Late Model Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Saturday – September 16, 1961

 

 

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

Promotional company – Auto Racing Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Race promoter – Frank R. Winkley of Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Track condition – “very soft, bumpy, and rutty

 

 

 

#8 Darrell Dake of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and #20 Jule "Chub" Liebe Oelwein, Iowa lined up on the front straightaway – Lehman collection

 

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap - incomplete

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Leonard “Lenny” Funk

Otis, Kansas

32.30 

2

Dick Hutcherson**

Keokuk, Iowa

32.32

3

Ole Brua

Albert Lea, Minnesota

32.70

4

Ernie Derr

Keokuk, Iowa

32.83

5

Gerry Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

32.94

6

Ramo Stott*

Keokuk, Iowa

32.96

 

Jerry McCredie

Keokuk, Iowa

 

 

Bill Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

 

 

Newt Bartholomew

Carlisle, Iowa

 

 

Dick Johnson

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

 

Ed Birkey

Peoria, Illinois

 

 

Clyde Ellis

Avondale, Missouri

 

 

Mert Williams

Rochester, Minnesota

 

 

Jule “Chub” Liebe

Oelwein, Iowa

 

 

Luther Poteet

Topeka, Kansas

 

 

   

 

First Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Leonard “Lenny” Funk

Otis, Kansas

5:38.51

2

Ole Brua

Albert Lea, Minnesota

 

3

Jerry McCredie

Keokuk, Iowa

 

4

Newt Bartholomew

Carlisle, Iowa

 

5

Ed Birkey

Peoria, Illinois

 

  

 

 

Second Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Ramo Stott*

Keokuk, Iowa

5:22.38

2

Dick Hutcherson**

Keokuk, Iowa

 

3

Ernie Derr

Keokuk, Iowa

 

4

Bill Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

 

5

Dick Johnson

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

6

Clyde Ellis

Avondale, Missouri

 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash – 4 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Dick Hutcherson**

Keokuk, Iowa

2:11.39

2

Ole Brua

Albert Lea, Minnesota

 

3

Leonard “Lenny” Funk

Otis, Kansas

 

4

Gerry Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

 

   

 

 

Consolation Race – 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Gerry Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

3:49.02

2

Mert Williams

Rochester, Minnesota

 

3

Jule “Chub” Liebe

Oelwein, Iowa

 

4

Dick Johnson

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

5

Ed Birkey

Peoria, Illinois

 

6

Luther Poteet

Topeka, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Novelty Race – 4 Laps

Place

Driver

From

 

1

Newt Bartholomew

Carlisle, Iowa

 

2

Clyde Ellis

Avondale, Missouri

 

3

Ed Birkey

Peoria, Illinois

DNF

                These drivers raced for one lap, the drivers got out, ran around their cars, got back in and raced for another lap.  After the second lap, they got out, ate a piece of pie, got back in and raced for another lap.  After the third lap, they got out, drank a cup of soda pop, got back in to their cars, and raced for another lap.  The one who completed the fourth lap first was the winner.

 

 

Feature Race –  15 Laps

Place

Driver

From

 Time

  1

Dick Hutcherson**

Keokuk, Iowa

 8:02.48

  2

Leonard “Lenny” Funk

Otis, Kansas

 

  3

Ernie Derr

Keokuk, Iowa

 

  4

Ole Brua

Albert Lea, Minnesota

 

  5

Gerry Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

 

  6

Jule “Chub” Liebe

Oelwein, Iowa

 

  7

Jerry McCredie

Keokuk, Iowa

 

  8

Mert Williams

Rochester, Minnesota

 

  9

Bill Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

 

10

Newt Bartholomew

Carlisle, Iowa

 

                Hutcherson finished two car lengths ahead of Funk.

 

 

 

Two unidentified drivers get back into their cars during one of the novelty races on this weekend at HutchinsonHutchinson News

 

 

 

Dick Hutcherson is shown here taking the checkered flag in his 1961 Ford late model stock car in the feature race on this day at HutchinsonHutchinson News 

 

 

 

 

Chub Liebe

I.M.C.A. yearbook

Lenny Funk

I.M.C.A. yearbook

Jerry McCredie

I.M.C.A. yearbook

Bill Harrison

Mauck photo from the Petty collection

 

 

 

 

 

* Ramo Stott went on to compete in the Daytona “500” eleven times.

 

** Dick Hutcherson (1931-2005) went on to compete in the Daytona “500” three times.

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