Seventeenth Annual Kansas State Championship

Late Model Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Sunday September 13, 1981

 

Promotional company Speedways Inc. of Wichita, Kansas

Race director C. Ray Hall of Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

#7c Howard Spitler of Republic, Kansas; #50B Larry McDaniels of Wichita, Kansas; and #721 Van Gemmill of Ponca City, Oklahoma are shown here running nose-to-tail down the front straightaway in the 20-lap A feature race on this afternoon.  McDaniels ended up finishing in fourth place, Gemmill in fifth place, and Spitler in seventh place Thad Allton photo for the Hutchinson News

 

 

 

First Heat Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

  1

57

Dhon Hauserman

Wichita, Kansas

  2

86

Steve Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

  3

92

Lonnie Smith

Wichita, Kansas

  4

42

Ken Sweet

Wichita, Kansas

  5

64

David Brack

Great Bend, Kansas

  6

70

Don Morris

Junction City, Kansas

  7

L16

Vernon Strutt

Woodston, Kansas

  8

65

Rusty Hilderman

Topeka, Kansas

  9

14N

Henry Martin

McPherson, Kansas

10

55

Shannon Little

Newton, Kansas

11

27

J. J. Adolph

Manhattan, Kansas

Hauserman had a big lead in this race.

 

  

 

Second Heat Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

77

Shelby Steenson

Abilene, Kansas

2

90

Johnny Boe

Enid, Oklahoma

3

12

Bob Billups

Wichita, Kansas

4

29

Frank McGehee

Wichita, Kansas

5

3

Gary Macy

Hennessey, Oklahoma

6

60

David Hughes

Breckinridge, Oklahoma

7

148

Duane Holton

Abilene, Kansas

8

49

Dennis Wagner

Great Bend, Kansas

 

  

 

Third Heat Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

7c

Howard Spitler

Republic, Kansas

2

48x

Steve Bush

Wichita, Kansas

3

13

Von Morton

Hutchinson, Kansas

4

2

Rich Wilson

Wichita, Kansas

5

71

Gerald Folk

Iola, Kansas

6

B48

Sam Brittendall

Salina, Kansas

7

1x

Sam Randol

Topeka, Kansas

8

99

Bill Goodson

Manhattan, Kansas

 

  

 

Fourth Heat Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

  1

31

Gary Kratzer

Lyons, Kansas

  2

18

Tony Bruce, Sr.

Liberal, Kansas

  3

67B

Jerry Burkes

Wichita, Kansas

  4

48M

Craig Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

  5

98

Rod Keller

Dodge City, Kansas

  6

76

John Craig

Manhattan, Kansas

  7

11H

Francis Hoppenstedt

Manhattan, Kansas

  8

20

Dick Julian

Great Bend, Kansas

  9

5

Greg Holbert

Concordia, Kansas

10

50JR

Jack Mohn

Salina, Kansas

  

  

 

Fifth Heat Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

7B

Clay Bontrager

Hutchinson, Kansas

2

50B

Larry McDaniels

Wichita, Kansas

3

21

Don Davis, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

4

721

Van Gemmill

Ponca City, Oklahoma

5

55x

Ron Simmons

Ft. Scott, Kansas

6

44

Oren Haas

Wichita, Kansas

7

44x

Rob Glasse

Wichita, Kansas

8

84D

Terry Guinn

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

9

B10

Kenny Farr

Leoti, Kansas

 

  

 

Trophy Dash

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

7B

Clay Bontrager

Hutchinson, Kansas

2

77

Shelby Steenson

Abilene, Kansas

3

7c

Howard Spitler

Republic, Kansas

 

  

 

C Feature Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

  1

L16

Vernon Strutt

Woodston, Kansas

  2

84D

Terry Guinn

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  3

65

Rusty Hilderman

Topeka, Kansas

  4

44x

Rob Glasse

Wichita, Kansas

  5

8F

Jay Woodside

Wichita, Kansas

  6

27

J. J. Adolph

Manhattan, Kansas

  7

148

Duane Holton

Abilene, Kansas

  8

14N

Henry Marin

McPherson, Kansas

  9

99

Bill Goodson

Manhattan, Kansas

10

55

Shannon Little

Newton, Kansas

11

B10

Kenny Farr

Leoti, Kansas

12

5

Greg Holbert

Concordia, Kansas

13

 

