IMCA Old Timers was formed to promote and preserve I.M.C.A. (International Motor Contest Association) history, including the preservation and excellent restoration of former I.M.C.A. race cars; to maintain records and documents of I.M.C.A. history; recognition of former drivers, owners, mechanics and others involved in I.M.C.A. history; and provide an opportunity for the social and technical interchange of members interested in auto racing history.
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JANUARY 17 2015
IMCA VINTAGE RACING SERIES MEETING
12 NOON TO 3PM
HO CHUNK CASINO, BLACK RIVER FALLS WI
CONTACT REX ROISIER 715-570-0277
After talking with the Tundra Series folks and other drivers this past weekend at the Midwest Racers Auction we decided to set up a Meeting at Ho-Chunk Casino on Jan.17th from noon to 3PM. We need to discuss Tundra schedule and some details that go along with this, also there are some other possible options out there for us. Please get this out to the vintage racers and I will also try and contact some of the Illinois group as well. Meeting is open to vintage racers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and beyond.
JANUARY 18, 2015
IMCA OLDTIMERS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
12 noon BOARD MEETING
1 PM MEMBERSHIP MEETING
SAVAGE AMERICAN LEGION
CONTACT PAUL DOLPHY 612-810-6771
Marge Elftmann will be there with her latest Raceway ParkBooks FOR SALE
Happy New Year
I hope this year finds you healthy, but if not, hope you have a speedy recovery. This is the time of year when my thoughts are all about surviving the cold first of all and racing second. The days are already getting longer and the time to get the race cars ready is getting shorter. For all of us it is the battle between the budget and all the things that we want and or need to get done.(paint that car, repair that transmission, freshen that engine, replace that radiator, install new brakes, decisions, decisions. For some however, it's as simple as roll that car out and dust it off. (don't we wish)
Some of you are fortunate enough to be in a warmer climate. Wherever you are, good luck to you.
The IMCA Oldtimers have a number of events planned for 2015 to possibly help you out. The next few months we have membership meetings planned. Due to the fact that it takes volunteers to make these events happen we need your participation to keep this club alive, We need you to come to the meetings and don't be afraid to put your hand up to help at one or some of our functions.
At our January 18th meeting the main items on our AGENDA at the Savage American Legion are:
* 9th Annual Racers Swap Meet, April 26th
* Elko Race Date in May? Sponsor?
* IMCA Annual Picnic and Race Cedar Lake Speedway..July 18th
* Dakota County Fair .. August 10-16 (Static display)
* IMCA Vintage Racing Series Dates
I am sure there will be more discussed at the meeting so please, we hope to see you there.
Marge Elftmann has finished her second book on Raceway Park Shakopee MN.
It took two volumnes to put all the information together.
There is lots of reading and tons of pictures. Will bring back a lot of fun memories. The printing was done at Steves Copy Shop in Arlington, MN.
Marge picked up the first bunch today and dropped the FIRST copy of the book to me at Liberty Station in Arlington. I made her sign my book and took her picture. She will be a Turttles Bar & Grill in Shakopee, Saturday Dec 13, 2014, from 2 to 4 pm selling and signing her book.
Raceway Park closed it's doors after the 2013 season.
I believe she is also taking orders for her first book that starts at the track opening.
IMCA VINTAGE RACING SERIES
There was a 2015 planning meeting held
November 15, 2014 Noon to 3pm at,
Ho Chunk Casino, Black River Falls, WI.
by Jim Heiland
There were ovr 26 people attending the meeting. Our thanks to Ken Lewis and Kenny Hutchens for there part in planning the meeting.
Several topics were discussed at length. one was the miniumn age of a vintage racer, the majority vote was miniumn age of 30.
Discussion on chassis and bodies took some time. I believe the rules remained the same, however it was agreed that we use our heads. One person should not win all the races, if winning races is your goal, you belong in another series.
Kevin Owens talked to the group about being part of the Tundra Racing Series.
