The Known Performance Record of the O’Day Offy

An incomplete record

 

 

Hank O’Day commissioned Curley Wetteroth to build this car over the winter of 1937-1938.

The webmaster has attempted to incorporate the paint schemes of the O’Day Offy into this webpage.  The car sported this paint scheme in 1939 until it was changed to cream with light blue scallops with a cream #2 sometime during the first half of 1940.

                                                                                                                           

 

 

1938

Date

Driver

Owner

Mechanic

Cars Name

Car#

Engine

Venue

Known Results

Purse

Sanction

5/8

Pete Alberts

Hank O’Day

Hank O’Day

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Jungle Park

Rockville, IN

5th in time trials

DNF in feature

 

C.S.R.A. 

5/15

Pete Alberts

Hank O’Day

Hank O’Day

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Hammond Raceway

Hammond, IN

1st in time trials

2nd in feature

 

C.S.R.A.

6/5

Mauri Rose

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

State Fair Park

West Allis, WI

3rd in time trials

1st in heat 2

5th in feature1

$55.00

A.A.A.

6/12

Mauri Rose

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Cook County Fairgrounds

Chicago, IL

Unknown2

 

A.A.A.

6/19

Mauri Rose

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Langhorne Speedway

Langhorne, PA

4th in time trials

3rd in heat 1

4th in feature

$100.00

A.A.A.

7/24

Johnny McDowell

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Hammond Raceway

Hammond, IN

1st in feature

 

C.S.R.A.

8/21

Mauri Rose

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

State Fair Park

West Allis, WI

3rd in time trials

2nd in heat 1

3rd in feature

$120.00

A.A.A.

8/25

Mauri Rose

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

State Fair Park

West Allis, WI

12th in time trials

2nd in heat 3

6th in feature

$75.00

A.A.A.

8/28

Mauri Rose

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

State Fair Park

West Allis, WI

1st in time trials

3rd in feature 

$250.00

A.A.A.

9/5

Mauri Rose

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Altoona Speedway

Altoona, PA

4th in time trials

2nd in heat 1

1st in feature

$740.00

A.A.A.

9/10

Mauri Rose

Hank O’Day

Johnnie Rae

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

State Fairgrounds

Syracuse, NY

5th in time trials

5th in feature

 

A.A.A.

12/22

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Liss

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Chatham County Fairgrounds

Savannah, GA

10th in time trials

1ST in feature

 

C.S.R.A.

 

 

1939

Date

Driver

Owner

Mechanic

Cars Name

Car#

Engine

Venue

Known Results

Purse

Sanction

1/31

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Liss

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Plant Field

Tampa, FL

8th in time trials

1st in heat 1

2nd in heat 2

1st in heat 3

 

A.A.A.

2/7

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Liss

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Plant Field

Tampa, FL

1st in heat

3rd in feature

 

A.A.A.

2/11

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Liss

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Plant Field

Tampa, FL

14th in time trials

2nd in heat 3

8th in feature

$40.00

A.A.A.

2/18

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Liss

O’Day Offy

15

270 Offy

Plant Field

Tampa, FL

9th in time trials

3rd in heat 3

4th in feature

$60.00

A.A.A.

4/30

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Lebanon Fairgrounds

Lebanon, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$235.00

A.A.A.

5/2

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Union Speedway

Union, NJ

1st in time trials

1st in heat3

$27.55

A.A.A.

5/14

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Liss

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Langhorne Speedway

Langhorne, PA

2nd in time trials4

 

A.A.A.

5/21

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

2nd in feature

$280.00

A.A.A.

5/28

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Trenton Speedway

Trenton, NJ

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$235.00

A.A.A.

5/30

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Tri-County Fairgrounds

Altamont, NY

1st in time trials

1st in heat

1st in feature

$255.00

A.A.A.

6/4

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

1st in time trials

1st in semi-feature

DNF in feature

$45.00

A.A.A.

6/11

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Langhorne Speedway

Langhorne, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

2nd in feature

$385.00

A.A.A.

