New Model Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Saturday – July 4, 1953

 

 

Promotional company – Hamilton Attractions of Hutchinson, Kansas 

Race Promoter – Verne Hamilton of Hutchinson, Kansas

Attendance – 5,000

 

Track condition – “dry slick and dusty” 

 

 

 

This #7 Plymouth business coupe was owned by Pat O’Day and driven by Warren Brown of Emporia, Kansas.  Brown is seen here lining the car up for its time trial this day – Warren Brown collection 

 

 

 

Lined Up for Time Trials on this Afternoon

The cars lined up before the start of the start of time trials on this day.  The only car identified in his photo to date is the #7 Plymouth business coupe owned by Pat O’Day and driven by Warren Brown of Emporia, Kansas.  These cars were often family cars that were regularly driven on the streets and only painted up with “show-card” paint for the races.  “Show-card” was a water-based paint that would wash off without hurting the car’s finish.  Car #60 at right lost a right front wheel during the 100-mile feature race.  Please contact Bob Lawrence if you recognize any of the unidentified cars in the photos above – Warren Brown collection

 

 

 

Lined Up to Start the 100-Mile Race on this Afternoon

The only car that has been positively identified in this photo to date is the #13 Hudson Hornet third from right.  The car was owned by Johnny Sutton, driven by Bill Lehman, and finished in third place – Lehman collection 

 

 

 

 Published Entry List

 

Driver

From

Automobile

 

 

Dan Berghaus

Meade, Kansas

1940 Ford #1JR.

 

 

Jim Smith

Salina, Kansas

Oldsmobile

 

 

Don White

Ft. Worth, Texas

Oldsmobile

 

 

Gayford Dye

Hutchinson, Kansas

Plymouth

 

 

Bill Lehman

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson Hornet #13

 

 

Bill Massey

Great Bend, Kansas

 

 

 

Warren Brown

Emporia, Kansas

Plymouth #7 

 

 

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Bill King

Enid, Oklahoma

 

 

 

Glen Watkins

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

 

 

 

Ray Watkins

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Clarence Bolton

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Dick Murren

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Oldsmobile 88

 

 

Ken Jahns

Ft. Worth, Texas

 

 

 

Bill Wolford

Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

Jim Roper

Halstead, Kansas

 

 

 

Virgil Elledge

Meade, Kansas

 

 

 

Milton Luft

Great Bend, Kansas

 

 

 

Gordon Dodson

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Fred South

Salina, Kansas

 

 

 

Bill Wolsey

Salina, Kansas

 

 

 

Jimmy Reed

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Dick Jerison

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

John Riead*

Hutchinson, Kansas

1951 Oldsmobile

 

 

Jim Reed*

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Mickey McCormick

Hutchinson, Kansas

1947 Ford #83

 

 

Leslie Angel, Sr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Leslie Angel, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Bob Gass

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Bill Wesley

Liberal, Kansas

1950 Ford

 

 

Harold Ragsdale

Great Bend, Kansas

 

 

 

Alvin Riley

Medora, Kansas

1942 Hudson

 

 

 

 

201 Laps – 100½ Mile Race

29 cars started this race

Prize money was paid to the first 12 finishers

Place 

Driver

From

Automobile

Laps Completed

  1

Jim Smith

Salina, Kansas

Oldsmobile

200

  2

Gayford Dye

Hutchinson, Kansas

Plymouth

189

  3

Bill Lehman

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hudson Hornet #13

189

  4

Bill Massey

Great Bend, Kansas

 

186

  5

Warren Brown

Emporia, Kansas

Plymouth #7

185

  6

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

 

185

  7

Bill King

Enid, Oklahoma

 

180

  8

Glen Watkins

Wichita, Kansas

 

174

  9

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

 

171

10

Ray Watkins

Wichita, Kansas

 

167

11

Clarence Bolton

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

163

12

Harold Ragsdale

Great Bend, Kansas

 

DNF

 

Alvin Riley

Medora, Kansas

1942 Hudson

DNF

 

Dan Berghaus

Meade, Kansas

1940 Ford #1JR.

Disqualified

 

Don White

Ft. Worth, Texas

Oldsmobile

Disqualified

                Ragsdale’s car blew a tire and overturned.

                Alvin Riley rolled his Hudson “in a spectacular spill”.

                Lehman’s Johnny-Sutton-owned Hudson Hornet crashed into the outside fence in the south turn while running in third place on the leader’s 192nd lap.

                This race was supposed to be for 200 laps but a recheck of the scoring after the race was over showed that Berghaus actually completed 201 laps.  Berghaus was disqualified however when he refused to tear his engine down to show race officials that the parts in it were stock.

                White’s Oldsmobile completed 196 laps but he was disqualified for allowing a relief driver to drive the car during the middle portion of the race.

 

 

 

 

Alvin Riley

Gary Shinkle collection

 

Dan Berghaus

Dr. Mary Berghaus collection

 

John Riead

John Riead collection

 

 

 

 

Gayford Dye

Lehman collection

Jim Roper at left with car owner Millard Clothier

Clothier collection

Bill Lehman

Lehman collection

 

 

 

 

*  John Riead and James C. “Jim” Reed (1930-1999) were brothers-in-law. 

 

 

 

 

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