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1972 Spring Sizzler Recap

Inaugural Spring Sizzler Recap

Sizzler-1972Fred DeSarro, in Len Boehler’s #3 coupe, assumed the lead of the race with 10-laps to go when fortune deserted Ed Flemke, Sr. in the guise of a broken water pump. DeSarro went onto claim the first ever running of the race. The 33-car starting field included 19 coupes and 14 late model cars, including 7 Pintos. Denis Giroux and Bugs Stevens, also driving coupes, finished second and third behind DeSarro. Leo Cleary was fourth Jerry Cook was fifth. The Inaugural Spring Sizzler, promoted by Bruce Cohen, Dr. Dick Berggren, and Lou Boyd, was an artistic and financial success despite threatening clouds throughout the weekend event.