An Incomplete Record of the Races that Charles Loren Fondoble Entered.

 

            Fondoble enjoyed early success in auto racing and was included in the 1936 edition of “Who’s Who in Automobile Racing”.

 

 

October 6, 1929 – 1 mile dirt oval – American Legion Racetrack at Oakley, Kansas

            Driver:  Loren Fondoble of Ellis, Kansas drove his own #77 Laurel Model T Ford special

            Finish:  Fondoble was 3rd fastest of the 8 cars entered in time trials behind Bill Epps of Oakley, Kansas and L. L. Neff of Winona, Kansas

                        Fondoble finished last in the 3-car, 5-lap 1st heat race in 4 minutes, 33 seconds and behind Rea Bray and L. L. Neff.

                        Fondoble did not finish the 2nd heat race that was won by Rea Bray.

                        Fondoble finished 3rd in 10 minutes, 18.0 seconds in the 5-car, 10-lap sweepstakes race behind Rea Bray and L. L. Neff.

Feature race winner:  Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas

 

1931 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Quinter Fairgrounds at Quinter, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas drove his own stock Model T Ford

Feature race winner:  Loren Fondoble

 

September 2, 1932 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Trego County Fairgrounds in WaKeeney, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas drove his own #77 Laurel Model T Ford special

Finish:  From the front page of the “Collyer Advance”, Collyer, Kansas, September 8, 1932:  “Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, was the victim of the second accident (of the day) and his car turned over when it struck soft dirt on the east corner of the track.  He was thrown out and escaped injury with only a few minor cuts and bruises, but the car was quite badly damaged.”

 

August 31, 1933 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas entered his own #77 Ford special

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Clyde Gilbert of Longmont, Colorado

 

September 1, 1933 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas entered his own #77 Ford special

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Clyde Gilbert of Longmont, Colorado

 

September 17, 1934 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas drove his own #77 Vedol Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  Fondoble received no time in the 16-car time trials.  The fastest time of the day was set by Sherman “Red” Campbell.

            Fondoble finished 5th in the 6-car, 10-lap Australian Pursuit behind Sherman “Red” Campbell, Pet Alberts of Ybor City, Florida; Rex Edmonds of Houston, Texas and Wes Johnson of Kansas City, Missouri.

            Fondoble finished 2nd in the 5-lap, 7-car consolation race behind Karl Young of Chicago, Illinois.

            Fondoble did not finish the 9-car, 10-lap Kansas State Sweepstakes race won by Sherman “Red” Campbell.  Fondoble experienced engine trouble in the race but was awarded the 7th place finishing position.

Feature race winner:  Sherman “Red” Campbell of St. Louis, Missouri

 

July 27, 1935 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas

            Driver:  Loren Fondoble of Arkansas City, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

            Finish:  1,500 spectators saw Fondoble win the 6-car, 7-lap 2nd sweepstakes race for cars placing 7th through 12th in time trials in 12 minutes, 47.2 seconds.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 15-lap Sweepstakes race in 4 minutes, 43 seconds behind “Tex West” a.k.a. Austin Wetzler, George “Joey” Chitwood of St. Joseph, Missouri and Augustus “Cotton” Grable of Houston, Texas.

            Feature race winner:  “Tex West” a.k.a. Austin Wetzler of Dallas, Texas

 

August 17, 1935 – 1 mile dirt oval – Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

            Finish:  More than 15,000 spectators saw Fondoble finish 3rd in the 2nd heat race behind Swan Peterson of Galesburg, Illinois and Red Reed of St. Louis, Missouri.

            Feature race winner:  Gus Schrader of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

August 30, 1935 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

            Feature race winner:  Gus Schrader of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

September 2 - 4, 1936 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas entered his own Ford special

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Howard Cox of Royal Oak, Michigan

 

September 21, 1936 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #77 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish: 14,000 spectators saw Fondoble crash his car into the inside fence during time trials.  The fastest time was set by “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick.

            Fondoble finished 3rd behind “Tex West” a.k.a. Austin Wetzler and Rae Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas in the 5-lap, 8 car consolation race.

Feature race winner:  “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick

 

September 6, 1936 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #77 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

15-Lap Feature race winner:  Clyde Gilbert

 

September 25, 1936 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #77 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  The starting positions were determined by the time trials run on September 21, 1936.

            Fondoble finished last in the 6-car, 5-lap 2nd heat Lou Brown of Champaign, Illinois; Morris Musick of Lincoln, Nebraska; George “Joey” Chitwood, Waldo Barnett of Hutchinson, Kansas and “Tex West” a.k.a. Austin Wetzler.

Fondoble finished 3rd in the 5-lap, in the 8-car, 1st consolation race behind “Tex West” a.k.a. Austin Wetzler and Ed Graves of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

            Fondoble lost control of his Ford Riley special on the north turn in the 25-lap Invitational Handicap and crashed through the inside fence knocking down two sections.  He was not injured.  The race was won by Ed Graves.

