Eleventh Annual National Modified Jalopy Championship Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – July 30, 1967

 

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

Race Director – Jack Merrick of Dodge City, Kansas

Flagman / Starter – Al Alexander of Wichita, Kansas

National Jalopy Trophy Queen – Connie Vratil of Larned, Kansas

 

 

Lineup for the 50-lap National Championship race on this afternoon.  Visible here are #54 David Ross in his own Chevy on the pole, #55 Frank Lies in the Kenny Riffel owned Chevy on the outside of the front row, #88 Don Spreier in the Paul Chance owned Oldsmobile on the inside of the second row, eventual winner #11 Harold Leep in the LaVern Nance Chevy on the inside of the fourth row, and #86 Jay Schrock in the Pat-Haskard-owned Chevy on the inside of the fifth row – Merrick racing program photo 

 

Another photo of the cars lined up for the start of the 50-lap championship race.  This photo was taken as crewmen scurried away as the cars pulled away for the pace lap - Lies collection

 

Frank Lies

Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

Jack Petty

Ken Gretemen photo

 

Forrest Coleman

McCoy collection

 

Jay Schrock

Bob Mays collection

 

Bill Lewis

Bob Mays collection

  

H. A. Ratzlaff

Lyndon Greaney photo

 

Joe Lehman

Lyndon Greaney photo

 

Roy Bryant

Bob Mays collection

 

Walt McWhorter

Bob Mays collection

 

Lee Salmans

Dodge City Globe

 

Garry Abell

Deen Woods collection

 

Dick Hendershot

Bob Mays collection

 

Bud Haehn

Petty collection

 

Harold Leep

Cokeley collection

 

Bill Bookout

Bob Mays collection

 

Dick Walker

Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

Don Spreier

Dodge City Globe

 

Larry Dewell

Cokeley collection

 

Ken Myers

Bob Mays collection

 

Herb Copeland

Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

Dave Ross

Bob Mays collection

 

Bill Wilson

Jehu Speedway racing program

 

Andy McKinley

Buchholz collection

 

Bob Peck

High Plains THUNDER  by Bob Mays

 

Don Craig

Brian Conn collection

Racing from the Past website

 

D. E. "Gene" Suggs

Lies collection

 

 

First Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

  1

16

D. E. “Gene” Suggs

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

4:38.0

  2

176

Les Angel, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

  3

41

Richard Wachter

Topeka, Kansas

 

  4

81

Bill Martinson

McPherson, Kansas

 

  5

24

Walter Everest

Wichita, Kansas

 

  6

4A

Leon Spain

Manhattan, Kansas

 

  7

20

Harold Armstrong

Wichita, Kansas

 

  8

15

Glen Kinsey

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

  9

67

Dale Parsons

McPherson, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

  1

95

Jack Petty

Wichita, Kansas

4:39.0

  2

108

Garry Abell

Beloit, Kansas

 

  3

73

Bob Peck

Manhattan, Kansas

 

  4

91

Lee Phillips

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

60

Ray Webber

Manhattan, Kansas

 

  6

188

Bill Wilson

Salina, Kansas

 

  7

72

Garry Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

 

  8

87

Glen Puett

Ogden, Kansas

 

  9

9

Don Craig

Lawrence, Kansas

 

10

33

Andy McKinley

WaKeeney, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

  1

1520

Andy Brandt

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  2

48

Sam Brittendall

Salina, Kansas

 

  3

166

Jack Duckworth

Denver, Colorado

 

  4

16

J. D. Cox

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

8

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

 

  6

10

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

 

  7

19

Ken Myers

Newton, Kansas

 

  8

21

Bill Bookout

Wichita, Kansas

 

  DNF

14

Forrest Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

 

  DNF

69

Bud Haehn

Wichita, Kansas

 

          Haehn’s John-Hebb-owned coupe ran over the wheel of another car in the northwest turn bouncing his car high into the air.  When it came down, Coleman’s car crashed into it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

  1

11

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

4:20.0

  2

97

Jerry Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

 

  3

04

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

  4

154

Bill Lewis

Del City, Oklahoma

 

  5

88

Don Spreier

Larned, Kansas

 

  6

55

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

  7

34

Walt Pickard

Pueblo, Colorado

 

