Results of Races Run at

Arkansas City Speedway

a.k.a.

West Madison Speedway

Arkansas City, Kansas

In 1929

 

A Composite of Reports Published in the

 Arkansas City Daily Traveler and Arkansas City Tribune

 

 

 

 

Sunday - July 4, 1929 – Independence Day

Estimated Attendance:  5,000 - 6,500

 

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Time Trials – 1 Lap:

 

Driver

From

Owner

From

Car

Time

1

Mack McAnally

Arkansas City, KS

Mack McAnally

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty-Ford

31.2

2

Andrew B. Fuller*

Arkansas City, KS

Joe Hutchinson

Arkansas City, KS

Gallivan-Ford

31.2

3

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, KS

Dwight Moody

Arkansas City, KS

Moody Special

31.4

4

Bill Mathews

Ft. Smith, AR

Bill Mathews

Ft. Smith, AR

Fronty-Ford

32.4

5

Joe Taylor

Ponca City, OK

Art Hutchinson**

Omaha, NE

Fronty-Ford

32.6

6

Jack Skillet

Oklahoma City, OK

King-Godfrey, Inc.

Oklahoma City, OK

Whippet Special

33.0

7

Louis J. Irwin****

Iola, KS

R. D. Hill***

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty-Ford

35.0

8

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Martin Brothers Special

37.4

*Andrew B. “Cokey” Fuller (1902-1932) was actually a co-owner of this car with Joe Hutchinson.

** Three weeks after this race at Arkansas City, KS, an “Art Hutchins, of Tulsa, OK” drove his OHC Laurel Ford to victory in the feature race at nearby Winfield, KS.  Most likely, these men were both the same person.

*** Russell Darius “R. D.” Hill (1901-1984)

****Louis Julius “Speed” Irwin (1904-1987)

 

First Heat – 6 Laps – Time:  3:24.0

 

Driver

From

Owners

From

Car

Time

Reason Out

1

Andrew B. Fuller

Arkansas City, KS

Joe Hutchinson

Arkansas City, KS

Gallivan-Ford

3:24.0

Running

2

Louis J. Irwin

Iola, KS

R. D. Hill*

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty-Ford

3.25.4

Running

3

Bill Mathews

Ft. Smith, AR

Bill Mathews

Ft. Smith, AR

Fronty-Ford

3:26.0

Running

4

Mack McAnally

Arkansas City, KS

Mack McAnally

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty-Ford

DNF

Ignition

* Russell Darius “R. D.” Hill (1901-1984)

 

 

Second Heat – 6 Laps – Time:  3:30.4

 

Driver

From

Owner

From

Car

Time

Reason Out

1

Joe Taylor

Ponca City, OK

Art Hutchinson*

Omaha, NE

Fronty-Ford

3:30.4

Running

2

Jack Skillet

Oklahoma City, OK

King-Godfrey, Inc.

Oklahoma City, OK

Whippet Special**

3:45.4

Running

3

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, KS

Dwight Moody

Arkansas City, KS

Moody Special

3:52.0

Running

4

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Martin Bro. Special

DNF

Fire***

5

Mack McAnally

Arkansas City, KS

Mack McAnally

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty-Ford

DNS

Ignition

* Three weeks after this race at Arkansas City, KS, an “Art Hutchins, of Tulsa, OK” drove his OHC Laurel Ford to victory in the feature race at nearby Winfield, KS.  Most likely, these men were both the same person.

** The Whippet Special was forced from the remainder of the program by a cracked gas tank received in this race.  The Whippet had been brought here with a fast reputation and the fans regretted to see it go to the pits.

*** Jimmy Martin’s car was forced to quit the race when the gas line broke and the spilling gasoline caught fire on the car.  The blaze was quickly extinguished with no damage to the car.  Mechanic George Williams suffered a burned hand while putting out the fire.  The accident happened on the east straightaway opposite the stands on the west side of the speedway.  Fred Gould, Arkansas City insurance man, was the first to go to Williams’ aid with a fire extinguisher.