6/25

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Lebanon Fairgrounds

Lebanon, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$140.00

A.A.A.

7/2

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

DNF in feature5

$55.00

A.A.A.

7/16

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

DNF in feature6

$55.00

A.A.A.

7/29

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fairgrounds

Harrington, DE

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

DNF in feature

$25.00

A.A.A.

8/?

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fair Park

West Allis, WI

1st in time trials

2nd in feature

 

A.A.A.

8/6

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Lebanon Fairgrounds

Lebanon, PA

3rd in time trials

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$235.00

A.A.A.

8/19

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fairgrounds

Springfield, IL

1st in heat

DNF in feature

 

None

8/26

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Tri-County Fairgrounds

Altamont, NY

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$230.00

A.A.A.

9/3

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

2nd in time trials

1st in heat 2

1st in match race7

4th in feature

$245.00

A.A.A.

9/10

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Altoona Speedway

Altoona, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

2nd in feature

$330.00

A.A.A.

9/17

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Reading Fairgrounds

Reading, PA

1st in time trials

2nd in heat 1

1st in feature

$230.00

A.A.A.

9/23

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Allentown Fairgrounds

Allentown, PA

1st in time trials

2nd in heat 1

1st in feature

$230.00

A.A.A.

9/24

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

1st in time trials

2nd in heat 1

2nd in feature

$270.00

A.A.A.

9/30

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Cleveland County Fairgrounds

Shelby, NC

2nd in time trials

2nd in heat 1

1st in feature

$230.00

A.A.A.

10/7

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

Winston-Salem, NC

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$235.00

A.A.A.

10/8

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Trenton Speedway

Trenton, NJ

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

DNF in feature8

$75.00

A.A.A.

10/14

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fairgrounds

Raleigh, NC

3rd in time trials

 

A.A.A.

10/19

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Wilson County Fairgrounds

Wilson, NC

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$240.00

A.A.A.

10/28

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Tony Johns

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Southern State Fairgrounds

Charlotte, NC

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$235.00

A.A.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940

Date

Driver

Owner

Mechanic

Car Name

Car#

Engine

Venue

Known Results

Purse

Sanction

5/5

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

Eddie Grove

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

5th in time trials

DNF9

$15.00

A.A.A.

5/12

Tony Willman

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Langhorne Speedway

Langhorne, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

DNF in feature9

$35.00

A.A.A.

5/30

Bill Holland

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Altoona Speedway

Altoona, PA

3rd in time trials

3rd in heat 1

1st in feature

$520.00

A.A.A.

6/9

Tony Willman

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 110

1st in feature

$480.00

A.A.A.

6/16

Tony Willman

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Langhorne Speedway

Langhorne, PA

1st in time trials

DNF in feature

$40.00

A.A.A.

6/23

Tony Willman

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

1st in feature

$480.00

A.A.A.

6/?

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Allentown Fairgrounds

Allentown, PA

6th in feature

 

A.A.A.

6/?

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Thompson Speedway

Thompson, CT

1st in feature

 

A.A.A.

7/?

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fairgrounds

Harrington, DE

4th in feature

 

A.A.A.

7/6

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Allentown Fairgrounds

Allentown, PA

5th in time trials

2nd in heat 1

6th in feature

$35.00

A.A.A.

?/?

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Thompson Speedway

Thompson, CT

2nd in time trials

2nd in feature

 

A.A.A.

7/21

Joie Chitwood

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

14th in time trials

2nd in heat 2

$30.00

A.A.A.

8/7

Tony Willman

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Union Speedway

Union, NJ

13th in time trials

4th in heat 2

$15.00

A.A.A.

8/11

Tony Willman

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Uniontown Speedway

Uniontown, PA

7th in time trials

2nd in heat 2

2nd in feature

$245.00

A.A.A.

8/21

Tony Willman

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fair Park

West Allis, WI

DNF in feature11

 

A.A.A.

8/31

Tommy Hinnershitz

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Flemington Fairgrounds

Flemington, NJ

2nd in heat 1

2nd in feature

$145.00

A.A.A.