The Tundra Series is planning on 6 races in Wisconsin for the 2015 season.
The group seemed excited about the posibility of being part of the series.
We talked about getting more racers involved. sounds like there are some new cars being built and old ones coming out of the weeds.
We need to find a series sponsor or a sponsor for each event. Rex Roiser said he would find a sponsor for one of the events.
As more details become available we will have them on the website.
contact ken Hutchens 715-299-3024
CHRIS LOBERG BUILDING ANOTHER "NASH" AMC CONCORD VINTAGE RACE CAR
TAKE A LOOK AT THE 2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
see FOR SALE / WANTED FOR NEW ITEMS
OCTOBERFEST LAcROSSE WI OCTOBER 5, 2014
By Kenny Hutchens
Oktoberfest 2014 at the Lacrosse Speedway is in the books and the IMCA VIntage Group once again was invited to participate. The vintage cars took to the track Sunday,Oct. 5th..right after the autograph session, first for practice, then the heat races. We had 14 cars in the pits,making for 2 heat races. The first heat was won by Tim Schuette in a '66 Ford,tribute car to Fred Lorenzen. The 2nd heat was won by Rex Rossier in a Camaro. Feature time rolled around the vintage cars put on a great race, won by John Gilbertson in a Javelin, followed by Rex Rossier and then Ken Hutchens in his '87 Monte Carlo, tribute car to Harry Gant. Royce Rossier took 4th in his Nova, then TIm Schuette in his '66 Ford. Lots of diversity in the vintage cars, everything from a '53 Ford to short track cars of the 80's and everything in between.
(pictures coming soon)
CEDAR LAKE SPEEDWAY
Here are 3 letters from club President Paul Dolphy that got lost in my email
Letter to IMCA Oldtimers Member
It's almost June and our first three events are behind us. The Weather for our Swap Meet was less than ideal, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been, thanks to all who attended and helped. Our first exhibition race of the season at Elko Speedway on Saturday found the weather to be almost perfect for a night at the races. My wife and I had a great time. Thank You to all the members who came out to race, take pictures, tech cars and do line ups and support our club. Congrats to Bob Heine and Greg Gennertz for a super close finish, what a good show. As for the pit pass problems, they have the only game in town, so if you chose to not come out because of that, than don't complain, you chose to let your car collect dust.
Our second exhibition race of this year was at Golden Sands Speedway for the "Dick Trickle Memorial Fund Race" on Monday. The day started out a little damp, but turned out perfect in Plover. I've heard what a nice facility Darrel has out there and I couldn't agree more. The officials gave us practice, hot laps, time trials, heat race and feature. For me it was a lot of laps with a 45 year old tight race car, but I still had fun and drove it back on the trailer and that makes it a good night of racing. Congratulations to Rex " The Stockton Rocket"Rossier , for a close race with his brother Royce. Bob Heine and Rodney Schuette had a good battle and along came me.
I am looking forward to Milwaukee Mile and Slinger next on the Schedule, Hoping to see a lot better turn out at these events.
Don't forget our Big Event on July 19th at Cedar Lake Speedway, picnic starts at noon. I am looking forward to seeing you all there and hearing some more racers stories, sure heard a lot this past weekend.
Milwaukee Mile June 7, 2014
by Paul Dolphy
Thanks go out to Steve and all the folks at ARCAFEST. The weather was great, we had all the practice times we needed and a 20 lap feature on Saturday afternoon. We had a total of 13 Vintage cars show up, unfortunately 2 of the cars had terminal engine failures on Friday.
We started 11 cars strong for the feature, Tom Collins Camaro had transmission troubles, Butch Mierendorfs engine blew up, Rod Schuette had an oil pressure light come on early and Royce Rossier pulled in with 5 to go because of oil pressure issues. (Better to be Safe than Sorry)
With 6 laps to go Rex Rossier in the # 21 made a run for the lead from Gary Mitidiero in the deuce with Kenny Hutchens #13, Woody Pool in the #02, Dave Gawronski in the #33 Skoal Bandit car, Jim Heiland in the #88 Gatorade car and Paul Dolphy in the #99 Ford Torino, but to no avail as Rex's right front tire got hot and he had to back off. Gary Mitidiero was able to hold off a hard charging Woody Pool for the win.
