Sprint Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Tuesday – September 17, 1968

 

Sanctioned by – Big Car Racing Association (B.C.R.A.)

 

 

 

 #5 Keith Hightshoe, #43 Dale Reed and #25 Harold Leep during the third heat race on this afternoon.  Leep’s mount would suffer a blown engine shortly after this photo was taken.

Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

1

84

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

23:79

 

 

 

  

First Heat Race – 8 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

1

16

Otis “Ody” Fellows

Indian Hills, Colorado

3:32.70

2

9

Don Hartman

St. Francis, Kansas

 

3

35

Gary Tuten

Denver, Colorado

 

4

58

Harry Ivers

Lakewood, Colorado

 

5

12

Jim Ducey

Denver, Colorado

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 8 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

24

Joe Saldana

Lincoln, Nebraska

 

2

82

Dick Sutcliffe

Kansas City, Missouri

 

3

41

Dick Bloom

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

67

Chuck Kidwell

Lincoln, Nebraska

 

5

27

Jim Golden

Palmyra, Nebraska

 

6

31

Al Bodenhammer

Raytown, Missouri

 

DNF

3

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

 

DNF

23

Roger Lane

Blue Springs, Missouri

 

Lane spun out in the southwest turn and backed into the outside crash wall causing the race to be restarted.

Dewell was driving the Curt Stockwell owned #3 Offy.  It was Dewell’s first ever start in a sprint car but the car lost its gears on the fourth lap.

Bodenhammer’s car bounced off of the outside wall exiting the northwest turn on one lap but he was able to recover from the incident keeping car running.

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 8 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

1

17

Gordon Woolley

Waco, Texas

3:20.20

2

88

Jan Opperman*

Des Moines, Iowa

 

3

84

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

6

David Ross

Jetmore, Kansas

 

5

43

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

6

66

Ralph Parkinson, Sr.

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

7

5

Keith Hightshoe

Ashland, Nebraska

 

DNF

25

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

The Chet Wilson Chevrolet “Offy Killer” that Leep was driving, suffered a blown engine.

Ross and Opperman staged a spirited dual for the lead of this race until the last lap when both drove into the northeast turn to fast sliding high on the racetrack.  That allowed Woolley to pass them both on the inside and hold on for the victory

 

 

 

Trophy Dash – 4 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

1

84

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

1:37.74

2

66

Ralph Parkinson, Sr.

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

3

43

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

DNS

25

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Consolation Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

1

66

Ralph Parkinson, Sr.

Wichita Falls, Texas

4:12.20

2

31

Al Bodenhammer

Raytown, Missouri

 

3

23

Roger Lane

Blue Springs, Missouri

 

4

27

Jim Golden

Palmyra, Nebraska

 

5

5

Keith Hightshoe

Ashland, Nebraska

 

6

12

Jim Ducey

Denver, Colorado

 

DNF

43

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

Reed started in the third position and took over the lead on the third lap leading until the eighth lap when his engine blew and he coasted to a stop in the infield.

 

 

 

A Feature – 20 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

1

84

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

8:10.0

2

82

Dick Sutcliffe

Kansas City, Missouri

 

3

6

David Ross

Jetmore, Kansas

 

4

88

Jan Opperman*

Des Moines, Iowa

 

5

17

Gordon Woolley

Waco, Texas

 

6

66

Ralph Parkinson, Sr.

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

7

24

Joe Saldana

Lincoln, Nebraska

 

8

5

Keith Hightshoe

Ashland, Nebraska

 

9

27

Jim Golden

Palmyra, Nebraska

 

10

41

Dick Bloom

Wichita, Kansas

 

Sutcliffe, Bryant, and Ross pulled away from the rest of the cars.  Sutcliffe led until the 17th lap when he slid to high in the northeast turn allowing Bryant to slip past him on the inside for the lead.

 

 

 

 

This photo of Jan Opperman with the Bob Trostle owned car was taken at Hutchinson during this week – Bob Mays collection

 

 

 

 This photo of Dale Reed was taken at Hutchinson during this week – McKim collection

 

 

 

  This photo of Dick Bloom was taken at Hutchinson during this week.  The #84 in the background was owned by Red Forshee and driven by Roy Bryant – McKim collection

 

 

 

  

Gordon Woolley

Bob Mays collection

Roger Lane

L. A. Ward photo

Ralph Parkinson, Sr.

Bob Mays collection

Harold Leep

Wilson collection

 

 

 

 

Keith Hightshoe

L. A. Ward photo from the 2005 Fastrack Pictorial by Bob Mays 

Jim Golden

Leroy Byers photos from the book Big Car Thunder, Sprint Cars on America’s Fair Circuit Vol. I, by Bob Mays

  

 

 

Dick Sutcliffe

Roy Bryant

Chuck Kidwell

Joe Saldana

Leroy Byers photos from the book Big Car Thunder, Sprint Cars on America’s Fair Circuit Vol. I, by Bob Mays

 

 

 

 

 

* Jan Opperman (1939-1997) had just moved to the Midwest from California and had not established a residence yet so he listed the home of his car owner, Bob Trostle of Des Moines, Iowa as his place of residence.  The following winter, Jan moved his family to Beaver Crossing, Nebraska.  He went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” twice.  Jan eventually succumbed to injuries sustained in a sprint car accident at Jennerstown, Pennsylvania in 1981.

 

 

 

 

 

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