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1968 Year in Review

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Newt Palm won his 2nd straight Modified Championship in 1968 (Shany photo)
Newt Palm repeated as Modified Champion driving the L&M car to 4 wins, including the 50 lap event in May. Dick Caso led the division with 8 wins. Among Don Collins' 6 wins were a 50 lapper, a 75 lapper and the season-ending Fall Championship 100 event in October. Dick Dunn won once and finished runner-up to Palm in the point standings.

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Bill Sweet repeated as Speedbowl Daredevil Champion in 1968 (Shany photo)
"The Norwalk Night Rider" Bill Sweet drove the Bob Horn #81 car to a division best 10 Daredevil victories to take his second straight track title. He won 3 features in a row during August. Howard "Jiggs" Beetham won twice and finished runner-up to Sweet in the championship standings for the 2nd consecutive season. The Daredevil division's popularity continued to grow and their features were increased to 20 laps for the 1968 season. Still widely competitive, there were 13 different winners during the season.

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the motor from Glynn Shafer's race car after one of the wildest wrecks in Speedbowl history (Shany photo)
Track management held several special events during 1968, including 3 Powder Puff Derbies, Demolition Derbies, thrill shows, funny car exhibitions and motorcycle stunt shows. As the country began to face a gas crisis, the ownership group continually tried new ways to get people into the facility each week.

Russ Klar and Johnny Coy won the two 20 lap ARDC midget events held during the year. Coy would go on to win the ARDC Championship -the first of four he would win over the next 5 seasons.

Modified driver Glynn Shafer was involved in one of the most unusual wrecks in track history when his #6 machine crashed hard into the backstretch wall. The car was completely demolished and the entire engine fell from the car landing yards away from the chassis. Shafer walked away uninjured.

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