Finishing Position Car
1. Gary Mitidiero #2 '71 Camaro
2. Woody Pool #02 '70 Torino
3. Rex Rossier #21 '75 Camaro (former Larry Smith car)
4. Ken Hutchens #13 '66 Chevelle (Smokey Yunick Replica)
5. Dave Gawronski #33 Skoal Bandit Monte Carlo ( Ken Hutchens)
6. Jim Heiland #88 Gatorade Malibu (Owned by Ken Hutchens)
7. Paul Dolphy #99 '69 Ford Torino
8. Royce Rossier #4 '70 Nova ... Former Bob Jusola car
9. Butch Mierendorf #12 '99 Gran Prix
10. Tom Collins #8 '81 Camaro Nacho Varella Tribute
11. Rodney Schuette #28 '66 Ford Galaxie ... Fred Lorenzen Tribute
2014 ARCAFEST MILWAULEE MILE
By Jim Heiland
The ARCA Midwest Tour, ARCAFEST at the Milwaukee Mile was held June 6-7-8, 2014.
Our thanks to Steve Einhaus and Time Olson for having the IMCA Vintage Touring Series be part of their event.
The weekend saw 5 different series of cars and trucks compete.
ARCA Midwest Series, Jegs Stock Car Series, Mid-Am Stock Cars, Mid-Am Truck Series and IMCA Vintage. Plus on Saturday there was a Car Show on the infield, Monster Truck Show and a Moto cross event on Saturday.
The weather was just about perfect.It was good to meet up with old and new friends and spend time with them.
IMCA Vintage had 15 paid entries, they were,
#49, Dick Wagner 58 Pontiac Pace Car (origionally raced at the mile in 58 and 58)
#2, Gary Mitidiero Homer Glen IL, 71 Camero.#02 Woody Pool, Tinley Park Il 70 Ford Torino.
#4Royce Rossier Plover WI, 70 Chev Nova,#7 Chuck King#8 Tom Collins, Lake Mills WI, 81 Camero.#12 Butch Mierendorf Waterloo WI,99 Pontiac Grand Prix.#13 Ken Hutchens Black River Falls WI 66 Chev Chevelle.#15 David Logan Kouts IN.69 Chev Nova.
#33 David Gawronski, Reedburg WI88 Chev Monti Carlo.#67 Michael Moore, Valpspsiso IN. 74 Chev Nova.#88 Jim Heiland Arlington, MN 76 Chev Laguna.#99 Paul Dolphy, Mounds View MN69 Ford Torino.
Friday was a pretty busy day with 3 practice sessions.I think we all had enough track time.
Tim Moore and Michael Moore experienced serious mechanical problems on Friday and were unable to race Saturday.
Friday night all classes attended the BUD Pole Party.Lots of Bud Lites.Each series drew for the starting spot for qualifying on Saturday.
Since we did not do qualifying, Royce Rossier and business partner Dan at Midway Machine in Plover WI put up $100 prize money.A number between 2 and 7 was drawn.Number 6 was picked, so the rule was who ever finished in 6th place won the $100.
The race on Saturday was fun.The group stayed together for a while.Caution came out with 17 to go when Butch Mierendorf’s engine let go oiling up turns 1 and 2. After several laps to clean the track, the race was on. It was a 5 car race for awhile then it was a dog fight between Mitidiero, Pool, and Rex Rossier, with Mitidiero winning, Pool 2nd and Rossier 3rd.
After the race we all went to Victory Lane for pictures.Kelly Lynne Peterson looked great and did a wonder job as our trophy presenter.
