12, NUMBER 41 - APRIL 7, 1967
Lakeland Opens With
Platt And Schartman
By Larry Grace
5-- Lakeland began another wonderful season of drag racing with a wild
dual between "Cleveland Eddie" Schartman and "Hugh Baby"
It looked as if
there would be no racing due to a weather problem, rain. There came a short
downpour. As soon as it stopped, cars were running up and down the strip to
dry it off. The strip was soon dry and everything was going smoothly until
one half hour before race time there came another short rain. It was back to
drying up the strip. The races started fifteen minutes later with Pure
Stockers racing on a slightly wet strip.
came the first round of the match race. In lane one it was "Cleveland
Eddie" in his yellow Comet and "Hugh Baby" in his gold
Mustang in lane two. The strip still had wet spots on it and around the
starting line was still damp. Both cars burned through the rosin several
times trying to dry out a place to start from. Both drivers quickly staged
and waited on the green light. When it flashed on both cars were gone
quicker than, "who would have thought It." Platt moved out in
front by a car or so and didnít slow down for nothing. "Hugh
Baby" turned a winning 9.59 e.t. at a 159.01 mph with Schartman hot on
his tail at 9.72 and 151.7? mph.
soon as both cars were cooled they were back for round two. Cleveland Eddie
was one down and he had to have this one. He put down a lot of rosin and
burned it in real good. Both cars staged and Platt cut it too close and
turned on the red light. Schartman got great traction and put his front
wheels in the air and jumped out in front. He held his lead all the way and
turned a winning 8.61 e.t. at 168.85 mph. The strip still had wet
spots on it.
after both cars were refueled and the chutes were pecked, they showed up in
the staging area for the third and final round of the match. It was tied up
at one all and both of them needed this round to win the match. Both cars
made several passes in the dust before staging. Then It was "Hugh
Baby" Platt out of the hole first with Schartman right behind him with
his wheels in in the air. Cleveland Eddie crossed up slightly when his front
end hit the ground, but he drove out of it without backing out, not
even for a second. The Platt and Coleman Mustang was the first car through
the traps at 8.82 and 182.74 mph. But Schartman was the winner because Platt
shaved it too close and turned on the red light.
other action Raymond Godman was out with his new AA/FD the Tennessee
Bo-Weevil with Sonny Adkinson at the controls. He made two runs with his
best being a 7.92 e.t. at 193.54 mph.
Eliminator money went to Preston Davis in his strong running B/D. He turned
a 9.72 e.t. at 148.21 mph on the money run against David Maynardís A/FD.
Eliminator honors went to M.
C. McDole in his Ď57 Chevy D/MP machine. Super Stock fell to Bobby Davis
with his 427 powered Ď65 Ford. He went through a strong running field of
Chevys and Dodges and had a best time of 12.98.
Stock was won by Ivars 0/S Ď51 Oldsmobile while Pure Stock money went to
Bobby Trotterís D/PSA Dodge Demon.