MORNING, JUNE 17,
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
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
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.