Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday, September 24, 1920

 

Ralph A. Hankinson was the starter for these races.

             

Time Trials – 2 Laps

Place

Order They

Took Time

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

8

John Boyd

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hudson Special

1:09.0

2

9

Fred Rogers

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Dodge

1:09.8

3

6

Harry Dickson

 

Packard

1:11.4

4

7

Lou Scheibell

Des Moines, Iowa

Chalmers

1:11.6

5

5

Tuck Fordyce

Hutchinson, Kansas

Mercer

1:12.0

6

4

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson

1:13.4

7

1

Earl Roberts

Hutchinson, Kansas

Studebaker

1:14.0

8

3

Jeff Crafford

Hutchinson, Kansas

Ford

1:16.4

9

2

Elmer J. Negy*

Hutchinson, Kansas

Haynes

1:17.0

 

Three Cornered Race – 4 Laps

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Lou Scheibell

Des Moines, Iowa

Chalmers

2:28.2

2

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson

 

3

Harry Dickson

 

Packard

 

4

John Boyd

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hudson Special

 

            Boyd had problems with the Hudson Special during this race.

 

Exhibition Run Against Time – 2 Laps

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

John Boyd

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hudson Special

1:07.2

            It was announced to the crowd that Boyd’s Hudson Special had cost an “Oklahoma Cherokee Indian oil millionaire” $32,000 but that was not true and appears to have been just hype by a publicist.  Boyd felt his car was not working well during time trials and the problem got worse during the first race of the afternoon so track officials allowed him to make this exhibition run so he could get another shot at the track record after he had repaired the problem.

 

First Heat Race – 6 Laps

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Tuck Fordyce

Hutchinson, Kansas

Mercer

3:36.8

2

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson

 

3

Earl Roberts

Hutchinson, Kansas

Studebaker

 

4

Jeff Crafford

Hutchinson, Kansas

Ford

 

 

Second Heat Race – 4 Laps

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

John Boyd

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hudson Special

2:16.4

2

Harry Dickson

 

Packard

 

3

Lou Scheibell

Des Moines, Iowa

Chalmers

 

 

Special Challenge Race – 4 laps

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Fred Rogers

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Dodge

2:24.6

2

Lou Scheibell

Des Moines, Iowa

Chalmers

 

 

Third Heat Race – 4 Laps

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

John Boyd

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hudson Special

2:26.4

2

Lou Scheibell

Des Moines, Iowa

Chalmers

 

3

Harry Dickson

 

Packard

 

 

Free-For-All - Kansas State Sweepstakes Race – 15 Laps – 8 cars

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

John Boyd

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hudson Special

9:04.8

2

Earl Roberts

Hutchinson, Kansas

Studebaker

 

3

Tuck Fordyce

Hutchinson, Kansas

Mercer

 

            Jeff Crafford and Fred Rogers both dropped out of this race on the tenth lap with engine trouble.

 

 

Lou Scheibell of Des Moines, Iowa is shown here in the Chalmers racing car that he drove in these races at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas - Virginia Battager collection 

  

 

 

 

*Elmer John Negy (1891 - 1985)

 

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