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Photo ID # a11.21.04__K3_KAT_FLM_0070_1
Car #: #K3
Driver (s) : Les Katona
Location: Flemington, NJ
Date: 1970's
Photographer: Ace Lane
Photo provided by: Kevin Budden Collection
Comments: Out of all the cars that Les Katona drove through the years, this was always my favorite.  I remember a brown K3, the white Pinto K3, and even some of his later rides such as the #03, but I just liked the way the body sat on the car, and always thought it had a real nice clean appearance... And oh by the way..., I seem to remember this site of Les in victory lane happening very, very often. 

Les won so often that some might say that he was one of the guys that Paul Kuhl had in mind when they instituted the "3 Sportsman Feature Win and OUT" rule.  The rule forced drivers who had won 3 or more sportsman features at Flemington to move to the modifieds the following season. 

While hanging up his helmet years ago, Les has remained very active in racing with his very busy Lawrence Engineering (LE Engineering) facility located in Trenton, NJ.  As most of you know, Les is the father of Sportsman Feature Event winner Gloria Katona too!

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11/11/04 Rick Shive This must have been after a win in the 'Reverse Race" feature.He's pointing the wrong way,plus that's a pretty small"right rear" tire! I'll agree, Les, Newt Hartman, Ray Liss, and others from this era led to 3 wins and out.All it did was send some great drivers to other tracks,or retirement.  Bad move.  Rick Shive
12/20/04 3-Wide You are 100% right Rick.  I got to talk to Les at Lawrence Engineering today and I found out that he actually won the "Backwards Championship" at Flemington.  When the series was started, Les decided to pass on it.   However, while watching the first backward feature of which there was to be a 3 series event, Les figured that looks pretty easy!  He ended up winning the 2nd and 3rd Backwards Feature which gave him this unique charmpionship.