|LAKELAND DRAG STRIP,
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 6 - 11,108 fans, the largest crowd ever to
witness a drag race in Memphis, Tenn., gathered at Lakeland this
A field of 23 top-flight, fuel burning
"funny cars" staged round after round of match races as the
crowd watched in disbelief.
First place winner was the Holman-Moody SOHC
Mustang, owned by Larry Coleman and driven by Detroiter Del Heinelt.
The Ford waded through a field that included, the "Melrose
Missile," Kelly Chadwick, Gene Snow, "Hemi Hunter," the
Competition Plus Mustang of Steve McKesson, the "Scootin
Cuda," "Rattlesnake" Austin in a new SOHC Mustang.
The "Hard Luck" award has to go to
Kelly Chadwick in his flying Camaro, as the "Professor" made
8 runs in the 8-second bracket, only to lose in the money-runs in both
rounds. Cecil Yother had the "Melrose Missile" really
charging, put down 8 runs in the eights just like Chadwick and won the
runner-up money by beating Kelly by inches.
"Mr. 4 Speed," Herb McCandless,
whipped a large field to win S/S Eliminator with a best of 11.24 at
123. The Hull-Dobbs gas dragster entry won Competition Eliminator.