Wednesday, June 12, 2024

1966 – ‘Scratch’ Ends Winchester Victory Drought

Jerry "Scratch" Daniels

Winchester, Ind. (June 12, 1966) – A stranger to victory lane since 1964, Jerry “Scratch” Daniels finally found his way back to the top spot on Sunday afternoon at Winchester Speedway, winning the 30-lap International Motor Contest Association sprint car feature.

Driving the Frank Wagner Chevrolet-powered machine, Daniels overtook Charlie Masters on the 24th lap and beat him to the final checker by four seconds.

Masters, who started next to Daniels in the feature, took the lead on the first lap and stretched his lead to three seconds before getting caught in slower traffic. Daniels took advantage and motored around Masters on the inside.

The victory was a first for Daniels on a high-banked track.

He and teammate Jerry Richert, who finished in third place, got in considerable practice time at Winchester on Saturday and it paid off handsomely. The “Minnesota Twins” took first and third in the feature, first and third in time trials, a fourth and fifth in the fifth heat and a second in the consolation.

Dave Weir won the first heat in the Speedy Helm Chevy, while Jim Moughan won the second heat in the McGuire-Lancaster Chevy. Jim McCune was the victor in the third heat in the Steck Buick and Clair Lawicki out-dueled Daniels to win the 10-lap consolation.

The only serious accident of the afternoon involved Norm Baker. On the fifth lap of the consolation, Baker spun his Brock-Philip Chevy off the fourth turn, struck the inside guardrail nose first, then spun around and hit the railing again with the tail of the car. Baker climbed out, unhurt.

Results –

Time trials – Jerry McDaniels (18.31)
Heat #1 – Dave Weir
Heat #2 – Jim Moughan
Heat #3 – Jim McCune
Match race – Jerry Poland
Consolation – Clair Lawicki
Feature –
1. Jerry Daniels
2. Charlie Masters
3. Jerry Richert
4. Jerry Poland
5. Clair Lawicki
6. Buzz Gregory
7. Bill Puterbaugh
8. Dave Weir
9. Benny Rapp
10.Duke Cook

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