Tuesday, June 25, 2024

1961 – Stott Wins Second ‘Badger 100’


Ramo Stott 

De Pere, Wis. (June 25, 1961) – Ramo Stott, winner of last year’s “Badger 100,” did a repeat performance Sunday night before an overflow crowd of 4,500.

The Keokuk, Iowa, speedster set a new track record for the 50-lap event on the half-mile of 24 minutes and 2.45 seconds. He also was the fastest in time trials, touring the dirt oval in 30.35 seconds.

Taking off like a rocket at countdown zero, Stott rocketed into an early lead and almost coasted to the 50-mile victory, leaving a four-car scramble for second place.

It was a scramble that never did unfold and gave Dick Hutcherson, also of Keokuk, second place, and Bob Reynolds of Edmond, Okla., third place.

It was strictly a showcase of speed in the trophy dash which was taken by Hutcherson. Stott finished second with yet another Keokuk driver, Jerry McCredie, taking third. Hutcherson’s winning time was 5 minutes and 11.10 seconds for the 10-lap race.

There was no room for error in the fast initial 10-lap heat which was won by Bob Reynolds in the time of 5 minutes and 9.08 seconds. Hutcherson, Stott, and Newt Bartholomew of Carlisle, Iowa, were right behind Reynolds as they roared over the finish line.

Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa, last year’s International Motor Contest Association champion, won the second heat in the time of 5 minutes and 17.74 seconds. Jerry McCredie, Bill Moyer of Des Moines, and Ron Snow of Red Wing, Minn., finished behind Derr.

The third heat winner was Dick Johnson of St. Paul, Minn. He won the 10-lap contest in 5 minutes and 53.24 seconds over Frank Dombrowski of Menasha, Don McDonald of Neenah, and Jerry Patterson of Two Rivers.

It was the only race in which the Green Bay area racers fared well. McDonald, who is the flagman here for the weekly races said, “It was an experience to compete with the drivers who can skin by your car by mere inches on every turn and never touch you.”

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