33rd Annual Kansas State Championship

360 Sprint Car, Road Runner & Thumper Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Saturday – September 6, 1997

 

 

Promotional company – Speedways Inc. of Wichita, Kansas

Race director – C. Ray Hall of Wichita, Kansas

Announcer – Warren Hardy of Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 Chris Kratzer of Lyons, Kansas at right, works on his thumper on this day - Melissa Lacey photo for the Hutchinson News

 

 

 

Thumper

First Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Bud Martinez

Wichita, Kansas

2

Jeff Miller

Junction City, Kansas

3

Lance Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

4

Travis Bryant

Valley Center, Kansas

5

Darren Moses

Wichita, Kansas

6

Darren Nelson

Manhattan, Kansas

7

Dennis Nelson

Manhattan, Kansas

8

Darrell Beckham, Jr.

Valley Center, Kansas

9

Tim Umscheid

Manhattan, Kansas

 

 

 

Thumper

Second Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Shane Wettengel

Topeka, Kansas

2

Brandon Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

3

Chad McNamara

Blackwell, Oklahoma

4

Chris Mayes

Hutchinson, Kansas

5

Ray Thiel

Hutchinson, Kansas

6

Jeff Walsh

White City, Kansas

7

Joey Rice

White City, Kansas

8

Clint Smith

Hutchinson, Kansas

9

Rusty Rice

White City, Kansas

 

 

 

Thumper

Third Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Chris Kratzer

Lyons, Kansas

2

David Chambers

Iola, Kansas

3

Craig Newell

Valley Center, Kansas

4

Kirk Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

5

Tommy Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

6

Jeff Sellman

Iola, Kansas

7

Ray McNett

Wichita, Kansas

8

Brian Dailey

Emporia, Kansas

9

Brad Whithorn

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Thumper

Fourth Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Shane Howard

Hutchinson, Kansas

2

Dave Winchell

Medicine Lodge, Kansas

3

Brian Shipley

Dodge City, Kansas

4

Ed Mueller

Admire, Kansas

5

Ted Sumner

Lecompton, Kansas

6

Jeremy Bishop

Hutchinson, Kansas

7

Ed Underhill

Wichita, Kansas

8

Ralph Kershner

Hutchinson, Kansas

9

Tracy Everhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

     

 

 

Thumper

Fifth Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Scott Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

2

Curt Fulps

Wichita, Kansas

3

Ron Johnson

Council Grove, Kansas

4

Allen Barton

Carbondale, Kansas

5

David McDonald

Shawnee, Kansas

6

Mike Ross

Emporia, Kansas

7

Duane Zwickl

Wichita, Kansas

8

Rich Hartman

Hutchinson, Kansas

  

 

 

Thumper

Sixth Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Ron McCoy

Wichita, Kansas

2

Jeremy Chambers

Yates Center, Kansas

3

Lee Steffen

Hutchinson, Kansas

4

Kevin Zirkle

Topeka, Kansas

5

Brian Miller

Wichita, Kansas

6

Tim England

Hutchinson, Kansas

7

Tyson Young

Council Grove, Kansas

8

Tom VanKleeck

Hutchinson, Kansas

  

 

 

Thumper

C Feature Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Tim England

Hutchinson, Kansas

2

Brad Whithorn

Hutchinson, Kansas

3

Tyson Young

Council Grove, Kansas

4

Rich Hartman

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Thumper

B Feature Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Chad McNamara

Blackwell, Oklahoma

2

Lee Steffen

Hutchinson, Kansas

3

Chris Mayes

Hutchinson, Kansas

4

Darren Moses

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Thumper

A Feature Race - 15  Laps

Place

Driver

From

  1

Chris Kratzer

Lyons, Kansas

  2

Dave Winchell

Medicine Lodge, Kansas

  3

Shane Howard

Hutchinson, Kansas

  4

Bud Martinez

Wichita, Kansas

  5

Lance Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

  6

David Chambers

Iola, Kansas

  7

Ron McCoy

Wichita, Kansas

  8

Jeremy Chambers

Yates Center, Kansas

  9

Darren Moses

Wichita, Kansas

10

Curt Fulps

Wichita, Kansas

11

Scott Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

12

Jeff Miller

Junction City, Kansas

13

Craig Newell

Valley Center, Kansas

14

Chris Mayes

Hutchinson, Kansas

15

Shane Wettengel

Topeka, Kansas

16

Brandon Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

17

Ron Johnson

Council Grove, Kansas

18

Kirk Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

19

Chad McNamara

Blackwell, Oklahoma

20

Lee Steffen

Hutchinson, Kansas

The first three cars maintained those positions throughout the entire race.

