Time Trials for the

Sixth Annual National Championship Jalopy Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

Saturday – July 28, 1962

 

 

(These cars were known regionally as “rails”)

 

 

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

Race Director – Jack Merrick of Dodge City, Kansas

Flagman / Starter – Al Alexander of Wichita, Kansas

Trophy Queen – Glenda Abney of Newton, Kansas

  

 

 

 

 

Don Wiedel of Hutchinson is shown here taking the checkered flag from starter Al Alexander to complete his time trial for these races – Hutchinson News photo 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Salmans

Hutchinson News collection

 

David Ross

David Ross collection

 

Pete Jacobs

 Jacobs family collection

 

Gene Potts

Schrater family collection

 

Charlie Hiner

Charlie Hiner collection

 

Henry Ellington

Ellington collection

 

Jack Petty

Ken Gretemen photo

 

Alvin Riley

Gary Shinkle collection

 

Bill Bookout

Mullens family collection

 

Reuben Loepp

Mohawk Speedway program

 

Cliff Durr

Cokeley collection

 

Todd White

Todd White collection

 

Dick Hendershot

Mohawk Speedway program

 

Charlie Pitts

Charlie Pitts collection

 

Willie Hecke

Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame

 

Grady Wade

Kenny Greteman photo

 

Dick Walker

Bob Mays collection

 

J. D. Cox

Lies collection

 

 

Keith Cofield

Claudine Cofield collection

 

Walt McWhorter

Bob Mays collection

 

Ray Riner

Kenny Greteman photo

 

Melvin Herrell

Melvin Herrell collection

 

Roy Bryant

Lies collection

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap

Place

Car #3

Driver

From

Time

  1

1

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

28.48

  2

2

Stanley Trahern

Amarillo, TX

28.80

  3

3

Forrest Coleman

Wichita, KS

28.88

  4

4

Pete Jacobs

Wichita, KS

29.04

  5

5

Henry Ellington

Hutchinson, KS

29.11

  6

6

Charlie Hiner

Wichita, KS

29.26

  7

7

Roy Bryant

Wichita, KS

29.29

  8

8

Gordon Woolley4

Waco, TX

29.34

  8

9

Bill Bookout

Wichita, KS

29.34

10

10

Bob Roberts

Sedgwick, KS

29.35

11

11

Orval Beckel

Wichita, KS

29.36

12

12

Ted Maupin

Wichita, KS

29.36

 131

14

Bill Nelson

Wichita, KS

29.40

14

15

Gene Angel

Hutchinson, KS

29.42

15

16

J. D. Cox

Wichita, KS

29.44

15

17

Doran Raine, Jr.