Feature race winner:  “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick

 

September 3, 1937 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas entered his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  These races were canceled due to rain.

             

September 11, 1937 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Illinois – Sanctioned by C. S. R. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  George “Joey” Chitwood

 

September 21, 1937 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick

 

September 24, 1937 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  Fondoble set the second fastest time in time trials of 29.30 seconds which was only slower that “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick.

Fondoble finished 3rd in the 5-lap 1st heat race for the fastest 6 cars in time trials.  He followed only “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick and Lyn Musick, brothers from Dallas, Texas.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 8-car, 10-lap feature behind “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick, Lyn Musick, and Herb Manges of Tiffin, Ohio.

Feature race winner:  “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick

 

October 11, 1937 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Mississippi State Fairgrounds at Jackson, Mississippi – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Len Musick of Dallas, Texas

 

October 15, 1937 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Mississippi State Fairgrounds at Jackson, Mississippi – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

October 23, 1937 – 5/8 mile dirt oval – Central West Texas Fairgrounds at Haskell, Texas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  Fondoble won the 4-lap dash over William “Red” Hodges of Dallas, Texas.

            Fondoble finished 2nd to Bob Sledge of Houston, Texas in the 8-lap semi-final race.

            Fondoble finished 2nd to “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick in the 8-lap feature race.

Lap Feature race winner:  “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick

 

September 24, 1938 – 1 mile dirt oval – Tennessee State Fairgrounds at Cumberland Park in Nashville, Tennessee – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Attendance: “over 50,000”

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Only eight drivers were allowed to participate in time trials due to the poor condition of the racetrack.  It is unknown if Fondoble was one of those eight drivers.

 Fondoble finished 2nd in the 8-mile Australian Pursuit behind Ray Gardner of Long Beach, California who was driving a Miller special.

 Fondoble won the 5-mile Vanderbilt Derby over Red Bryant of Atlanta, Georgia who was driving a Miller special.  Fondoble was leading at the end of the first lap when Houston Penton (1909-1973) of Meridian, Mississippi lost control of his #16 Duesenberg special, crashed the machine through the outside rail on the southwest turn and overturned.  Penton was unconscious when he was pulled out from beneath the car.  He was taken to the hospital and admitted in critical condition with a broken arm and a fractured skull.

Feature race winner:  The feature race was canceled due to the poor condition of the racetrack.  Emory Collins of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada was declared the winner of that race since he had qualified for the event with the fastest lap run in time trials.

  

October 2, 1938 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Walker Park Fairgrounds in Blytheville, ArkansasSanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Attendance: “A packed grandstand, the biggest crowd of fair week”

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Fondoble finished 2nd in the 16-lap Australian Pursuit Invitational Handicap race behind Clyde Gilbert of Denver, Colorado.  Fondoble had held a large lead in this race at one point. 

Feature race winner:  Buddy Callaway of Miami, Florida

 

October 10, 1938 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Mississippi State Fairgrounds at Jackson, Mississippi – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the race results from the first day of these races.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

 

October 11, 1938 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Mississippi State Fairgrounds at Jackson, Mississippi – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

October 14, 1938 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Mississippi State Fairgrounds at Jackson, Mississippi – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Few results of these races have be located.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

 

October 23, 1938 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Louisiana State Fair Fairgrounds at Shreveport, Louisiana – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Gus Schrader

 

August 13, 1939 – 1 mile dirt oval – Scott County Fairgrounds at Davenport, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

          Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these race.

Feature race winner:  Waldo Barnett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

September 23, 1939 – 1 mile dirt oval – Tennessee State Fairgrounds at Cumberland Park in Nashville, Tennessee – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Attendance:  50,000

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn of Portland, Oregon

 

September 1, 1940 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley.

Finish: 12,000 fans saw Fondoble win $15 by finishing 3rd behind Ben Musick and Harry Robtoy of Pontiac, Michigan in the 7-lap 1st heat race.

Feature race winner:  Ben Musick of Dallas, Texas

 

September 15, 1940 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish:  8,000 spectators saw Fondoble tie with Clarence Merriett of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Claude Gorin of Wichita Falls, Texas for place 4th place behind Vic Rothe of Omaha, Nebraska; Shorty Burns of St. Louis, Missouri and Bob Vorbeck of Longmont, Colorado of the 20 cars that ran time trials.

            Fondoble dropped out of the 7-car, 8-lap 1st heat race with engine trouble.  The race was won by Vic Rothe.

            Fondoble continued to be plagued by engine trouble in the consolation race and dropped out of this race won by Bill Harding of Douglas, Nebraska.

Feature race winner:  Vic Rothe

 

September 20, 1940 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish: Over 12,000 spectators saw Fondoble crash his car into the inside fence during time trials.  The fastest time was set by “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick.

            Fondoble finished 2nd behind Rex Woodard of Hutchinson, Kansas in the 10-lap State Fair Handicap race.

            Fondoble blew a tire and spun out in a later race run on this afternoon but it has yet to be determined which race it was.