Also want to thank Scott (Moldy) Moldenhaur for doing tech inspections, Race Directors Brian Dolphy, Chris Heiland, Val Dolphy for help on line ups.Kelly Lynne, trophy girl, Dick Wagner for the pace car, Mid Am Tech person Dan Blood for the use and help on the scales and weigh in.By the way, all cars did pass the 3000 lb weight rule, And after the race the top three cars were weighedOh yes one more thing…..I finished 6th and got the $100, thanks Royce and Dan
Sunday June 8th, 2014 Slinger WI
by Paul Dolphy
Great weather followed us to Slinger Super Speedway, we had 11 vintage cars show up for a wild night of racing. Thanks to Todd and all the folks at the Slinger Super Speedway for allowing us to be a part of their show and Royce and Rex Rossier for setting it up for us. Good Job.
Heat Race was a pretty quick 8 laps and won easily by Pat Echlin.
15 Lap Feature had some bumping and banging that was uncalled for and a close call with the #1 car not going to the Infield with a flat tire, bringing out a caution. The double file restart helped keep things a little closer to the end, with Rex and Jerry working hard to get around Echlin in the 56 car. everyone drove or rolled their cars back on the trailer at the end of the night so I would call that a good night of racing.
Heat Race Results
Position Car # Make Driver
1. 56 '66 Chevelle Pat Echlin
2. 5 '67 Chevelle Pat Healey
3. 28 '69 Chevelle Jerry Schneider
4. 97 '48 Chev FB Vince Heywood
5. 80 '69 Chevelle Bob Heine
6. 21 '75 Camaro Rex Rossier
7. 4 '70 Nova Royce Rossier
8. 99 '69 Ford Torino Paul Dolphy
9. 1 '66 Dodge Coronet Ray Novara
1. 56 '66 Chevelle Pat Echlin
2. 28 '69 Chevelle Jerry Schneider
3. 21 '75 Camaro Rex Rossier
4. 97 '48 Chev Vince Heywood
5. 4 '70 Nova Royce Rossier
6. 99 '69 Torino Paul Dolphy
7. 5 '66 Chevelle Pat Heaney (DNF Rear end)
8. 80 '69 Chevelle Bob Heine (DNF Wall)
9. 1 '66 Coronet Ray Novaro (tire)
ELKO SPEEDWAY WAS MAY 24
There were 5 vintage car for the race at Elko. Winning the long distance award was Rodney Schutte #28 Ford came all the way from Jefferson WI. The feature race was a 4 car battle with Bob heine #81, beating out Greg Gernentz #4 by a whisker. Paul Dolphy's 69 Torino was supporting a new paint job and a new number..#99.
MEMORIAL DAY 2014 AT GOLDEN SANDS
WISCONSIN RAPIDS WI
Early morning rain didn't slow the activities at Golden Sands. The car count was really good for the Super Lates and Tundra Cars.
Vintage cars numbered five. Winning the long distance award was club president Paul Dolphy #99 coming from Mounds View MN.
Rex Rossier got his #21 car out for the first time.
Heat was won by #4 Royce Rossier and the feature by Rex Rossier #21. Both races were fun to watch.
Just a side note. After the races, I counted at one time over 50 people hanging around the vintage cars.
Thanks to Darrell and Shela and the staff at Golden Sands for their hospitality.
SWAP MEET CUT SHORT
WE PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT..BUT
40 DEGREES, THUNDERSTORMS HEAVY RAIN
AT TIMES AND WIND, MOTHER NATURE WON.
CONSIDERING ALL THAT, THERE WAS A PRETTY GOOD TURN OUT AND SWAPPERS DID SELL STUFF.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED AND TO NORTHSTAR AUTO AUCTION FOR THE USE OF THERE FACILITY
A Letter To The IMCA Old Timers Members
From Our New President Paul Dolphy
January 22, 2014
When I started composing this letter we had a few exciting events coming up, but they've passed by now so I'll have to refer to them in the past tense. 2014 started out with shoveling snow, cold weather and a trip out to Janesville, Wisconsin to participate in the Racers Expo. The IMCA Oldtimers had a booth and a meeting with some of our Vintage Touring Series members from out that way. It was good to see some of those members and welcome some new ones.
