Murray Earl’s Incomplete Personal Racing Record

            Murray Earl’s driving style could only be described as wild and aggressive when he drove racing cars himself from the late 1920s up until his retirement from doing so in 1938 after he had been involved in some horrendous crashes at Newton, Kansas; Belleville, Kansas and WaKeeney, Kansas.  That was at a time when drivers were losing their lives at an alarming rate and his style had contributed to most of the wrecks that he was involved in.  Although he remained active in the sport until his death, his later years were spent as a car owner and mechanic.  During his career, he entered numerous races so the following is only a very small portion of the races that he and his cars actually competed in.  If you know of others, please contact Bob Lawrence at sprintguy @ cox.net:

 

August 1, 1931 – ½ mile dirt oval – Athletic Park in Newton, Kansas

            Driver:  Murray Earl drove a Model T Ford with a Fronty rocker arm head

Finish:  Murray Earl won a 10-lap race for stock cars.

 

September 1, 1931 – ½ mile dirt oval – Valley County Fairgrounds at Ord, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl in his own bobtail #4 Fronty Ford special

            Finish:  Murray Earl was involved in an accident in a preliminary race which damaged his car.

Feature race winner:  John Gerber of Stanwood, Iowa

 

September 3, 1931 – ½ mile dirt ovalNorth Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl in his own bobtail #4 Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Murray Earl was not competitive and his name does not appear in published results of these races

Feature race winner:  Lew Irwin of Iola, Kansas

 

September 4, 1931 – ½ mile dirt ovalNorth Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove his own bobtail #4 Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Murray Earl won the 1st 5-mile consolation race in 5 minutes, 17.0 seconds.

Feature race winner:  Lew Irwin

 

September 25, 1931½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove a #400 Ford special

            Finish:  Murray Earl was the 2nd fastest car in time trials behind Charles Pauley of Herington, Kansas

Murray Earl finished in 10th place in the 10-car, 7-lap 2nd heat race behind Emory Collins of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Speed Adams of Rock Island, Illinois; George Barringer of Parsons, Kansas; Rex Edmonds of Houston, Texas; Ray Hebert of Sioux City, Iowa; Shano Fitzgerald of Galesburg, Illinois; Alto Challeons of Montreal, Canada; George Burry of Hemingford, Nebraska and Claude Sigler of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Murray Earl was blinded by dust when he struck the inside fence at the beginning of the 4th lap of the 11-car, 5-lap consolation race.  The car slid down the top of the fence for 15 feet before coming to a stop with a wheel still hooked over the fence.  After the race, Earl changed a tire and was able to drive the car back to the pit.  The race was won by Clyde Gilbert of Denver, Colorado.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

 

June 1, 1932 – ½ mile dirt oval – Athletic Park in Newton, Kansas

          Driver:  Murray Earl drove his own #4 Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Murray Earl finished in 2nd place behind Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas in the class A heat race.

Feature race winner:  Roy Lake of Los Angeles, California

 

July 4, 1932 – ½ mile dirt oval – McCarty Speedway in Dodge City, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove one of his own Fronty Ford specials in these races.

            Finish:  Murray Earl won the consolation race.

Murray Earl won the Australian Pursuit race.

                        Murray Earl finished in 3rd place in the 10-mile feature race.

Feature race winner:  Sammy Ard of Sterling, Colorado

 

August 7, 1932 – ½ mile dirt oval – Bo Stearns Track north of Wichita, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl in his own Fronty Ford special before a crowd of 3,000 spectators

Finish:  Murray Earl tied with Harley Wells of Taylor, Texas for the 5th fastest time of the 24 cars that took time trials.  Both Murray Earl and Wells turned in matching times of 32.6 seconds.  The fastest time of the day was turned in by Ted Davis of Junction City, Kansas at 32.2 seconds.

                        Murray Earl crashed over the north fence in the 2nd 7-lap heat race.

 Feature race winner:  Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri

 

September 1, 1932 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl in his own bobtail #4 Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Murray Earl finished 3rd in the 10-lap consolation race behind A. J. Walker of Denver, Colorado and J. E. Cole of North Kansas City, Missouri.

