Sixteenth Annual National Modified Championship Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Sunday – July 30, 1972

 

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

Starter / flagman – Al Alexander of Wichita, Kansas

Trophy Queen – Cheryl Dee Taylor of Sterling, Kansas

 

Attendance – 10,000 

Total Purse – $7,500.52

 

Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

The two photos above and below were taken at nearly the same time but from different angles as the cars were lined up to start their pace lap before the 50-Lap National championship race on this afternoon.  On the pole is Ron Fowler in the #4 John-Schippert-owned Chevrolet.  On the outside of the front row is Frank Lies in the Larry-Prather-owned #97 Chevrolet.  On the inside of the second row is car #01 driven by Emmett Hahn and on the outside of the second car is the Evart-Isaac-owned #6 Chevrolet Edmonds car driven by Dale Reed.

 

Hutchinson Nationals program

 

Emmett Hahn

Racing from the Past website

 

Evard Humphrey

Pogue collection

 

Walt McWhorter

Bob Mays collection

 

 

Harold Leep

Bob Mays collection

 

Herb Copeland

High Plains THUNDER BY Bob Mays

 

H. A. Ratzlaff

Cokeley collection

 

Ron Fowler

High Plains THUNDER  by Bob Mays collection

 

Dale Parsons

High Plains THUNDER  by Bob Mays

 

Frank Lies

Bob Mays collection

 

Bud Hatch

Bob Mays collection

 

Davie Moore

Davie Moore collection

 

Todd Coker

High Plains THUNDER  by Bob Mays

 

Dutch Ter Steege

Racing from the Past website

 

Jon Johnson

Racing from the Past website

 

Larry Coleman

Racing from the Past website

 

Dale Reed

Racing from the Past website

 

Larry Wilson

Mike Howard photo from the Racing from the Past website

 

Billy Patton, Sr.

Kristi Truboulie collection

Racing from the Past website

 

Garland Shepard

Mike Pogue collection from High Plains THUNDER by Bob Mays

 

Lawrence Sinks

Lawrence Sinks collection

 

Don McElhinny

81 Speedway program

 

Oren Haas

Stults collection

 

Junior Modified

First Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

  1

82x

Larry Wilson

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

4:32.15

  2

3x

Frank Offutt

Utica, Kansas

 

  3

62

Charlie Turner

Arkansas City, Kansas

 

  4

1

Steve Kammerer

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

7

Dutch Ter Steege

Bethany, Oklahoma

 

  6

111

Oren Haas

Wichita, Kansas

 

  7

12

Don McElhinny

Wichita, Kansas

 

  8

8x

Dick Foxworthy

Wichita, Kansas

 

  9

00

Billy Patton

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

10

3

Larry Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

 

11

89

Bob McCurdy

Wichita, Kansas

 

12

99

Lonnie Snowden

Wichita, Kansas

2x

Jim Tombs

Wichita, Kansas

17

Davie Moore

Wichita, Kansas

          Winner Wilson had started in thirteenth position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Modified

First Heat Race – 10 Laps  

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

1

333

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

4:23.52

2

2

Ray Riner

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

67

Dale Parsons

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

4

Ron Fowler

Chanute, Kansas

 

5

 

Garland Shepad

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

6

37

Thad Dosher

Topeka, Kansas

 

7

7

Lawrence Sinks

Lawrence, Kansas

 

8

86

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

 

9

9

Tony Webster

Topeka, Kansas

 

          Dewell won this race from the eighth starting position just edging out Riner by a car length.  Riner then crashed into the outside wall after the race was over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Modified

Second Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time

  1

04

Roger Thompson

Junction City, Kansas

4:12.89

  2

98

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

 

  3

3

Melvin Rogers

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  4

33

Jerry Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

12

Evard Humphrey

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  6

2x

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

 

  7

9

Steve Foster

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  8

8

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

 

  9

11

H. A. Ratzlaff

Dodge City, Kansas

 

10

25

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Modified

Trophy Dash – 5 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

99

Lonnie Snowden

Wichita, Kansas

 

2

7

Dutch Ter Steege

Bethany, Oklahoma

 

3

8x

Dick Foxworthy

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

82x

Larry Wilson

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

5

3x

Frank Offutt

Utica, Kansas

 

6

62

Charlie Turner

Arkansas City, Kansas

 

7

1

Steve Kammerer

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Modified

Trophy Dash – 5 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 

1

67

Dale Parsons

Wichita, Kansas

 

2

4

Ron Fowler

Chanute, Kansas

 

3

3

Melvin Rogers

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

4

04

Roger Thompson

Junction City, Kansas

 

5

333

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

 

6

98

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

 

7

10

Tommy Bell

Edmond, Oklahoma

 

8

33

Jerry Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

 

          Dewell’s Buddy-Cumley-owned #333 car slid into the wall at the conclusion of this race.

