Big Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday – September 20, 1940

 

Races sanctioned by the Mile High Racing Association (M.H.R.A.)

Race promoter – Tom Holden of WaKeeney, Kansas

Flagman / Starter – Lenard E. Kerbs of Otis, Kansas

 

Attendance:  “In excess of 12,000”

  

 

 

 

Vic Rothe in the #1 Turco Special at Hutchinson in 1940 – Darrin McKim collection

  

 

  

Time Trials – 24 Cars - 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Bill Morris1

Dallas, Texas

Messer Special

27.00

2

Vic Rothe

Omaha, Nebraska

Turco Special #1

27.98

3

Elmer Noeth

Chicago, Illinois

 

28.84

4

Bob Vorbeck

Longmont, Colorado

Fisher Dreyer Special #27

29.05

5

Cecil Burnaugh

Moline, Illinois

 

29.37

6

Walt Moffatt

Denver, Colorado

 

29.80

 

Clarence Merritt

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Merritt Special

 

 

Claude Gorin

Wichita Falls, Texas

Miller Special

 

 

Ray Goodwin2

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

 

 

Shorty Burns3

St. Louis, Missouri

 

 

 

Bob Sledge

Houston, Texas

Frontenac Special

 

 

Posey Reeves

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

 

 

Rex Woodard4

Hutchinson, Kansas

T. D. O. Special

 

 

Bill Harding

Hastings, Nebraska

Hardings Special #H-1

 

 

Val Jameson

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Loren Fondoble

Ogallah, Kansas

Riley Special #10

NT

            Fondoble ran into the inside fence during his time trial run.  In a later race, his car blew a tire and he spun out.

 

 

 

Dufek Trophy Dash – 3 Laps

Fastest 3 cars from time trials

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Bill Morris1

Dallas, Texas

Messer Special

1:28.4

2

Vic Rothe

Omaha, Nebraska

Turco Special #1

 

3

Elmer Noeth

Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 6 Cars - 8 Laps

Fastest 6 cars from time trials

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Bill Morris1

Dallas, Texas

Messer Special

3:55.0

2

Vic Rothe

Omaha, Nebraska

Turco Special #1

 

3

Elmer Noeth

Chicago, Illinois

 

 

4

Bob Vorbeck

Longmont, Colorado

Fisher Dreyer Special #27

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race 6 Cars - 8 Laps

4th, 5th, & 6th place finishers in the 1st heat race plus the next 3 fastest cars from time trials

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Bob Vorbeck

Longmont, Colorado

Fisher Dreyer Special #27

4:00.4

2

Cecil Burnaugh

Moline, Illinois

 

 

3

Clarence Merritt

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Merritt Special

 

 

 

 

State Fair Handicap Race - 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Rex Woodard4

Hutchinson, Kansas

T. D. O. Special

5:08.4

2

Loren Fondoble

Ogallah, Kansas

Riley Special #10

 

3

Bill Harding

Hastings, Nebraska

Hardings Special #H-1

 

 

 

 

Invitational Handicap Race – 5 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Bob Vorbeck

Longmont, Colorado

Fisher Dreyer Special #27

2:20.0

2

Vic Rothe

Omaha, Nebraska

Turco Special #1

 

3

Cecil Burnaugh

Moline, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

Consolation Race – 11 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Claude Gorin

Wichita Falls, Texas

Miller Special

5:38.4

2

Bill Harding

Hastings, Nebraska

Hardings Special #H-1

 

3

Bob Sledge

Houston, Texas

Frontenac Special

 

4

Val Jameson

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

Championship Sweepstakes Race – 16 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Bill Morris

Dallas, Texas

Messer Special

7:45.0

2

Vic Rothe

Omaha, Nebraska

Turco Special #1

 

3

Elmer Noeth

Chicago, Illinois

 

 

4

Clarence Merritt

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Merritt Special

 

 

 

 

 

  

Posey Reeves

Don Radbruch collection

Loren Fondoble

Roy Eaton collection

Bob Sledge

Roy Eaton collection

 

 

 

 

Bill Harding

Stan Lee collection

Walt Moffatt

L. A. Ward photo

Shorty Burns

Larry Sullivan photo

 

 

 

 

Rex Woodward

Roy Eaton collection

Bill Morris

Bruce Craig photo

Cecil Burnaugh

Roy Eaton collection

 

 

 

 

Bob Vorbeck

Don Radbruch collection

Val Jameson

Swart family collection

Ray Goodwin

“One Tough Circuit” by Bill Hill

 

 

 

 

1 Bill Morris is an alias used by Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Musick, Sr. (1908-1966).  The Messer Special he drove in these races was powered by a Hal engine.

 

2 One source states that his name was Roy Goodwin.

 

3 Shorty Burns was an alias used by Thomas F. Scheck.

 

4 Rex Miles Woodward (1920-1942) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

 

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