Feature race winner:  “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick

 

September 22, 1940 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Ogallah, Kansas drove his own #10 Model B Ford 4-port Riley special

Finish: “In excess of 12,000” spectators saw Fondoble win the 12-lap consolation race in 5 minutes, 58.0 seconds.

Feature race winner:  “Bill Morris” a.k.a. Ben Musick

 

May 25, 1941 – 1/8 mile dirt oval – West Side Speedway in Wichita, Kansas – Sanctioned by K. M. R.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a V8-60 Ford midget

Finish:  Fondoble turned the 7th fastest time in time trials behind Wayland “Bud” Camden of Wichita, Kansas; Ralph Foster of Hutchinson, Kansas; Rex Woodard, D. A. Clem of Wichita, Kansas; Emmett Taylor of Wichita, Kansas and Red Taylor of Salina, Kansas.

            Fondoble dropped out of the 6-car, 10-lap, 3rd heat race won by Red Taylor.

            Fondoble finished 3rd in the 6-car, 10-lap. 4th heat race behind Frank Dickerson of Wichita, Kansas and Bob McKim of Salina, Kansas.

            Fondoble started in the 7th position and finished 5th in the 30-lap A feature race behind Rex Woodard, Wayland “Bud” Camden, Emmett Taylor and Eldon “Curly” Steerman of Salina, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Rex Woodard of Wichita, Kansas

 

June 15, 1941 – 1/8 mile dirt oval – West Side Speedway in Wichita, Kansas – Sanctioned by K. M. R.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a midget

Finish:  Fondoble finished 3rd in the 20-lap B feature race which was won by Art McCammon of Dophos, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Emmett Taylor of Wichita, Kansas

 

July 4, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: 17,000 fans saw Fondoble finish 3rd behind Deb Snyder and Speedy Butts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the Independence Dash for which he collected $15 from the purse

            Fondoble finished 2nd behind Joe Baker in the 8-car, 9-lap Australian Pursuit for which he collected $40 from the purse

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins of Le Mars, Iowa

 

August 29, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  7,699 fans saw Fondoble finish 3rd in the feature race behind Mike Salay* and Harry West.

Feature race winner:  Mike Salay*

 

August 30, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  4,961 fans saw Fondoble finish 3rd in the feature behind Mike Salay* and Harry West.

Winnings:  Fondoble won the 3rd most prize money of all the competitors during this two-day race meet, collecting $305 from the purse behind Mike Salay*, who won $895, and Harry West, who won $610.

Feature race winner:  Mike Salay*

 

August 31, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Colorado State Fairgrounds at Pueblo, Colorado – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble finished 4th in the 4-car, 5-lap 1st heat race behind Harry West, Harry Robtoy, and Melvin “Slim” Rutherford.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 6-car, 10-lap feature race behind Harry West, Melvin “Slim” Rutherford and Paul Headrick.

Feature race winner:  Harry West

 

September 1, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Colorado State Fairgrounds at Pueblo, Colorado – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble finished 2nd Harry West in the 4-car, 15-lap Australian Pursuit race although West was able to pass all the cars in 4 laps in a time of 1 minute, 32.90 seconds.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 4-car, 5-lap 1st heat race behind Harry West, Harry Robtoy, and Melvin “Slim” Rutherford.

            Fondoble dropped out of the 1st 4-car, 5-lap heat race which was won by Harry West.

            Fondoble won the 2nd 4-car, 5-lap heat race in 2 minutes, 34.84 seconds.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 10-car, 10-lap feature race behind Harry West, Harry Robtoy and Melvin “Slim” Rutherford.

Feature race winner:  Harry West

 

September 15, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble was the 5th fastest of the 12 cars that ran time trials with the time of 29.29 seconds.  His time was slower than those turned in by Emory Collins, Chuck Frame, Harry West and Posey Reeves of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

            Fondoble finished 3rd behind Emory Collins and Chuck Frame in the 1st 6-car, 5-lap heat race for the fastest 6 cars from time trials.

            Fondoble won the 12-car, 8-lap Australian Pursuit Handicap in 4 minutes, 2.97 seconds.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 8-car, 10-lap State Fair Championship race behind Emory Collins, Chuck Frame and Harry West.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 17, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble was the 5th fastest of the 17 cars that ran time trials with the time of 29.96 seconds.  His time was slower than those turned in by Emory Collins, Chuck Frame, Harry West and Russ Lee of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Posey Reeves also tied Fondoble for 5th place.

            Fondoble finished 3rd behind Emory Collins and Chuck Frame in the 5-car, 5-lap Salt City Dash.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 9-car, 10-lap State Fair Championship race behind Emory Collins, Chuck Frame and Harry West.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

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September 19, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  19,000 spectators saw Fondoble win the 3-car, 4-lap Salt City Dash.