 

 

 

Road Runner

First Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

  1

Steve Burch

Junction City, Kansas

  2

Brian Casey

Hutchinson, Kansas

  3

Dennis Roths

Valley Center, Kansas

  4

Ed Seidl

Valley Center, Kansas

  5

Rick Mueller

Wichita, Kansas

  6

Kenny Schmidt

Hutchinson, Kansas

  7

Loyd Farr

Nickerson, Kansas

  8

Ricky Dunsworth

Hutchinson, Kansas

  9

Carl Reusser

Corpus Christi, Texas

10

Alan Covert

Silver Lake, Kansas

 

 

 

Road Runner

Second Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Gary Nulf

Hutchinson, Kansas

2

Brent Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

3

Jerrod Reimer

Hutchinson, Kansas

4

Ray Nulf

Hutchinson, Kansas

5

Mike Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

6

John Boyce

Valley Falls, Kansas

 

 

 

Road Runner

A Feature Race - 15 Laps

Place

Driver

From

  1

Gary Nulf

Hutchinson, Kansas

  2

Ed Seidl

Valley Center, Kansas

  3

Steve Burch

Junction City, Kansas

  4

Jerrod Reimer

Hutchinson, Kansas

  5

Mike Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

  6

Loyd Farr

Nickerson, Kansas

  7

Rick Mueller

Wichita, Kansas

  8

Bart Baker

Dodge City, Kansas

  9

Brian Casey

Hutchinson, Kansas

10

Brent Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

11

Ray Nulf

Hutchinson, Kansas

12

John Boyce

Valley Falls, Kansas

13

Kenny Schmidt

Hutchinson, Kansas

14

Dennis Roths

Valley Center, Kansas

15

Carl Reusser

Corpus Christi, Texas

DQ

Ricky Dunsworth

Hutchinson, Kansas

Gary Nulf's lead stretched to as much as a half-lap as he led from flag to flag.

Dunsworth finished in third place but his car was too light at the post-race weigh-in and he was disqualified.

 

 

  

360 Sprint Cars

First Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

2

Jim Selenke

Wichita, Kansas

3

Larry Neighbors

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

4

Randy Richardson

Liberal, Kansas

5

C. J. Johnson

Utica, Kansas

6

Rick England

Wichita, Kansas

7

Kirby Hagans

LaCrosse, Kansas

8

Tyler Ross

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

 

360 Sprint Cars

Second Heat Race

Place

Driver

From

1

Clay Bontrager

Hutchinson, Kansas

2

Shelby Steenson

Salina, Kansas

3

Charlie Rishel

Derby, Kansas

4

John Blurton

Dodge City, Kansas

5

Steve King*

Jetmore, Kansas

6

Dwight Schroeder

Moundridge, Kansas

7

Mike Woodruff

Satanta, Kansas

8

Ryan Wettstein

Liberal, Kansas

9

Roger Hurst

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

360 Sprint Cars

A Feature Race - 15 Laps

Place

Driver

From

  1

Clay Bontrager

Hutchinson, Kansas

  2

Jim Selenke

Wichita, Kansas

  3

Larry Neighbors

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  4

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

  5

Shelby Steenson

Salina, Kansas

  6

Steve King*

Jetmore, Kansas

  7

John Blurton

Dodge City, Kansas

  8

Dwight Schroeder

Moundridge, Kansas

  9

C. J. Johnson

Utica, Kansas

10

Rick England

Wichita, Kansas

11

Charlie Rishel

Derby, Kansas

12

Randy Richardson

Liberal, Kansas

13

Mike Woodruff

Satanta, Kansas

14

Tyler Ross

Dodge City, Kansas

15

Roger Hurst

Wichita, Kansas

Bontrager passed Selenke for the lead going into the northeast turn on the thirteenth lap.

 

 

 

 

Darrell Beckham, Jr.

Stults collection

Rick Mueller

Lehman collection

 

Dwight Schroeder

Schroeder collection

Larry Neighbors

ASCS website

 

 

 

Rick England

Cokeley collection

Jon Johnson

Brian Carroll collection

C. J. Johnson

Billie Cole photo for the McCook Daily Gazette

Steve King*

Hutchinson News photo

 

 

 

Clay Bontrager

Debi Roberts photo for the Hutchinson News

Jim Selenke

J D and Jannie Porter collection from the Racing From the Past website

 Shelby Steenson

SLYS Speed Shots photo from Steenson collection

 

 

  

* Steven M. “Steve” King (1973-2006) was fatally injured in a racing accident at Knoxville, Iowa.

 

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