Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Saturday – September 18, 1954

 

 

Promotional company – Hamilton Attractions of Hutchinson, Kansas

Promoter – Verne Hamilton of Hutchinson, Kansas

Starter / Flagman – Ted Davis of Junction City, Kansas

Trophy girl – Nancy Lee Hutchinson of Wichita, Kansas

Attendance – 8,000

 

 

 

 Winner of the Trophy Dash

 This photo was taken after the trophy dash on this day.  Left to right: Nancy Lee Hutchinson, John Bush, and Ted Davis.  Click your mouse on the photo above to see another photo of the same car - John Bush collection

 

 

 

            94 cars were entered in these races which were marked by a number of spectacular flips, rollovers, and multi-car pile-ups.  Eight drivers were injured (none seriously) with four being treated at the racetrack and four more being transported to the local hospital.  Those injured were:

:

 

Driver

From

 

Bob Newman

Wichita, Kansas

 

John Marshall

Wichita, Kansas

 

Elmer “Red” Stock

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Connie Gilhcrist

Salina, Kansas

 

Clyde Derringer

Wichita, Kansas

 

Wylan Cattrell

Wichita, Kansas

 

Dillard Klein

Abilene, Kansas

 

Bob Gass

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

First Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Bill Hensen

Wichita, Kansas

2

Buddy Quick

Wichita, Kansas

3

Chuck Jones

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

  

Second Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

John Bush

Wichita, Kansas

2

Al Williams

Wichita, Kansas

3

Bill Mears*

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

  

Third Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Bill Nelson

Wichita, Kansas

2

Bob Newman

Wichita, Kansas

3

Bill Nichols

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

  

Trophy Dash

Place

Driver

From

1

John Bush

Wichita, Kansas

  

 

  

B Feature Race – 40 Cars

Place

Driver

From

1

Will Forrest

Wichita, Kansas

2

Max Naden

Peabody, Kansas

3

Glenn “Bud” Webster

Winfield, Kansas

4

Jed Nedbalck

Mulvane, Kansas

5

Ralph Lies

Wichita, Kansas

6

Dick Hendershot**

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

A Feature Race – 39 Cars

Place

Driver

From

1

Bill Mears*

Wichita, Kansas

2

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

3

John Bush

Wichita, Kansas

4

Al Williams

Wichita, Kansas

5

Gerald “Skeeter” McKinnie

Newton, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Al Williams

Larry Brooks collection

Bill Mears

Ralph Lowry collection

Bill Nelson

Willard Bodkins collection

Bill Nichols

Jim Edwards photo

 

 

 

Glenn “Bud” Webster

Willard Bodkins collection

Max Naden

Max Naden collection

Ralph Lies

Gary Virden photo

Will Forrest

Willard Bodkins collection

 

 

 

Red Stock

Todd White collection

Skeeter McKinnie

Tim Cornelius collection

Dick Hendershot

Todd White collection

Clyde Darrenger

Lies collection

 

 

 

Bob Newman

Ira Woodward photo

Wylan Cattrell

Wylan Cattrell collection

Buddy Quick

Gary Virden photo

John Bush

John Bush collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Bill Mears is the father of former Indy drivers Rick and Roger Mears and the grandfather of Nextel Cup driver Casey Mears.

 

** Richard M. “Dick” Hendershot (1925-1976) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Salina, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

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