Randy Payne

Topeka, Kansas

14

 

Roy Hupman

Wichita, Kansas

15

 

Don Graves

Liberal, Kansas

 

  

 

B Feature Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

  1

721

Van Gemmill

Ponca City, Oklahoma

  2

42

Ken Sweet

Wichita, Kansas

  3

29

Frank McGehee

Wichita, Kansas

  4

2

Rich Wilson

Wichita, Kansas

  5

70

Don Morris

Junction City, Kansas

  6

64

David Brack

Great Bend, Kansas

  7

55x

Ron Simmons

Ft. Scott, Kansas

  8

71

Gerald Folk

Iola, Kansas

  9

60

David Hughes

Breckinridge, Oklahoma

10

3

Gary Macy

Hennessey, Oklahoma

11

48M

Craig Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

12

98

Rod Keller

Dodge City, Kansas

13

B48

Sam Brittendall

Salina, Kansas

14

65

Rusty Hilderman

Topeka, Kansas

 

 

 

A Feature Race 20 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

  1

57

Dhon Hauserman

Wichita, Kansas

  2

77

Shelby Steenson

Abilene, Kansas

  3

7B

Clay Bontrager

Hutchinson, Kansas

  4

50B

Larry McDaniels

Wichita, Kansas

  5

721

Van Gemmill

Ponca City, Oklahoma

  6

86

Steve Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

  7

7c

Howard Spitler

Republic, Kansas

  8

29

Frank McGehee

Wichita, Kansas

  9

92

Lonnie Smith

Wichita, Kansas

10

42

Ken Sweet

Wichita, Kansas

11

90

Johnny Boe

Enid, Oklahoma

12

21

Don Davis, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

13

 

Steve Rogers

Garden City, Kansas

14

12

Bob Billups

Wichita, Kansas

15

70

Don Morris

Junction City, Kansas

16

67B

Jerry Burkes

Wichita, Kansas

17

18

Tony Bruce, Sr.

Liberal, Kansas

Steenson took the early lead from pole sitter Hauserman but was Hauserman stayed close behind until the eighteenth lap when he passed Steenson for the lead exiting the southeast turn.  Hauserman then pulled away to comfortable lead over Steenson with Bontrager finishing a distant third.

 

 

 

 

This mix-up (the same accident is pictured just minutes apart above and below) is believed to have taken place during the A feature on this afternoon.  The only cars involved that have been identified so far are #92 Lonnie Smith from Wichita, Kansas; #48M Craig Miller from Hutchinson; and #42 Ken Sweet, Sr. from Wichita, Kansas - Mike Cornelison photos

 

 

 

 

Dhon Hauserman of Wichita, Kansas leading the A feature on this afternoon - Mike Cornelison photo 

 

 

 

 

Shelby Steenson

Racing from the Past website

   

Steve Bush

Joe Aldershof collection

 

Howard Spitler

Racing from the Past website

Steve Lutkie

Steve Lutkie collection

 

 

 

 Vernon Strutt

Racing from the Past website

J. J. Adolph

Racing from the Past website

 Van Gemmill

Brian Carroll collection

Rob Glasse

Racing from the Past website

 

 

 

 

Gary Kratzer

Racing from the Past website 

Francis Hoppenstedt

Racing from the Past website

Von Morton

Racing from the Past website 

Frank McGehee

Haehn collection 

 

 

 

Larry McDaniels

Bill Rogers collection

Sam Brittendall

Duane Toyne collection from the Racing from the Past website

 

Dick Julian

Racing from the Past website

Don Morris

Racing from the Past website

 

 

 

Clay Bontrager

81 Speedway program

Rich Wilson

Wilson collection

Don Davis, Jr.

Racing from the Past website

Oren Haas

81 Speedway program

 

 

 

David Brack

Mike Cornelison photo

 

 

 

 

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