Semi-Late Model Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Tuesday – September 18, 1973

 

 

Promotional Company – D & P Racing Promotions of Great Bend, Kansas

Race Directors – Ernie Drocher and Howard Pedigo of Great Bend, Kansas

Flagman / Starter – Don Pedigo of Great Bend, Kansas

Trophy Girl – Pam Potts of Great Bend, Kansas

 

Track condition – dry slick

 

The Hutchinson News described the races this day as being “simply smashing”. 

 

First Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Jack Petty

Wichita, Kansas

2

H. A. Ratzlaff

Dodge City, Kansas

3

Ron Case

Wichita, Kansas

4

Larry Crowl

Lyons, Kansas

5

Dave White

Wichita, Kansas

6

Sam Brittendall

Salina, Kansas

7

Stan Hacker

Kingman, Kansas

 

Wayne Olson

Salina, Kansas

 

Jack Johnson

Haysville, Kansas

DNF

Leroy Powell

Great Bend, Kansas

DNF

Larry Hall

Hutchinson, Kansas

DNF

Rickey Blackburn

Hutchinson, Kansas

The car driven by Blackburn was forced off of the racetrack and into a mud puddle causing the race to be restarted.

On the restart, cars driven by Johnson, Hall, and Powell crashed in the southwest turn.  The car driven by Olson spun into the infield to avoid the pileup.

 

Second Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Bud Haehn

Wichita, Kansas

2

Shelby Steenson

Solomon, Kansas

3

Gary Moore

Wichita, Kansas

4

Rex Evans

Wichita, Kansas

5

Ernest Ramey

Wichita, Kansas

6

Lawrence Petrie

Salina, Kansas

7

Frank Powers

Wichita, Kansas

8

Tim Wheaton

Dodge City, Kansas

 

Kenny Moore

Winfield, Kansas

 

Loyd Farr

Leoti, Kansas

 

Milton Ward

Chase, Kansas

The cars driven by Kenny Moore, Farr, and Ward crashed in the southwest at the same time that two unidentified cars were crashing in the northeast turn.  These multiple collisions caused the race to be restarted.

Gary Moore led the first four laps before being passed by Steenson.  Haehn then passed both Moore and Steenson on the seventh lap and led the rest of the way to the finish.

 

Third Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Mel Potts

Salina, Kansas

2

Dave Oltman

Salina, Kansas

3

Dan Casmaer

Wichita, Kansas

4

Henry Ellington

Hutchinson, Kansas

5

Don Morris

Junction City, Kansas

6

Gary Hill

Wichita, Kansas

7

Don Kreie

Dodge City, Kasas

8

Jim Mayes

Hutchinson, Kansas

DNF

Joe Coster

Hutchinson, Kansas

DNF

Larry Wolf

Wichita, Kansas

DNF

Melvin Runyan, Sr.

Wichita, Kansas

The race had to be restarted when Wolf flipped his car end-over-end in the south turn as Runyan slid high and into the concrete wall.

Coster then crashed into the outside wall causing another restart of the race.

 

Fourth Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Terry Kowalsky

Great Bend, Kansas

2

J. D. Martin

Dodge City, Kansas

3

Steve Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

4

Larry Pankratz

Wichita, Kansas

5

Buddy Hill

Wichita, Kansas

6

Ron Cemper

O’Neill, Nebraska

7

Mel Montgomery

Wichita, Kansas

8

Norris Anderson

Jamestown, Kansas

9

Darryl Johnson

Wichita, Kansas

 

Van Gemmill

Garden City, Kansas

 

Dick Hendershot*

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Carl “C.Q.” Curless

Hutchinson, Kansas

DNF

Jim Kizzar

Chase, Kansas

DNF

Alan Combs

Herington, Kansas

DNF

Charles Omerod

Wichita, Kansas

This race was restarted when the cars driven by Omerod and Combs tangled at the start of this race with Omerod’s car winding up against the outside wall.

On the restart, Kizzar’s car spun out in the southeast turn but he was able to back it into the infield before the rest of the cars got to that turn.

 

Trophy Dash

Place

Driver

From

1

Jack Petty

Wichita, Kansas

2

Bud Haehn

Wichita, Kansas

3

J. D. Martin

Dodge City, Kansas

4

Terry Kowalsky

Great Bend, Kansas

5

Mel Potts

Salina, Kansas

6

H. A. Ratzlaff

Dodge City, Kansas

 

C Feature

Place

Driver

From

1

Garry Fuller, Sr.

Salina, Kansas

2

Bob Gilmore

Chase, Kansas

3

Jack Johnson

Haysville, Kansas

4

Charles Omerod

Wichita, Kansas

5

Bill Main

Hutchinson, Kansas

6

Marvin Bradford

Salina, Kansas

7

John Shearhod

Wichita, Kansas

DNF

Melvin Runyan, Sr.

