Sprint Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – October 4, 1953

 

 

Sanctioned by – United Motor Contest Association (U.M.C.A.)

 

Race Promoter – Jack Merrick of Dodge City, Kansas

 

Track condition – “slick”

 

Attendance – “poor” 

 

 

 

This photo was taken at the start of the first heat race at Hutchinson on this day.  Car #21 on the pole was owned by Gene Ortner who is shown standing on the racetrack.  The car starting on the outside of the front row is the #17 that was owned and driven by Jim Curley.  The #1 car parked in the foreground is the Baldauf Offy owned by Frank Baldauf and was driven by Mickey McCormick.  The #7 also parked in the foreground is the Baldauf Chevy Wayne owned by Frank Baldauf and was driven by Gene Ortner.  The man’s leg just visible at far right is that of Max Madison a.k.a. “Peanuts the Clown” who was just walking out onto the racetrack – Tommy Madison collection

 

 

  

Time Trials – 16 Cars - 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Car

Time

  1

Mickey McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Offy #1

26.53

  2

Hershel Wagner

Independence, MO

Lawhon Special #5

26.58

  3

Bert Hellmueller

Oklahoma City, OK

Hellmueller Ranger

26.86

  4

Gordon Shuck

Edgar, NE

Byrnes GMC #11

27.02

  5

Bob McKim

Salina, KS

Westerthaus Kurtis Kraft Studebaker #28

27.18

  6

Andy Anderson

Hastings, NE

Goodrich “Belle of Belleville” #69

27.75

  7

Frank Lies

Wichita, KS

Wilson Ford V8-60 “Mighty Mouse” #5

28.07

  8

Gene Ortner

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Chevy Wayne #7 

28.30

  9

Bob Murra

Wichita, KS

Taylor Rutherford #55

28.34

10

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, KS

Church Brothers GMC #39

28.49

11

Jim Curley

Hutchinson, KS

Curley #17

29.49

12

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

Harkness Hal #9

29.87

13

Jim Macy

Wichita, KS

 

30.33

14

Gerald “Curly” Wadsworth*

Topeka, KS

 

30.85

15

John Macy

Wichita, KS

 

31.00

16

Joe Alspach

Denver, CO

 

33.14

 

 

 

Trophy Dash

Fastest 4 cars from time trials

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

1

Mickey McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Offy #1

 

2

Hershel Wagner

Independence, MO

Lawhon Special #5

 

3

Gordon Shuck

Edgar, NE

Byrnes GMC #11

 

4

Bert Hellmueller

Oklahoma City, OK

Hellmueller Ranger

 

 

 

 

First Heat Race

Slowest 6 cars from time trials

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

1

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

Harkness Hal #9

 

2

Jim Curley

Hutchinson, KS

 

 

3

Jim Macy

Wichita, KS

 

 

 

John Macy

Wichita, KS

 

DNF

 

Gerald “Curley Wadsworth*

Topeka, KS

 

DNF

 

Joe Alspah

Denver, CO

 

DNF

  

 

 

Second Heat Race

6th through 10th fastest cars from time trials

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

1

Andy Anderson

Hastings, NE

Goodrich “Belle of Belleville” #69

 

2

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, KS

Church Brothers GMC #39

 

3

Gene Ortner

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Chevy Wayne #7 

DNF

4

Frank Lies

Wichita, KS

Wilson Ford V8-60 “Mighty Mouse” #5

DNF

5

Bob Murra

Wichita, KS

Taylor Rutherford #55

DNF

                Ortner spun out in the 2nd (southeast) turn and his car was struck by Lies.  Both cars overturned and both drivers were hospitalized with injuries.  Lies’ injuries were so serious that he remained in the hospital for 12 weeks.

  

 

 

Third Heat Race

Fastest 5 cars from time trials

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

1

Mickey McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Offy #1

 

2

Gordon Shuck

Edgar, NE

Byrnes GMC #11

 

3

Hershel Wagner

Independence, MO

Lawhon Special #5

 

 

Bert Hellmueller

Oklahoma City, OK

Hellmueller Ranger

DNF

 

Bob McKim

Salina, KS

Westerhaus Kurtis Kraft Studebaker #28

DNF

 

 

 

Feature Race – 25 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

1

Hershel Wagner

Independence, MO

Lawhon Special #5

 

2

Mickey McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Offy #1

 

3

Gordon Shuck

Edgar, NE

Byrnes GMC #11

 

4

Jerry Shumaker

Wichita, KS

Church Brothers GMC #39

 

5

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, KS

Harkness Hal #9

 

6

Andy Anderson

Hastings, NE

Goodrich “Belle of Belleville” #69

 

 

Jim Macy

Wichita, KS

 

DNF

                Macy’s car spun out in the south turn.

                McCormick’s Offy was backfiring badly and it appeared that the timing was off.  Wagner beat McCormick to the finish line by 150 yards.

                Shuck’s 3rd place finish was good enough to rap up the 1953 U.M.C.A. season championship.

 

 

 

 

Mickey McCormick

Jeff Adams collection

Hershel Wagner

Don Radbruch collection

Bert Hellmueller

Bob Stolze collection

Charlie Lutkie

Charlie Lutkie collection

 

 

 

 

 Gene Ortner

Tommy Madison collection

Bob Murra

Roy Pulver collection

Bob McKim

Darrin McKim collection

Jerry Shumaker

Tom Madison collection

 

 

 

Jim Curley

Frank Lies

Gordon Shuck

Andy Anderson

The four photographs right above are from the book Big Car Thunder, Sprint Cars on America’s Fair Circuits, Vol. 1 by Bob Mays

 

 

 

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