MONDAY, MARCH 18, 1968
Jim Liberman Dusted The Track
With Resin For Better Traction And Then Roared To Victory
Photo by James Shearin
Roars After Bad Start To Upset Victory
Liberman of San Jose, Calif. upset the team of Stone, Woods and Cook in
yesterday's feature run before 5,1116 fans at the Lakeland Drag Strip.
More than 300 cars competed.
27, drove his 1967 supercharged Chevy II to a two-straight victory with near
record times. After a bad start, Liberman timed an 8.70 in the first
race at 166.4 miles per hour to beat the favored Mustang.
The Stone-Woods-Cook entry was timed at 9.20 and 155.38 miles per hour.
the second round, Liberman recorded a time of 8.28 at 180.44 miles per
hour. The Lakeland record is 8.26.
only win for the Mustang came in the third round as Liberman blew his engine
as he crossed the finish line in the second round.
Stone, Woods and Cook entry made a single run for the third round.
Chevrolets captured four of the five eliminator brackets.
Stewart of Nashville drove his Chevrolet-powered Devin sports car (155 miles
per hour) to win competition eliminator.
eliminator honor went to Charley Poindexter of Millington in a 427
Camaro. Jimmy Turner drove his 396 Chevelle past a field of 13 others
to win super stock eliminator at 118 miles per hour.
stock eliminator was Ivars Smeltnicks driving a 1950 Oldsmobile.
Smeltnicks waded through 33 other cars to claim the cash and trophy.
special powder puff event for women went to Sherill Knight. Miss
Knight beat 13 other entries to win the trophy.