Kansas State Auto Racing Champions

            Until 1955, the Kansas State Champion was determined by the press using whatever criteria each member chose to use.  That system only led to confusion as different members of the press occasionally named different drivers as the Kansas State Champion for the same year.  Beginning in 1955, those champions were still determined by the press but they relied heavily on the race results from the races that had been run at the Kansas State Fair.  The First Annual Kansas State Championship Races were run on the historic half-mile racetrack at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas during the 1965 Kansas State Fair.  Every state champion since then has been determined from the results of that series of races, although not every class of race car competed every year at the Kansas State Fair.

 

 

 

Frank Lies was named the 1952 Kansas Stock Car Champion by National Speed Sport News.  This plaque was presented to Lies by Emmett Carpenter who was a correspondent and columnist for National Speed Sport News for half a century.  Note, on the first list below, that Bill Mears was named the 1952 Kansas State Champion by other representatives of the press including the Winfield Daily Courier in Winfield, Kansas – Lies collection

 

 

 

Kansas State Champions

Open Wheel

(Jalopies / Modified Jalopies / Super Modified / Sprint Cars)

1951

Charlie Lutkie

Wichita, Kansas

1952

Bill Mears

Wichita, Kansas

1953

Will Forrest

Wichita, Kansas

1954

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

1955

Will Forrest

Wichita, Kansas

1956

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

1957

*

 

1958

Jay Woodside

Wichita, Kansas

1959

*

 

1960

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

1961

Bill Nelson

Wichita, Kansas

1962

Forrest Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

1963

Grady Wade

Wichita, Kansas

1964

Forrest Coleman

Wichita, Kansas

1965

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

1966

David Ross

Jetmore, Kansas

1967

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

1968

Walt McWhorter

Wichita, Kansas

1969

Herb Copeland

Dodge City, Kansas

1970

Frank Lies

Wichita, Kansas

1971

Harold Leep, Sr.

Wichita, Kansas

1972

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

1973

Jim Harkness

Wichita, Kansas

1974

Larry Dewell

Fowler, Kansas

1975

Jim Harkness

Ness City, Kansas

1976

David Moore

Wichita, Kansas

1977

Terry Uehling

Ness City, Kansas

1978

Roy Bryant

Wichita, Kansas

1979

Terry Uehling

Ness City, Kansas

1980

Harold Leep, Sr.

Wichita, Kansas

1981

Herb Copeland

Wichita, Kansas

1982

Greg Wooley

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1983

Herb Copeland

Wichita, Kansas

1984

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

1985

Garry Lee Maier

Dodge City, Kansas

1986

Garry Lee Maier

Dodge City, Kansas

1987

Mike Peters

Wichita, Kansas

1988

*

 

1989

Garry Lee Maier

Dodge City, Kansas

1990

Garry Lee Maier

Dodge City, Kansas

1991

Roger Thompson

Junction City, Kansas

1992

Clay Bontrager

Hesston, Kansas

1993

Clay Bontrager

Hesston, Kansas

1994

John Blurton

Dodge City, Kansas

1995

Devlin Polkinghorn

Dodge City, Kansas

1996

Jim Selenke

Colwich, Kansas

1997

Clay Bontrager

Hutchinson, Kansas

1998

*

 

1999

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

2000 – tie

Jon Johnson

Utica, Kansas

2000 – tie

Steve King

Jetmore, Kansas

2001

C. J. Johnson

Utica, Kansas

2002

Steve King

Jetmore, Kansas

2003

Mike Woodruff

Satanta, Kansas

2004

Steve King

Jetmore, Kansas

2005

J. D. Johnson

Goddard, Kansas

2006

J. D. Johnson

Goddard, Kansas

2007

Shane Howard

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Late Model Stock Car Champions

1970

Larry Miller

Dodge City, Kansas

1971

Dick Hendershot, Sr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

1972

Dick Hendershot, Sr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

1973

Terry Kowalsky

Great Bend, Kansas

1974

Oren Haas

Wichita, Kansas

1975

Steve Kammerer

Wichita, Kansas

1976

Shelby Steenson

Abilene, Kansas

1977

Gary Pletcher

Sharon Springs, Kansas

1978

Van Gemmill

Ponca City, Oklahoma

1979

Ferris Collier

Lampe, Missouri

1980

Terry Deatherage

Wichita, Kansas

1981

Clay Bontrager

Hutchinson, Kansas

1982

Larry McDaniel

Wichita, Kansas

1983

Larry McDaniel

Wichita, Kansas

1984

Larry McDaniel

Park City, Kansas

1985

Delbert Smith

Wichita, Kansas

1986

Larry McDaniel

Wichita, Kansas

1987

Don Davis, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

1988 – 1989

*

 

1990

Larry McDaniel

Wichita, Kansas

1991

Don Davis, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

1992

Lonnie Smith

Wichita, Kansas

1993 – tie

David Brack

Hutchinson, Kansas

1993 – tie

Lonnie Smith

Wichita, Kansas

1994

Deen Woods

Beloit, Kansas

1995

Delbert Smith

Wichita, Kansas

1996

Delbert Smith

Wichita, Kansas

1997

Lonnie Smith

Wichita, Kansas

1998

*

 

1999

Lonnie Smith

Wichita, Kansas

2000 – 2003

*

 

2004

Ryan McAninch

Wichita, Kansas

2005 – 2006

*

 