9/2

Mike Little

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Altoona Speedway

Altoona, PA

5th in time trials

2nd in heat 2

2nd in feature

$170.00

A.A.A.

9/6

Tommy Hinnershitz

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fairgrounds

Rutland, VT

DNF time trials12

 

A.A.A. 

9/15

Vic Nauman

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Reading Fairgrounds

Reading, PA

7th in time trials

1st in heat 2

2nd in feature

$140.00

A.A.A.

9/22

Buddy Rusch

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA

5th in time trials

 

A.A.A.

9/28

Buddy Rusch

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Columbia County Fairgrounds

Bloomsburg, PA

2nd in heat 3

4th in feature

$60.00

A.A.A.

10/6

Buddy Rusch

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechaniccsburg, PA

1st in time trials

1st in heat 1

2nd in feature

$320.00

A.A.A.

10/12

Buddy Rusch

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fairgrounds

Raleigh, NC

1st in heat 2

1st in feature

$230.00

A.A.A.

10/19

Buddy Rusch

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

Southern State Fairgrounds

Charlotte, NC

5th in time trials

1st in heat 2

3rd in feature

$95.00

A.A.A.

10/26

Buddy Rusch

Hank O’Day

John Bagley

Riverside Spl.

2

270 Offy

State Fairgrounds

Columbia, SC

3rd in time trials

2nd in heat 1

$20.00

A.A.A.

 

 

 

At the end of the 1940 racing season, Hank O’Day sold the car to John Sloan and Gus Schrader.  The car then became known as the Riverside Offy.

 

 

 

 

To view an incomplete performance record of the

Riverside Offy

To view an incomplete performance record of the

Campbell Offy

To view an incomplete performance record of the

Baldauf Offy

To view an incomplete list of Drivers and Owners, Point Standings, and Track Records of this car

To return to the primary O’Day Offy webpage

 

 

 

 

Footnotes:

1.

Mauri Rose spun the car out in this race.

 

 

2.

Mauri Rose timed in at 29.95 seconds and started the second heat race but nothing further is known about these races.

 

 

3.

Joie Chitwood refused to compete in the feature at Union, NJ on May 2, 1939 due to the posted purse of only $500.

 

 

4.

Joie Chitwood ran on lap in 36.57 seconds but then did not compete in the races.

 

 

5.

The Riverside Special broke a rear end in the feature.

 

 

6.

Joie Chitwood did a half spin while leading on lap 15 of the 40 feature and the O’Day Offy was struck by a car driven by Mark Light.  The race was stopped to remove the wreckage and neither car was able to continue.  Neither driver was injured.

 

 

7.

Joie Chitwood won a match race over Vic Nauman who was the fast qualifier that day and who also won the feature. 

 

 

8.

Joie Chitwood crashed out through the fence on the 4th lap of the feature.

 

 

9.

The Riverside Special Offy threw a rod.

 

 

10.

The book “Safe at Any Speed” (page 67) says Chitwood finished 3rd in a heat race but his name does not appear in the AAA official results as even being there that day.

 

 

11.

Tony Willman was running 4th in the feature when the left front axel, wheel, and hub came off as he sped down the homestretch.  He spun the car sideways to keep the axle from digging into the track surface but clipped the outside wall flipping once and landing on his wheels.  Willman suffered a dislocated vertebra in his neck in the accident.

 

 

12.

Tommy Hinnershitz flipped the car during time trials and shattered his right arm.

 

 

 

Sources:

Books:

America’s Speedways Past and Present Third Edition by Allan E. Brown, 2003

The Ghosts of Jungle Park, History, Myth, and Legend, the Story of a Place Like No Other by Tom W. Williams, Woodangett Press, Temperance, MI: 2007

The Rim Riders, the World’s Fastest Racing Circuit by Buzz Rose, Ben Franklin Press: 2002

                                Safe at Any Speed, the Great Double Career of Joie Chitwood by Jim Russell and Ed Watson, Witness Productions, Marshall, IN: 1992

 

            Microfilm:

American Automobile Association records on microfilm 1938-1942