Thursday, June 13, 2024

1972 – Prusak Wins Late Model Invitational

Phil Prusak

Eau Claire, Wis. (June 13, 1972) – There’s no place like home sweet home for Phil Prusak.

The hometown driver grabbed the pole position, $600 and the first-place trophy in Tuesday night’s Late Model Invitational at Eau Claire Speedway.

And the talented Prusak made it look relatively easy.

Gaining the pole position from his win in the first heat, Prusak took the lead in the uneventful 18-car, 40-lap feature, and then pulled away to victory, never surrendering the top spot.

Prusak, the only double-winner in late model action at Eau Claire Speedway this season, was well ahead of Dave Morgan of Rice Lake, Wis., who collected $400 for his runner-up finish.

Morgan started alongside Prusak on the front row and held on to the second position the whole way.

Axel Dahlberg, of Rice Lake, Wis., took third place and $300; Loyal Skuza of St. Cloud, Minn., was fourth and took home $250 and Red Steffen of Eau Claire rounded out the top five and came away with $200.

Results –

1. Phil Prusak, Eau Claire
2. Dave Morgan, Rice Lake
3. Axel Dahlberg, Rice Lake
4. Loyal Skuza, St. Cloud, Minn.
5. Red Steffen, Eau Claire
6. Tom Nesbitt, Thunder Bay, Ontario
7. John Foegen, Winona, Minn.
8. Loren Pagel, Virginia, Minn.
9. Al Schueler, Winona, Minn.
10.Dave Adams, Cameron

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