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SUPERSTOCK

#1 ROGER ESTRIN

#2 CARL ZARETZKE

#4 NAT GREEN

#30 MARTY BINGISSER

#31 JOHN BINGISSER

#43 BOB MOORE

#54 LARRY GOE

#65 EWART GROVE

#100 WAYNE CRUM

1970 PROGRAM COVER

PROFILE OF SEASON: 1970

Greetings history fans, once again it's time to profile another F.E.A.R. season, 1970! On the news front, the shootings at Kent State university in Ohio dominated the media coverage, and we worried about the Apollo 13 astronauts. U.S. troops invaded Cambodia, and America celebrated "Earth Day" for the first time. At the movies, George C. Scott led the tanks to Germany as General Patton, Ryan O'niel & Ali McGraw played for sobbing crowds in "Love Story", and "Mash" operated on the BIG screen. T.V. viewers enjoyed the debut seasons of Mary Tyler Moore, The Odd Couple, and The Flip Wilson show. American Motors introduced the Gremlin.

With Jack McIntosh in his last year at the promotional helm, The racing action got underway on April 5th, and concluded with Championship night, September 20th. Memorial day week end saw a three day show, with Friday evenings proceeds going to the Seattle Kidney Center. As was the case in 1969, F.E.A.R. also ran five days during the Evergreen state fair. New to the driving arena this season included Ralph Lewis, Terry Guisinger, George Bullo, Dick Chase, and Lyle Merifield. Debuting on the eight was the new Superstock class, featuring a real variety of makes and body styles. An upgrade to the previous "Modified " division, it allowed later model bodies, and existing modifieds were able to move up as long as they added full front sheet metal and stock bumpers. Transferring in from the stock division were Roger Estrin, Nat Green, Larry Goe, Marty Bingisser, Terry Salsbury, Chuck Slavin, and Carl Zaretzke. Zaretzke would go on to take the runner-up spot for the season championship, behind former Modified champ Wayne Crum. Carl's '57 Chev was owned by Grant Clothier and sported the running gear from the "Wild Indian", a 1952 Bel-Air Modified that coincidently placed second in 1969.Crum's '61 Ford Fairlane utilized the 406 engine from his short lived Nascar entry of 1969, and a very talented crew : Don Beeson, Ben Estes, and Dale Youman. Carry overs from the Modified division included Bob Moore, Paul Campbell, and Curt Cochran Jr., all running '52-'53 Fords. Surprisingly, Campbell managed to place third for the season, ahead of many newer cars. Three new cars that only made it one season were the '62-'63 downsized Ford Fairlanes of Ewart Grove, Terry Salsbury, and Marty Bingisser. The latter two were destroyed at the intersection, with Bingisser's being the worst. During the Superstock main on August 8th, Bingisser broadsided Wayne Crum , quickly removing everything ahead of the firewall (literally).Despite the radical damage, Marty remembered the impact as rather "gentle", with Wayne getting the worst of it. Grove's car made it to the end of the year, but was on it's last leg, and all three drivers came back with bigger cars in 1971.Rounding out the top five in Superstock points were 1969 modified champ John Beeson driving Lyle Merrifield's '62 Plymouth, and the 1969 Stock division champion Roger Estrin in a '63 Plymouth.

Another interesting quirk of the 1970 go-round was the pit arrangement. The stock division occupied the lower side of the 5/8 track north of the small oval, while the Supers parked along the back straight of the 1/5 mile oval. I can only imagine how much shrapnel those guys had to dodge ! For safety's sake and the unity of the club the two divisions were paired out of harms way in 1971. The "Krazy Kraut" Bob Sheckler took the cue from Carl Zaretzke in 1969, and built a '62 Plymouth for the 1970 Stock division campaign, waging a season long battle with the big black Desoto of Ken Ronne. Sheckler came out on top in what would have been a much closer contest, had Ronne not been docked for over-width wheels towards the end of the year. Orrin Cox had the only non-Mopar entry in the top five with his '60 Ford Fairlane, followed by the '62 Plymouth of Danny Eastman, and Buzz Phillips in a '58 Desoto. Phillips also placed 5th in 1969. Both John Beeson and Sheckler set track records in their '62 Plymouths, just one week from the season championship-Beeson at 19.02 for the Supers, and Sheckler at 19.90 for the stock division. P.I. sports writer Joe Sherk reported in September that despite a "year of hard times" and a continuing recession, western Washington's stock-car tracks were thriving. McIntosh stated that Evergreen's attendance was up fifteen percent over 1969. " For ten dollars you can take the family to the races, and still get hotdogs for the kids" another race official declared. Let's ponder that one as we return to the hard times of 2009! F.E.A.R. historian, Tom Claibourn

STOCK DIVISION

#3 KEN RONNE

#7 DANNY EASTMAN

#16 ROY BRITTON

#25 TERRY GUISINGER

#43 DICK CHASE

#52 CLIFF McCRACKEN

#71 JOHN SULLIVAN

#91 ORRIN COX

#55 LLOYD WIILIAMS & #93 FLOYD SALSBURY


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