Grand National Championship

Late Model Stock Car & Late Model Sportsman Races

On the Historic Half-Mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Saturday July 25, 1981

 

Promotional company Speedways Inc. of Wichita, Kansas

Race director C. Ray Hall of Wichita, Kansas

 

Attendance 2,500 

 

 

 

Charlie Randolph of Muskogee, Oklahoma - Mike Cornelison photo

 

 

 

#2x Greg Ward of Salina, Kansas is shown here leading #92 Lonnie Smith of Wichita, Kansas during the sixth heat race. Smith had overtaken Ward by the end of the race with Ward finishing in second place Jim Petty collection

 

 

 

 Late Model Sportsman

First Heat Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

01

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

2

222

Gary Coyan

Wichita, Kansas

3

48x

Sam Ketterman

Whitewater, Kansas

4

87

Tom Yocom

Hillsboro, Kansas

5

93G

Gary Haas

Wichita, Kansas

6

3

Larry Farmer

Hutchinson, Kansas

7

12

Shawn Langhover, Sr.

Wichita, Kansas

 

  

 

Late Model Sportsman 

Second Heat Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

44x

Rob Glasse

Wichita, Kansas

2

1R

Don Renfro

Wichita, Kansas

3

7

Doc Lamb

Wichita, Kansas

4

0

Frank Key

Wichita, Kansas

5

5A

Charles Omerod

Wichita, Kansas

6

96

Merle Tully

Ulysses, Kansas

 

  

 

Late Model Sportsman 

Third Heat Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

022

Steve Bush

Wichita, Kansas

2

07

Pinky Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

3

86

Dwight Schroeder

Wichita, Kansas

4

93

Oren Haas

Wichita, Kansas

5

153

Joe Haulk

Wichita, Kansas

6

9

Garry Riley

Wichita, Kansas

7

55

Charles Fulton

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

  

 

Late Model Stock Car

First Heat Race 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

70

Don Morris

Junction City, Kansas

2

12A

Bennie Wheeler

Muskogee, Oklahoma

3

11H

Francis Hoppenstedt

Manhattan, Kansas

4

72

Steve Downs

Liberal, Kansas

5

77

Shelby Steenson

Abilene, Kansas

6

9

Charlie Randolph

Muskogee, Oklahoma

 

  

 

Late Model Stock Car

Second Heat Race 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

75

Larry Phillips

Springfield, Missouri

2

c88

Ferris Collier

Lampe, Missouri

3

19

Jeff Montgomery

Blackwell, Oklahoma

4

721

Van Gemmill

Ponca City, Oklahoma

5

84D

Gary Quinn

Ponca City, Oklahoma

6

98

Bill Goodson

Manhattan, Kansas

Phillips had started fifth and was running second to Collier when the race was stopped on the seventh lap.  On the restart, Phillips passed Collier exiting the southwest turn and went on the win.

  

  

 

Late Model Stock Car

Third Heat Race 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

7B

Clay Bontrager

Hutchinson, Kansas

2

4

Terry Deatherage

Wichita, Kansas

3

57

Dhon Hauserman

Wichita, Kansas

4

55x

Ron Simmons

Ft. Scott, Kansas

5

33

Junior Slay

Woodward, Oklahoma

6

0

Mel Potts

Salina, Kansas

  

 

  

Late Model Stock Car

Fourth Heat Race 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

L51

Buck Cadwell

Arnett, Oklahoma

2

2K

Steve Kosiski

Omaha, Nebraska

3

42x

Gene Claxton

Kansas City, Kansas

4

8B

Bill Bell

Dodge City, Kansas

5

11

Steve Gastineau

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

6

w55

Shannon Little

Wichita, Kansas

 

  

 

Late Model Stock Car

Fifth Heat Race 10 Laps Time:  4:00.1

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

50B

Larry McDaniels

Wichita, Kansas

2

86

Steve Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

3

4x

Roger Thompson

Junction City, Kansas

4

7c

Howard Spitler

Great Bend, Kansas

5

66

Tom Laster

Muskogee, Oklahoma

6

1#

Terry Dickey

Wichita, Kansas

McDaniels took the lead from Lutkie on the sixth lap and held it the rest of the way.

 

 

 

Late Model Stock Car

Sixth Heat Race 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

92

Lonnie Smith

Wichita, Kansas

2

2x

Greg Ward

Salina, Kansas

3

30

Alan Ashley

Wichita, Kansas

4

27

J. J. Adolph

Topeka, Kansas

 

 

 

Late Model Sportsman

B Feature Race

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

88

Alan Dodson

Wichita, Kansas

2

96

Merle Tully

Ulysses, Kansas

3

86B

Steven Beckham

Wichita, Kansas

4

74

Dane Shockey

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Late Model Sportsman

A Feature Race 20 Laps Time:  8:59.7

Place

Car #

Driver

From

1

44x

Rob Glasse

Wichita, Kansas

2

07

Pinky Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

3

022

Steve Bush

Wichita, Kansas

4

01

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

5

86

Dwight Schroeder

Wichita, Kansas

6

93

Oren Haas

Wichita, Kansas

7

88

Alan Dodson

Wichita, Kansas

8

1R

Don Renfro

Wichita, Kansas

9

0

Frank Key

Wichita, Kansas

10

74

Dane Shockey

Wichita, Kansas

11

87

Tom Yocom

Hillsboro, Kansas

12

7

Doc Lamb

Wichita, Kansas

13

153

Joe Haulk

Wichita, Kansas

14

96

Merle Tully

Ulysses, Kansas

15

5A

Charles Omerod

Wichita, Kansas

Buddy Mullens led most of this race before the tread came off of one of his recapped rear tires forcing him to slow down and drop off the pace.

 

Charles Omerod

Warren Vincent photo

Shawn Langhover, Sr.

Langhover collection

Pinky Mullens

Mullens family collection

Don Renfro

Mike Cornelison photo

 

Gary Haas

Warren Vincent photo

Shelby Steenson

Warren Vincent photo

 Van Gemmill

Brian Carroll collection

Oren Haas

81 Speedway program

 

Steve Bush

Joe Aldershof collection

J. J. Adolph

Racing from the Past website

Mel Potts

Warren Vincent photo

Terry Deatherage

Warren Vincent photo

 

Larry Phillips

Brian Carroll collection

Buck Cadwell

Warren Vincent photo

Steve Lutkie

Steve Lutkie collection

Ferris Collier

Warren Vincent photo

 

Larry McDaniels

Bill Rogers collection

Rob Glasse

Warren Vincent photo

Howard Spitler

Warren Vincent photo

Terry Dickey

Warren Vincent photo

 

Francis Hoppenstedt

Warren Vincent photo

Don Morris

Warren Vincent photo

Dhon Hauserman

Rick Kippes photo

Roger Thompson

Warren Vincent photo

 

Steve Kosiski

Dirtfans.com website

Dan Hacker

Warren Vincent photo

Dwight Schroeder

Schroeder collection

Buddy Mullens

James Anderson collection

 

Frank Key

81 Speedway program

 Lonnie Smith

81 Speedway program

Jeff Montgomery

81 Speedway program

Clay Bontrager

81 Speedway program

 

Bill Bell

Warren Vincent photo

 

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