Modified Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Labor Day – Monday – September 3, 1951

 

Racing Promoter – Verne Hamilton of Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Paid Attendance – 3,679

 

Total Purse - $1,250

 

 

Frank Lies

Mary Ann Heaton photo

Bill Mears

Ira Woodward photo

Maurice Flynn

Jim Edwards photo

Troy Routh

Mary Ann Heaton photo

 

 

 

Ira Woodward

Glen Martin collection

Bob Mack*

Ira Woodward photo

Bill Nelson

Bill Collins collection

Jerry Hafner

Paul Flynn collection

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Don Fortey

Wichita, Kansas

4:18.75

2

Maurice Flynn

Abilene, Kansas

 

3

Bill Mears

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Bill Nelson

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

 

6

Jim Ware

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

4:24.0

2

Will Forrest

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Orval Beckel

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Jerry Hafner

Abilene, Kansas

 

5

Clarence Bolton

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

6

Harold Dean

Newton, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Noel “Shorty” Jones

Wichita, Kansas

4:27.35

2

Ira Woodward

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

George Pearson

Wichita, Kansas

 

4

Buddy Quick

Wichita, Kansas

 

5

Chet Clark

Sedgwick, Kansas

 

6

Bob Arrington

Newton, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash

Place

Driver

From

 

1

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Consolation Race – 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Time

1

Bob Mack*

Wichita, Kansas

4:32.30

2

Ralph Lowry

Wichita, Kansas

 

3

Dick Hendershot**

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

4

Gayford Dye

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

5

Bill Massey

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

6

Omar Weiss

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

 

Feature Race – 50 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Laps Completed

1

Maurice Flynn

Abilene, Kansas

50

2

Bill Mears

Wichita, Kansas

50

3

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

50

4

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

50

5

Ira Woodward

Wichita, Kansas

49

6

Don Fortey

Wichita, Kansas

49

DNF

Jim Curley

Hutchinson, Kansas

25

            Curley’s car threw a wheel in the south turn at the half-way point in the race and rolled side-over-side three times landing on its wheels astraddle the infield fence.  Curley was trapped in the car for a short time but suffered nothing more than minor bruises.

            Flynn beat Mears to the finish by 1/8 of a lap.

 

 

 

Will Forrest

Bill Collins collection

Ralph Lowry

Ralph Lowry collection

Orval Beckel

Gary Virden photo

Don Fortey

Roy Pulver collection

 

 

 

 

Harold Dean

Tim Cornelius collection

George Pearson

Gary Virden collection

Buddy Quick

Gary Virden photo

Bob Arrington

Loretta Cox collection

 

 

 

 

Dick Hendershot

Todd White collection

 

 

 

* Bob Mack was an alias used by Bob McElree when he drove racing cars.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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