Nineteenth Annual National Modified Championship Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – July 27, 1975

 

Sanctioned by – National Championship Racing Association (N.C.R.A.)

Promotional Company – Merrick Racing Promotions (M.R.P.)

Race Director – Jack Merrick of Dodge City, Kansas

Flagman / Starter – Forrest Cox of Dodge City, Kansas

Trophy Queen – Belinda Austin of Partridge, Kansas

 

The cars lined up before the start of the first heat race on this afternoon.  That is #10 Lawrence Sinks on the pole, #6 Dale Reed on the outside of the front row, #37 Roy Bryant on the outside of the second row, and Jay Woodside on the outside of the third row with Woodside standing to the left of Bryant's car.  Starter Forrest Cox is standing at the far left of the picture – Merrick racing program

 

The cars are shown here at the head of the front straightaway on the parade lap before the start of the Super Modified 50-championship race on this day – Racing from the Past website

 

#94 Jerry Stone of Wichita is in front here but when the championship race was over, #37 Roy Bryant of Wichita finished in second place while Stone came home in fourth place.  Click your mouse on the photo to see another taken (just before this race) of Jerry Stone with this #94 Shot-Hampton-owned car from Newton, Kansas that appeared in the Hutchinson Nationals program the following year – Racing from the Past website 

 

First Super Modified Heat Race 

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

6

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

 

2

37

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

94

Jerry Stone

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

33

Bobby Walker

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

5

10

Lawrence Sinks

Lawrence, Kansas

 

 

11

Jim Harkness

Ness City, Kansas

 

 

25

Jay Woodside

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Second Super Modified Heat Race 

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

98

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

 

2

4

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

07

Dave Frusher

Ness City, Kansas

 

4

1

Larry Madden

Midwest City, Oklahoma

 

5

01

Aaron Madden

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

 

Third Super Modified Heat Race 

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

24

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

2

12

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

 

3

79

Fred Hembree

Ness City, Kansas

 

4

41

James McElreath, Jr.**

Arlington, Texas

 

5

52

Emmett Hahn

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

 

29

 

 

 

 

84

 

 

 

 

Fourth Super Modified Heat Race 

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

15

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

 

2

56

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

27

Terry Uehling

Ness City, Kansas

 

4

5

A. J. Little

Lawton, Oklahoma

 

5

71

Mike Peters

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Late Model Trophy Dash

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

97

Milton Ward

Great Bend, Kansas

 

2

12

Tim Wheaton

Dodge City, Kansas

 

3

71

Loyd Farr

Leoti, Kansas

 

 

Late Model Semi-Main Race 

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

77x

Gary Holbert

Concordia, Kansas

 

2

4

Terry Deatherage

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

99x

Ralph Henderson

Mulvane, Kansas

 

4

151

Lonnie Cooper

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

5

Sam Brittendall

Salina, Kansas

 

 

Super Modified Semi-Main Race  

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

09

Ted Bacon

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

 

2

14

Wylan Cattrell

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

81

Terry Brown

Ft. Scott, Kansas

 

4

117

Gene See

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

69

Mike McGee

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

6

07

Buck Cadwell

Arnet, Oklahoma

 

 

Late Model Feature Race - 30 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

  1

59

Tom Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

 

  2

30x

Marvin Bradford

Salina, Kansas

 

  3

3

Dick Hendershot*

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

  4

10

Larry Crowl

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

  5

26

Jim Kizzar

Chase, Kansas

 

  6

97

Milton Ward

Great Bend, Kansas

 

  7

52

A. C. Saint

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

  8

8

Don Kreie

Dodge City, Kansas

 

  9

1

Oren Haas

Wichita, Kansas

 

10

82

Bob Fitzsimmon

Dodge City, Kansas

 

11

73

Dave Hardesty

Minneapolis, Kansas

 

12

04

Steve Dunsworth

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

13

71

Loyd Farr

Leoti, Kansas

 

14

13

Von Morton

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

15

86

Bill Main

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

16

25

Dale Ulrey

Dodge City, Kansas

 

17

16

Jim Beeson

Scott City, Kansas

 

