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9/9/1951

CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT

WELLSVILLE RACEWAY

SATURDAY NIGHT

With their eye on an expected large purse   and Trophy which will go to the winner of the Mid-summer Championship Race,   area stock car drivers will converge on the Wellsville Raceway on Saturday   night of this week.

A full program of qualifying heats, and   semi-finals is scheduled in addition to the Championship Race and competition   is expected to be the keenest of the year as the drivers will all be riding   intent on at least getting into the feature race.

Dean Sprague, who has shown his heels to   the entrants at Wellsville nearly every time he has taken his car on the   track, is rated the favorite for the Championship, but may not be able to   compete after having damaged both of his Ford cars last week. Whether he will   have either of them ready to go this week is problematical.

Dutch Hoag, Naples, a newcomer to the   Wellsville Oval last week, gave notice that he was a contender for the   Championship as he roared to two first places, one in the qualifying heats   and in the feature, and was awarded a first place in the semi-final when Gus   Nelson, Bradford, who finished in first place, was set back to second for   passing a car on the yellow caution flag.

Dean Layfield, who is leading all drivers   in points standings, will also be a serious contender for the Championship,   and will be out to make it two in a row, having won the 50-lap Championship   race last fall.

Gus Nelson, Bradford, in his Red Coupe,   equaled the eight-lap record of 4:30 held jointly by George Egbert, Scio and   Sprague, and then knocked 22 seconds off the 10 lap record set by Loren Doan,   Knoxville.

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8/23/1951

Championship

Race Won By

Naples Driver

Dutch Hoag, Naples   mechanic, driving for only the second time on the Wellsville   Raceway last Saturday night walked away with   $140 in prize money and a trophy as winner of the mid-season championship   race, which covered 40 laps.

This Saturday a special   even­ing of races is planned and offi­cials have announced that the Scio   Firemen's Band, one of the most out-standing musical organ­izations in the   area and a group which has won countless prizes, will be on hand to compete   in the band contest.

It is also revealed   that track officials will pick the four fast­est cars with drivers competing   against time for a special award. Real speed is expected in this event with   drivers not confronted with the necessity of watching for other cars on the   track.

Directors of the Raceway, in hopes of presenting as much as   possible in the way of entertain­ment have also announced that a horse   pulling contest would be staged if a sufficient number of teamsters were   available in the area. Men owning teams who would be interested in a contest   are asked to drop a card to Mr. Herold Ford; at Ford & Peckham, Andover.

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8/30/1951

Saturday Night

And Labor Day

Races at Wellsville

Officials of the Wellsville Raceway have   announced that a Spectacular weekend in stock car races is slated for the   fast Wells­ville track, featuring both regular stock and semi-modified cars.

A regular full program of six races will   be held Saturday night and the promoters have guar­anteed a $1000.00 purse   for Monday, Labor Day afternoon. Such outstanding drivers as Gus Nelson of   Bradford, Pa., Loren Dean, Knoxville, Pa., George Egbert, Scio, Dean and Herb   Layfield, Wellsville and Curley Hatfield, Elmira will be on hand plus many   other drivers who will be hoping for a portion of the $1000.00 prize money.

One of the best feature races this year   was witnessed last Sat­urday night when Dean in a strictly stock Hudson was   edged out by Nelson driving a modified Ford. Under the classified style of   racing, strictly stock cars com­pete against each other, as do modified cars   in all races except the feature. In the feature race the modified cars are   started ap­proximately 3/10 of a mile behind their slower rivals. This means   that the modified cars must make up the extra distance and then work their   way through a field of as many as 20 regular stocks. This makes for added   excitement to spectators and a much   fairer race for all the drivers.

The other five races were equally   thrilling, with new track records set for eight and twelve laps. George   Egbert averaged 58 mph   in an eight lap heat and Gus Nelson   negotiated the twelve lap-semi-finals in 6:42 seconds. The eight lap record   was formerly held jointly by Egbert, Sprague and Nelson and the 12 lap record   was held by Dean.

Curley   Hatfield, whose fiancé has promised to marry him, but not until he wins a   feature race, came   from deep in the pack but couldn’t do better than fourth place.

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9/6/1951

Nelson Features

Week-end Race

Gus Nelson of Bradford   proved to area stock car fans at the Wellsville Raceway over the weekend that   he not only had a lot of   soup under the hood but also that he knew how to run it as he drove to first   places in the feature races both Saturday and Monday; received the checkered   flag in four other events and was second in the only other two races in which   he was entered.

His superb driving   netted him a total of 23 points for the two days and pushed him well into the   lead among drivers on the track.

Nelson pushed George   Egbert of Scio to a new track record of 5:30 for 10 laps Saturday night,   eclipsing the old record held jointly by Nelson and Dutch Hoag of Naples.   Not to be over-shadowed, Nelson came back in the 12-lap semi-final and hung   up a new record of 6:42 and Monday chopped an even 12 sec­onds from this,   lowering the rec­ord for the distance to 6:30.

Nelson also knocked   three seconds off the track record in the feature event as he clocked at   11:12. The former record of 11:15 was set by the late Dean Sprague on July   14.

Doan came in for his   share of the glory and incidentally the prize money, as he drove his yellow   and black stock to first place in the first heat and first semi-final and   staged a battle with Nelson in the feature.

Another full program of   rac­ing is planned at Wellsville and as an added attraction the Rushford   Community Band, winner of many awards in marching compe­tition will be   present to perform prior to and during the racing program.

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9/13/1951

Hoag, Nelson, Doan

Feature at Raceway

Spectators looking for   thrills, really found plenty of them at the Wellsville Raceway, Satur­day   night when Dutch Hoag of Naples; Loren Doan of Knoxville and Gus Nelson of Bradford staged what   was probably the most outstanding races of the season.

Hoag, who returned to   the Wellsville track after a lay off of several weeks following the sale of   the car which he drove to the Mid-season Championship, apparently has another   modified equally as good as the first. He drove to first place in all three races in which he was   entered.

Doan, still driving his   strictly stock car, finished first in his heat, was second to Dean Layfield   in the semi and third in the feature. This Saturday night in addition to the   regular card of six races it was planned to have Doan, Hoag and Nelson race   against the clock in an effort to determine which car is the fastest when not   hampered by a congested track.

The Rushford Band was   on hand Saturday night to compete in the area band contest being held in   connection with the Sat­urday night races. Efforts are being made to secure   another group for this week and if suc­cessful this will mark the con­clusion   of the contest. Bands which have competed are, The Canaseraga Central School   Band, Scio Firemen's Band, Tioga County Grange Band, and the Rushford Band.   Supporters of these groups are urged to send their votes to Robert Wilson in   Whitesville, as soon as possible in order that the finals may be ar­ranged.   The ultimate winner of the contest will receive a $100 prize.

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