  8

54

David Ross

Jetmore, Kansas

 

  9

6

Joe Lehman

Denver, Colorado

 

10

98

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash – 5 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

  1

11

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

2:11.0

  2

04

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

  3

1520

Andy Brandt

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  4

16

J. D. Cox

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

95

Jack Petty

Wichita, Kansas

 

  6

154

Bill Lewis

Del City, Oklahoma

 

  7

16

D. E. “Gene” Suggs

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  8

166

Jack Duckworth

Denver, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi-National Race – 30 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

  1

35

Dick Walker

Arkansas City, Kansas

13.52.0

  2

87

Glen Puett

Ogden, Kansas

 

  3

108

Garry Abell

Beloit, Kansas

 

  4

16

D. E. “Gene” Suggs

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  5

72

Garry Harrison

Topeka, Kansas

 

  6

84

Rolland Crocker

Solomon, Kansas

 

  7

188

Bill Wilson

Salina, Kansas

 

  8

20

Harold Armstrong

Wichita, Kansas

 

DNF

15

Glen Kinsey

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

DNF

91

Lee Phillips

Wichita, Kansas

 

DNF

73

Bob Peck

Manhattan, Kansas

 

DNF

4A

Leon Spain

Manhattan, Kansas

 

DNF

24

Walter Everett

Wichita, Kansas

 

          Everett’s car lost a wheel and axle in the southeast turn.  The wheel and axle bounced back onto the racetrack landing in the middle of Spain’s hood.  The incident put both cars out of the race.

          Peck spun his car out in the north turn and then parked it against the outside wall.  Three laps later, Phillips spun his car out in the same turn stopping in the middle of the racetrack near Peck’s disabled machine.  Cars had to hug the inside of the racetrack or thread their way between the two parked cars while both Peck and Phillips watched the remainder of the race from the top of the wall.  (In those days, the did not stop the race to remove disabled cars from the racetrack unless one or more of them overturned or there was an indication of injuries.)

          Kensey crashed in the south turn coming to a stop in the middle of the racetrack facing oncoming traffic.

          Walker led this entire race finishing in record time despite having to dodge the many disabled race cars strewed around the racetrack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Championship Race – 50 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

  1

11

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

24:16.0

  2

98

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

 

  3

04

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

 

  4

6

Joe Lehman

Denver, Colorado

 

  5

88

Don Spreier

Larned, Kansas

 

  6

26

Dick Hendershot1

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

  7

8

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

 

  8

154

Bill Lewis

Del City, Oklahoma

 

  9

1520

Andy Brandt

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

10

24x

Buddy Cagle

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

 

83

Dick Pollard

Solomon, Kansas

 

DNF

54

David Ross

Jetmore, Kansas

 

DNF

55

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

DNF

38

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

 

DNF

1

H. A. Ratzlaff

Dodge City, Kansas

 

DNF

34

Walt Pickard

Pueblo, Colorado

 

          The cars driven by Ratzlaff and Pickard collided in the dust in the northeast turn sending Pickard’s car hard into the wall and out of the race.  Ratzlaff made one more lap before dropping out of the race.

          Lies’ car collided with that of Larry Dewell as the latter spun out in the north turn.  The two cars wound up next to the new concrete wall with Lies’ car on top of Dewell’s and both cars out of the race.

          Ross lead the first ten laps before being passed by Leep in the northwest turn.  Leep led the remainder of the race.  Ross held second place until he blew a tire on the 37th lap and dropped out of the race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lined Up for the 30-Lap Semi-National Race

#35 Dick Walker started on the pole position and went on to win the race - Lies Collection

 

#55 Frank Lies is shown here spinning in the north turn into the stalled car #38 driven by Larry Dewell.  The #34 driven by Walt Pickard passes by on the inside - Lies collection

 

Frank Lies beat a hastity retreat while Larry Dewell remained seated inside his car - Lies collection

 

Harold Leep, Sr. and crew with the trophies they won at Hutchinson this day.  Left to right are: Harold Leep, Jr.; John Rush; unidentified; Harold Leep, Sr.; Jack Walker, LaVern Nance, and Bobby Walker - Lies collection

 

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

 

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