Feature race winner:  Art Martinson of Denver, Colorado

 

September 2, 1932 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver:  Charles Pauley drove Murray Earl’s Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Pauley finished in 2nd place behind Gene Frederick of Dallas, Texas in the consolation race.

Feature race winner:  Pat Cunningham

 

September 23, 1932½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove his own #4 Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Maynard Clark of Milan, Illinois

 

July 29, 1933 ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Earl Murray a. k. a. Murray Earl drove his own Fronty Ford special

            Finish:  Earl Murray set the fastest 1-lap time of the day at 33.0 seconds.

                        Earl Murray crashed through the fence in the third turn ripping out several feet of boards.  He was not injured but his car was extensively damaged.

            Feature race winner:  Al Banks of Hastings, Nebraska

 

August 21, 1933 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Iowa Fairgrounds, at Mason City, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Finish:  5,000 spectators saw Murray Earl finished 3rd in the consolation race behind Red Sorenson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Rae Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Gus Schrader of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

August 31, 1933 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Clyde Gilbert of Brighton, Colorado

 

September 1, 1933 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Clyde Gilbert

 

July 4, 1934½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove his own #7 Fronty Ford special

            Finish:  Murray Earl was the 2nd fastest car in time trials behind Charles Pauley.

Murray Earl’s throttle stuck during the 12-lap feature race causing the car to crash into the fence at the south end of the racetrack and overturn.  Only 3 cars finished that race though so he was credited with finishing in 4th place behind Charles Pauley; Tige Beal of Anthony, Kansas; and Posey Reeves of Oklahoma City.

Feature race winner:  Charles Pauley

 

July 28, 1934 ½ mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Earl Murray a. k. a. Murray Earl drove a car that he owned that did not have a number on it.

Finish:  Murray Earl tied with George “Joie” Chitwood of St. Joseph, Missouri and Clar Bailey for the 8th fastest time in time trials of 32.2 seconds.  The fastest time of the day was turned in by Oscar Coleman of Dallas, Texas with a 1-lap time of 29.1 seconds.

Feature race winner:  Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick of Dallas, Texas

 

August 30, 1934 – ½ mile high banked dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Earl Murray a. k. a. Murray Earl drove a car that he owned that did not have a number on it.

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races as a driver but Waldo Burnett finished third in the consolation race behind Ben Musick (a.k.a. “Bill Morris”) and Sam Hoffman.

Feature race winner:  Clyde Gilbert

 

August 31, 1934 – ½ mile high banked dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Earl Murray a. k. a. Murray Earl drove a car that he owned that did not have a number on it and he also entered a Ford Frontenac #4 for Waldo Burnett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Sam Hoffman of Sioux City, Iowa

 

September 21, 1934½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove his own #4 Fronty Ford special

            Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

November 11, 1934 – 5/8 mile dirt oval – Lubbock Motorcycle Polo Field south of Lubbock, Texas

Finish:  No results of these races have been located to date.

 

July 21, 1935 – ½ mile dirt oval – Anthony Downs in Anthony, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove a car owned by Murray Earl.

Finish:  Neither Murray Earl’s name nor Waldo Burnett’s name appears in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Tex West of Dallas, Texas

 

July 27, 19355/8 mile dirt oval – Cowley County Fairgrounds in Winfield, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove a car owned by Murray Earl.

Finish:  Barnett set the 6th fastest time in time trials at 31.64 seconds for one lap which was slower than the times turned in by George Chitwood (29.70), Dutch Dorris (29.91), Tex West (30.34), Cotton Grable (30.80) and John Holland (30.82).

            Barnett finished in 2nd place in the 2nd heat race behind Loren Fondoble.

            Barnett competed in the feature race but did not finish in any of the top four positions.

Feature race winner:  Tex West

 

July 28, 1935 – ½ mile dirt oval – Anthony Downs in Anthony, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove a car owned by Murray Earl.

Finish:  Barnett finished 2nd in the 2nd heat race behind Dutch Dorris of Dallas, Texas.

Feature race winner:  Tex West

 

August 28, 1935 – ½ mile dirt ovalNorth Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl entered his own bobtail #4 Fronty Ford special

Finish:  These races were canceled due to rain.

