Late Model Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday April 28, 1957

 

 

"Sunflower Century"

 

 

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

 

Track condition "wet, slow, and rutted"

Attendance 8,000

 

 

 

Time Trials 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Car

Time

1

Jerry Draper

Moline, Illinois

 

31.74

2

Bob Burdick

Omaha, Nebraska

1957 Ford

31.76

 

  

 

Feature Race 200 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car

Time

  1

Johnny Beauchamp*

Harlan, Iowa

1957 Chevrolet

2 hours, 2 minutes, 7:34 seconds

  2

Lenny Funk

Galatia, Kansas

1957 Chevrolet

 

  3

Bob Burdick

Omaha, Nebraska

1957 Ford

 

  4

Dick Jepsen

Hoxie, Kansas

1957 Chevrolet

 

  5

Tubby Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

1957 Chevrolet

 

  6

Shorty Eberts

Avondale, Missouri

 

 

  7

Al Warrender

Harlan, Iowa

 

 

  8

Ernie Bonney

Omaha, Nebraska

 

 

  9

Dick Hendershot

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

10

Jerry Draper

Moline, Illinois

 

 

DNF

Darrell Dake**

Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

1956 Ford

 

DNF

Don White

Keokuk, Iowa

1957 Ford

 

                Dake led the first 61 laps turing the first 50 laps in 27 minutes, 40.41 seconds.  On the 62nd lap, his car caught fire.  His crew got the fire out and Dake back on the racetrack until the 73rd lap when he lost a front wheel.  More repairs got Dake back in the race until his engine blew on the 111th lap.

                White lead two laps near the halfway point in the race but then dropped out when the gears in his car's rear end broke.

                Jepsen had to stop in the pits twice to have his hood closed.

                Beauchamp was pacing his speed until Funk closed Beauchamp's lead down to one lap.  With five laps to go, Beauchamp picked up the pace and beat Funk by one lap and one car length

 

 

 

Lenny Funk

Funk collection

 

 

 

* Johnny Beauchamp (1923-1981) went on to compete in the Daytona 500 in 1959.

 

** Darrell Dake went on to compete in the Daytona 500 twice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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