Thirteenth Annual National Modified Championship Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – July 27, 1969

 

 

 

Promotional Company – Merrick Racing Incorporated (M.R.I.)

Race Director – Jack Merrick of Dodge City, Kansas

Flagman / Starter – Al Alexander of Wichita, Kansas

Trophy Queen – Janet Reimer of Hillsboro, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Schrock

Bob Mays collection

 

Roy Bryant

Bob Mays collection

 

Walt McWhorter

Bob Mays collection

 

Charlie Pitts

Charlie Pitts collection

 

Lee Salmans

Dodge City Globe

 

Dick Hendershot

Bob Mays collection

 

Jim Harkness

Cokeley collection

 

Bill Bookout

Bill Bookout collection

 

Dick Walker

Bob Mays collection

 

Dennis Anton

Cokeley collection

 

Alan Herbert

Dodge City Globe

 

Bud Hatch

Bob Mays collection

 

Les Angel, Jr.

Bob Mays collection

 

Ron Fowler

High Plains THUNDER  by Bob Mays

 

Pat Patterson

High Plains THUNDER  by Bob Mays

 

Aaron Madden

Bob Mays collection

 

Bob Peck

High Plains THUNDER  by Bob Mays

 

Wylan Cattrell

Racing from the Past website

 

Dale Parsons

High Plains THUNDER  by Bob Mays

 

Jack Belk

Tim Belk collection

 

Marion Jacobs

Racing from the Past website

 

Don Craig

Brian Conn collection

Racing from the Past website

 

Garland Shepard

Mike Pogue collection from High Plains THUNDER by Bob Mays

 

Lawrence Sinks

Lawrence Sinks collection

 

 

First Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time 

1

81

Bill Martinson

McPherson, Kansas

 9:17.4

2

21

Bill Bookout

Enid, Oklahoma

 

3

76

Les Angel, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

4

49x

Jim McAmis

Denver, Colorado

 

5

59

Gary Avise

Salina, Kansas

 

6

82

Ronnie Holman

Omaha, Nebraska

 

7

77

Donnie Kreigh

Sharon Springs, Kansas

 

8

162

Charlie Turner

Arkansas City, Kansas

 

9

47x

Bill Robison

Topeka, Kansas

 

DNF

309

Marion Jacobs

Colby, Kansas

 

DNF

48

Sam Brittendall

Salina, Kansas

 

DNF

93

Shelby Steenson

Enterprise, Kansas

 

          Steenson crashed into the outside wall.

          Brittendall’s car lost a wheel.

          Jacobs’ car spun out.

          Turner’s car was hit from behind while leading the race forcing it into the infield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 Time

  1

52

Jim Harkness

Ness City, Kansas

 3:23.2

  2

73

Bob Peck

Manhattan, Kansas

 

  3

14

Wylan Cattrell

Wichita, Kansas

 

  4

17

Ed Whitney

Kansas City, Missouri

 

  5

151

Garland Shepard

Carterville, Missouri

 

  6

75

Don Craig

Lawrence, Kansas

 

  7

67

Dale Parsons

Wichita, Kansas

 

  8

3

Dick Hendershot*

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

  9

18

Francis Hoppenstedt

Manhattan, Kansas

 

10

46

Don Hovda

Oxford, Nebraska

 

 

84

Rolland Crocker

Salina, Kansas

 

 

89

Dick Bloom

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

97x

Bob Ballard

Muskogee, Oklahoma

 

DNF

2

Forrest Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

 

DNF

15

Henry Ellington

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

          Ellington’s car blew a tire.

          Coleman’s car blew its engine.

          Ballard spun out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time 

1

58

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 3:45.8

2

00

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

 

3

16

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

121

Vaughn Ager

Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

5

3x

Al Lemmons

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

6

97

Ralph Parkinson

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

7

86

Jay Schrock

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

8

87

Bud Hatch

Yates Center, Kansas

 

9

47

Walt Whitney

Norton, Kansas

 

 

666

Dennis Anton

Kinsley, Kansas

 

DNF

71

Bob Peterson

Colby, Kansas

 

DNF

69

Bill Rigsby

Wichita, Kansas

 

          Jennings and Anton were each involved in spinouts.