 

August 29, 1935 – ½ mile dirt ovalNorth Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl entered his own bobtail #4 Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Lew Irwin

 

August 30, 1935 – ½ mile dirt ovalNorth Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl entered his own bobtail #4 Fronty Ford special for driver Ted Davis of Junction City, Kansas.

Finish:  Davis won the 3rd 10-lap heat race in 4:22:4.

Feature race winner:  Lew Irwin

 

June 7, 1936 ½ mile dirt oval – Fair Park Track in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #9 yellow Miller-Schoefield Ford speedster.

            Finish:  Barnett finished in 2nd place in the feature race.

 

June 17, 1936 – ½ mile dirt oval – Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines, Iowa

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove one of Murray Earl’s Ford specials

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

June 21, 1936 ½ mile dirt oval – Fair Park Track in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

            Driver & Car:  Earl Murray a. k. a. Murray Earl entered a D. O. Ford Fronty and a Ford racing car in these races

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

July 4, 1936½ mile dirt oval – Polk County Fairgrounds at Osceola, Nebraska

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #9 yellow Miller-Schoefield Ford speedster.

            Finish:  Barnett ran a lap of 31.8 seconds for the 2nd fastest lap run in time trials.

                        Barnett won the sweepstakes race.

 

July 5, 1936½ mile dirt oval – Polk County Fairgrounds at Osceola, Nebraska

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #9 yellow Miller-Schoefield Ford speedster.

            Finish:  Barnett placed 2nd place the 5-lap handicap race going the distance in 2 minutes, 51.0 seconds

 

July 12, 1936 ½ mile dirt oval – Fair Park Track in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #9 yellow Miller-Schoefield Ford speedster.

            Finish:  Barnett placed in 2nd place in one of the heat races.

                        Barnett dropped out of the final race with mechanical trouble.

 

July or August, 1936 ½ mile dirt oval – Eureka Downs at Eureka, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove one of Murray Earl’s cars in these races.

Finish:  Barnett placed in 1st place in 1 of the races; in 2nd place in 1 of the races and in 3rd place in 1 of the races but no further results of these races has been located to date.

 

August 13, 1936 ½ mile dirt oval – Red Willow County Fairgrounds at McCook, Nebraska

Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special that he had just purchased from Jack Kannapel of Newton, Kansas.

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

August 16, 1936 ½ mile dirt oval – Sioux City Fairgrounds at Sioux City, Iowa

Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special.

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

September 1, 1936 – ½ mile dirt oval – Valley County Fairgrounds at Ord, Nebraska

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove his #75 D. O.  Fronty Ford special

            Finish:  Few results of these races have been located to date.

Feature race winner:  Lloyd Axel of Denver, Colorado

 

September 2, 1936 – ½ mile dirt ovalNorth Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O.  Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Burnet rolled the car in one of the races on this day.

Feature race winner:  Howard “Howdy”  Cox of Royal Oak, Michigan

 

September 3, 1936 – ½ mile dirt ovalNorth Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove his #75 D. O.  Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Murray Earl finished in 5th place in the 5-mile consolation race behind George “Joie” Chitwood; Gene Frederick; Dan McCloskey of Kansas City, Missouri and Rea Bray of Topeka, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Howard “Howdy” Cox

 

September 25, 1936½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett of Oklahoma City drove both Murray Earl’s #4 Fronty Ford special and Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special.

Finish:  Barnett turned in the 10th fastest time in time trials in Murray’s #4 Fronty Ford special with a time of 30.6 seconds which was 2.2 seconds slower than the fastest time in time trials set by Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick.

            Barnett was the first to drop out of the 6-car, 5-lap 1st heat race which was won by Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick of Dallas, Texas.

            Barnett finished in 4th place in the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race behind Lou Brown of Champaign, Illinois; Morris Musick of Lincoln, Nebraska and George “Joie” Chitwood.

            Barnett finished in 4th place in the 1st 8-car, 5-lap consolation race behind Austin Wetzler a.k.a. “Tex West”; Ed Graves of Oklahoma City and Loren Fondoble of Palco, Kansas.

            Barnett had switched to Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special when he won the 2nd 8-car, 5-lap consolation race in 2 minutes, 33.0 seconds.

Feature race winner:  Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick

  

July 17, 1937 – ½ mile dirt oval – Anthony Downs in Anthony, Kansas – Sanctioned by R. M. R. A.

