Originally posted by Allen Brown
That was Jerry Hansen in his Lola T300 at Minnesota State Fair 1972. He lapped the field. They didn't like that!
Sprint cars then had the choice of moving forward with new technology, as Indy had decide to do ten years before, or to freeze their cars' layout. They chose the latter.
I have Scalzo's book but not here, any way, Hansen won on the paved State Fair half-mile track (whichis now gone, Fair board hated it and got rid of it first chance they got).
Many drivers started using the rear-engined sprints, including Sneva, mostly on paved tracks.
Some were modifed cars from other series, some were purpose built.
On dirt they did not have an advantage, but on the paved tracks, it was a different story.
Most super modified organizations banned them about the same time also.
The western super mods. ran rear-engined machines at least into the eighties, including one who used a Hemi.
I would have loved to seen those on a road course just once.