Automobile Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Friday, July 4, 1924

 

 

Races Promoted by Bill Bryant of Hutchinson, Kansas

Attendance:  1,500

 

 

 

Charles “Butch” Lebsack

Betty (Kerbs) Able collection

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson Gazette photo

Merle Warren

Wichita Eagle photo

 

 

 

5-Mile Race – 10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Charles “Butch” Lebsack

Otis, Kansas

Kerbs Special

6:17.0

2

Merle Warren

Newton, Kansas

Hudson

 

3

Tommy Rayl

Hutchinson, Kansas

Dodge

 

 

Forrest Culbertson

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Chevrolet

DNF – fowled spark plug

 

 

 

15-Mile Race – 30 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Charles “Butch” Lebsack

Otis, Kansas

Kerbs Special

18:57.0

2

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex Special

19:23.0

3

Chet Cracraft*

Peabody, Kansas

Buick

 

 

Forrest Culbertson

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Chevrolet

DNF - broken axle

 

Tommy Rayl

Hutchinson, Kansas

Dodge

DNF - wrecked

Lebsack easily outdistanced the field.  He went into most every turn with his throttle half-closed although he did take the south turn under full throttle twice just to show the spectators that he could do it.  Lebsack’s Ford powered Kerbs Special was owned by Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas.

Culbertson lost a tire and spun out in the south turn on the 20th lap.  He replaced the tire and rejoined the race one lap behind only to suffer a broken axle.

            Lentz and Rayl were competing bitterly for second place when Rayl skidded on the 26th lap and took out a section of the inside fence.  Just seconds later, Culbertson avoided damage to his car when he skidded through the same hole in the fence.

            Lee Phillips of Hutchinson, Kansas suffered serious injuries in a novelty side-car race causing the remainder of that event to be canceled.

 

 

 

 

 

*Chester I “Chet” Cracraft (1903-1929)

 

 

 

 

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