Late Model Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – September 16, 1956

 

 

Sanctioned by – International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

Promotional company – Auto Racing Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Race promoter – Frank Winkley of Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Attendance – 12,000 

 

 

 

Unidentified late model stock cars on the front straightaway at Hutchinson – Lehman collection

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 12 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

  1

Bob Burdick

Omaha, Nebraska

1956 Ford

  2

Doc Narber

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Chevrolet

  3

Tubby Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

1956 Chevrolet 

  4

Don Pash

Avoca, Iowa

 

  5

Milton Luft

Great Bend, Kansas

 

  6

Bob Kosiski*

Omaha, Nebraska

 

  7

Rodney Clark

Emporia, Kansas

 

  8

Millard Clothier

Great Bend, Kansas

 

 

  

 

Second Heat Race – 12 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

  1

Johnny Beauchamp**

Harlan, Iowa

1956 Chevrolet

  2

Sonny Morgan

Beaumont, Texas

Chevrolet 

  3

Leonard “Lenny”  Funk

Otis, Kansas

 

  4

Bill Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

1956 Ford Convertible

  5

Bob Burdick

Omaha, Nebraska

1956 Ford

  6

Dick Jepsen

Hoxie, Kansas

1956 Oldsmobile 88

  7

Jim Martin

Richmond, Missouri

 

  8

Fred South

Salina, Kansas

Chevrolet

 

 

Feature Race – 24 Cars - 100 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

  1

Johnny Beauchamp**

Harlan, Iowa

1956 Chevrolet

  2

Doc Narber

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Chevrolet

  3

Don Pash

Avoca, Iowa

 

  4

Jim Martin

Richmond, Missouri

 

  5

Dick Jepsen

Hoxie, Kansas

1956 Oldsmobile 88

  6

Dick Johnson

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

  7

Milton Luft

Great Bend, Kansas

 

  8

Tubby Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

1956 Chevrolet 

  9

Millard Clothier

Great Bend, Kansas

 

10

Rodney Clark

Emporia, Kansas

 

11

Bob Burdick

Omaha, Nebraska

1956 Ford

12

Fred South

Salina, Kansas

Chevrolet

13

Bob Kosiski*

Omaha, Nebraska

 

14

Clarence “Lead Foot” Bolton

Hutchinson, Kansas

1951 Ford 

15

Chris Skadal

Des Moines, Iowa

1954 Oldsmobile 

 

Sonny Morgan

Beaumont, Texas

Chevrolet 

            Beauchamp’s Chevrolet was equipped with fuel injection.

            Burdick led the first 23 laps before being passed by Beauchamp who lead the rest of the way.  Burdick followed Beauchamp closely until he spun out in the south turn, struck the fence, and blew out a tire.  Burdick sped back to the pits but, in his haste, went the wrong way on the racetrack.  That drew him a 2-lap penality.  He was able to make repairs and rejoin the race though.

            Morgan’s car dropped out with a “broken front axle” on the 34th lap.

            Naber was a full lap behind Beauchamp at the end while Pash finished another two laps behind.

            Only 14 cars finished this race.

 

 

 

 

Dick Jepsen

Dick Jepsen collection

Millard Clothier (at right)

Clothier collection

 

                                                              

                                                              

 

* Bob Kosiski went on to compete in the Daytona “500” in 1960.

 

** Johnny Beauchamp (1923-1981) went on to compete in the Daytona “500” in 1959.

 

 

 

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