18

12

Tim Wheaton

Dodge City, Kansas

 

19

77

Shelby Steenson

Abilene, Kansas

DNF

20

32-2

Butch Brack

Great Bend, Kansas

DNF

21

777

Dave Oltman

Salina, Kansas

DNF

22

19

Charlie Laing

Wichita, Kansas

DNF

23

98

Rod Keller

Dodge City, Kansas

DNF

24

11

Van Gemmill

Ponca City, Oklahoma

DNF

25

9

Doc Pickel

Pratt, Kansas

DNF

26

27

O. B. Barsh

Garden City, Kansas

DNF

27

30

Jerry Barnes

Dodge City, Kansas

DNF

28

15

J. D. Martin

Dodge City, Kansas

DNF

29

0

Mel Potts

Salina, Kansas

DNF

Steenson was challenging Lutkie for the lead when his engine blew.

 

Super Modified Championship Race – 50 Laps

Place

Started

Car #

Driver

From

                            Laps Completed

Purse

  1

  1

6

Dale Reed

Wichita, Kansas

50

 

$1,430

  2

  5

37

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

50

 

735

  3

  2

98

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

50

 

600

  4

  9

94

Jerry Stone

Wichita, Kansas

50

 

430

  5

  6

4

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

50

 

335

  6

  7

12

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

50

 

235

  7

18

52

Emmett Hahn

Tulsa, Oklahoma

50

 

199

  8

11

79

Fred Hembree

Ness City, Kansas

50

 

180

  9

25

86

Jon Johnson

Ness City, Kansas

50

 

145

10

15

41

James McElreath, Jr.**

Arlington, Texas

50

 

156

11

  8

56

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

49

 

215

12

23

7

Terry Kowalsky

Great Bend, Kansas

49

 

92

13

  3

24

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

48

 - DNF

130

14

21

88

Arnold Horner

Jetmore, Kansas

47

 

72

15

28

81

Terry Brown

Ft. Scott, Kansas

46

 

40

16

 

01

Aaron Madden

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

38

 - DNF

 

17

 

09

Ted Bacon

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

37

 - DNF

 

18

 

71

Mike Peters

Wichita, Kansas

28

 - DNF

 

19

 

6x

Randy Willingham

Amarillo, Texas

24

 - DNF

 

20

 

5

A. J. Little

Lawton, Oklahoma

17

 - DNF

 

21

 

07

Dave Frusher

Ness City, Kansas

16

 - DNF

 

22

 

1

Larry Madden

Midwest City, Oklahoma

14

 - DNF

 

23

 

15

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

4

 - DNF

 

24

 

25

Jay Woodside

Wichita, Kansas

3

 - DNF

 

25

 

33

Bobby Walker

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

3

 - DNF

 

26

 

27

Terry Uehling

Ness City, Oklahoma

2

 - DNF

 

27

 

9

Court Grandstaff

Dewey, Oklahoma

2

 - DNF

 

Leep challenged for the lead until he ran out of fuel.

 

#59 Tom Lutkie taking the checkered flag from starter Forrest Cox and winning the 30-lap late model feature race – Merrick racing program

 

 

 

Car lined up on the infield for the third race of this afternoon.  That is #24 Harold Leep in the Jelly Wilhelm built and owned #24 super modified nearest the camera.  Leep won this heat race – Merrick racing program

 

 

 

Dave Frusher of Ness City, Kansas runs down the front straightaway - Jerry Leep photo

 

This photo of Roy Bryant of Wichita, Kansas in the #37 car owned by Harold Sparks and Jim Harkness of Ness City, Kansas in the #11 car owned by Buck Parks and Jim Meyers from Hays, Kansas was taken during the first heat race.  Harkness’ car broke down and was unable to compete in the championship race – Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

 Roy Bryant on his was to a second place finish in the first heat race – Racing from the Past website

 

#10 Lawrence Sinks stays low on the racetrack as #6 Dale Reed and #37 Roy Bryant pass by on the outside on their way to finishing first and second in the first heat race.  Sinks came in fifth – Earl Mahoney photo for the NCRA yearbook

