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Charleston Jaycee Speedway | 1967

Racing continued each Saturay night for the A Class (sprints) and a combined B/C Class; the B Class was replaced entirely by the C Class in June. In an Aug. 19 event, Eurbie Hayes was hospitalized for several days after the accelerator stuck on his C Class car, sending it over the east embankment; his seat belt broke as the car crashed, and he was thrown about 90 feet from the car. He was unconscious when he was taken to the Sikeston hospital but returned to race two weeks later. The Sept. 2 event featured a "hot dog race" in which four drivers raced for three laps, stopped to eat a mustard-covered hot dog fed to them by their wife or girlfriend, then raced one more lap to the finish; Jackie Joyce won that race.


April 29
A Class: 1. Dick Poe, 2. Ray English, 3. Jim Hall, 4. Jim Cloud, 5. Dale Gaebler, 6. Malcolm Johnson.
B/C Class: 1. Melvin Woodford, 2. Larry Barham, 3. J.K. Thacker.

May 20
A Class: 1. Bill Dunn, 2. Cliff Cockrum.
B/C Class: 1. Jim Dugan, 2. Jim Cook, 3. Melvin Woodford, 4. Ronnie Patrick.

May 27
A Class: 1. Cliff Cockrum, 2. Jim Cloud, 3. Wayne Woodard, 4. Sug Rice, 5. Jim Hall, 6. Dick Poe.
B/C Class: 1. Larry Barham.

May 30 | Memorial Day special event
A Class: 1. Jim Cloud, 2. Cliff Cockrum, 3. Bill Dunn.
C Class: 1. Melvin Woodford.

June 3
A Class: 1. Chuck Amati, 2. Jim Hall, 3. Malcolm Johnson, 4. Jim Cloud, 5. Gene Hanor.
C Class: 1. Larry Barham, 2. J.K. Thacker, 3. Rick Patterson, 4. Roy DeJarnett, 5. Jerry Pecord.

June 10
A Class: 1. Chuck Amati, 2. Ray English, 3. Cliff Cockrum, 4. Dale Gaebler, 5. Earl Stinnett.
C Class: 1. Larry Barham, 2. J.K. Thacker, 3. Jerry Kuykendall, 4. Kenny Faris, 5. Ronnie Estes.

June 17
A Class: 1. Jim Hall, 2. Dale Gaebler, 3. Durell Fowler, 4. Gene "Tubby" Black, 5. Clark Pruneau.
C Class: 1. Larry Barham, 2. J.K. Thacker, 3. Roy DeJarnett, 4. Harvey Tucker, 5. Dugan Hopper.

July 3 | Special holiday event
A Class: 1. Butch Wilkinson, 2. Sug Rice.
C Class: 1. Melvin Woodford, 2. Dugan Hopper, 3. Tom Cox, 4. Larry Barham.

July 8
A Class: 1. Ray English, 2. Jim Hall, 3. Dale Gaebler.
C Class: 1. Jackie Joyce, 2. Andy Hopper, 3. Homer Kuykendall.

July 29
A Class: 1. Cliff Cockrum, 2. Sug Rice, 3. Jim Hall, 4. Jerry Wiggs, 5. Dale Gaebler.
C Class: 1. Jackie Joyce, 2. Roy DeJarnett, 3. J.K. Thacker, 4. Bobby Moore, 5. Harvey Tucker.

Aug. 5
A Class: 1. Chuck Amati, 2. Dale Gaebler, 3. Jim Cloud, 4. Jerry Wiggs.
C Class: 1. Jackie Joyce, 2. Rufus Bishop, 3. Terry Williamson, 4. Tommie Jackson.

Aug. 12
A Class: 1. Chuck Amati, 2. Jim Hall, 3. Dale Gaebler, 4. Earl Stinnett.
C Class: 1. Jackie Joyce, 2. Roy DeJarnett, 3. Jerry Kuykendall.

Aug. 19
A Class: 1. Cliff Cockrum, 2. Jim Hall, 3. Jerry Wiggs, 4. Dale Gaebler, 5. Rufus Bishop. C Class: 1. Jackie Joyce, 2. Roy DeJarnett, 3. Dee Dill, 4. Andy Hopper, 5. John Ellis.

Sept. 2
A Class: 1. Jim Hall, 2. Bill Dunn, 3. Sug Rice, 4. Cliff Johns.
C Class: 1. Jackie Joyce, 2. Eurbie Hayes, 3. Roy DeJarnett.

Sept. 16
A Class: 1. Bill Dunn, 2. Chuck Amati, 3. Jim Hall, 4. Ray English, 5. Bill Bast.
C Class: 1. Eurbie Hayes, 2. Jerry Kuykendall, 3. Jackie Joyce, 4. Roy DeJarnett, 5. Jerry Sellers.

Sept. 23
A Class: 1. Jim Cloud, 2. Jerry Stepter, 3. Dick Poe.
C Class: 1. Eurbie Hayes, 2. J.K. Thacker, 3. Jerry Kuykendall, 4. Don Cook.









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