Wichita, Kansas

DNF

Carl “C.Q.” Curless

Hutchinson, Kansas

DNF

Buddy Wysong

Hutchinson, Kansas

The cars driven by Wysong and Curless spun out in the north turn.  Just a few laps later, Runyan’s car crashed into the wall in the south turn just a few feet from where it had crashed in the third heat race.

 

B Feature

Place

Driver

From

1

Van Gemmill

Garden City, Kansas

2

Milton Ward

Chase, Kansas

3

Norris Anderson

Jamestown, Kansas

4

Roy Andrews

Wichita, Kansas

5

Bryson Mills

Newton, Kansas

6

Darryl Johnson

Wichita, Kansas

7

Bill Mills

Newton, Kansas

DNF

Gary Holbert

Concordia, Kansas

DNF

Randy Patton

Belleville, Kansas

DNF

Harlan Gile

Wichita, Kansas

DNF

Ron Parks

Hutchinson, Kansas

The race was restarted when the cars driven by Parks, Gile, and Patton tangled at in the southwest turn with Patton’s car crashing into the outside wall.  Holbert then spun his car into a water hole in the infield to avoid being involved in the fray.

 

A Feature

Place

Driver

From

1

Jack Petty

Wichita, Kansas

2

Terry Kowalsky

Great Bend, Kansas

3

H. A. Ratzlaff

Dodge City, Kansas

4

J. D. Martin

Dodge City, Kansas

5

Mel Potts

Salina, Kansas

6

Gary Moore

Wichita, Kansas

7

Dan Casmaer

Wichita, Kansas

8

Dave Oltman

Salina, Kansas

9

Ron Case

Wichita, Kansas

10

Mel Montgomery

Wichita, Kansas

11

Steve Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

 

Tim Wheaton

Dodge City, Kansas

DNF

Larry Pankratz

Wichita, Kansas

DNF

Bud Haehn

Wichita, Kansas

The race had to be stopped after ten laps when the cars driven by Pankratz and Haehn locked wheels in front of the grandstands and crashed into the wall at the start / finish line.

Wheaton’s car slid into a mud hole in the infield near the southwest turn.

 

This photo was taken during the pace lap for the fourth heat race on this afternoon at Hutchinson.  Carl “C.Q.” Curless was driving the #162 Vince-Stephens-owned Ford Falcon and Steve Lutkie was driving the #86 Chevrolet - Vince Stephens collection 

 

This photo of Carl “C.Q.” Curless in his Vince-Stephens-owned Ford Falcon was taken on this afternoon at Hutchinson

Vince Stephens collection

 

This photo of a race lined up was taken on this afternoon from the flag stand.  The only cars to be identified to date are the #81 in the foreground which was a yellow Chevrolet driven by Bill Mills.  The car only visible at far right was built by Pinky Mullens but it has not been determined which of the many cars he built this one is or who was driving it.  If you can identify any of the other cars in this photo, please contact Bob Lawrence – Jim Morris photo for the Hutchinson News

 

Dick Hendershot*

Schrater family collection

Jack Petty

Racing from the Past website

Jack Johnson

Mullens family collection

Milton Ward

Racing from the Past website

 

Bud Haehn

Haehn collection

Kenny Meore

Elaine Moore collection

Don Kreie

Roger Burnett collection

Gary Moore

Gary Moore collection

 

Ron Case

Mullens family collection

Charles Omerod

Charles Omerod collection

Harlan Gile

81 Speedway program

Steve Lutkie

Steve Lutkie collection

 

Mel Montgomery

Montgomery family collection

Roy Andrews

Roy Andrews collection

Frank Powers

81 Speedway program

Dan Casmaer

Ken Greteman photo

 

Vern Allen

Vern Allen collection

 Jim Mayes

Racing from the Past website

Alan Combs

Kruse collection

 Van Gemmill

Schrater family collection

 

J. D. Martin

Merrick racing program

Sam Brittendall

Kruse collection

Carl “C.Q.” Curless

Vince Stephens collection

Marvin Bradford

Racing from the Past website

 

Dave Oltman

Racing from the Past website

Buddy Wysong

Racing from the Past website

Dave White

81 Speedway program

Gary Holbert

Racing from the Past website

 

Larry Wolf

Mike Cornelison photo from the Bob Lawrence collection

Larry Crowl

Donavan Kreie collection from the Racing from the Past website

Bill Mills

Mills collection

Ernest Ramey

Ron Cyr photo from the Earnest Ramey collection

 

 

 

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

 

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