This past Sunday, January 19th, we had a Bench Racing/Scrapbook/Memorabilia Meeting with over 20 members showing and sharing their memories. It was hard for me to get to everybody's table but I sure tried and looked at everything I could. During the 3 plus hours every member I looked at was so proud of their collection and the stories that went with them, which is the reason I got involved with this club to begin with. I'm positive WE have to do this again this year because it was so much fun. My wife and I talked about it for several hours after we got home.
Now on to the rest of the year, we are still planning our Racers Swap Meet in April, Milwaukee Mile event is on a June weekend this year, and Cedar Lake Speedway in July, more to come. I'm really looking forward seeing as many of our members out at the track as possible this year.
Thank You to all the Board Members, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretary's, Treasurers, Race Directors and Members who were here before me, I hope I can keep up what you have started and keep the stories, friendships and camaraderie alive
2014 RULES FOR THE IMCA VINTAGE RACING SERIES
ARE POSTED ON THE 2014 RULES PAGE
ALSO..check for sale page
MIDWEST RACER AUCTION and EXPO
Jan 3 & 4 2014
IMCA Old Timers were represented well at the show. President Paul Dolphy, Past President and Treasurer Dave Stone, Secretary Mike Stein, Board member Carter Narveson, and Jim Heiland made the trip from Minnesota. There was also a good turnout of members from Wisconsin there too.. the Auction and expo was held in an old Menards Building so there was lots of space. Chuck King from Ill. brought his #7 retired NASCAR T Bird for our display. We had a good spot and did create interest in our vintage racing.
At noon on Saturday the IMCA Vintage Racing Series had a meeting
/get together. Steve Einhaus gave us an up date on the up coming ARCA Fest at the Milwaukee Mile in June.
We reviewed the rules for the up coming season. There was discussion about "No Weekly Series Drivers Allow". If you drive in a hobby, Big 8, Late Model series, you are not allow to race in our vintage series. This has been voted on ina previous meeting.
We also talked about scheduled races and some different tracks.
As always it was good to see old friends and fellow racers.
If you haven't been to this show, mark your calander for next year.
The IMCA Old Timers Banquet
was held October 20, 2013 at the Savage American Legion. Thanks to David Stone and Big Don Belkengren for their work on the evening. As usual, the food was outstanding and the Platte Valley Boys with Catie Jo , Blue Grass band were better than ever. I thing there were enough door prizes that everyone went home with something. Great job.
pictures and video coming soon
OCTOBER 19, 2013, SATURDAY AT
GOLDEN SANDS SPEEDWAY
WISCONSIN RAPIDS WI
THE SWAP MEET AT GOLDEN SANDS ON OCTOBER 19
WENT PRETTY WELL. IT WAS A LIGHT TURN OUT BUT I MANAGED TO SELL ABOUT $120 OF FINE STUFF. AND I THINK OTHERS DID OK TOO.
NEXT YEAR SHOULD EVEN BE BETTER.
AFTER THE SWAP MEET WE HAD OUR IMCA VINTAGE RACING SERIES MEETING. THERE WERE 21 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE. LOTS OF ISSUES WERE DISCUSSED AND SOME RULE CHANGES FOR NEXT YEAR. TONY MITIDIERO WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO TAKE NOTE, THEY CAN BE VIEWED BELOW OR AT
October 19th Meeting - IMCA Vintage Touring Series
By: Tony Mitidiero
Review of 2013 Season:
We’re not certain we’ll be back at the Milwaukee Mile. Work is being done, but many things are still up in the air.
Madison angered plenty by not paying as agreed and we most-likely will not be requesting a race there in 2014.
There were some cars that were too fast and some that were too slow – everyone agrees something should be done.
It is agreed that better and more driver pre-registration for races could improve our organization and quality of events.