            Fondoble was just barely beat out to finish 2nd behind Posey Reeves in the 2-car, 3-lap, Invitational Match Race behind Posey Reeves.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 8-car, 5-lap Kansas State Sweepstakes race behind Emory Collins, Chuck Frame and Harry West.  Collins had run away with this race scheduled for 10-laps so the race was cut to 8-laps with muddy track conditions announced as being the reason.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

October 19, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Louisiana State Fair Fairgrounds at Shreveport, Louisiana – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

October 20, 1946 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Albert Lea Fairgrounds at Albert Lea, Minnesota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

May 18, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Colorado State Fairgrounds at Pueblo, Colorado – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble finished 5th of the 10 drivers who took time trials behind Jimmy Wilburn, J. B. “Chick” Smith of Frankfort, Kentucky; Phil Mocca and Don Smith of Tampa, Florida with a time of 30.10 seconds; good enough for him to collected $20 from the purse.

Fondoble started in the 5th position in the 6-car, 7-lap 1st heat race for the 6 fastest cars in time trials and also finished in 5th place behind Jimmy Wilburn, J. B. “Chick” Smith; Phil Mocca and Don Smith.

Fondoble started outside of the front row in the 2-car, 5-lap consolation race and finished in 2nd place behind Phil Mocca but still collected $30 from the purse.

Fondoble finished 4th in the 4-car, Australian Pursuit behind Al Ketter, Bert McNeese of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Chuck Frame to collect $10 from the purse.

            Fondoble started on the pole of the 5-car, 9-lap, B feature and won the race in 4 minutes, 5.21 seconds to collect $80 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

June 1, 1947 – Newspaper ads, such as the one at right, touted Fondoble’s appearance in I.M.C.A. sanctioned big car races at both Huron, South Dakoda and Austin, Minnesota on this date but there is no evidence that Fondoble competed in the races either place on that date.

 

June 15, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: 17,000 fans saw Fondoble win the 5-lap trophy dash over Wayne Wright of Quincy, Illinois, in 2:31.04.

Fondoble finished in 7th place in the Midwest Summer Championship Sweepstakes behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Bob Frame, Joe Baker, Billy Snyder and Bill Harding.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

June 22, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Fond du Lac Fairgrounds at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of any of these races, nor does that of the feature winner; whoever that was.  Bill Hooper finished 2nd in the feather,  however.

 

July 24, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Utah State Fairgrounds at Salt Lake City, Utah

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red, now #101 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of any of these races.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

August 17, 1947 – 1 mile dirt oval – Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, MissouriSanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #101 Cragar special known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble’s name does not appear in the published results of any of these races.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn of Portland, Oregon

 

August 28, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a cream #9 Cragar special owned by Benton “Ben” Swart of Wichita, Kansas.

Finish:  Fondoble set the 3rd fastest time in time trials of 25.98 with only Carl Scarborough and Beef Ketter turning in quicker laps.

              Fondoble finished 3rd in the 1st heat race behind only Carl Scarborough and Beef Ketter.

Feature race winner:  Carl Scarborough of Keego Harbor, Michigan

 

August 29, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a cream #9 Cragar special owned by Benton “Ben” Swart of Wichita, Kansas.

Finish:  Fondoble set the 5th fastest time in time trials of 25.17 behind Carl Scarborough, Speed Wynn, Bill Spinks a.k.a. “Billy McGee” and Red Bales

  Fondoble finished 4th in the 1st heat race behind Carl Scarborough, Red Bales and Bob O’Neal.

              Fondoble finished 5th in the 2nd heat race behind Bill Spinks a.k.a. “Billy McGee”, Speed Wynn and Bill White.

              Fondoble finished 2nd in the 3rd heat race behind Claude Gorin.

 Fondoble finished 10th in the feature race behind Carl Scarborough, Speed Wynn, Bill Spinks a.k.a. “Billy McGee”, Red Bales, Claude Gorin, Vern Bradley, John Joy, Bill White and Bob O’Neal.

Feature race winner:  Carl Scarborough of Keego Harbor, Michigan

 

September 5, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a cream #9 Cragar special owned by Benton “Ben” Swart of Wichita, Kansas.

Finish: 18 cars appeared for time trials of which 14 actually took a timed lap.  Fondoble had the 10th fastest time of 29.54 seconds which was slower than the times burned in by Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Billy Snyder, Wayne “Speed” Wynn of Tampa, Florida; Carl Scarborough; Bayliss Levrett, Joe Baker, Bill Anderson and Thurston Russell of Denver, Colorado.

            Fondoble started in the 3rd position and finished 2nd in the 3rd heat race behind Joe Baker.  That paid him $30 from the purse.

Fondoble started in the 8th position and finished 8th in the 10-car feature race behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Carl Scarborough, Billy Snyder, Wayne “Speed” Wynn, Joe Baker and Bayliss Levrett.  In all, Fondoble collected $75 from the purse for his total finishes.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 6, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a cream #9 Cragar special owned by Benton “Ben” Swart of Wichita, Kansas.

Finish: Fondoble had the 10th fastest time of the 17 cars that took time trials turning one lap in 29.54 seconds which was slower than the times burned in by Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Billy Snyder, Wayne “Speed” Wynn, Carl Scarborough, Bayliss Levrett, Joe Baker, Bill Anderson and Thurston Russell.

