Simpson - 1952

Herron - 1952

Shea - 1952  

Newman - 1952

Ash – 1952

W. Darnell - 1952

Schoenberg - 1952

 

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Ring - 1952

Bryant - 1952

Arrington - 1952

Nichols - 1953

 

Watkins – 1952

C. Brown – 1953

Mears – 1953

 

 

 

Under the leadership of Joe Collins and Ward Stuber, representing the Lions club, stock car racing at the Winfield racetrack grew in stature to where the summer holiday racing dates run at Winfield from 1953 through 1956 were among the top stock car races in the Midwest.  Large fields of participants towed their stock cars from many parts of Kansas and several surrounding states to race before large crowds at Winfield.  Under Cejay Stadium's ”strictly stock" rules, competitive race cars could be built relatively inexpensively so that the purses paid at Winfield in the mid-1950s were considered by competitors to be, at the very least, adequate.

In 1957, the Winfield Lions club enlisted the Southeast Kansas Racing Club of Coffeyville, Kansas, to sanction the races at Winfield.  Their rules allowed more engine and chassis modifications, therefore, adding expense to building competitive race cars.  Race dates at Winfield under the Southeast Kansas Racing Club rules:

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Feature Race Winner

Driver's Hometown

Car Owner

Owner's Hometown

Car #

Make / Model

July 4, 1957

Cliff Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

Cliff Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

23

Ford coupe

September 2, 1957

Orval Beckel

Wichita, KS

Lawrence Brooks

Arkansas City, KS

8 Ball

1932 Hudson sedan

May 30, 1958

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4, 1958

Canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

 

September 1, 1958

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naden – 1953

Forshee – 1953

Webster – 1953

McCoy – 1953

R Walker - 1953

Bush - 1953

 

 

The stock cars that had been raced at Winfield prior to 1957 were not competitive under the Southeast Kansas Racing Club rules so most of those former entrants chose to race elsewhere instead.  Since there were not nearly as many cars built to the more expensive rules, entries at Winfield races dropped off sharply.  Good crowds continued for a race or two but then dwindled to the point that stock car racing ceased on the fairgrounds racetrack despite the price of adult admission being dropped to as low as 90’ and efforts by the Lions club to entice back the less expensive stock cars.  The damage had been done.

The Lions club made a final attempt to present auto racing in some form on the half-mile racetrack at the Cowley County Fairgrounds by putting on one go-cart race:

 

 

 

  

Date

Feature Race Winner

Driver's Hometown

Car Owner

Owner's Hometown

Cart #

Make / Model

July 4, 1959

Kenneth Huff

Winfield, KS

 

 

 

 

 

Lowry – 1953

D. Darnell - 1953

 

Nelson - 1953 

Andrews – 1954

 

 

 

 

The effort was unsuccessful and by late in the summer of 1959, the old racetrack had literally grown over with grass.

In the early 1960's, horse racing interests reclaimed the racetrack and constructed a guard railing of steel pipe around its perimeter.

In 1967, the Auto Racing Association of Kansas, headed by its president, former Winfield resident Dale Chase, teamed up with Mel Montgomery, Charles "Dusty" Cloud, Jr., and Winfield's Spencer - Yarbrough V.F.W. Post 3544 to present semi-late model stock car races on the fairgrounds racetrack.  1949 through 1960 model domestically build automobiles competed in these races.

Race dates run on the fairgrounds racetrack by this coalition:

 

 

Date

Feature Race Winner

Driver's Hometown

Car Owner

Owner's Hometown

Car #

Make / Model

July 23, 1967

Bob Reed

Wichita, KS

Bob Reed

Wichita, KS

29

1958 Ford

September 24, 1967

Bud Haehn

Wichita, KS

John Rush

Wichita, KS

11

1956 Chevrolet

May 26, 1968

Bill Collins

South Coffeyville, OK

Bill Collins

South Coffeyville, OK

211

1956 Chevrolet

June 23, 1968

Mel Montgomery

Wichita, KS

John Hebb

Wichita, KS

05

1957 Ford

July 14, 1968

Mike Lutkie

Wichita, KS

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

43

1956 Chevrolet

September 22, 1968

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

43

1956 Chevrolet

 

In 1970, Bob Lawrence teamed with Wayne Wilt and the Winfield Jaycees to present late-model stock car races at the track which were open to 1949 through 1970 model domestically built automobiles.  These were pretty much "run what you brung" events.  The races this group presented were:

 

Date

Feature Race Winner

Driver's Hometown

Car Owner

Owner's Hometown

Car #

Make / Model

July 12, 1970

Pinky Mullens

Wichita, KS

Pinky Mullens

Wichita, KS

02

1957 Chevrolet

August 16, 1970

No winner declared

 

 

 

 

 

July 25, 1971

Gary Moore

Wichita, KS

Lester Moore

Wichita, KS

96

1960 Plymouth

 

 

 

J. Collins – 1954 

Williams – 1954

Hall – 1954

 

Cattrell – 1954

 

Tinnemeyer – 1954

 

Routh – 1954

 

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