Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Monday – July 4, 1955

 

 

Promotional company – Hamilton Attractions of Hutchinson, Kansas

Promoter – Verne Hamilton of Hutchinson, Kansas

Starter / Flagman – Bill Lehman of Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Attendance – 2,000

 

53 cars competed in these races

   

 

 

An unidentified driver in the #17 stock car slides around the northwest turn – Tom Kelso photo from the Jim Kelso collection

 

 

 

None of these cars or drivers has been identified although the photo was taken in the northwest turn.  The car at right is #22 – Tom Kelso photo from the Jim Kelso collection

 

 

 

First Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

  1

Dean Ring

Alva, Oklahoma

  2

A. J. Shepherd*

Wichita, Kansas

  3

Tom Salmon, Jr.

Wichita, Kansas

  4

Ernest “Red” Forshee

Wichita, Kansas

  5

Doyle “Shot” Hampton

Wichita, Kansas

  6

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

  7

Leon Spain

Manhattan, Kansas

 

 

 

  Second Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

  1

Bill Mears

Wichita, Kansas

  2

Jerald “Skeeter” McKinnie

Newton, Kansas

  3

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

  4

Donald Deck

Newton, Kansas

  5

Jack Petty

Wichita, Kansas

  6

Laurie Collins

Manhattan, Kansas

  7

Bob Ingram

Hutchinson, Kansas

  8

Warren Brown

Emporia, Kansas

 

 

  

Third Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

  1

Buddy Quick

Wichita, KS

  2

Bill Nichols

Wichita, Kansas

  3

Harold Leep

Wichita, Kansas

  4

Wilbur "Willie" Berger

Newton, Kansas

  5

John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

  6

Evert Parker

Hutchinson, Kansas

  7

Bob Jones

Wichita, Kansas

  8

Henry Ellington

South Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

  

B Feature Race

Place

Driver

From

  1

Bryce Barth

Wichita, Kansas

  2

Chuck Stone

Inman, Kansas

  3

Jerry Collins

Hutchinson, Kansas

  4

Don Shepherd

Wichita, Kansas

  5

Ed “Mac” McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

  6

L. E. Hall

Newton, Kansas

  7

Glen Tracy

Hutchinson, Kansas

  8

Chester Scott

Hutchinson, Kansas

  9

Vester VanSickle

Hutchinson, Kansas

10

Ken Kennson

Hutchinson, Kansas

11

Gayford Dye

Hutchinson, Kansas

            VanSickle lost control of his car in the south turn, crashed through the heavy guard rail, a 3-foot wire fence, and a 10-foot board fence before dropping about 3 feet to outside ground level.  He was able to repair his car in time to restart the race.

 

 

 

A Feature Race

Place

Driver

From

  1

Buddy Quick

Wichita, Kansas

  2

Bill Mears

Wichita, Kansas

  3

Troy Routh

Maize, Kansas

  4

Dean Ring

Alva, Oklahoma

  5

Wilbur "Willie" Berger

Newton, Kansas

  6

Ernest “Red” Forshee

Wichita, Kansas

  7

Bill Nichols

Wichita, Kansas

  8

Buck Fallstead

Bentley, Kansas

  9

John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

10

Doyle “Shot” Hampton

Wichita, Kansas

11

Leon Spain

Manhattan, Kansas

12

Laurie Collins

Manhattan, Kansas

13

Evert Parker

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Paul Hendershot

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hendershot’s car turned over exiting the south turn and slid on its side for a few feet before turning back over onto its wheels.  He was able to continue the race.

 

 

 

 

Harold Leep

Gary Virden photo 

Jack Petty

Gary Virden collection 

Leon Spain

Tom Powell photo from High Plains THUNDER by Bob Mays

Bob Ingram

Mary Ann Heaton photo 

 

 

 

Evert Parker

Todd White collection

Donald Deck

Todd White collection

Skeeter McKinnie

Tim Cornelius collection

Wilbur “Willie” Berger

Todd White collection

 

 

 

Jerry Collins

Gary Shinkle collection

John Riead

John Riead collection

Bryce Barth

Cokeley collection

Henry Ellington

Ellington collection

 

 

 

Bill Mears

Ralph Lowry collection

Tom Salmon, Jr.

Tim Cornelius collection

Buddy Quick

Gary Virden photo

Dean Ring

Dean Ring collection

 

 

 

Red Forshee

M. B. Smith collection

A. J. Shepherd*

Willard Bodkins collection

Troy Routh

Mary Ann Heaton photo

Bill Nichols

Jim Edwards photo

 

 

 

Warren Brown

Warren Brown collection

 

 

 

* Alvin Junior “A. J.” Shepherd (1926-2005) went on to compete in the Indianapolis “500” in 1961.

 

 

 

 

 

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