Sprint Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Wednesday – September 20, 1961

 

 

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

 

Track condition – slick and very muddy

 

 

 

Bert Hellmueller (at left) and his crew are seen here pushing Hellmueller’s Ranger powered #48 sprint car through the mud from the pits to the front straight-away at the races on this date in Hutchinson – Hutchinson News photo 

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 6 Cars – 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Mack Terry

Tulsa, Oklahoma

3:39.59

2

Pete Folse

Tampa, Florida

 

3

Colby Scroggins

Eagle Rock, California

 

4

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

Bert Hellmueller

Louisville, Kentucky

 

6

John Boe

Minot, North Dakota

 

Folse worked his way up to second place after having started last in this race.

 

 

  

Second Heat Race – 7 Cars – 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Buzz Barton

Tampa, Florida

3:44.63

2

Gordon Woolley

Waco, Texas

 

3

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Bart Manley

Denver, Colorado

 

5

Bill Billingsley

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

6

Bill Hobbs

San Francisco, California

 

7

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

 

   

 

  

Trophy Dash – 4 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

1:51.91

2

Buzz Barton

Tampa, Florida

 

3

Pete Folse

Tampa, Florida

 

Folse got off to a good lead but his engine started sputtering on the second lap and he dropped 100 yards behind the leader.  Folse’s engine smoothed out and he was steadily gaining on Leep and Barton at the end of the race. 

 

 

  

Consolation Race – 6 Cars – 6 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, Kansas

2:47.08

2

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Bert Hellmueller

Louisville, Kentucky

 

4

Bill Hobbs

San Francisco, California

 

5

Bart Manley

Denver, Colorado

 

6

Bill Billingsley

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

Feature Race – 11 Cars – 15 Laps

Place

Driver

From

 

1

Pete Folse

Tampa, Florida

 

2

Buzz Barton

Tampa, Florida

 

3

Colby Scroggins

Eagle Rock, California

 

4

Gordon Woolley

Waco, Texas

 

5

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, Kansas

 

6

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

7

Bert Hellmueller

Louisville, Kentucky

 

8

Bart Manley

Denver, Colorado

 

9

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

 

10

Bill Hobbs

San Francisco, California

 

11

Mack Terry

Tulsa, Oklahoma

DNF

Terry spun out and backed into the fence in the southwest turn tearing out about a dozen boards.  He was not hurt and his car was not badly damaged.

 

 

 

 

 

Buzz Barton

Floyd Seago collection

Harold Leep

Jerry Wilson collection

Pete Folse

Bob Mays collection

 

 

 

Bert Hellmueller

Bob Stolze collection

 

Gordon Woolley

Leroy Byers photo from the book

Big Car THUNDER by Bob Mays

Bill Billingsley

Armin Krueger photo from the book

Big Car THUNDER by Bob Mays

 

 

 

 

Jerry Shumaker

L. A. Ward photo from the book

 Big Car THUNDER by Bob Mays

Bill Hobbs

Lou Ash photo from the book

 Big Car THUNDER by Bob Mays

Charlie Lutkie

Charlie Lutkie collection

 

 

 

 

Colby Scroggins

I.M.C.A. yearbook

 

 

 

 

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