            Fondoble started in the 6rd position and finished 6th in the 6-car, 5-lap, 2nd heat race behind Carl Scarborough, Wayne “Speed” Wynn, Joe Baker, Bill Anderson and Thurston Russell.

            Fondoble started the 3rd position and finished 3rd in the 6-car, 5-lap 3rd heat race behind Bill Anderson and Joe Baker.

Fondoble started in the 9th position and finished 7th in the 10-car, 15-lap feature race behind Emory Collins, Bayliss Levrett, Deb Snyder, Wayne “Speed” Wynn, Billy Snyder and Bill Anderson.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 14, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a cream #9 Cragar special owned by Benton “Ben” Swart of Wichita, Kansas.

Finish:  13,000 to 14,000 spectators saw Fondoble tie with Ted Stubbe of St. Joseph, Missouri for 10th fastest of the 20 cars that took time trials at 29.83 seconds.  That was slower than the times turned in by Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Elmer “Rabbit” Musick, Billy Snyder, Wally Stokes, William “Red” Hodges of Dallas, Texas; Bill Anderson, Harry King and Joe Baker.

            Fondoble won the 5-lap, 6-car 3rd heat race in 2 minutes, 32.72 seconds. That won Fondoble $30 from the purse.  With Swart’s car now qualified for the feature race, Swart took back the driver’s seat and Fondoble did not compete in any of the other races run that afternoon.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 16, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove the cream #9 Cragar special owned by Benton “Ben” Swart of Wichita, Kansass.

Finish:  The time trials run on September 14th were used to set the races on this afternoon.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 6-car, 4-lap, 3rd heat race behind Billy Snyder, Joe Baker and Bill Anderson of Long Beach, California.

                        Fondoble finished 2nd in the 10-car, 7-lap Australian Pursuit Handicap race behind William “Red” Hodges which paid Fondoble $30 from the purse.

                        Fondoble finished 8th in the feature race behind Emery Collins, Deb Snyder, Wally Stokes, Rabbit Musick, Harry King, Red Hodges and Ted Stubbe.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 18, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a cream #9 Cragar special owned by Benton “Ben” Swart of Wichita, Kansas.

Finish:  Fondoble tied with Ted Stubbe of St. Joseph, Missouri for 10th fastest of the 21 cars that took time trials at 29.83 seconds.  That was slower than the times turned in by Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Elmer “Rabbit” Musick, Billy Snyder, Wally Stokes, William “Red” Hodges of Dallas, Texas; Bill Anderson, Harry King and Joe Baker.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 6-car, 4-lap, 3rd heat race behind Billy Snyder, Joe Baker and Bill Anderson.

                        Fondoble finished 2nd behind William “Red” Hodges in the 7-lap, 10-car Australian Pursuit Handicap race to collect $30 from the purse.

            Fondoble finished 8th in the 10-lap, 10-car, State Fair Sweepstakes race behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Wally Stokes, Elmer “Rabbit” Musick, Harry King of Tampa, Florida; William “Red” Hodges and Ted Stubble.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 20, 1947 – 1 mile dirt oval – Tennessee State Fairgrounds at Cumberland Park in Nashville, Tennessee – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Attendance:  45,000

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble turned in the 4th fastest lap in time trials behind Emory Collins driving an Offenhauser, Deb Snyder driving an Offenhauser and Hank Schlosser of Cincinnati, Ohio who was also driving an Offenhauser powered car.

             Fondoble competed in the first 5-mile heat race for the 6 fastest cars in time trials but he did not finish in any of the first 3 places.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 28, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Arrowhead Park** in Houston, Texas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble turned in the 4th fastest time of the 9 cars that ran time trials.  His time was slower than the times turned in by Deb Snyder, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier and A. H. “Red” Givens.

            Fondoble dropped out of the 4 car, 5-lap, 1st heat race which was won by Deb Snyder.

                        Fondoble finished 2nd behind R. H. “Red” Givens in the 4-car, 5-lap, 2nd heat race.

            Fondoble won the 2-car Australian Pursuit over Carl Larson of Davenport, Iowa

            Fondoble finished 3rd in the 10-lap, 6-car feature race behind Deb Snyder and Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

September 30, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Alabama State Fair Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

            Finish:  Fondoble started in the 4th position in the 6-car, 5-lap, 1st heat race and finished in 5th place behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Fred “Frittz” Tigtmeier and Wayne “Speed” Wynn.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

October 1, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Alabama State Fair Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: Fondoble started on the outside of the front row of the 6-car, 5-lap, 2nd heat race but it is currently unknown how he finished in any of the races that day.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

October 4, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Alabama State Fair Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: Fondoble was 5th fastest of the 17 cars that took time trials behind Deb Snyder, Emery Collins, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier of Elgin, Illinois and Joe Baker of Indianapolis, Indiana.