Conway Springs, KS

29.44

17

18

Bill Elliot

Wichita, KS

29.56

18

19

Grady Wade

Wichita, KS

29.54

19

20

Earl Hughes

Buffalo, OK

29.69

20

21

Tommy Bell

Edmond, OK

29.77

21

22

Jim McAmis

Wichita, KS

29.82

22

23

Gene Potts

Great Bend, KS

29.84

23

24

Charlie Pitts

Hutchinson, KS

29.85

24

25

Gene McClellan

Hutchinson, KS

29.90

25

26

Willie Hecke

Holdrege, NE

29.91

26

27

Bill Nash

Enid, OK

29.94

27

28

Leland Salmans

Larned, KS

30.08

28

29

David Ross

Dodge City, KS

30.09

28

30

Frank Lies

Wichita, KS

30.09

30

31

Dick Hendershot2

Hutchinson, KS

30.12

31

32

Al Baldus

Kansas City, MO

30.14

32

33

Dick Unger

Wichita, KS

30.17

32

34

Verlin Smith

Enid, OK

30.17

34

35

Dick Walker

Arkansas City, KS

30.29

35

36

Vester VanSickle

Hutchinson, KS

30.24

36

37

Joe Lehman

Denver, CO

30.39

36

38

Ray Riner

Wichita, KS

30.39

38

39

Clifford Durr

Derby, KS

30.40

39

40

Bob Fiest

Junction City, KS

30.42

39

41

Reuben Loepp

Hutchinson, KS

30.42

41

42

Bill Rigsby

Wichita, KS

30.51

42

43

Clyde Ferguson

Arkansas City, KS

30.53

43

44

Dale McCarty

Pratt, KS

30.55

44

45

Keith Cofield

Wichita, KS

30.86

45

46

Jerry Weld

Kansas City, MO

30.87

46

47

Jack Duckworth

Denver, CO

30.94

47

48

Carl Hayes

Hutchinson, KS

30.95

48

49

Jim Hill

Wichita, KS

30.97

48

50

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, KS

30.97

50

51

Phil Simmons

Norton, KS

31.15

51

52

Melvin Herrell

Hutchinson, KS

31.22

51

53

Bob Moberly

Colorado Springs, CO

31.22

53

54

Ernie Jacobs

Wichita, KS

31.26

54

55

Gene Coffman

Liberal, KS

31.31

55

56

Harold Schroeder

Kansas City, MO

31.36

56

57

Bill Smith

Denver, CO

31.73

57

58

Bud Montgomery

Denver, CO

31.84

57

59

Jim Macy

Wichita, KS

31.88

59

60

Harold Armstrong

Wichita, KS

31.92

60

61

Todd White

Hutchinson, KS

31.93

61

62

George Witzke

Wichita, KS

31.94

62

63

Melvin "Doc" Lamb

Wichita, KS

32.09

63

64

Paul Befort, Jr.

Garden City, KS

32.20

64

65

Keith Harb

Wichita, KS

32.30

64

66

Jack Petty

Wichita, KS

32.30

66

67

Jay Schrock

Hutchinson, KS

32.36

67

68

Jim Goodson

Junction City, KS

32.51

68

69

John Riead

Hutchinson, KS

32.53

69

70

Bob Riner

Wichita, KS

32.62

70

71

Al Gunn

Phoenix, AZ

32.64

71

72

Melvin Cattrell

Wichita, KS

32.80

72

73

Jack Grimes

Wichita, KS

32.90

72

74

Fate Martin

Wichita, KS

32.90

74

75

George Smith

Wichita, KS

33.13

75

76

Jerry Bernbeck

Utica, KS

33.29

76

77

Don Belk

Manhattan, KS

33.32

77

78

Wylan Cattrell

Wichita, KS

33.57

78

79

Jim Kirkland

Partridge, KS

34.20

79

80

Alvin Riley

Medora, KS

34.94

80

81

Chuck Cadmus

Phoenix, AZ

35.05

81

82

Don Wiedel

Hutchinson, KS

36.45

82

83

Matt Rohrer

Hutchinson, KS

37.09

83

84

T. J. Newman

Wichita, KS

38.17

84

85

Jim Holland

Hutchinson, KS

39.02

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were several posed photos taken of drivers from Wichita, Kansas at various points around the racetrack before time trials on this day.  Except where otherwise noted, the photos below are some of those photos from the Lies collection.

 

Bill Nelson in front of the grandstands with the Bob-Garner-owned #15 that timed in fourteenth quickest on this day

 

 

Frank Lies on the back straightaway with the southeast turn in the background.  The car is believed to have been from Woodward, Oklahoma but, if you know who owned this car, please contact Bob Lawrence.  Lies tied for twenty-eighth fastest time in time trials on this day and was assigned the #30 for the races the next day.

 

Forrest Coleman with the Ernie-McCoy-owned #4A car.  The photo was taken on the infield just inside the racetrack’s northeast turn.  Coleman turned in the third fastest time in time trials on this day and thus the car carried the #3 in the race.

 

Ted Maupin in the Roy-Pulver-owned #17 on the infield with the back straightaway in view.  Maupin time twelfth quickest in time trials and was assigned the car #12 for Sunday’s races

 

Charlie Lutkie with the Alden-Davis-owned Hudson #24 on the back straightaway at the state fairgrounds.  Lutkie set the fastest time in time trials this day and was awarded the #1 for the races the next day

 

Orval Beckel with his own Hudson on the infield of the racetrack at Hutchinson

 

Jim McAmis with the Glenn-Stults-owned Chevrolet on the infield of the racetrack at Hutchinson

Stults collection

 

 

To view a YouTube video that was taken of the races on this weekend

Dwane Wolfe collection

 

 

 

 

 

1 The official program did not list a 13th position in time trials skipping from 12th to 14th position instead.

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

3 Listed car numbers were assigned for this day only and were applied to the cars on sticky paper after time trials.

4 The modified driven as #8 this day by Gordon Woolley was powered by a Hudson engine.  By 1965, the Hudson engine in this car had been replaced with a 327 cu. in. Chevrolet engine and the car converted into a sprint car.  It was co-owned by Buddy Carroll and Al & Marvel Torrsen and driven by Jack Petty at that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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