Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Wednesday, July 4, 1923

 

Race Promoter – William M. “Bill” Bryant of Hutchinson, Kansas

Purse – $2,000

 

There were about 2,000 spectators at this event.

 

 

Fred Lentz

Don Radbruch collection

Merle Warren

Wichita Eagle photo

 

 

 

Complete List of the Cars that Arrived for These Races

 

Driver

From

Automobile

 

1

Bill Bryant

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson “Super-Six”

 

2

Bill Crow

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex

 

3

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson “Super-Six”

 

4

Tommy Rayl

Great Bend, Kansas

Essex

 

5

Frank McCallister

Wichita, Kansas

Ford

 

6

Roy O'Laughlin

Hutchinson, Kansas

Ford

 

7

James Speer

Wichita, Kansas

Frontenac

 

8

G. A. Galzier

Wichita, Kansas

Essex

 

9

F. L. Firebaugh

Newton, Kansas

Essex

 

10

L. S. Brown

Wichita, Kansas

Mercer / Ford

 

11

Merle Warren

Newton, Kansas

Hudson

 

 

Time Trials – 2 Laps

Place 

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

Purse

1

James Speer

Wichita, Kansas

Frontenac

1:05.2

$25

            Speer purse for this event included $25 for the fastest time of the day and $50 for setting a new track record for the 2-lap distance.

 

First Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place 

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

Purse

1

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson “Super-Six”

6:15.2

$150

2

Bill Bryant

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson “Super-Six”

 

    75

3

L. S. Brown

Wichita, Kansas

Mercer / Ford

 

    25

DNF

Frank McCallister

Wichita, Kansas

Ford

 

 

            McCallister went through the fence in the fourth turn when his steering gear jammed.  He was not injured.

            Bryant’s six-cylinder Hudson finished running on three-cylinders and in second gear.  One of Bryant’s magnetos went out on the second lap cutting power to three of the cylinders.  The engine was built in two units with separate carburetors and ignition systems.  When running properly, his Hudson engine would run at 4,000 RPM.

            Brown’s car was a Mercer engine in a Ford chassis.

 

Second Heat Race – 10 Laps

Place 

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

Purse

1

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson “Super-Six”

6:50.2

$150

2

G. A. Galzier

Wichita, Kansas

Essex

7:00.3

    75

3

Tommy Rayl

Great Bend, Kansas

Essex

 

    25

DNF

Frank McCallister

Wichita, Kansas

Ford

 

 

 

Sweepstakes Race – 30 Laps

Place 

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

Purse

1

James Speer

Wichita, Kansas

Frontenac

19:10.8

$200

2

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson “Super-Six”

19:35.2

  100

3

Merle Warren

Newton, Kansas

Hudson

19:35.4

    50

DNF

F. L. Firebaugh

Newton, Kansas

Essex

 

 

DNF

Tommy Rayl

Great Bend, Kansas

Essex

 

 

             Firebaugh was running in sixth place on the thirteenth lap when he lost control of his Essex and crashed through the fence on the fourth turn of the racetrack.  His face and hands were bruised in several places from flying bits of boards.

            Rayl dropped out on the sixth lap.

 

 

 

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