          Several sources list Coker as the second place finisher in this race driving a car #4.  Coker had driven a car #4 to the 27th quickest time among the 39 cars that took trials for these races.  By the time the races began, his car number had changed to 40 and he finished no better than tenth place in any of the heat races on this day.  Ron Fowler was also driving a car #4.  He set the fastest time in time trials and finished fourth in the first super modified heat race indicating that it was probably Fowler who was runner-up in this race rather than Coker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Modified

Semi-Nationals – 20 Cars – 30 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Time 

  1

82x

Larry Wilson

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 12:54.29

  2

7

Dutch Ter Steege

Bethany, Oklahoma

 

  3

99

Lonnie Snowden

Wichita, Kansas

 

  4

2x

Jim Tombs

Wichita, Kansas

 

  5

00

Billy Patton

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

  6

12

Don McElhinny

Wichita, Kansas

 

  7

3

Larry Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

 

  8

17

Davie Moore

Wichita, Kansas

 

  9

3x

Frank Offutt

Utica, Kansas

 

10

8x

Dick Foxworthy

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

89

Bob McCurdy

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Modified

National Championship Race – 34 Cars – 50 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

 Started

Laps

Purse

  1

2x

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

8

50

$1,327

  2

12

Evard Humphrey

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

5

50

674

  3

01

Emmett Hahn

Tulsa, Oklahoma

3

50

670

  4

3

Melvin Rogers

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

13 

50

451

  5

97

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

2

49

330

  6

21

Larry Holman

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

6

49

200

  7

98

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

16

49

210

  8

1

D. E. “Gene” Suggs

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

11

49

150

  9

04

Roger Thompson

Junction City, Kansas

18

49

195

10

25

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

7

49

161

 11

40

Todd Coker

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

26

49

105

12

37

Thad Dosher

Topeka, Kansas

24

48

102

13

11

H. A. Ratzlaff

Dodge City, Kansas

9

48

84

14

49

David Brotherton

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

17

48

60

15

333

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

30

48

75

16

12x

Bill Cohee

Topeka, Kansas

28

47

15

17

10x

Scott Carson

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

20

47

15

18

87

Bud Hatch

Yates Center, Kansas

 19

47

15

DNF

4

Ron Fowler

Chanute, Kansas

1

47

15

DNF

6

Dale Reed

Chanute, Kansas

 

46

15

DNF

67

Dale Parsons

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

10

Tommy Bell

Edmond, Oklahoma

 

 

15

DNF

86

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

96

Jack Petty

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

31

Tim Holmes

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

 

15

DNF

81x

Mike Kasti

Ft. Scott, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

33

Jerry Everhart

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

17

Roger Chambers

Yates Center, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

9

Tony Webster

Topeka, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

16

Al Lemmons

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

 

15

DNF

112

Forrest Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

8

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

15

DNF

9

Steve Foster

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

 

15

DNF

82

Jerry Soderberg

Enid, Oklahoma

 

 

15

          Reed ran second until the 39th lap.  He had dropped to fourth by the 47th lap when his car blew an oil cooler line forcing him to retire from the race.

          Although Fowler’s engine started smoking on the 34th lap, he maintained the lead until the 48th lap when his engine erupted in a ball of fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#10 driven by Tommy Bell of Edmond, Oklahoma taken on this afternoon at Hutchinson Oklahoma - Schrater family collection

 

 

 

#10x driven by Scott Carson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on this afternoon at Hutchinson.  The man at far right is Greg Lee - Schrater family collection

 

 

 

#21 Larry Holman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on this afternoon at Hutchinson - Schrater family collection

 

 

 

The first heat race of Junior Modified cars is shown lined up on the front straightaway.  The #88 at left was driven by Ken Pearson of Pleasanton, Kansas.  The #36x at right was driven by Hack Hackney of Oklahoma City.  Car #36 driven by David Unruh of Quinter, Kansas can be seen lined up directly behind Hackney's car - Hutchinson Nationals program

 

 

 

  The pit crew of #89 Bob McCurdy watches as #8 Herb Copeland passes by on the back straightaway - Hutchinson Nationals program

 

 

 

#37 Thad Dosher leads #98 Walt McWhorter through the northeast turn at Hutchinson – Racing from the Past website

 

 

 

This photo of #12 Evard Humphrey, #333 Larry Dewell, and #2x Harold Leep was taken at Hutchinson on this afternoon – Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection 

 

 

 

Jerry Everhart in the Pat-Suchy-owned #33 and Melvin Rogers in his own #3 during the running of the second super modified heat race.  Rogers finished the race in third place while Everhart finished in fourth place – Leroy Byers photo from the Bob Mays collection

 

 

 

#2x Harold Leep, #01 Emmett Hahn, and #6 Dale Reed ran second through fourth from the 39th lap until when Reed’s car blew an oil cooler line on the 47th lap forcing him out of the race.  Leep went on to win while Hahn finished in third place – Jerry Leep photo

 

 

 

Larry Wilson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is shown here receiving his trophy from Trophy Queen Cheryl Dee Taylor after he won the 30-lap Semi-Nationals race - Hutchinson Nationals program

 

 

 

Left to right:  Darrell Tuttle, Janet Cutting, Denise Lynn Glass, Trophy Queen Cheryl Dee Taylor, and Harold Leep.  This photo was taken after Harold Leep won the 50-lap championship race on this afternoon – Jerry Leep photo 

 

 

 

 This photo was taken on the racetrack in front of the packed grandstands on this afternoon at Hutchinson and shows one of the Dodge Chargers that was owned by Nord Krauskopf of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; sponsored by Krauskopf's company, K & K Insurance; and usually driven by Bobby Isaac of Catawba, North Carolina on the NASCAR Grand National circuit.  During an intermission in the regular program, the car made a couple of solo exhibition laps of the state fairgrounds racetrack at slow speed but it was easily the loudest car at the races that day.  Note that at that time, they actually brought a car that had been raced instead of a pristine show car as would be the case now.  Pictured here with the car are starter / flagman Al Alexander at left and race promoter Jack Merrick.  The driver has yet to be identified.  Once the exhibition laps had been run, the car was parked in a grassy area between the grandstands and the racetrack.  Click your mouse on the photo to see another photo that was taken after the car was moved to that grassy area – Mike Cornelison photos

 

 

 

 

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