Eighth Annual Kansas State Modified Championship Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Sunday – September 17, 1972

 

 

Promotional Company – Merrick Racing Promotions (M.R.P.)

Race Director – Jack Merrick of Dodge City, Kansas

Trophy queen – Cheryl Dee Taylor of Sterling, Kansas

 

 

 

 

This photo of Ron Fowler with the John-Schippert-owned Chevrolet powered modified was taken on this afternoon.  Later in the day, he drove the car to victory in the feature race – Hutchinson Nationals program

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Lonnie Snowden

Wichita, Kansas

4:26.9

2

Jim Toombs

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Forrest Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Wylan Cattrell

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

Frank Offutt

Utica, Kansas

 

6

David Unruh

Quinter, Kansas

 

 

 

  

Second Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

4:14.2

2

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

 

4

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

 

5

Butch Roberts

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

6

Lawrence Sinks

Lawrence, Kansas

 

7

Richard Powell

Enid, Oklahoma

 

8

Roger Chambers

Yates Center, Kansas

 

9

Bud Hatch

Yates Center, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Jim Harkness

Wichita, Kansas

4:14.1

2

Ron Fowler

Chanute, Kansas

 

3

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

6

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

 

7

Darrell Bilimer

Shawnee, Kansas

 

8

Mike Patrick

Dodge City, Kansas

 

9

Alan Herbert

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash – 5 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

2:04.1

2

Jim Toombs

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

 

5

Ron Fowler

Chanute, Kansas

 

6

Jim Harkness

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

B Feature – 15 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Lonnie Snowden

Wichita, Kansas

6:20.7

2

Bud Hatch

Yates Center, Kansas

 

3

Richard Powell

Enid, Oklahoma

 

4

Forrest Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

Roger Chambers

Yates Center, Kansas

 

6

Jim Toombs

Wichita, Kansas

 

7

Frank Offutt

Utica, Kansas

 

DNF

Larry Neff

Wichita, Kansas

 

DNF

Bill Dye

Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

Dye slid into the southwest turn wall after breaking his steering.

Neff spun out and crashed into the outside wall in the northeast turn.

 

 

 

A Feature – 20 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

  1

Ron Fowler

Chanute, Kansas

8:06.9

  2

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

 

  3

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

  4

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

 

  6

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

  7

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

  8

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

 

  9

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

 

 

Jim Harkness

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Butch Roberts

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

The race had to be restarted after Roberts and Copeland bumped wheels and then the outside wall just after receiving the starter’s flag.

Harkness led the first four laps before being passed by Fowler.  One lap later, Dewell passed Harkness for second place.  Harkness then slid wide in an attempt to pass slower traffic and was not a factor for the remainder of the race.

 

 

 

 Kansas State Modified Racing Championship

Determined from those winning the most total points over the two days of modified racing at the Kansas State Fair

Place

Driver

From

Points

1

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

67

2

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

59

3

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

57

4

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

53

5

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

52

 

 

 

 Larry Dewell, second from left, and car owner Bob Billups are shown here receiving their championship awards from trophy queen Cheryl Dee Taylor and her court after the dual won the 1972 Kansas State Modified Racing Championship – Hutchinson Nationals program

 

 

 

   

Roy Bryant

Bob Mays collection

Frank Lies

Bob Mays collection

Grady Wade

Monte Cole collection

Racing from the Past website  

Forrest Coleman

Bob Mays collection

 

 

 

Dale Reed

Racing from the Past website

Larry Dewell

Racing from the Past website

Jon Johnson

Racing from the Past website

Herb Copeland

Bob Mays collection

 

 

 

Wylan Cattrell

Racing from the Past website

Alan Herbert

Dodge City Globe 

Harold Leep

Cokeley collection

Jim Harkness

Racing from the Past website

 

 

 

Bud Hatch

Bob Mays collection

Jim Toombs

Larry Hall collection

Lawrence Sinks

Lawrence Sinks collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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