Conversation led into how many races should be on the schedule and where.
How many races should be on the schedule and where:
There were 9 races held in 2013. It was agreed that 9 races was plenty and that 9 or less should be held in 2014. Most agreed we should not entertain the idea of another race at Madison and the Dells will be raced if it is an IMCA race and all are invited.
For 2014 IMCA is going to make a diligent effort to set the schedule as early as possible so members may plan their attendance earlier and more effectively.
What defines a vintage stock car? and Rules for cars and drivers:
Members were reminded IMCA does currently have a rules package that should be referenced when there is question. Much debate took place. There was a consensus that the group needs to maintain rules that will encourage greater participation, so setting and maintaining inclusive rules that limit cost are very important. There was also a broad continued agreement to the current rule on “Stock Appearing.” Several new rules were agreed on. They are:
A 3,000 lb minimum weight
Bodies must be 1988 and older
No ‘wedge’ cars
10” wide tire is maximum
Any chassis is acceptable
Car exceptions shall be granted on occasion for authentic restorations. Prior approval of IMCA suggested.
No station wagons
No weekly ‘series’ drivers allowed
Golden Sands Specific Rule: Nobody who is driving in any other weekly series allowed to race with the IMCA Vintage Touring Series
IMCA will self-police and appoint race directors and safety directors as need arises.
How do we get track owner/promoters to love us?
Discussion of tow money/pit passes. Vote taken – No. Tow money is not required, but clearly tracks offering tow money have better turnout. IMCA default policy will be to request 2 pit passes and at least $50. IMCA will make all attempts to notify members as early as possible as to each particular tracks offer.
If any consensus was reached it was that greater participation and organization would be our greatest asset.
Prior notice of races and pre-registration would assist greatly in participation.
Do we want to have a display at Madison in January 2014?:
Some debate regarding return on time. Nobody seemed interested in volunteering and it was agreed there was little return.
Membership in Group? Should membership be required?
Vote was taken – Yes, membership should be required. You can join the day of the event.
Working with other vintage groups?
Not much discussion other than IMCA is interested in inclusion and the promotion of all Vintage Racing. Members from other clubs/groups are welcome to join ours for various events provided membership is paid. It was acknowledged that other groups have ‘hijacked’ IMCA or all-inclusive events. All IMCA events will be posted at midwestvintageracing.com. Events that are not on this schedule, but advertised as ‘vintage stock car’ are often in competition for Wisconsin/Minnesota racing market share and may have different rules, driver/safety issues and motives. IMCA understands it is to the detriment of the sport and our long-term growth to participate in events held by groups that have openly worked to dominate vintage racing in the region. The IMCA Vintage Touring Series is a true club with open meetings and is membership driven. We encourage all Vintage Racing groups to work towards a common goal – improved Vintage racing.
Setting up a stock car:
Some discussion was held on preparation of the car. A set-up-sheet was passed around for members to familiarize themselves with areas of the cars that may be adjusted for different tracks/purpose. Gary Mitidiero offered to provide insight and assistance for those looking to understand or gain better chassis set up. Some emphasis was placed on the necessity to spend some time setting your car up for each track and “if you don’t know, ask someone.” It was agreed there is a large variance in speed/handling amongst competitors that is a direct result of poor or incorrect set up.
How to attract sponsors:
Not a lot of discussion with the exception it was agreed the group will not entertain sponsors who maintain an interest in modifying our rules.
New Board Members:
Jim Heiland requested volunteers for board members to assist in 2014. Mike Wall and Gary Mitidiero were the only members to offer to serve as board members. It was agreed Mike Wall and Gary Mitidiero will serve as board members in 2014.
Jim Heiland’s leadership and dedication was acknowledged and appreciation extended. Mainly because of the demands of his business Jim was unable to participate in most events this past year, yet he continued to invest time and energy in both the maintenance and advancement of our sport. Our group simply would not be the same without him and we join in a sincere “Thank You” to Jim.
