Sprint Car Races on the

Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

 Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – October 5, 1952

 

 

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

Promoter – Verne Hamilton of Hutchinson, Kansas

Flagman / Starter – Ernie Powell of Hutchinson, Kansas

                                                                                                                                                  

 Attendance – 5,000

 

 

 

Hutchinson News-Herald

October 5, 1952 – Page 21

 

 

 

Gordon Shuck

L. A. Ward photo from the book

Big Car Thunder by Bob Mays

 Mickey McCormick

Tommy Madison collection 

T. E. Russell

Dave Russell collection 

Lloyd Walinder

Mark Walinder collection 

 

 

 

 

Dave Carter a.k.a. Willie Thompson

Don Radbruch collection

 Gene Ortner

Tommy Madison collection

 

Walt Moffatt

L. A. Ward photo from the book

Big Car Thunder by Bob Mays

Bob Murra

Roy Pulver collection

 

 

 

  

Time Trials – 16 Cars - 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

Car

Time

  1

T. E. Russell

Denver, CO

Stockwell Nash-Healey #32

27.60

  2

Willie Thompson*

San Jose, CA

Hanestad Hal #63

27.66

  3

Mickey McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Wayne Chevrolet #7

28.02 

  4

Frank Heaton**

Phoenix, AZ

Manasco #17 

28.22

  5

Art Dishinger

Independence, MO

Hummel Ranger #33

28.52

  6

Gordon Shuck

Edgar, NE

Byrnes GMC #11

28.56

  7

Harry Huff

Superior, NE

 

28.66

  8

Duff Fruendorfer

Roswell, NM

 

28.67

 

Bob Murra

Wichita, KS

Wilkinson Ford

 

 

Lloyd Walinder

Oberlin, KS

Walinder Wayne Chevrolet #1

 

 

Gene Ortner

Hutchinson, KS

Ortner Miller Schoffield

 

 

Howard Sumner

Wilsonville, NE

 

 

 

L. B. Taylor

Amarillo, TX

Taylor Cragar #5

 

 

Harold Rickman

Garden City, KS

 

 

 

Walt Moffatt

Denver, CO

 

 

                The slowest of the 16 cars to take a time trial turned in a time of 34.38. 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash – 4 Cars – 3 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

  1

T. E. Russell

Denver, CO

Stockwell Nash-Healey #32

 

  2

Willie Thompson*

San Jose, CA

Hanestad Hal #63

 

  3

Mickey McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Wayne Chevrolet #7

 

  4

Frank Heaton**

Phoenix, AZ

Manasco #17

 

All four cars finished in a bunch with Russell winning only by inches.

 

 

 

First Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

  1

Dave Carter

Stockton, CA

Andre “Pig Iron Special”

 

  2

Gordon Shuck

Edgar, NE

Byrnes GMC #11 

 

  3

T. E. Russell

Denver, CO

Stockwell Nash-Healey #32

 

  4

Frank Heaton**

Phoenix, AZ

Manasco #17

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 6 Cars – 6 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

  1

Bob Murra

Wichita, KS

Wilkinson Ford

 

  2

Lloyd Walinder

Oberlin, KS

Walinder Wayne Chevrolet #1

 

  3

Harry Huff

Superior, NE

 

 

  4

Gene Ortner

Hutchinson, KS

Ortner Miller Schoffield 

 

                At the end of the fourth lap, Ortner was leading with Huff only three lengths behind him.  Ortner spun out in the first turn on the fifth lap and Huff spun his car out in order to miss him.

 

 

 

Third Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

  1

Frank Heaton**

Phoenix, AZ

Manasco #17

 

  2

Howard Sumner

Wilsonville, NE

 

 

  3

L. B. Taylor

Amarillo, TX

Taylor Cragar #5 

 

  4

Harold Rickman

Garden City, KS

 

 

 

 

 

Consolation Race

Place

Driver

From

 

 

  1

Harry Huff

Superior, NE

 

 

  2

Harold Rickman

Garden City, KS

 

 

  3

Walt Moffatt

Denver, CO

 

 

 

 

 

Feature Race – 12 Cars - 25 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Car

 

  1

T. E. Russell

Denver, CO

Stockwell Nash-Healey #32

 

  2

Willie Thompson*

San Jose, CA

Hanestad Hal #63

 

  3

Lloyd Walinder

Oberlin, KS

Walinder Wayne Chevrolet #1

 

  4

Howard Sumner

Wilsonville, NE

 

 

  5

Harry Huff

Superior, NE

 

 

  6

L. B. Taylor

Amarillo, TX

Taylor Cragar #5

 

  7

Gordon Shuck

Edgar, NE

Byrnes GMC #11

DNF

  8

Frank Heaton**

Phoenix, AZ

Manasco #17

DNF

  9

Mickey McCormick

Hutchinson, KS

Baldauf Wayne Chevrolet #7

DNF

10

Bob Murra

Wichita, KS

Wilkinson Ford

DNF

11

Harry Huff

Superior, NE

 

DNF

12

Harold Hickman

Garden City, KS

 

DNF

                Murra spun out in the southeast turn on the 6th lap.

                McCormick had worked his way up to 3rd place by the 14th lap but a broken axle forced him to drop out of the race.

                Shuck and Heaton both dropped out after 15 laps with mechanical problems.

                Russell finished a half lap ahead of second place Thompson.  This being the final race of the season, Russell was crowned the “Midwestern Dirt Track Champion” for 1952 while McCormick had already sewn up the U.M.C.A. Champion for 1952.

 

 

 

Trophy Dash

This photo was taken before the start of the trophy dash on this date in Hutchinson.  That is T. E. Russell in the Stockwell Nash-Healey #32 on the pole; Willie Thompson a. k. a. Dave Carter in the Hanestad Hal #63 on the outside of the front row; Lloyd Walinder in the Walinder Wayne Chevrolet #1 on the inside of the second row; and Frank Heaton in the Manasco #17 bringing up the rear.  These four cars finished this 3-lap race in the same order that they started – Dave Russell collection 

 

 

 

The Winner

This damaged photo was taken near the south end of the front straight-away shortly after the conclusion of the feature race in Hutchinson on this cold, cloudy day.  That is feature race winner T. E. Russell still seated in the Stockwell Nash-Healey at lower left.  Note the Larry Crist Memorial Trophy at left – Dave Russell collection

 

 

 

Victory Calibration on this Date in Hutchinson

Mechanic E. J. “Windy” Winholz with the trophy, car owner Curt Stockwell in center, and driver T. E. Russell at right.  The Larry Crist Memorial Trophy stood 36 inches tall, weighed 14 pounds, and cost $100 to have made – Dave Russell collection 

 

 

 

 

* It is not known why Dave Carter (1928-1955) of Stockton, California raced under the alias “Willie Thompson from San Jose, California” when he drove the Hanestad Hal #63 in these races.  Some newspaper accounts of these races erroneously stated that the car was equipped with an Offenhauser engine.  Car owner Henry Walter “Hank” Hanestad (1917-1975) was from Alameda, California.

 

** Frank William Heaton (1925-1954) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

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