MORNING, OCTOBER 20, 1968
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.
Photo by Vernon Mathews
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.