OCTOBERFEST OCTOBER 6
by Ken Hutchens
Oktoberfest vintage racing brought 15 cars to the Lacrosse Fairgrounds Speedway on Oct.6. First heat was won by Ken Lewis of Black River Falls in his '70 Mustang Hooters tribute car to Alan Kulwicki. Second heat was won by Ken Hutchens of Black River Falls....do we see a pattern here? Kenny was driving his '88 Monte Carlo SKoal Bandit tribute car to Harry Gant. The feature was a great race, won by Mike Carlson in an older ARCA Dodge car, looked like something Ray Evernham maybe built. No major crashes and only a couple spins brought out the yellow once and everyone had a great time. IMCA trophy girl Tracey Smith made the trip to help with victory lane procedures.
Raceway Park's last race
was Sept 1. As sort of a last minute deal the IMCA Old Timers had 10 vintage race cars on display behind the grandstand. Ron Olson, #47, 8 time track champion, carried the flag around the track for the last time with Marge Elftmann riding shotgun . He was followed by the vintage cars. Ron also carried the flag on the first race 57 years ago. Ron drove Skip Pollacks vintage 55 Ford Stock car. The races were good, the stands were packed, standing room only. Concession stands ran out of food. felt bad for Jeremy Wolf, on the last lap of the NASCAR Hobby feature, he got upside down on the back stretch and really made a mess out of his #32 car. After all the races were over, many of the fans stayed in there seats, as I was leaving the grandstand, I saw many, many men and women in tears. Thanks to all the Old Timers who brought their car to Raceway to help say good bye
THANKS TO Jim Boman for putting this event together for the club. Also thanks to Dave Carter, Skip R and Jim H for bringing their cars for display.
IMCA OLD TIMERS DISPLAY AT
THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
ASA Midwest Tour
Howie Lettow Memorial 150
by Jim Heiland
Hats off to ASA Midwest Tour, Steve Einhaus and the entire crew for putting on a great show. We at IMCA Old Timers Vintage Group are greatfull for the chance to be part of the event.
There were 24 vintage cars coming from 4 state to be part of the show. There were quite a cross section of vintage cars, from a 1955 Chev on up. There were several retired Winston Cup and ARCA cars racing with us. We were given 2 practice sessions Monday and Tuesday. The schedule call for one vintage heat race and a vintage feature. After talking to Einhaus, he gave us 2 six lap heats and a 20 lap feature.
With the amount of practice we had, it became pretty clear what the pecking order was. Four drivers got together and made up the line up for the 2 heats. Faster cars in one heat and less faster cars in the other.
First heat, Paul Dolphy #5 Ford lead 2 laps, Heiland #4 lead 4 laps. At the checked flag, #4 won by a bumper, holding off a charge by Craig Olson #11 Ford, 3rd was Dolphy, followed by #88 Dan Navrestad, #16 Alan Kautz, #43 Ron Boutell, 54 Dave Scheiner.
The Faster car heat was very close with #5 Pat Heaney, Chevelle showing the way followed by #2 Gary Mitidiero, #28 Jerry Schnieder, #80 Bob Heine, #13 Ken Hutchins, #90 Dick Karth, and the rest of the field. We were all so involved watching the heats and features, nobody wrote down the finishing order. Before I forget, I want to thank Brian Dophy, Paul's brother for helping out with lining us up and getting to the track on time.
The feature was pretty much an inverted start. Faster cars in the back, make them work for it. There was a caution on about lap 10 when #43 blew his motor. The rest of the race, the #2 #28, #88, #13, #11, #84, #81, #5 put on quite the show. At the finish line it was Gary Mitidiero, Jerry Schneider, Dan Navrestad, Ken Hutchins, Craig Olson, Chuck King, Curt Daughters, Pat Heaney, Bob Heine, Dick Karth, Butch Mierendorf, Jim Heiland, Tim Pasley, Paul Dolphy, Alan Kautz and Ron Boutell. order of finish by numbers,