MEMPHIS, Tenn. [Lakeland Drag Strip] July 2 - Lakeland was the scene
of the best of three match race between "Dyno" Don Nicholson
in his injected 427 OHC Comet and Roy Gay, driving brother Don's old
car, the 1965 GTO "Infinity."
Don's little brother was running good and doing a great job, but just
didn't have what it takes to beat Nicholson.
The match started to roll as the two match racers pulled to the line.
Both cars made three passes in the rosin, then staged and waited on
the green light. The instant it came on, both cars shot out of the
hole and were gone.
Dyno Don put a hole shot on young Gay and lengthened it as he
covered ground, turning a winning time of 9:15 at 145.71 mph.
One hour later
the two match race cars appeared on the ramp for second round of
competition. Again Dyno Don managed to put a hole shot on Gay and
extended his lead as he bombed through the quarter-mile. He recorded
an 8.98 e.t. at 149.94 mph.
"Dyno" Don put 17-year-old Roy Gay down two in a row, but
still Roy deserves a lot of credit for his fine showmanship and
running as close to the veteran as he did.
& Wilbanks C/A was on hand to turn back all competitors and take
home the Competition money. The red and black Chevy-powered Willys
turned a 11.36, which proved to be too quick for the strong running
Buggs & Robilio B/A to catch in the final round of eliminations.
Eliminator went to Herb McCandless in his C/XS, four-speed hemi Dodge.
He was running three thenths of a second under his class record which
proved to be too much for his closest competitor, Arnold Bonner in his
sporty C/MP machine.
money went to A.J. Lancaster in his S/SA Hostile Hemi Plymouth who
also makes it a point to run a little under the class record.
Junior Stock money went to Evars O/SA Oldsmobile. He had to run
the sticks in his class heads up. But after that, the long spots his
lower class Olds was drawing proved to be too much for the swifter
cars of the upper classes.
brother Roy Gay ran Nicholson July 2 and found himself getting put
down two straight so today big brother Don Gay came in to try and
right the family name.
"Lady Luck" was not with Don Gay. He ripped out the
transmission while burning the rosin for the first round and had to
sit on the line and watch Nicholson make a solo.
got right on the ball and traveled to Memphis to get a new
transmission for installation. Just as the two cars were pulling onto
the ramp, the "rains came" and shelter became the main
thought in everyone's mind.
Competition eliminator was a repeat from the night before with Nolan
& Wilbanks in their C/A taking top honors and the Buggs &
Robilio B/A getting runner-up.