Tuesday, May 21, 2024

1967 - Gerber Wins Raceway Opener

Jim Gerber is shown carrying the checkered flag after winning the late model modified feature at the season opener at Quad City Raceway. – Larry Hergert Photo

East Moline, Ill. (May 21, 1967) – Jim Gerber, the veteran driver from Mt. Joy, Iowa, led wire to wire to take the 25-lap feature race in the first IMCA late model racing program of the season at Quad City Raceway.

In the opening night draw for position, Gerber drew the pole and jumped ahead of fellow front row starter Don Bitner of Peoria at the drop of the green flag. He would continue to expand his lead the rest of the way In his 1966 Dodge Charger.

Dean Montgomery of Milan, driving a 1967 Chevrolet, started well back in the 15-car field, and moved up briskly, settling into second place on lap 16. By then, Gerber enjoyed a half-laap lead and all Montgomery could do was chip away at that huge lead.

Gerber also won a heat race, as did Montgomery and Jack Henson of Stronghurst.

Ray Cox of Davenport continued his mastery of the novice division in the area, winning yet another feature.

Results –

Heat #1 – Jim Gerber, Mt. Joy, Iowa
Heat #2 – Dean Montgomery, Milan
Heat #3 - Jack Henson, Stronghurst
Feature –
1. Jim Gerber
2. Dean Montgomery
3. Benny Hofer, Rock Island
4. Don Bitner, Peoria
5. Del Williams, Aledo
6. Jack Henson
7. Shorty Bennett, Moline

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