Winfield Daily Courier
Tuesday, August 29, 1950 - Front page:
Stock Car Races On Fair Program
    WINFIELD - An addition to entertainment program at the Cowley County Fair, which opened today, is announced by Secretary Noble Bradbury.  Wednesday afternoon, a series of stock car races will be held in front of the grandstand, beginning at 2:30.
     It will be a $200 stock car claiming race says Bradbury, which means that no car valued at more than $200 can be entered.  Any car entered must be with the stipulation that the owner will sell it for not more than $200, if anyone wants to claim the car, at the close of the race.
     Entries are limited to the first 20 cars registered at Ken's garage, 1920 south Main.  That there would be no difficulty in securing the cars was indicated by the number of entries made following the announcement.
Winfield Daily Courier
Thursday, August 31, 1950:

Bill Mears Wins Stock Car Races at County Fair
Bill Mears
Willard Bodkins
SOME OF THE DRIVERS WHO PARTICIPATED THAT DAY
Cowley County Fair
Wednesday, August 30, 1950
   This series of photos was taken in 1950 before the cars raced at the Cowley county fair in August of that year.  The two photos above were taken from just outside the third turn at the northeast corner of the racetrack.  Below, the wooden railing lining the back straight-away is barely visible in this photo taken from the grandstand.
Return to page one of the History of Auto Racing at Winfield website.
Tom Salmon, Jr.
Hugh Shea, left, and Tom Salmon, Jr. standing beside a 1934 Ford sedan stock car.
    Bill Mears, Wichita’s crack driver who has blazed a trail of glory at Cajay stadium this summer, dominated the stock car field at the county fair Wednesday afternoon, winning every race in which he was entered.
     Mears set his pattern for the day in the time trials when he negotiated the one-half mile fairgrounds track in 30.4 seconds, fastest time turned in by the 16-car field.
     The event itself was the first of its kind ever held in Winfield and the crowd of an estimated 450 thoroughly enjoyed the two and one-half hour program of time trials and five competitive races.
     Closest session of the afternoon was the Class B feature which held the interest throughout, particularly in the drive for second and third places.  Charlie Lutkie, also of Wichita, eventually placed in the runnerup spot over Glen Webster of Winfield.
     Mears compiled his first positions in the trophy dash, second heat, and the Class A feature which was the final race of the program.
     The track was exceptionally damp during the morning hours but by the finish of the stock cars, it was packed hard and very dry.  A final entry list of 16 cars was surprisingly good, particularly in view of the fact that it was the very first stock car race ever held here.
     There were no turnovers, spills, nor serious accidents, largely because of the size of the track and also the width.  At times, the cars threw up heavy clouds of dust on the turns and on the south and north curves.
     In line with Mears' three firsts, Claude Ash - another Wichita driver - finished second behind Mears each time, having gone through the time trials with a mark of 35 seconds flat.  Other positions over the five races were well scattered.
     The summaries (no official times of races given):

Time Trials:
Bill Mears drove a 1932 Ford owned by Pat Lucas of Wichita, Kansas.  Lucas had been reluctant to enter his car at Winfield as this was a $200 claiming race and Pat did not want to have his car claimed, so Bill's grandfather, Harmon Forrest, claimed the car for Pat so that no one else could do so, and so that it would not appear as though someone connected to the car had put up the money to claim it.

Jefferson Davis "J. D." Hanna died in October of 1951 of injuries received in a racing accident at the Devil's Bowl Speedway near Dallas, Texas.
DRIVER:
Bill Mears
J. D. Hanna
Tom Salmon, Jr.
John Hale
Frank Lies
Hugh Shea
Carl Simpson
Claude Ash
Ira "Red" Woodward
Willard Bodkins
Charlie Lutkie
J. D. Cox
Bud Webster

B FEATURE:
Willard Bodkins
Charlie Lutkie
Bud Webster
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TIME:
30.4
30.5
30.6
30.6
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30.8
30.8
35.0
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37.0
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FIRST HEAT:
Charlie Lutkie
Bud Webster
J. D. Cox

SECOND HEAT:
Bill Mears
Claude Ash
Frank Lies

TROPHY DASH:
Bill Mears
Claude Ash


A FEATURE:
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Claude Ash
J. D. Hanna
Tom Salmon, Jr.
John Hale
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Ira "Red" Woodward
Glen "Bud" Webster
Charlie Lutkie
J. D. Cox
Claude Ash
Frank Lies
Hugh Shea
J. D. Hanna
Carl Simpson