Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday, September 21, 1923





Fred Lentz

Hutchinson Gazette photo



Sweepstakes Race – 8 Laps






Fred Lentz

Lentz special



Ben Gotoff

C. L. Richards special


            This was the fourth race on the days’ program but nothing is known about the other three races or even about the other cars that started in the Sweepstakes.  Lentz and Gotoff swapped the lead several times and were never more than a few feet apart throughout the entire race.  Lentz was in front going into the last lap but slid wide on the final turn almost allowing Gotoff slip past.  Only inches separated the two cars at the finish.

            The winning car was described as being a “Hudson / Mercer hybrid”.

            Ben Gotoff often raced under the alias “Ben Giroux”.




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