Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Tuesday, July 4, 1922

 

 

Promoters – Ray Hockaday and Charles Stewart

 

 

“A big crowd that filled the big grandstands witnessed these races.”

 

 

Delbert Ging

Robert Ging collection

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson Gazette photo

Merle Warren

Wichita Eagle photo

 

 

 

Time Trials – 2 Laps 

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Bill Crow

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex

$25

1:12.4

2

Bill Bryant

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson

 

1:13:0

3

James Watkins

Ellinwood, Kansas

Studebaker #17

 

1:14.5

4

James I. “Toots” Higgins

Newton, Kansas

Essex #7

 

1:15.0

5

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex Special #1

 

1:16.0

6

Merle Warren

Newton, Kansas

Essex #2

 

1:16.0

7

Delbert Ging

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex #4

 

1:17.0

 

 

 

Stock Car Race – 6 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Bill Crow

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex

$75

4:15.0

2

Charles Crow

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex

   50

 

3

Keith Zeigler

Hutchinson, Kansas

Jordan roadster

 

 

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 10 Laps – 7 cars

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Bill Bryant

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson

$150

6:30.25

2

James I. “Toots” Higgins

Newton, Kansas

Essex #7

    75

 

3

Bill Crow

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex

     25

 

4

Merle Warren

Newton, Kansas

Essex #2

 

 

Warren led the first two laps before falling behind with engine trouble.

Higgins started in fifth place and passed into second place on the final lap of the race.

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 10 Laps – 7 cars

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Tommy Rayl

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex

$150

6:35.0

2

Frank Pflughoft

Great Bend, Kansas

“Multiple Valve” Dodge

    75

 

3

Buddy Graves

Hutchinson, Kansas

Elgin Special

     25

 

4

Ivell Kennedy

Newton, Kansas

Chevrolet

 

 

 

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex special #1

 

 

DNF

Jim Woods

Liberal, Kansas

 

 

 

Six cars finished this race.

 

 

 

Free-For-All – 20 Laps – 13 cars

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Purse

Time

1

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex Special #1

$300

13:15.0

2

James Watkins

Ellinwood, Kansas

Studebaker #17

    75

 

3

Merle Warren

Newton, Kansas

Essex #2

    25

 

4

Buddy Graves

Hutchinson, Kansas

Elgin Special

 

 

 

Delbert Ging

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex #4

 

 

 

Bill Bryant

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson

 

 

 

James I. “Toots” Higgins

Newton, Kansas

Essex #7

 

 

 

Bill Crow

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex

 

 

Crow dropped out on the seventh lap with a flat tire.

Higgins lost two laps when he stopped on the fifteenth lap to change a flat tire and repair a burned coil wire.

Bryant dropped out on the sixteenth lap with a flat tire.

Delbert Ging crashed through the south fence but received only scratches.

 Lentz took the lead for the first time with only a lap and a half remaining in the race.

 

 

 

 

James Watkins and his #17 Studebaker

Hutchinson Gazette photo

 

 

 

Delbert G. Ging (1897–1993)

Frank J. Pflughoft (1895–1978)

Merle W. Warren (1890–1948)

James Irving “Toots” Higgins (1895-1947)

Ivell Leland Kennedy (1904-1958)

Keith Zeigler (1896-1952)

 

 

 

 

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