Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – July 17, 1955

 

 

Promotional company – Hamilton Attractions of Hutchinson, Kansas

Promoter – Verne Hamilton of Hutchinson, Kansas

Starter / Flagman – Ted Davis of Junction City, Kansas

 

50 cars competed in these races

 

 

 

 

First Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Buddy Quick

Wichita, Kansas

2

A. J. Shepherd*

Wichita, Kansas

3

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

 

 

  

Second Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Don Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

2

Dean Ring

Alva, Oklahoma

3

Bill Mears

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

  

Third Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Bob Champlin

Wichita, KS

2

Bob Rollins

 

3

Laurie Collins

Manhattan, Kansas 

   

 

  

Trophy Dash

Place

Driver

From

1

Buddy Quick

Wichita, Kansas

2

Don Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

3

Chuck Stone

Salina, Kansas

 

 

  

B Feature Race

Place

Driver

From

  1

Chuck Stone

Salina, Kansas

  2

Bill Nichols

Wichita, Kansas

  3

Bryce Barth

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

A Feature Race

Place

Driver

From

  1

Buddy Quick

Wichita, Kansas

  2

Dean Ring

Alva, Oklahoma

  3

A. J. Shepherd*

Wichita, Kansas

 

John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Bud Clifford

 

            Riead, driving car #49, crashed into the board fence on the east side of the racetrack having just come out of the south turn.

            Clifford, driving car #K7, flipped and then rolled over twice in front of the grandstand.  He was hospitalized for minor injuries.

 

 

 

 

The car spinning out in the northwest turn was driven by Evert Parker of Hutchinson.  The drivers of the other two cars have yet to be identified – Lehman collection

 

 

 

The only one of these cars passing through the north turn on a pace lap to be identified so far is the car just entering the photo at right.  That one was driven by Evert Parker of Hutchinson – Lehman collection

 

 

 

An unidentified driver in #15A is seen here racing another unidentified car through the north turn.  Note the tiny tire on the rear of this car.  Those were used by cars with a 4.44 rearend gear in high gear to get a few more R.P.M.s from their engines – Lehman collection

 

 

 

This unidentified photo was taken on the front straightaway – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#30 A. J. Shepherd, #32 Buddy Quick in a sedan owned by K. O. Christian, and #55 Frank Lies in a coupe owned by Kenny Riffel are seen here going through the north turn on a pace lap – Lehman collection

 

 

 

An unidentified #88 leads #32 Buddy Quick, an unidentified #4, an unidentified #90A, an unidentified #14 and several other cars through the northwest turn – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#39 Cliff Durr in his own car leads #86 Bill Mears in a sedan owned by John Goertz through the north turn – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#39 Cliff Durr leads several unidentified cars down the front straightaway – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#49 John Riead of Hutchinson leads two unidentified cars through the northwest turn – Lehman collection

 

 

 

An unidentified #56 leads #76 Evert Parker and an unidentified #20 through the north turn – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#76 Evert Parker at far left and #86 Bill Mears second from left and #39 Cliff Durr sixth from left, get ready to pull away to lead the pace lap – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#86 Bill Mears leads a car #59 owned by Frank and Don Sadowski through the north turn – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#86 Bill Mears driving John Goertz’s sedan leads #55 Frank Lies in Kenny Riffel’s coupe – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#59 owned by Frank and Don Sadowski of Newton, Kansas in the north turn – Lehman collection

 

 

 

Two unidentified cars race through the north turn – Lehman collection

 

 

 

Unidentified cars on the front straightaway during a pace lap – Lehman collection

 

 

 

Unidentified cars on the front straightaway during a pace lap – Lehman collection

 

 

 

Several unidentified cars can be seen in this photo taken from the infield stage – Lehman collection

 

 

 

Three unidentified cars go through the north turn – Lehman collection 

  

 

 

 #32 Buddy Quick of Wichita, Kansas speeds through the north turn in route to a clean sweep of the races on this afternoon as he finished first in the first heat race, first in the trophy dash, and first in the A Feature race.  The car was a 1932 Crown Victoria owned by K. O. Christian of Wichita, Kansas – Lehman collection

 

 

 

#24A Bill Nichols of Wichita, Kansas races an unidentified driver in #14 through the north turn at Hutchinson – Lehman collection 

 

 

 

Buddy Quick kisses the trophy queen after one of the three races he won on this afternoon.  That is starter Ted Davis holding the flag – Lehman collection

 

 

 

This photo was taken on the front straightaway but neither the driver of this car nor that of #69 beside it have been identified to date – Lehman collection

 

 

 

Car #12A passes by another car spinning out in the north turn but it is unknown who was driving either car – Lehman collection

 

 

 

The driver of this #15A is unknown but it is seen here going through the north turn – Lehman collection

 

 

 

This photo was taken in the infield pit area but none of the cars or people have been identified to date.  If you can identify any of the cars, drivers, or even people on this web page, please contact Bob Lawrence – Lehman collection

 

 

 

 

Don Everhart

Harriet Ramsey collection

Troy Routh

Mary Ann Heaton photo

Bill Nichols

Jim Edwards photo

  

 

 

Bill Mears

Ralph Lowry collection

Bob Champlin

Tim Cornelius collection

Buddy Quick

Gary Virden photo

Dean Ring

Dean Ring collection

 

 

 

A. J. Shepherd

Willard Bodkins collection

John Riead

John Riead collection

Bryce Barth

Cokeley collection

 

 

 

  

 

* Alvin Junior “A. J.” Shepherd (1926-2005) went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” in 1961.

 

 

 

 

 

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