W.J. scores first NHRA points win
Reprinted from the Aug. 8, 1975 issue of National DRAGSTER
BISON DRAGWAY, NHRA Winston Series -- The big news in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada was local favorite Gary Beck's impressive victory in the Top Fuel portion of the show as the triumph, coupled with Beck's recent Summernationals finish,enabled Beck to pass archrival Don Garlits in the points standings for the first time this season.
Other big winners in the Division V event included Gary Burgin, Warren Johnson, Vern Moats, Ken Murray, Bob Tangen. Judy Lilly and Rod Guilford. Interestingly enough, Burgin, Moats, Lilly, and Guilford were all winners in the recent Minnesota NHRA Winston Series race.
Not only did Beck win the event, but he set Low E.T. and Top Speed with times of 6.09, 233.76 mph. His 6.09 came in the final when he easily disposed of John Wiebe's 6.36, 210.28.
In Funny Car, Burgin continued his domination of the "Land of High & Mighty" ranks by dominating the field with premiere marks of 6.69, 222.22 mph. He turned a 6.73 in the final to effortlessly hold off Topper Kramer's runner-up effort of 7.06, 184.81 in the "Bear Town Shaker."
Pro Stock went to Warren Johnson's big block Camaro, which easily handled John Hagen's 11.48, 148.02 in the filial with a 9.35, 148.51. Johnson set Top Speed on that run, while Hagen's earlier 9.20 stood as Low E.T.
Vern Moats lengthened his lead in the Division V points standings with a solid Pro Comp win, pushing his BB/FC Vega past Keith Peabody's AA/DA in the final, 7.20, 1.78.92 to a 7.42, 193.13, and Murray Brazier's B/Dragster took Competition Eliminator by getting past Dennis Forcelle's broken B/D in the final with a 7.99, 170.77.
In Modified Eliminator, it was Bob Tangen's F/Gas Chevrolet over the E/Gas machine of Jerry Kenney, 10.67 to a 10.46, and Judy Lilly once again won Super Stock with her SS/LA Plymouth Duster, as she turned a fine 11.55, 115.83 to hold off Wayne Etter's 11.63, 116.12 with his SS/DA '63 Dodge.
And to wrap all the repeat winners, Rod Guilford won Stock Eliminator with his 1969 Mercury H/Stock entry by hitting a 12.46, 101.38 to upend the I/SA of Jim Hughes, which lost with a 13.20.