Late Model Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday April 29, 1956

 

 

"Wheat Belt 100"

 

 

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

 

Attendance 5,000

 

  

 

Feature Race   200 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car

  1

Johnny Beauchamp

Harlan, Iowa

1956 Chevrolet

  2

Shorty Ebert

Kansas City, Missouri

1956 Dodge

  3

Lenny Funk

Galatia, Kansas

1956 Dodge

  4

Bud Burdick

Omaha, Nebraska

 

  5

Milton Luft

Great Bend, Kansas

 

  6

Dick Jepsen

Hoxie, Kansas

1956 Oldsmobile 88

  7

Jim Martin

Richmond, Missouri

 

  8

Newt Bartholomew

Carlisle, Iowa

 

  9

Roxie Dancy

Shreveport, Louisana

 

10

Lee McClune

What Cheer, Iowa

 

11

Doc Narber

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

12

Rodney Clark

Emporia, Kansas

 

DNF

Verdeen Rath

Pipestone, Minnesota

1956 Dodge

DNF

Sonny Morgan

Beaumont, Texas

1956 Chevrolet

DNF

Bob Burdick

Omaha, Nebraska

1956 Ford

DNF

Fred South

Salina, Kansas

1955 Oldsmobile

                Beauchamp took over the lead on the 60th lap when Bob Burdick's Ford broke an axle and threw a wheel.  Sonny Morgan's Chevrolet caught fire shortly thereafter causing him to drop out of the race.  Beauchamp was leading Ebert by about 300 yards at the finish.

                Rath's Dodge rolled twice in the north turn.

                South lost a wheel early in the race.  He was able to get the car repaired only to roll it over five times in the south turn..

 

 

 

This photo was taken just as Verdeen Rath of Pipestone, Minnesota began the first of his two rolls in the north turn.

Hutchinson News photo

 

 

 

This photo was taken seconds later just as Verdeen Rath was completing the second of two rollovers in the north turn. 

Hutchinson News photo

 

 

 

#99 Fred South of Salina, Kansas in his 1955 Oldsmobile

Lehman collection

 

 

 

Dick Jepsen in the 1956 Oldsmobile 88 he raced this day.  Click your mouse on the photo above to see another photo of this car in the Oldsmobile dealership garage in Hoxie, Kansas.

Dick Jepsen collection

 

 

 

 

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