2007

Ryan McAninch

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Sprint 4 Champions

1987

Shelby Steenson

Abilene, Kansas

1988

Jerry Wilson

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Modified Champions

1984

Steve Stults

Wichita, Kansas

1987

Doug Clark

Wichita, Kansas

1988

Delbert Smith

Wichita, Kansas

1989

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

1990

Don Renfro

Wichita, Kansas

1991

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

1992

Bobby Simmons

Wichita, Kansas

1993

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

1994

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

1995

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

1996

Marc Hurd

Wichita, Kansas

1997

Richard Wilson

Wichita, Kansas

1998

Troy Gemmill

Ponca City, Oklahoma

1999

Dan Daniels

Humboldt, Kansas

2000

Richard Wilson

Wichita, Kansas

2001

Greg Stephens

Wichita, Kansas

2002

Conner Ward

Wichita, Kansas

2003

Zach Wood

Wichita, Kansas

2004

Scott Green

Derby, Kansas

2005

Brent Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

2006

Mike Jarvis

Wichita, Kansas

2007

Troy Gemmill

Ponca City, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Late Model Sportsman Champions

1982

John Arnce

Wichita, Kansas

1983

Rob Glasse

Wichita, Kansas

1984

Larry McDaniel

Wichita, Kansas

1985

Shelby Steenson

Abilene, Kansas

1986

Frank McGehee

Wichita, Kansas

1987

Don Davis, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

1988

Al Purkey

Coffeyville, Kansas

1989

Larry McDaniel

Wichita, Kansas

1990

*

 

1991

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

1992

Ken Sweet

Wichita, Kansas

1993

*

 

1994

Larry Moore

Wichita, Kansas

1995

Steve Hamlin

Wichita, Kansas

1996

Steve Hamlin

Douglass, Kansas

1997

*

 

1998

Lonnie Smith

Wichita, Kansas

1999 – 2001

*

 

2002

Ray Nulf

Hutchinson, Kansas

2003

Jeremy Massey

Valley Center, Kansas

2004

Jeremy Massey

Valley Center, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Limited Sportsman Champions

1985

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

1986

Robbie Zink

Wichita, Kansas

1987

*

 

1988

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

1989

Buddy Mullens

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Mini-Modified Champions

1983

Jack Lamb

Wichita, Kansas

1984

Steve Stults

Wichita, Kansas

1985

Steve Stults

Wichita, Kansas

1986

Jerry Wilson

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Mini-Stock Champions

1988

Don Morris

Junction City, Kansas

1989

Doug Thompson

Junction City, Kansas

1990

Roly Bird, Jr.

Salina, Kansas

1991

Dan Wilkerson

Newton, Kansas

1992

Allan Unruh

Valley Center, Kansas

1993

G. W. Fuller

Salina, Kansas

1994

Billy Fuller

Salina, Kansas

1995

Bud Lee

Salina, Kansas

1996

Bruce Ward

Oskaloosa, Kansas

1997

*

 

1998

G. W. Fuller

Salina, Kansas

1999

Billy Fuller

Salina, Kansas

2000

Brenn Wagner

Baldwin City, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Thumper Champions

1987

Marc Robe

Wichita, Kansas

1988

Carl Nelson

Wichita, Kansas

1989

Wes Mohr, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

1990

Ken Crissman

St. John, Kansas

1991

Rick Cochran

Hutchinson, Kansas

1992

Don Strahley

Junction City, Kansas

1993

Ralph Kerschner

Hutchinson, Kansas

1994

Clint Smith

Hutchinson, Kansas

1995

Lance Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

1996

Lance Burkhart

Hutchinson, Kansas

1997

Bud Martinez

Wichita, Kansas

1998 – 2003

*

 

2004

Brad Krone

Mt. Hope, Kansas

2005

Kirk Karst

Russell, Kansas

2006

Dustin Carey

Hutchinson, Kansas

2007

Derrick Dornbush

Park City, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Road Runner Champions

1984

Donovan Kundiger

Westmoreland, Kansas

1985

Alan Bullard

Great Bend, Kansas

1986

Alan Bullard

Great Bend, Kansas

1987

Marc Robe

Wichita, Kansas

1988

Ricky Dunsworth

Hutchinson, Kansas

1989

Wes Mohr, Jr.

Hutchinson, Kansas

1990

Travis Patch

Holton, Kansas

1991

Scott Lehman

Hutchinson, Kansas

1992

Scott Lehman

Hutchinson, Kansas

1993

Gary Nulf

Hutchinson, Kansas

1994

Gayle Smith

Hutchinson, Kansas

1995

Scott Lehman

Hutchinson, Kansas

1996

Greg Stephens

Wichita, Kansas

1997

Gary Nulf

Hutchinson, Kansas

           

 

 

Kansas State Pro-Stock Champion

1990

Carl Nelson

St. John, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Street Stock Champions

1991

Mark Borecky

Hutchinson, Kansas

1992 – 1997

*

 

1998

Scott Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

1999

Darren Moses

Wichita, Kansas

2000

Tommy Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

2001

Mike Miller

Wichita, Kansas

2002

Craig Miller

Hutchinson, Kansas

2003

*

 

2004

Harley Peery

Goddard, Kansas

2005

Jimmy Segraves

Valley Center, Kansas

2006

Darren Nelson

Westmoreland, Kansas

2007

Bobby Joe Scott

Liberal, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Super Stock Champions

1998

Bud Martinez

Wichita, Kansas

1999

Mike Jarvis

Wichita, Kansas

2000

Brad Young

Maize, Kansas

2001

Gary Nulf

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Kansas State Women’s Mini-Stock Champion

1996

Kelly Barker

Chanute, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

* No Kansas State Champion was named.

 

 

 

 

 

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