 

 

Third Heat – 6 Laps – Time:  3:24.0

 

Driver

From

Owner

From

Car

Time

Reason Out

1

Andrew B. Fuller*

Arkansas City, KS

Joe Hutchinson

Arkansas City, KS

Gallivan-Ford

3:24.0

Running

2

Joe Taylor**

Ponca City, OK

Art Hutchinson***

Omaha, NE

Fronty-Ford

3:26.0

Running

3

Bill Mathews

Ft. Smith, AR

Bill Mathews

Ft. Smith, AR

Fronty-Ford

DNF

 

4

Louis J. Irwin

Iola, KS

R. D. Hill****

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty-Ford

DNS

 

5.

Mack McAnally

Arkansas City, KS

Mack McAnally

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty-Ford

DNS

Ignition

* Andrew B. “Cokey” Fuller (1902-1932) was actually a co-owner of this car with Joe Hutchinson.

** Joe Taylor took the lead at the start and roared around the speedway four times with Fuller right at his rear, lost in the dust on most of the turns.  As the two swept into the fifth lap, Fuller took the lead on the home straightaway and increased his lead over Taylor to two seconds.

*** Three weeks after this race at Arkansas City, KS, an “Art Hutchins, of Tulsa, OK” drove his OHC Laurel Ford to victory in the feature race at nearby Winfield, KS.  Most likely, these men were both the same person.

**** Russell Darius “R. D.” Hill (1901-1984)

 

 

Sweepstakes – 10 Laps – Time:  5:45.4

 

Driver*

From

Owner

From

Car

Time

Reason Out

1

Andrew B. Fuller**

Arkansas City, KS

Joe Hutchinson

Arkansas City, KS

Gallivan-Ford

5:45.4

Running

2

Joe Taylor

Ponca City, OK

Art Hutchinson***

Omaha, NE

Fronty-Ford

 

Running

          This developed into a private struggle between Fuller and Taylor.  Taylor took the lead and defended it for five laps against the speedy Arkansas City Indian.  Time and again, the two roared around the turns with dirt flying and wheels so close that the large crowd gasped for fear the two cars would lock.  Fuller finally found an opening when the two sailed around the curve leading into the home straightaway, and, on the next turn, cut ahead of Taylor to take the lead.  Fuller won but Taylor flashed past right on his heels.

*Newspaper accounts are unclear as to whether there were more than two starters in this race.

**Andrew B. “Cokey” Fuller (1902-1932) was actually a co-owner of this car with Joe Hutchinson.

***Three weeks after this race at Arkansas City, KS, an “Art Hutchins, of Tulsa, OK” drove his OHC Laurel Ford to victory in the feature race at nearby Winfield, KS.  Most likely, these men were both the same person.

 

Total Purse:  A little over $1,000 with $350 of that won by Andrew “Cokey” Fuller.

 

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Monday - September 2, 1929 – Labor Day

A.A.A. Sanctioned Auto Races

Estimated Attendance:  1,500

 

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Entry List:

 

Driver

From

Owner

From

Car

1

Harold Cowan

Atchison, KS

 

 

Fronty Ford

2

P. B. Kline*

Lincoln, NE

 

 

Laurel Ford

3

Fred Littleton

Kansas City, MO

 

 

Lupe Spl.

4

G. R. Davis

Kansas City, MO

 

 

Fronty Ford

5

F. G. Kline*

Lincoln, NE

 

 

Ford Spl.

6

V. B. Brown

Bartlesville, OK

V. B. Brown

Bartlesville, OK

Brown Spl.

7

H. D. Smith

Chanute, KS

H. D. Smith

Chanute, KS

Ford Spl.

8

Bill Mathews

Ft. Smith, AR

Bill Mathews

Ft. Smith, AR

Fronty Ford

9

Earl Hovenden****

Duncan, OK

Earl Hovenden

Duncan, OK

Fronty Spl.

10

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Martin Brothers Spl.

11

Andrew B “Cokey” Fuller***

Arkansas City, KS

Joe Hutchinson

Arkansas City, KS

Gallivan Ford Spl.

12

George Barringer

Austin, TX

Lee Bammel

Austin, TX

Bammel Spl.

13

H. C. Walker

Dallas, TX

 

 

Walker Spl.

14

Cotton Grable

Houston, TX

W. J. Mahovel

Houston, TX

Chrysler Spl.

15

Louis J. “Speed” Irwin*****

Iola, KS

Russell D. “R. D.” Hill

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty Ford

16

Joe Taylor

Ponca City, OK

Dwight Moody

Arkansas City, KS

Chevrolet Spl.

