MidWest Division SCCA Formula B 1976
Bob Young retained his Lola T360 and won the Division again, his third successive title, although both Barry Findley and Jackie Cooper provided spirited opposition. James King had the newest kit in the Division, a March 76B, but was not a regular competitor in Nationals. Also in Marches were Porter Brownlee, who had King's previous car, a heavily updated March 73B, Findley with the ex-Tom Outcault March 74B, Jackie Cooper in his 74B, Bill Nees in a March 73B acquired from E. Jay Erickson, and Tulsa's Fred Lee whose March remains unidentified.
Young and the Lola won five Nationals, at Hutchinson, Ponca City, Pueblo, Lake Afton, and La Junta. Findley won at Chennault Field in February, at Greater Southwest Raceway in May, and at Mid-America Raceway in September, and was second behind Young at Hutchinson in June.
Of the non-March runners, David Pence had acquired Porter Brownlee's Merlyn Mk 21, Dorsey Schroeder was back for a third season in his old Brabham BT35, Bill Brown retained his old Brabham BT29, and Ken Keifer had an ex-FF Crosslé 31F.
|1.||Bob Young||Lola [T360]||Colorado||48 pts|
|2.||Barry Findley||March 74B||Arkansas||43 pts|
|3.||Jackie Cooper||March [74B]||Wichita||40 pts|
|4.||Dorsey Schroeder||Brabham BT35||St Louis||22 pts|
|5.||James King||March 76B||Southern Illinois||18 pts|
|6.||Porter Brownlee||March [73B]||Arkansas||16 pts|
|7.||David Pence||Merlyn [Mk 21]||Arkansas||13 pts|
|8.||Fred Lee||March||NE Oklahoma||11 pts|
|9.||Ken Keifer||Crossle [31F]||Kansas City||8 pts|
|10.||William Brown||Brabham [BT29]||Mid South||2 pts|
|11.||Bill Nees||March 73B||Kansas City||2 pts|
Midwest Division sources
Although Competition Press was more concerned with west coast and east coast events, the major midwest events were covered reasonably well. However, we know little of the goings-on away from these events and are are keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of SCCA regional publications from this Division. The key ones are:
- Checkpoint (Kansas City Region)
- Course Record (Arkansas Region)
- The Echo (Southern Illinois Region)
- Exhaust Notes (Nebraska) - full archive available at nrsccahistory.com.
- Gasket Gazette (Oklahoma Region)
- Neokla Observer (NE Oklahoma Region), renamed Sports Car Observer in 1980
- The Offside Undo (Kansas Region)
- Redline (Colorado Region)
- Steerin’ Column (Mid-South Region)
- Wheelspin (St. Louis Region)
- Witches Wail (Wichita Region)
We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals for this division.