          Peterson did a “near flip-over”.

          Rigsby crashed hard into the outside wall backwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time 

  1

19

Ken Myers

Wichita, Kansas

 3:20.2

  2

62

Jerry Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

 

  3

106

R. W. “Pat” Patterson

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

  4

23

Jerry Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

36

Alan Herbert

Dodge City, Kansas

 

  6

88

Bob Fitzsimmon

Dodge City, Kansas

 

  7

2x

Ron Fowler

Chanute, Kansas

 

  8

04

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

 

  9

55

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

10

20

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash – 8 Cars – 5 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time 

1

16

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 1.48.3

2

58

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

21

Bill Bookout

Enid, Oklahoma

 

4

14x

Lawrence Sinks

Lawrence, Kansas

 

5

19

Ken Myers

Wichita, Kansas

 

6

62

Jerry Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

 

7

106

R. W. “Pat” Patterson

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

DNF

73

Bob Peck

Manhattan, Kansas

 

          Peck’s car broke a front axel on the first (southwest) turn of the race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi Nationals Race – 30 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 Time

  1

58

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

13:13.0 

  2

18

Francis Hoppenstedt

Manhattan, Kansas

 

  3

3

Dick Hendershot*

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

  4

45

Don Hovda

Oxford, Nebraska

 

  5

151

Garland Shepard

Carterville, Missouri

 

  6

21

Bill Bookout

Enid, Oklahoma

 

  7

75

Don Craig

Lawrence, Kansas

 

  8

93

Shelby Steenson

Enterprise, Kansas

 

  9

309

Marion Jacobs

Colby, Kansas

 

10

67

Dale Parsons

Wichita, Kansas

 

DNF

52

Jim Harkness

Ness City, Kansas

 

DNF

84

Rolland Crocker

Salina, Kansas

 

DNF

77

Donnie Kreigh

Sharon Springs, Kansas

 

DNF

76

Les Angel, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

DNF

82

Ronnie Holman

Omaha, Nebraska

 

DNF

161

Bob Wills

Enid, Oklahoma

 

DNF

17

Ed Whitney

Kansas City, Missouri

 

DNF

59

Gary Avise

Salina, Kansas

 

DNF

97

Ralph Parkinson

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

DNF

14

Wylan Cattrell

Wichita, Kansas

 

          By the end of the race, the cars of Cattrell, Parkinson, and Avise all stopped against the outside wall in the north turn.

          Whitney’s car threw a wheel over the fence in the southeast turn.

          Wills’ car spun up against the wall in the south turn.

          Holman’s car “conked out” on the front straightaway and came to a stop against the wall.

          Angel’s car came to a stop against the wall in the south turn.

          Harkness’ car went wide in attempt to pass Reed for the lead but wound up crashing into Wills’ stopped car instead.

          Both Crocker and Kreigh had to drop out of competition when their cars overheated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Championship Race – 50 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 Time

  1

8

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

 23:37.7

  2

54

David Ross

Jetmore, Kansas

 

  3

20

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

  4

55

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

2x

Ron Fowler

Chanute, Kansas

 

  6

11

Aaron Madden

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  7

98

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

 

  8

62

Jerry Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

 

  9

154

Melvin Rogers

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

10

36

Alan Herbert

Dodge City, Kansas

 

11

37

Jack Belk

Joplin, Missouri

 

12

86

Jay Schrock

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

13

5

Jerry Stone

Wichita, Kansas

 

14

27

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

 

 

16

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

47

Walt Whitney

Norton, Kansas

 

DNF

1

Jackie Howerton

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

DNF

29

Bill Smith

Lecompton, Kansas

 

          Pole sitter Howerton had built a big lead after only three laps when he swerved to avoid running into a car he was lapping driven by Whitney and hit another car also being lapped driven by Smith.

