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THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL

MONDAY MORNING, JUNE 17, 1968
Cook Captures
   Lakeland Race
       In Record Time

   Don Cook drove his South Wind Too AA-fuel dragster to victory yesterday at Lakeland beating Raymond Godman's Tennessee Bo-Weevil in the first and third rounds of their featured match race.

   Cook of Walnut Creek, Calif., set a top speed Lakeland record of 229.30 miles per hour and backed it with a 227.00 in the decisive third run.

   Preston Davis drove the Bo-Weevil to victory in the second round of the race when Cook, who burned two pistons in the first run, had to use a substitute car owned by McClanahan and Balkin.  Cook's crew repaired the South Wind in time for the third run.

   Cook's best elapsed time was 7.27 seconds compared to Davis' 7.34 before 2,200 fans.

   In the Bear-A-Cuda vs. Dickie Harrell match race, the Bear-A-Cuda, driven by Bob Manion of Kansas City, lost the first and third rounds because of foul starts.  Manion's car did set a top speed record for funny cars of 187.10 mph.

   Gene Snow drove his Super Stock Ford to victory over Larry Coleman's entry driven by Sidney Foster of New Orleans.  Ted DeTar of Kansas City won the super stock match race in three straight runs over Herb McCandless.

 


The preceding article is Copyright The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN.  
Thanks to David Rubenstein for supplying this article.

 
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