Sprint Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Thursday – September 22, 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

 

Attendance – 3,000

 

 

 

Bert Hellmueller

Bob Stolze collection

Harry Ross

One Tough Circuit by Bill Hill

Buzz Barton

Floyd Seago collection

Marvin Faw

Tommy Madison collection

 

 

 

Time Trials – 18 Cars - 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

  1

Jim McWithey

Anderson, IN

Offenhauser

27.08

  2

Marvin Faw

Sioux Falls, SD

Ranger

27.50

  3

Marvin Pifer

Adrian, MN

Offenhauser

27.62

  4

Tom Smith

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

27.72

  5

Emmett “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, OK

Ranger

27.94

  6

Bert Hellmueller*

Louisville, KY

Ranger

28.26

  7

Willard “Mickey” McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Offenhauser

28.34

  8

Jim Wegscheider

St. Louis, MO

Offenhauser

28.62

  9

Harry Kern

St. Paul, MN

Offenhauser

28.70

10

Jerry Schumaker

Wichita, KS

Wayne Chevrolet

28.73

11

Herald Burns

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

29.27

12

Bob Carpenter

Wabash, IN

Ranger

29.76

13

Cecil Greenley

Webster City, IA

Cadillac

29.55

14

Frank Graus

Los Angeles, CA

Hisso

29.79

15

Harry Ross

Houston, TX

GMC

29.83

16

Cecil Burnaugh

Alhambra, CA

Offenhauser

30.20

17

Ken Talley

Los Angeles, CA

Ranger

30.33

18

John Golden

Des Moines, IA

Ranger

30.85

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 6 Cars - 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

1

Jim McWithey

Anderson, IN

Offenhauser

3:19.77

2

Emmett “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, OK

Ranger

 

3

Marvin Pifer

Adrian, MN

Offenhauser

 

4

Harry Kern

St. Paul, MN

Offenhauser

 

5

Herald Burns

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

6

Willard “Mickey” McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Offenhauser

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 6 Cars - 7 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

 

1

Bob Carpenter

Wabash, IN

Ranger

 

2

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, KS

Wayne Chevrolet

 

3

Marvin Faw

Sioux Falls, SD

Ranger

 

4

Jim Wegscheider

St. Louis, MO

Offenhauser

 

5

Tom Smith

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

6

Bert Hellmueller*

Louisville, KY

Ranger

 

            Hellmueller spun out but all of the other drivers managed to avoid hitting his stalled Ranger.

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 6 Cars - 6 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

1

Harry Ross

Houston, TX

GMC

3:41.2

2

John Golden

Des Moines, IA

Ranger

 

3

Ken Talley

Los Angeles, CA

Ranger

 

4

Cecil Greenley

Webster City, IA

Cadillac

 

5

Frank Graus

Los Angeles, CA

Hisso

 

6

Cecil Burnaugh

Alhambra, CA

Offenhauser

 

  

 

 

Match Race – 2 Cars - 4 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

 

1

Jim Wegscheider

St. Louis, MO

Offenhauser

 

2

Harry Kern

St. Paul, MN

Offenhauser

 

 

 

 

Consolation Race – 8 Cars - 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time 

1

Bert Hellmueller*

Louisville, KY

Ranger

3:55.64

2

Herald Burns

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

3

Willard “Mickey” McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Offenhauser

 

4

Tom Smith

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

5

Ken Talley

Los Angeles, CA

Ranger

 

6

Cecil Burnaugh

Alhambra, CA

Offenhauser

 

7

Frank Graus

Los Angeles, CA

Hisso

 

8

Cecil Greenley

Webster City, IA

Cadillac

 

 

 

 

Feature Race – 10 Cars - 20 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Engine

Time

  1

Jim McWithey

Anderson, IN

Offenhauser

9:41.22

  2

Marvin Pifer

Adrian, MN

Offenhauser

 

  3

Emmett “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, OK

Ranger

 

  4

Jim Wegscheider

St. Louis, MO

Offenhauser

 

  5

Tom Smith

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

  6

Herald Burns

Minneapolis, MN

Offenhauser

 

  7

Harry Kern

St. Paul, MN

Offenhauser

 

  8

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, KS

Wayne Chevrolet

 

  9

Bert Hellmueller*

Louisville, KY

Ranger

 

10

Ken Talley

Los Angeles, CA

Ranger

 

                McWithey and Pifer raced “hub to hub” for the first 17 laps before Pifer went a little too wide on a turn allowing McWithey to open up a 15-yard lead which he held to the finish.

 

 

 

 

Jim Wegscheider

Tommy Madison collection

Mickey McCormick

Jeff Adams collection

Jim McWithey

Don Radbruch collection

Jerry Shumaker

Tom Madison collection

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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