Monday, June 17, 2024

1972 – Larson Cops Knoxville Supers

Roger Larson won the 25-lap super modified feature at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Starter Jack Thompson presents the checkers to Larson in victory lane. 

Knoxville, Iowa (June 17, 1972) – Roger Larson of Solomon, Kan., won the battle for the top money, and won his first-ever feature at the Marion County Fairgrounds, in a survival of the fittest 25-lap feature.

Larson started on the second row outside for the main event, and took the lead on the second lap, passing pole sitter Ralph Parkinson Jr., of Kansas City. Right behind Larson was Lonnie Jensen and Roger Rager, both of Lincoln, Neb., and the chase was on.

The trio easily pulled away from the rest of the field, with Larson still leading the way. On lap 9, Rager passed Jensen for second, but two laps later Rager’s car was coasting to a stop on the backstretch.

Larson continued to set the pace after the restart, and on lap 17, Jensen’s car stalled just off the second turn, leaving the way wide open for the Jayhawker.

Further back, Earl Wagner of Pleasantville, Iowa, was coasting in second and Ray Lee Goodwin of Kansas City and Junior Parkinson were battling for third, with Ray Lee getting the upper edge.

The night started with a track that got faster with each lap turned. Lonnie Jensen set fast time, he was the last man out, with a 21.51 second clocking. Roger Rager, next to last to qualify, was second fastest with a time of 22.06 seconds.

Rager won the trophy dash while Jensen, Rager, and Wager were heat winners. Steve Schultz of Chillicothe, Mo., was the consolation winner.

Results –

1. Roger Larson, Solomon, Kan.
2. Earl Wagner, Pleasantville, Iowa
3. Ray Lee Goodwin, Kansas City
4. Ralph Parkinson Jr., Kansas City
5. Ron Perkins, Des Moines
6. Johnny Babb, Ottumwa, Iowa
7. Stacy Redmond, Mason City, Iowa
8. Bill Hudson, New Sharon, Iowa
9. Dick Sutcliffe, Greenwood, Mo.
10.Steve Schultz, Chillicothe, Mo.

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