speedway.

Polesitter Don Tyler, set the early pace followed by Gennetten, Alan Brown, and Steve Knepper.

The evening’s first caution was displayed when Art Knepper’s car stalled. On the restart, Tyler and Gennetten pulled away from the field and waged a torrid battle for the lead, until lap 14 when Russ Gamester spun in turn four.

Only one lap later another yellow flag appeared when Sam Isenhower’s car stalled in turn three. Tyler’s bid for his first-ever USAC win, ended when he retired with mechanical problems. One lap later, the final caution occurred when a infield tire was knocked from the racing surface.

The final 22 laps saw Gennetten pull away from the field, finishing straightaway ahead of Kevin Olson, who was looking for a clean sweep after setting fast time, and winning his heat. Olson staged a brilliant charge from the back of the field, after pitting to change a tire under caution.

Steve Knepper, Brown, and Jerry Nuckles rounded out the top five.

Results –

1. Gene Gennetten
2. Kevin Olson
3. Steve Knepper
4. Alan Brown
5. Jerry Nuckles
6. Sherwin Armstrong
7. Mack McClellan
8. Dick Pole
9. Kenneth Nichols
10.Sherman Armstrong

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