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Dick Harrell crosses the finish line at the King of Kings drag race at Lakeland Drag Strip.

   DICK HARRELL crosses the finish line first, but fails to win his heat during yesterday's drag races at Lakeland. the Kansas City, Mo., driver jumped the starter's gun and was disqualified. Larry Arnold of Detroit was awarded the victory after Harrell's disqualification.

--Staff Photo by Vernon Mathews

Liberman Entry Claims Drag Title

      Clare Sanders drove Jungle Jim Liberman's Chevy II to victory over 15 other super experimental stock entries yesterday in the Mid-South King of King's Sixteen drag race at Lakeland.

   A record crowd of 11,256 attended.

   The Liberman entry from San Jose, Calif., defeated meet favorite Dyno Don Nicholson of Atlanta in the semifinals when the two cars were separated by 4/1000 of a second.

   Sanders beat Henry Garcia's Car Shop Camaro in the finals. Garcia, of New Orleans, won his semi-final heat when Larry Coleman of Memphis had a false start. Coleman had the best elapsed time of the meet at 8.02 seconds. Bill Taylor of Memphis posted the top speed of 185.80 miles per hour.

   Tom Smallwood of Humboldt, Tenn., received facial injuries when his supercharged Plymouth exploded the supercharger at 180 mph.

See more event coverage here.

Dateline: 12/27/2008

Clare says:

"Cool stuff, brings back fond memories.  I remember Pineapple beating me, but breaking the Super ‘Cuda so I got back in, then having to beat Dyno TWICE because a spectator ran across the track at the halfway point just as the tree started down.  Hey, whatever it took!"


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