Friday, May 31, 2024

1971 - Ohio Driver Wins La Crosse 100-Lap Feature

Tom Bowsher takes a victory lap after winning the 100-lap feature for ARCA late models at La Crosse. 

West Salem, Wis. (May 31, 1971) – Tom Bowsher of Springfield, Ohio, shot his 1971 Ford to first place in the 100-lap feature at Interstate Speedway on Monday afternoon.

Bowsher, who had previously won a 100-lap Automobile Racing Club of America race in Madison, dueled with Andy Hampton of Louisville, Ky., most of the way before surging ahead. Hampton was piloting a 1971 Dodge.

Bowsher turned the 100 laps in 39 minutes and 35.80 seconds. He also won the 4-lap trophy dash and the third heat.

Ramo Stott of Keokuk, Iowa, drove his 1971 Plymouth to a third-place finish.

Ken Reiter of Louisville, Ky., was fourth in a 1969 Dodge. Leonard Blanchard, also of Louisville, Ky., rounded out the top five in a 1971 Ford.

Everett Fox was the only area driver to place in the top-10. The Black River Falls driver finished eighth in his 1969 Chevelle.

Results –

1. Tom Bowsher, Springfield, Ohio
2. Andy Hampton, Louisville, Ky.
3. Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa
4. Ken Reiter, Louisville, Ky.
5. Leonard Blanchard, Louisville, Ky.
6. Rich Somers, Stevens Point
7. A. Arnold, Louisville, Ky.
8. Everett Fox, Black River Falls
9. Roland Van Arsdale, Indianapolis
10.Cliff Hamm, Cumberland, Ind.

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