            Fondoble started in the 4th position in the 1st 5-lap heat race for the fastest 6 cars from time trials.  He finished in 5th place behind Deb Snyder, Emory Collins, Fred Tegtmeier and Joe Baker.

            Fondoble started outside of the front row in the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race and finished in 2nd place behind Joe Baker.  For that, he was paid $30 from the purse.

            Fondoble started in 5th position in the 11-car, 10-lap feature race but did not finish that race won by Emory Collins.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

October 12, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Louisiana State Fair Fairgrounds at Shreveport, Louisiana – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: Fondoble finished 2nd behind Joe Baker in the 12-lap, 6-car Australian Pursuit.

            Fondoble started in the 5th position in the 6-car, 10-lap feature race and finished 3rd behind Herschel Buchanan and Jewell “Buster” Whaley, Sr. of Sylacauga, Alabama.

Feature race winner:  Herschel Buchanan of Shreveport, Louisiana

 

October 16, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Louisiana State Fair Fairgrounds at Shreveport, Louisiana – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: Fondoble started in the 3rd position in the 5-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race and finished 3rd behind Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier and Herschel Buchanan.

Feature race winner:  Herschel Buchanan of Shreveport, Louisiana

 

October 18, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Louisiana State Fair Fairgrounds at Shreveport, Louisiana – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: Fondoble was 7th fastest in the field of 12 cars with a time for 1 lap of 29.50 seconds behind quick timer Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Joe Baker, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier, Allen “Red” Givens and Harold Rich.

            Fondoble started in the 5th position and finished 3rd in the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race behind Joe Baker and Allen “Red” Givens.

            Fondoble finished 2nd in the 4-car, 12-lap Australian Pursuit behind Joe Baker.

            Fondoble finished 5th in the 9-car, 10-lap feature race behind winner Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Harold Rich and Joe Baker.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

October 19, 1947 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Louisiana State Fairgrounds at Shreveport, Louisiana – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: Fondoble was 8th fastest in the field of 13 cars with a time for 1 lap of 29.50 seconds behind quick timer Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Herschel Buchanan, Joe Baker, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier, Allen “Red” Givens and Harold Rich.

            Fondoble finished 3rd in the 2nd 5-car, 5-lap heat race behind Herschel Buchanan and Fred “Fritz” Tigtmeier.

            Fondoble finished 3nd in the 6-car, 10-lap Australian Pursuit behind Herschel Buchanan and Jewell “Buster” Whaley, Sr.

            Fondoble finished 6th in the 9-car, 10-lap feature race behind winner Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Herschel Buchanan, Harold Rich and Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier..

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

May 30, 1948 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  5,000 spectators saw Fondoble time in 13th fastest of the 18-car field that took time trials.  His 1-lap time was 31.30 seconds which was slower that the times turned in by Jimmy Wilburn, Emory Collins, Ben Musick, Russ Lee, C. H. “Sonny” Ebsen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Clair Cotter, Ernie Johnson of Christine, North Dakota; Ronald Bohlender of Des Moines, Iowa; Billy Snyder, P. A. “Thurman” Bacon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Don Brown of Wichita, Kansas and Wayne Allison of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fondoble finished 5th in the 6-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race behind Billy Snyder, P. A. “Thurman” Bacon, Ronald Bohlender of Des Moines, Iowa and Wayne Allison..

            Fondoble finished last in the 6-car, 5-lap consolation race behind Ben Musick, Don Brown, Clair Cotter, Ernie Johnson and Wayne Allison.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 6-car, Australian Pursuit behind Billy Snyder, P. A. “Thurman” Bacon and Roy Yauger.

Fondoble finished 7th in the 8-car, 7-lap semi-final race behind Billy Snyder, Clair Cotter, Ronald Bohlender, Don Brown, Wayne Allison and Jimmy James of Miami, Florida.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

June 13, 1948 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: 17,000 “thrill-stricken fans” saw Fondoble run the 6th fastest time for 1 lap in time trials behind Frank Luptow of Detroit, Michigan; Deb Snyder, Bobby Grim of Pana, Illinois; George Bennie of Kansas City, Missouri; and Al “Speed” Funderburk of Tampa, Florida.

            Fondoble finished 3rd in the 5-lap championship dash behind George Bennie and Alfred “Speed” Funderburk to collect $20 from the purse.

            Fondoble won the 9-lap semi-feature sweepstakes race in 5 minutes, 19.24 seconds to collect $40 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

June 20, 1948 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin – Sanctioned by I.M.C.A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble ran the 5th fastest time in time trials of 31.19 seconds, thus qualifying slower that Deb Snyder, Frank Luptow, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier and Al “Speed” Funderburk.

            Fondoble started in the 5th position and finished 5th in the 6-car, 5-lap 1st heat race for the fastest 6 qualifiers in time trials.  Fondoble finished this race behind Frank Luptow, Deb Snyder, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier and Al “Speed” Funderburk.

            Fondoble won the 5-lap, 2nd heat race to collect $35 from the purse.