17

Eddie G. Graves**

Wilson, OK

Eddie G. Graves**

Wilson, OK

Graves Brothers Spl.

18

Jack Mayfield

Wichita, KS

 

 

Fronty Ford

*Brothers Phil B. Cline and F. G. “Major” Cline had come from Tennessee to live and race in the Midwest.

**Eddie G. Graves (1906-1937) was killed while preparing for a race at Monee, Illinois and is buried in the Hewitt Cemetery at Wilson, OK.

***Andrew B. Cokey” Fuller (1902-1932) co-owned this car with Joe Hutchinson (1894-1958).

****Earl Lonzo Hovenden (1903-1966) is buried in Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, NM.

*****Louis Julius “Speed” Irwin (1904-1987).

.

Andrew “Cokey” Fuller

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap:

 

Driver

From

Owner

From

Car

Time

1

Andrew B. Fuller*

Arkansas City, KS

Joe Hutchinson

Arkansas City, KS

Gallivan Ford Spl.

31.1

2

Earl Hovenden

Duncan, OK

Earl Hovenden

Duncan, OK

Fronty Spl.

31.1

3

Cotton Grable

Houston, TX

W. J. Mahovel

Houston, TX

Chrysler Spl.

 

4

Louis J. “Speed” Irwin

Iola, KS

Russell D. “R. D.” Hill

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty-Ford

 

5

George Barringer

Austin, TX

Lee Bammel

Austin, TX

Bammel Spl.

 

6

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Martin Bro. Spl.

 

*Andrew B. “Cokey” Fuller (1905-1932) co-owned this car with Joe Hutchinson (1904-1958).

Other drivers participated in the time trials but their results were not reported in the newspaper.

 

 

1st Match Race – Home National Bank Sweepstakes – 6 Laps:

Position After Each Lap

Driver

From

Car

Reason Out

2

2

2

1

1

1

Earl Hovenden

Duncan, OK

Fronty Special

Running

3

3

3

3

3

2

Cotton Grable

Houston, TX

Chrysler Special

Running

1

1

1

2

2

3

Andrew B. “Cokey” Fuller*

Arkansas City, KS

Gallivan Ford

Running

4

4

4

4

4

4

Louis J. “Speed” Irwin

Iola, KS

Fronty Ford

Running

5

5

5

5

5

5

George Barringer**

Austin, TX

Bammel Special

Running

6

6

-

-

-

-

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Martin Brothers Special

DNF

*Cokey Fuller had “trouble with his pistons” for the last three laps.

**George Barringer went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” 6 times between 1934 and 1946.

 

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2nd Match Race and Handicap – Home National Bank Sweepstakes – 8 Laps – 6 Starters:

 

Driver

From

Car

1

Louis J. “Speed” Irwin

Iola, KS

Fronty Ford

2

Cotton Grable

Houston, TX

Chrysler Special

3

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Martin Brothers Special

4

Joe Taylor

Ponca City, OK

Chevrolet Special

 

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3rd Match Race – Polar Bear Flour Sweepstakes – 10 Laps:

 

Driver

From

Car

1

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Martin Brothers Special

2

Joe Taylor

Ponca City, OK

Chevrolet Special

3

Jack Mayfield*

 

Fronty Ford

*Jack Mayfield is probably the same person as Carl Ray Mayfield.

 

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Consolation Race – Kansas Mill and Elevator Sweepstakes - 6 Laps:

 

Driver

From

Car

1

Jack Mayfield*

Wichita, KS

Fronty Ford

2

H. C. Walker

Dallas, TX

Walker Special

3

V. B. Brown

Bartlesville, OK

Brown Special

* Jack Mayfield is probably the same person as Carl Ray Mayfield.

 

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Feature Race – Kanotex Sweepstakes – 20 Laps:

 

Driver

From

Car

Laps Completed

Reason Out

1

Earl Hovenden

Duncan, OK

Fronty Special

20

Running

2

Cotton Grable

Houston, TX

Chrysler Special

20

Running

3

George Barringer

Austin, TX

Bammel Special

19

Running

4

Jimmy Martin

Wichita, KS

Martin Brothers Special

 

Running

5

Joe Taylor

Ponca City, OK

Chevrolet Special

11

Wreck

6

Louis J. “Speed” Irwin

Arkansas City, KS

Fronty Ford

3

Engine

 

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