 

#90 Johnny Boe of Gainesville, Texas leads #07 Buck Cadwell of Arnett, Oklahoma through one of the turns on this afternoon – Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

The Fourth heat race lining up for driver introductions on this afternoon.  The #15 on the inside of the third row was driven by Herb Copeland of Dodge City, Kansas who won this event - Lies collection

  

#14 Wylan Cattrell of Wichita, Kansas and #09 Ted Bacon of Bartlesville, Oklahoma race for the lead in the Super Modified Semi-Final race.  Bacon finished first followed by Cattrell – Racing from the Past website

 

The car on the pace lap before the start of the 50-lap championship race.  On the pole is #6 Dale Reed with #98 Walt McWhorter on the outside of the front row.  That is Harold Leep on the inside of the second row – Merrick racing program

 

 

 

Emmett Hahn of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the #52 owned by Jack Zink car running side-by-side with Randy Willingham of Amarillo, Texas in his own #6x car on this afternoon – Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

 

Walt McWhorter on his way to a third place finish in the championship race – Racing from the Past website

 

#37 Roy Bryant had just taken over second place from #24 Harold Leep in the 50-lap championship race when this photo was taken.  Leep can been seen here coasting having just run out of fuel – Earl Mahoney photo for the NCRA yearbook

 

Dale Reed on his way to victory in the championship race – Racing from the Past website

  

This photo of Emmett Hahn of Tulsa, Oklahoma with the John Zink owned car he drove was taken on this afternoon at Hutchinson – Merrick racing program

 

 

Winner of the 50-lap National Championship Race

Left to right: Driver Dale Reed; unidentified; nationals queen Belinda Austin; car owner Evart Isaac; and starter Forrest Cox – Merrick racing program

 

 

 

 

Grady Wade

Racing from the Past website 

Mike McGee

Tim Malone photo from High Plains THUNDER by Bob Mays

Frank Lies

Racing from the Past website 

Fred Hembree

Racing from the Past website 

 

Emmett Hahn

Racing from the Past website

Larry Dewell

Racing from the Past website

Jerry Stone

Racing from the Past website

Jon Johnson

Racing from the Past website

 

Arnold Horner

Racing from the Past website

Harold Leep

Racing from the Past website

Terry Kowalsky

Racing from the Past website

Bobby Walker

Racing from the Past website

 

 

Court Grandstaff

Rusty Manning photo

Larry Madden

Racing from the Past website

 

Jay Woodside

Racing from the Past website

A. J. Little

Mar-Car photo from High Plains

THUNDER by Bob Mays

 

 

 

Aaron Madden

Racing from the Past website

Terry Uehling

Merrick Nationals program

Herb Copeland

Hutchinson Nationals program

Randy Willingham

Racing from the Past website

 

Jim Harkness

Racing from the Past website

Lawrence Sinks

Lawrence Sinks collection

Jim Kizzar

Racing from the Past website 

Don Kreie

Roger Burnett collection 

 

Milton Ward

Racing from the Past website 

Mel Potts

Racing from the Past website

Oren Haas

Racing from the Past website

 Van Gemmill

Racing from the Past website 

 

Loyd Farr

Racing from the Past website 

Tim Wheaton

Racing from the Past website

Dave Oltman

Racing from the Past website

Shelby Steenson

Racing from the Past website 

 

Larry Crowl

Donavan Kreie collection from the Racing from the Past website

J. D. Martin

Merrick racing program

Butch Brack

Schrater family collection 

 

Charlie Laing

Mike Cornelison photo

 

Terry Deatherage

Racing from the Past website

Dick Hendershot

Racing from the Past website

Gary Holbert

Racing from the Past website

Von Morton

Racing from the Past website

 

Lonnie Cooper

Cooper collection 

Bill Main

Racing from the Past website

Ralph Henderson

Ralph Henderson collection 

Marvin Bradford

Racing from the Past website

 

 

 

Sam Brittendall

Duane Toyne collection from the Racing from the Past website

 

 

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

 

** James MeElreath, Jr. (1954-1977) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Winchester, Indiana.

 

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