Big Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Tuesday – September 16, 1941

 

Races sanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

Attendance:  14,000

   

 

 

Copy of the official program that was sold at these races for 14 cents

To read each page above, click your mouse on it.

Tiederman collection

 

 

 

 

Gus Schrader

Hutchinson News-Herald

 

Jimmy Wilburn

Joe Gemsa collection from the book

Dirt Track Auto Racing by Don Radbruch 

 Fred Bass

Tiederman collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Time Trials – 14 Cars - 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Time

1

Gus Schrader*

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

5

Riverside Tire Offy

25.40

2

Jimmy Wilburn***

Portland, Oregon

39

Riverside Tire Offy

27.00

3

Johnny Schackelford

Dayton, Ohio

4

Johnson Cragar

28.55

4

Fred Bass

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

71

D. O. Cragar

28.60

5

Bert Hellmueller**

Charlotte, North Carolina

48

Curtiss Special

29.00

6

Ralph Pratt

Omaha, Nebraska

1

Turco Special

29.50

7

Lyle Christie

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

43

Offy - Miller

29.80

8

Gregg Tiederman

Wichita, Kansas

9

Swart Brothers’ Miller Schoffield

30.60

9

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

15

D. O. Hal

30.70

10

Jim Fetter

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

23

McDowell

32.00

11

Eddie Wagner

Des Moines, Iowa

26

Riley Special

32.86

12

Jack Robinson

Middletown, Missouri

440

Alexander Special

33.50

13

Chance Corbitt

Huron, South Dakota

27

Schoffield Special

34.40

14

Val Jameson

Wichita, Kansas

40

Cragar Special

NT

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 4 Cars – 5 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Time

1

Gus Schrader*

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

5

Riverside Tire Offy

2:24.7

2

Bert Hellmueller**

Charlotte, North Carolina

48

Curtiss Special

 

3

Lyle Christie

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

43

Offy - Miller

 

4

Johnny Schackelford

Dayton, Ohio

4

Johnson Cragar

 

            Schrader only beat Hellmueller to the finish line by half a car length.

 

 

 

Second Heat – 4 Cars – 5 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Time

1

Jimmy Wilburn***

Portland, Oregon

39

Riverside Tire Offy

2:27.7

2

Ralph Pratt

Omaha, Nebraska

 1

Turco Special

 

3

Fred Bass

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

71

D. O. Cragar

 

4

Gregg Tiederman

Wichita, Kansas

9

Swart Brothers’ Miller Schoffield

DNF

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 6 Cars – 5 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Time

1

Fred Bass

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

71

D. O. Cragar

2:31.0

2

Lyle Christie

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

43

Offy - Miller

 

3

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

15

D. O. Hal

 

4

Johnny Schackelford

Dayton, Ohio

4

Johnson Cragar

 

5

Jim Fetter

Cedar Rapids, Ohio

23

McDowell

 

6

Gregg Tiederman

Wichita, Kansas

9

Swart Brothers’ Miller Scoffield

 

 

 

 

KWBW Radio Helmet Dash – 2 Cars – 3 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Time

1

Jimmy Wilburn***

Portland, Oregon

39

Riverside Tire Offy

1:22.0

2

Gus Schrader*

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

5

Riverside Tire Offy

 

            The two cars were never more than half a car length apart with Wilburn being declared the winner by only a few inches.

 

 

 

International Pursuit Championship – 11 Cars – 11 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car # 

Automobile

Time

1

Ralph Pratt

Omaha, Nebraska

1

Turco Special

5:38.0 

2

Bert Hellmueller**

Charlotte, North Carolina

48

Curtiss Special

 

3

Johnny Schackelford

Dayton, Ohio

4

Johnson Cragar

 

4

Jack Robinson

Middletown, MIssouri

440

Alexander Special

 

 

Fred Bass

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

71

D. O. Cragar

 

 

Lyle Christie

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

43

Offy - Miller

 

 

Gregg Tiederman

Wichita, Kansas

9

Swart Brothers’ Miller Schoffield

 

 

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

15

D. O. Hal

 

 

Jim Fetter

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

23

McDowell

 

 

Eddie Wagner

Des Moines, Iowa

26

Riley Special

 

 

Chance Corbitt

Huron, South Dakota

27

Schoffield Special

 

 

 

 

State Championship Race – 7 Cars – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Time

1

Gus Schrader*

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

5

Riverside Tire Offy

4:39.2

2

Jimmy Wilburn***

Portland, Oregon

39

Riverside Tire Offy

 

3

Bert Hellmueller**

Charlotte, North Carolina

48

Curtiss Special

 

4

Ralph Pratt

Omaha, Nebraska

1

Turco Special

 

5

Johnny Schackelford

Dayton, Ohio

4

Johnson Cragar

 

6

Fred Bass

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

71

D. O. Cragar

 

7

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

15

D. O. Hal

DNF

            Schrader was never more than 20 feet ahead of Wilburn through out this race and only beat him to the finish line by about 3 feet.

            One month later (October 19, 1941), Schrader was again racing with Wilburn in an I.M.C.A. Championship race at Shreveport, Louisiana when their two cars tangled on the first lap.  Schrader was fatally injured in the accident.

 

 

 

 I.M.C.A. Officials

Director of Events

-

John Sloan

I.M.C.A. Representative

-

Sam M. Mitchell

Clerk of the Course

-

Paul Wanesburg

Starter

-

Andy Burt

Announcer

-

Jack B. Story

Judge

-

W. M. “Bud” Detter

Judge

-

W. M. “Bill” Bryant

Judge

-

J. C. Stevens

Judge

-

Scott Clark, Jr.

Judge

-

E. E. “Ernie” Powell

Timer

-

M. F. Hines

Timer

-

L. S. Mayfield

 

 

  

Gregg Tiederman

Tiederman collection

Johnny Shackelford

Jeff Adams collection

Ralph Pratt

Bob Stolze collection

 

 

 

Bert Hellmueller

Bob Stolze collection

Eddie Wagner

Wood collection

Posey Reeves

Don Radbruch collection

 

 

 

* One month after (on October 19, 1941) participating in these races at the Kansas State Fair, Gus Schrader was again racing with Jimmy Wilburn in an I.M.C.A. Championship race at Shreveport, Louisiana when their two cars tangled on the first lap.  Schrader was fatally injured in that accident.

 

** Engelbert H. “Bert” Hellmueller, Jr. (1906-1985) listed his home as a number of different places but his family home was in Louisville, Kentucky and that is where he retired to.

 

*** James T. “Jimmy” Wilburn (1908-1984) went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” in 1946.

 

 

 

 

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