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May 02, 2008 at 06:09:52 PM
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1975 Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) Schedule
Date- Track Winner Second Place Third Place
Feb. 23- Anderson LeRoy Van Conett Don Snow Rich Govan
Apr. 13- Altamont Ron Horton Johnny Anderson Lem Tolliver
Apr. 20- Altamont Ron Horton Don Melvin Billy Anderson
May 4- Calistoga LeRoy Van Conett Johnny Anderson Rich Govan
May 18- Altamont Ron Horton LeRoy Van Conett Dave Ellis
May 24- Calistoga LeRoy Van Conett Rich Gentes Rick Horton
May 25- Calistoga Rick Horton Gary Patterson Gary Rush
Jun. 14- Calistoga Rich Govan Phil Pedlar Lem Tolliver
Jun. 21- Chico Rich Govan LeRoy Van Conett Victor Mencarini
Jul. 4- Calistoga Gary Patterson Jerry Belville Gary Rush
Jul. 5- Calistoga LeRoy Van Conett Gary Rush Billy Anderson
Jul. 19- Calistoga LeRoy Van Conett Billy Anderson Johnny Anderson
Aug. 2- Chico Rich Govan Mike McCreary Mike Johnson
Aug. 9- Calistoga Lem Tolliver LeRoy Van Conett Ron Horton
Aug. 22- Gridley Billy Anderson Phil Pedlar Ken Gandy
Aug. 30- Calistoga Terry Crousore Jimmy Sills LeRoy Van Conett
Aug. 31- Calistoga Gary Rush LeRoy Van Conett Gary Patterson
Sep. 13- Calistoga Terry Crousore Jimmy Sills Gary Patterson
Sep. 28- San Jose Johnny Anderson Rich Govan Ron Horton
Oct. 4- Antioch Roger Rager Wayne Sue Ken Gandy
  • Altamont = Altamont Raceway - Tracy, CA
  • Anderson = Shasta County Fairgrounds - Anderson, CA
  • Antioch = Antioch Speedway - Antioch, CA
  • Calistoga = Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA
  • Chico = Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA
  • Gridley = Golden Feather Fairgounds - Gridley, CA
  • San Jose = San Jose Speedway - San Jose, CA

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May 02, 2008 at 06:32:21 PM
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1975 NARC Season Notes

DRIVER (Points)
LeRoy Van Conett - 2048
Ron Horton - 1868
Rich Govan - 1833
Mike McCreary - 1705
Don Snow - 1615
Billy Anderson - 1531
Dick Rauser - 1321
Don Melvin - 1319
Lem Tolliver - 1290
Dave Ellis - 1220

CAR OWNER (Points)
Ted Hunting #2 - 2047
Roger Henderson #6 - 1833
Jim Hearn #3 - 1773
Mike McCreary #8 - 1705
Nelson Snow #15 - 1615
Dick Bauer #88 - 1531
John Amick #41 - 1321
Walt Ross #56 - 1223
Phil Pedlar #33 - 1206
Golden & Melvin #48 - 1188

LeRoy Van Conett won the NARC Driving Championship.
Mike Johnson was the Most Improved Driver.
Rendy Boldrini won Rookie of the Year honors.
Don Bloom won the Hard Luck Driver award.

For a 20 race season, the total purses were $51,943 (for an average purse of $2600 per race), up from $34,273 in 1974 when 18 races were run.

An average of 40 cars participated in each race.
Fast Time honors went to Gary Patterson four times, LeRoy Van Conett three, while Dick Rauser, Jimmy Sills, and Victor Mencarini were fastest twice each.

LeRoy Van Conett won 10 heat races, Don Snow and Don Melvin won five each while Ron Horton, Rich Govan, and Billy Anderson won four.

Don Melvin won the most semis with three. Ron Horton was the only other multiple winner with two.
16 drivers won the 19-semi-main events, but the 20 feature races were shared by only 11 drivers.

Harder and better competition prevented any clean sweeps in 1975.

LeRoy Van Conett won five main events, with Rich Govan and Ron Horton taking three each and Terry Crousore two. Gary Patterson, Lem Tolliver, Billy Anderson, Johnny Anderson, Gary Rush, and Roger Rager had one apiece.

May 02, 2008 at 11:57:00 PM
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I sure will never forget Terry Crousore when he made his first appearance at the Gold Cup at West Capital maybe in 1974. He beat the best that night, including Jan Opperman, to win that big race. What a wild man and what entertainment. Nobody had ever heard of him as he arrived from a small town in Montana in his own sprinter.

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Scott Daloisio @ the PAS

May 03, 2008 at 12:39:14 AM
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A few hours ago I was sitting in Susie's Bar in Calistoga, listening to LeRoy Van Conett talk about racing against Sammy Swindell, Gary Patterson, Jimmy Boyd, Lem Tolliver and many more. He loved racing and he is still my racing hero.

Eleven Races in Calistoga in 1975.............those were the good old days.

May 03, 2008 at 11:35:44 AM
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This message was edited on May 03, 2008 at 11:36:29 AM by Merlin

Hey Chad-

I hear your dad is on to prep the track, and Bill Canada said he would drive the water truck. Talk about days of old.

So when do the tickets go on sale?

May 05, 2008 at 01:07:26 AM
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This message was edited on May 05, 2008 at 01:09:32 AM by RACERX3C
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Posted By: Merlin on May 03 2008 at 11:35:44 AM

Hey Chad-

I hear your dad is on to prep the track, and Bill Canada said he would drive the water truck. Talk about days of old.

So when do the tickets go on sale?


My Dad has offered to donate his time by preparing the track both nights and all he asked for in return was that the money that they would have paid for track prep be donated back into the purse and the Semi named in memory of Marc Wolleson as it was 23 years ago at the last Vermeil Classic. Bill's help would be much appreciated and I am willing to do whatever else he needs me to do. I spoke to Barbara Wolleson (Marc's mother)and even in her state of health is planning on attending the race. Charlie Wolleson (Marc's father, long time car owner and NARC official) and others have also said they will volunteer their time as needed. This is going to be a great event and most of it is owed to the undying drive of Steve Howard from SoCal performance. "Thanks again Steve"


May 05, 2008 at 02:20:58 AM
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I see a lot of good things coming out of this race, I made arrangements to make a donation to Steve for the semi as well. Like spoke about in the E mail a couple of weeks ago.

Looking forward to it.


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