            Fondoble started in the 4th position and finished 5th in the 9-car, 10-lap feature race behind Deb Snyder, Frank Luptow, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier and Alfred “Speed” Funderburk to collect $70 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

July 3, 1948 – 5/8 mile dirt oval – Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble started in the 4th position and finished 3rd behind Frank Luptow and Al “Speed” Funderburk in the first 6-car, 5-lap heat race for the fastest 6 qualifiers in time trials.

            Fondoble started in the 6th position and finished 6th in the 10-car, 7-lap feature behind Deb Snyder, Frank Luptow, Bobby Grim, Al Fleming, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia and Alfred “Speed” Funderburk.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

July 5, 1948 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Aurora Downs in North Aurora, Illinois – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble qualified 11th fastest in time trials with 30.81 seconds and behind Al Fleming, Jr.; Deb Snyder, Frank Luptow, Bobby Grim; Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier, Don Carr of Jackson, Michigan;, Alfred “Speed” Funderburk, Chuck Rice of Jackson, Michigan; Wayne Wright of Quincy, Illinois and Al Speth of Davenport, Iowa.

            Fondoble started in the 11th position and finished 9th in the 13-car, 15-lap feature race behind Deb Snyder, Bobby Grim, Al Fleming, Jr;, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier, Alfred “Speed” Funderburk, Frank Luptow, Chuck Rice and Wayne Wright.           

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

September 2, 1948 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble qualified 13th fastest in a field of 22 cars with a time of 25.59 seconds behind Bobby Grim, Al Fleming, Fritz Tegtmeier, Don Carr, Red Bales, Hank Wheeler, Bob Johnson, Bud Stone, Quentin Cowles, Russ Rross, John Joy and Bill Everhart.

            3rd in the 3rd heat race behind Russ Gross and Bud Stone

            8th in the feature race behind Bobby Grim, Al Fleming, Red Bales, Don Carr, Russ Gross, Quentin Cowles and Fritz Tegtmeier

Feature race winner:  Bobby Grim of Indianapolis, Indiana

 

September 10, 1948 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: Fondoble qualified 9th fastest in a field of 19 cars with a time of 29.11 seconds behind Deb Snyder, Al Fleming, Bobby Grim, Frank Luptow, C. Adams, Guy Lindsey of LaBelle, Missouri; Dick Van Emmerik of Dayton Plains, Michigan and Robert Johnson of Ruskon, Florida but Fondoble did not place in any of the races run on this day.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

September 19, 1948 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  14,000 spectators saw Fondoble set the 10th quickest time in the 16-car time trials at 30.35 seconds behind Emory Collins,Elmer “Rabbit” Musick, Ben Musick, Dick “Red” White of North Hollywood, California; Roy Prosser of North Hollywood, California; George Swangler of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Clair Cotter, Bill Everhart of Wichita, Kansas and Russ Lee.

            Fondoble finished 4th in the 6-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race behind Clair Cotter, Phil Mocca and Bill Everhart.

            Fondoble finished 5th in the 6-car, 5-lap consolation race behind Dick “Red” White, Roy Prosser, Red Ballew of Moberly, Missouri and Ray Yauger.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

May 22, 1949 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  8,000 spectators saw Fondoble place 3rd in the 1st 5-car, 5-lap heat race behind Jimmy Wilburn and Ben Musick.

            Fondoble won the 5-car, 5-lap consolation in 2 minutes, 48.12 seconds.

            Fondoble won the 4-car Australian Pursuit.

            Fondoble finished 5th in the 10-car, 10-lap feature race behind Jimmy Wilburn, Ben Musick, Bill Anderson and Cotton Musick of Wichita, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

  

September 1, 1949 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble finished 20th fastest in time trials behind Bobby Grim, Bill Spinks a.k.a. “Billy McGee”, Red Bales, John Joy, Al Ketter, Jack Fisher, Johnny Hammond, Bill Larimer, Claude Gorin, Torch Aleshire, Guy Sindsey, Bob Marr, Speed Funderburk, Slim Rutherford, Russ Gross, Mel DeVelter, L. B. Taylor, Roy Blinstrup and Jimmy Wegscheider.

            Fondoble finished 2nd in the 8-car Australian Pursuit behind Pat Cunningham.

Feature race winner:  Bobby Grim of Indianapolis, Indiana

  

September 2, 1949 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble finished 16th fastest in time trials behind Guy Lindsey, Bobby Grim, Red Bales, Al Ketter, Harold Ketter, Johnny Hammond, Bob Marr, Don Carr, Torch Alshire, Russ Gross, Bill Larimer, Pat Cunningham, Bill Harding, Red Ballew and Melvin DeVelter.

            Fondoble finished 2nd in the 8-car Australian Pursuit behind Pat Cunningham.

Feature race winner:  Bobby Grim

 

September 16, 1949 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble tied with Robert Marr of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the 9th quickest time in the 16-car time trials at 29.10 seconds behind Emory Collins, Jimmy Wilburn, Bill Anderson, Ben Musick, Bill Hooper, Clair Cotter, Joe James of Van Nuys, California; Bert Hellmueller of Louisville, Kentucky and Robert Marr of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  These times were also used to set the starting fields on September 18, 20 and 22, 1949.