          Slowing for the red flag brought out by Howerton’s crash, second place running Leep ran over the wheel of another car on the front straightaway and flipped.  His car was not damaged and, since the red flag was already out, Leep was allowed to restart the race in front.

          Bryant spun into the outside wall in the southwest turn on the 35th lap bringing out the caution flag.

          Leep retained the lead until the 44th lap when brake failure caused him to slow allowing both Ross and Copeland to pass.  Ross then led until after the final turn when Copeland passed him within 200 yards of the finish line to win the race by a car length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flagman / Starter Al Alexander waving the flag of Rolland Crocker’s #84 car during driver introductions for the second heat race.  Also visible are the #89 driven by Dick Bloom and the #18 driven by Francis Hoppenstedt – Merrick National Championship program

 

 

 

Trophy Queen Janet Reimer and her attendants being escorted to the front straightaway on this afternoon for the trophy presentation.  Riding on the deck lid of the car was “Peanuts the Clown” portrayed this day by Tommy Madison.  Tommy’s father, Max Madison, who was “Peanuts the Clown” for many years, had passed away nearly two years earlier – Schrater family collection 

 

 

 

This photo was taken just after Herb Copeland drove the Evart Isaac owned #8 modified to victory in the 50-lap championship race.  Isaac also received an award for having the best appearing car entered on this day – Schrater family collection

 

 

 

 Roy Bryant with the Paul-Dutton-owned #16 modified he drove to victory in the trophy dash on this afternoon.  Here, he receives a trophy from trophy queen Janet Reimer for the feat – Racing from the Past website

 

 

 

 

The photos below are from the Bob Mays collection that were taken this afternoon in Hutchinson by Kenny Greteman

 

 

Jerry Everhart and the Carl-Curless-owned Chevy.  Everhart finished second in the fourth heat race and eighth in the 50-lap championship race.

 

 

 

Jerry Reed

 

 

 

Forrest Coleman at left with car owner Ray Riner

 

 

 

Jerry Stone at right with his father, Melvin Stone

 

 

 

Pat Woodard at right

 

 

 

Ken Myers won the fourth heat race on this afternoon

 

 

 

Jackie Howerton with the Del Torrance Chevy.  He started the 50-lap championship race from the pole position on this day but was involved in a crash just three laps into the event suffering minor injuries.

 

 

 

Bill Rigsby right with car owner George Hibbs

 

 

 

Grady Wade with the John Schippert owned car he drove this weekend

 

 

 

Aaron Madden in the LaVern Nance owned car he drove this afternoon finishing in sixth lace in the 50-lap championship race

 

 

 

Henry Ellington

 

 

 

David Ross in his own car in which he finished in second place in the 50-lap championship race on this afternoon

 

 

 

Left to right:  car owner Kenney Riffel, driver Frank Lies, and crewman Bob White.  Lies finished in fourth place in the 50-lap championship race on this afternoon

 

 

 

Dale Reed won the third heat race, finished second in the trophy dash, and then won the 30-lap Semi-Nationals race on this afternoon

 

 

 

Harold Leep with one of the Ray-Cates-owned cars he drove this year.  Note that a zero was added after the normal #2 as the car ran as #20 this weekend.  Leep led 41 of the 50 laps in the championship race on this afternoon before fading back to third place when his brakes failed.

 

 

 

#61 Ernest Jennings and #154 Melvin Rogers.  Rogers finished in ninth place in the 50-lap championship race on this afternoon.

 

 

 

Dale Reed excepts his trophy from Janet Reimer for winning the 30-lap Semi-Nationals - Hutchinson Nationals program

 

 

 

 

 

* Richard M. “Dick” Hendershot (1925-1976) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Salina, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

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