Sprint Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Tuesday – September 20, 1955

 

 

Sanctioned by – International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

Promotional company – Auto Racing Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Race promoter – Frank R. Winkley of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Scorekeeper – Verna Winkley of Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Racetrack Condition – “dry, hard packed, and dusty”

 

Attendance – 10,000

 

 

 

Bert Hellmueller

Bob Stolze collection

Buzz Barton

Floyd Seago collection

Harry Ross

One Tough Circuit by Bill Hill

Marvin Faw

Tommy Madison collection

 

 

 

Time Trials – 20 Cars - 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

  1

Bert Hellmueller*

Louisville, KY

Ranger

27.62

  2

Harry Kern

St. Paul, MN

Offenhauser

27.90

  3

Jim Wegscheider

St. Louis, MO

Offenhauser

28.17

  4

Marvin Faw

Sioux Falls, SD

Ranger

28.32

  5

Emmett “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, OK

Ranger

28.41

  6

Tom Smith

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

28.43

  7

Willard “Mickey” McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Offenhauser

28.94

  8

Jim McWithey

Anderson, IN

Offenhauser

29.02

  9

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, KS

Wayne Chevrolet

29.23

10

Bob Carpenter

Wabash, IN

Ranger

29.24

11

Ken Talley

Los Angeles, CA

Ranger

29.71

12

Cecil Burnaugh

Burbank, CA

Offenhauser

29.76

13

Harry Ross

Houston, TX

GMC

29.99

14

Harold Burns

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

30.05

15

Angelo Howerton

Tulsa, OK

Ranger

30.22

16

Marvin Pifer

Adrian, MN

Offenhauser

30.24

17

Cecil Greenley

Webster City, IA

Cadillac

30.37

18

Frank Graus

Los Angeles, CA

Hisso

30.48

19

John Golden

Des Moines, IA

Ranger

30.60

20

Bob Champlin

Wichita, KS

Oldsmobile

31.13

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 6 Cars - 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

1

Willard “Mickey” McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Offenhauser

3:24.43

2

Bert Hellmueller*

Louisville, KY

Ranger

 

3

Jim Wegscheider

St. Louis, MO

Offenhauser

 

4

Emmett “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, OK

Ranger

 

5

Harry Ross

Houston, TX

GMC

 

6

Ken Talley

Los Angeles, CA

Ranger

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 6 Cars - 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

1

Jim McWithey

Anderson, IN

Offenhauser

3:27.72

2

Harry Kern

St. Paul, MN

Offenhauser

 

3

Tom Smith

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

4

Bob Carpenter

Wabash, IN

Ranger

 

5

Marvin Faw

Sioux Falls, SD

Ranger

 

6

Cecil Burnaugh

Burbank, CA

Offenhauser

 

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 6 Cars - 6 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

1

Marvin Pifer

Adrian, MN

Offenhauser

3:01.5

2

Harold Burns

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

3

Angelo Howerton

Tulsa, OK

Ranger

 

4

John Goldman

Des Moines, IA

Ranger

 

5

Cecil Greenley

Webster City, IA

Cadillac

 

6

Frank Graus

Los Angeles, CA

Hisso

 

  

 

 

Match Race – 4 Cars - 4 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

1

Marvin Pifer

Adrian, MN

Offenhauser

1:58.0

2

Emmett “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, OK

Ranger

 

3

Jim Wegscheider

St. Louis, MO

Offenhauser

 

4

Bob Carpenter

Wabash, IN

Ranger

 

 

 

 

Consolation Race – 6 Cars - 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

 

1

Marvin Faw

Sioux Falls, SD

Ranger

 

2

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, KS

Wayne Chevrolet

 

3

Bob Carpenter

Wabash, IN

Ranger

 

4

Ken Talley

Los Angeles, CA

Ranger

 

5

Cecil Burnaugh

Burbank, CA

Offenhauser

 

6

Frank Graus

Los Angeles, CA

Hisso

 

 

 

 

Feature Race – 11 Cars - 15 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

  1

Jim McWithey

Anderson, IN

Offenhauser

7:18.23

  2

Emmett “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, OK

Ranger

 

  3

Willard “Mickey” McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Offenhauser

 

  4

Bert Hellmueller*

Louisville, KY

Ranger

 

  5

Marvin Pifer

Adrian, MN

Offenhauser

 

  6

Tom Smith

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

  7

Harold Burns

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

  8

Marvin Faw

Sioux City, SD

Ranger

 

  9

Harry Kern

St. Paul, MN

Offenhauser

 

10

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, KS

Wayne Chevrolet

 

11

Angelo Howerton

Tulsa, OK

Ranger

 

                McCormick worked his way up to third place at the end after having starting in seventh position.

                Pifer started last but worked his way up to fifth place at the end.

 

 

 

 

Jim Wegscheider

Tommy Madison collection

Mickey McCormick

Jeff Adams collection

Jim McWithey

Don Radbruch collection

Jerry Shumaker

Tommy Madison collection

 

 

 

 

*  Engelbert H. “Bert” Hellmueller, Jr. (1906-1985) was driving a Ranger powered four-wheel-drive big car.

 

 

 

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