            Fondoble finished last in the 6-car, 7-lap 1st heat race behind Emory Collins, Ben Musick; Bill Hooper, Joe James and Robert Marr.

            Fondoble finished 3rd behind Roy Yauger of Austin, Minnesota and Owen Aleshire of Moberly, Missouri in the 7-car, 5-lap consolation race.

            Fondoble won the 3-car, 8-lap Australian Pursuit Handicap Race.

            Fondoble finished 8th in the 10-car, 10-lap feature race behind Emory Collins, Jimmy Wilburn, Bill Hooper, Bill Anderson, Bert Hellmueller, Roy Yauger and Owen Aleshire.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 18, 1949 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Time trials run September 16, 1949 were used to set the starting positions for these races.

            Fondoble finished last in the 6-car, 7-lap 1st heat race behind Emory Collins, Ben Musick; Bill Hooper, Joe James and Robert Marr.

            Fondoble finished 3rd behind Roy Yauger of Austin, Minnesota and Owen Aleshire of Moberly, Missouri in the 7-car, 5-lap consolation race.

            Fondoble won the 3-car, 8-lap Australian Pursuit Handicap Race.

            Fondoble finished 8th in the 10-car, 10-lap feature race behind Emory Collins, Jimmy Wilburn, Bill Hooper, Bill Anderson, Bert Hellmueller, Roy Yauger and Owen Aleshire.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 20, 1949 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Time trials run September 16, 1949 were used to set the starting positions for these races.

            Fondoble did not place in the money in any of the races run on this afternoon.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

September 22, 1949 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  The time trials run on September 18, 1949 were also used to set the field for the races on this afternoon even though the starting field had increased to 16 cars by now.

            Fondoble finished 2nd in the 5-lap consolation race behind Owen Alshire.

            Fondoble finished last in the 6-lap Australian Pursuit that was won by Joe James.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

May 30, 1950 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  7,000 spectators saw Fondoble compete in the 14-car field on this afternoon.

            Fondoble finished 3rd in the 5-lap consolation race behind Mickey McCormick of Hutchinson, Kansas and Owen Aleshire.

            Fondoble finished 2nd in the 6-car, 5-lap Australian Pursuit behind Tommy Vandeman of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

July 4, 1950 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish: 12,000 fans saw Fondoble run the 13th fastest time for 1 lap in time trials of the 17 cars that took time trials.  The fastest time of the day was 27.10 seconds run by Johnny DeMarco of Kansas City, Missouri.  Fondoble did not place in any of the other races in this rain-shortened program.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

August 20, 1950 – 1 mile dirt oval – Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

            Finish:  Fondoble finished 3rd in the 5-lap Ozark Dash behind Ken Rubright of Lyndon, Illinois and Art Dischinger of Kansas City, Missouri.

            Feature race winner:  Frank Luptow of Tampa, Florida

  

August 31, 1950 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble won the 8-lap consolation race.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Campbell of Bates City, Missouri

  

September 1, 1950 – ˝ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove a red car #99.

Finish:  Fondoble was 11th fastest in time trials with a time of 25.58 behind Jimmy Campbell, Don Carr, Red Bales a.k.a. “Larry Lee”, Hank Stickney, Guy Lendsey, Ralph Parkinson, Sr., Russ Gross, Bill Harding, Ralph Taylor and Russ Beighley.

            Fondoble finished 2nd in the 10-lap, 3rd heat race behind Ralph Taylor.

            Fondoble finished 6th in the 20-lap feature race behind Don Carr, Red Bales a.k.a. “Larry Lee”, Guy Lindsey, Hank Stickney and Russ Gross.

Feature race winner:  Don Carr of Royal Oak, Michigan

 

September 3, 1950 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas.

Finish: 25,000 fans saw Fondoble place 3rd in the “Special Event” behind Ralph Moore of Los Angeles, California and Jimmy Haynes of Oglesby, Illinois.

Feature race winner:  Frank Luptow of Tampa, Florida

 

September 19, 1950 – ˝ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas drove his own red #10 with a Funk Aircraft engine and a 4-port Riley head known in I.M.C.A. as the “Sunflower Special”.

Finish:  Fondoble finished 3rd in the 5-lap consolation race behind Dick Eidsome of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Mickey McCormick of Hutchinson, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

 

 

 

            After Fondoble retired from racing near the end of 1950, he began attending the weekly races at Cejay Stadium in Wichita, Kansas where he became a regular in the pits helping the younger mechanics and drivers setup their race cars.

 

 

 

 

* Since Mike Salay held an A.A.A. competition license; he raced a Frankland Stagger-Valve Frontenac at Belleville, Kansas in 1946 under the alias “James Frankland, Jr.”

 

** Less than 6 years later, A. J. Foyt won his very first race on this same racetrack.