CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (April 20, 2001) - Former International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) open-wheel stars Earl Wagner, Jerry Blundy, Bill Hudson and Dick Forbrook will return to the Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids on Friday, May...
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (April 20, 2001) - Former International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) open-wheel stars Earl Wagner, Jerry Blundy, Bill Hudson and Dick Forbrook will return to the Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids on Friday, May 18, for a special National Sprint Car Museum promotion being held in conjunction with that night's United States Auto Club (USAC) WorldCom National Midget Car Series races. On May 30, 1971, Wagner, Blundy, Darryl Dawley, Hudson and Forbrook finished first through fifth, respectively, in an IMCA-sanctioned sprint car event at the then-dirt Hawkeye Downs track. On May 18, nearly thirty years later, the four living ex-racers will return to sign autographs at 6 p.m. and greet current open-wheel fans, courtesy of Advance Auto Parts and the National Sprint Car Museum in Knoxville.
In 1971, Pleasantville native Earl Wagner claimed two IMCA feature wins aboard the Hank Smith Chevy, one of which was the $615-to-win 30-lapper at Cedar Rapids on May 30. The three-time Knoxville Raceway champion and long-time Knoxville official placed 16th in points that year with IMCA. 1971 IMCA point champion Jerry Blundy of Galesburg, Ill., won nine shows that year in the Mel Moffitt Special. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer, who currently lives in Dahinda, Ill., was also the 1968 IMCA midget car point champion. Darryl Dawley of Sioux Falls, S.D., finished 1971 in 15th place in IMCA points. He tragically lost his life at Knoxville Raceway in 1979. Bill Hudson of New Sharon finished the '71 season in sixth place in IMCA points. Today, Bill lives in New London, Iowa. Dick Forbrook of Fairmont, Minn., was not an IMCA regular in 1971, yet still finished 36th in points. Dick now resides in Morgan, Minn., and is known by current open-wheel fans as the father of successful World of Outlaws (WoO) owner/mechanic Guy Forbrook.
Those seeking more information on the May 18 USAC WorldCom National Midget Car Series races are urged to call Hawkeye Downs at 319-365-8656, while those wanting information on the autograph session should call the Knoxville-based museum at 641-842-6176.