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl entered his #4 D. O. Fronty Ford special.

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

August, 1937 – ½ mile dirt oval – Trego County Fairgrounds at WaKeeney, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl entered his #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special.

            Finish:  Murray Earl set a new 1-lap track record in time trials.

            Murray Earl was thrown from his car later in the day while trying to break his new track record.  He received 4 broken ribs and a broken collar bone but he still credited his new $14 crash helmet with saving his life.

 

September 1, 1937 – ½ mile high banked dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Earl Murray a. k. a. Murray Earl drove a D. O. Fronty Ford special that he owned.

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Sam Hoffman of Sioux City, Iowa

 

September 2, 1937 – ½ mile high banked dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Earl Murray a. k. a. Murray Earl drove a D. O. Fronty Ford special that he owned.

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Johnny McDowell of Glendale, California

 

September 3, 1937 – ½ mile high banked dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Earl Murray a. k. a. Murray Earl drove a D. O. Fronty Ford special that he owned.

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  George Rice “Joie” Chitwood of Topeka, Kansas

 

September 21, 1937½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Ted Davis of Junction City, Kansas drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special.

Finish:  Davis turned in the 9th fastest time in time trials with a 1-lap time of 31.20 seconds.  That was 2.2 seconds that the fastest time of the afternoon that was turned in by Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick.

            Davis finished in 4th place in the 2nd heat race behind Austin Wetzler a.k.a. “Tex West”; Ted Parker of Dallas, Texas and Bob Vorbeck of Denver, Colorado.

            Davis won the 10-lap, 7-car Consolation Derby “comfortably” in 3 minutes, 5.0 seconds.

Feature race winner:  Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick

 

September 24, 1937½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Ted Davis drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special.

Finish:  Davis stood on his time trial of September 21, 1937 which tied with Bob Vorbeck for the 11th fastest time with the 1-lap time of 31.20 seconds.  That was 2.2 seconds that the fastest time of the week that was turned in by Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick.

            Davis finished in 2nd place in the 12-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race behind Austin Wetzler a.k.a. “Tex West”.

            Davis finished in 7th place in the 8-car, 10-lap Kansas Fair Sweepstakes behind Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick; Lyn Musick of Dallas, Texas; Herb Manges of Tiffin, Ohio; Loren Fondoble; Clyde Gilbert of Longmont, Colorado and “Tex West”.

Feature race winner:  Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick

 

December 19, 1937 – ½ mile paved oval – South Gate Speedway in South Gate, California – Sanctioned by S. O. D. A.

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove a D. O. Fronty Ford special that he owned.

Finish:  Murray Earl’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  George Robson

 

June 12, 1938½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Murray Earl drove a 1931 Buick sport roadster stock car.

            Finish:  Murray Earl finished in 2nd place in the 40-lap sweepstakes race behind Clifford VanBuren of Haven, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Clifford VanBuren

 

September 20, 1938½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special.

Finish:  Barnett turned in the 8th fastest time of 29.15 seconds in time trials behind Lyn Musick; Bill Morris a.k.a. Ben Musick; Win Fenstermaker of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ralph Norman of St. Paul, Minnesota; Bayliss Levrett of San Diego, California; Hal Cole of South Gate, California and Oscar Coleman.

            Barnett finished in 4th place in the 2nd heat race behind Hal Cole; Ralph Norman and Oscar Coleman.

            Barnett won the 7-car, 7-lap consolation race in 3 minutes, 59.83 seconds.

            Barnett finished in 5th place in the 6-car, 9-lap State Fair Championship race behind Lyn Musick; Bill Morris a. k. a. Ben Musick; Bayliss Levrett and Hal Cole.

            Feature race winner:  Lyn Musick

 

September 23, 1938 ½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special

            Finish:  Barnett finished in 2nd place behind Oscar Coleman of Dallas, Texas in the 5-lap consolation race.

            Feature race winner:  Lyn Musick

 

1939 – ½ mile dirt oval – McCarty Speedway in Dodge City, Kansas

            Car:  Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special was entered in these races but the name of the driver is currently unknown.

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

July 4, 1940 ½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by S. R. A.

Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Barnett finished in 3rd place in the 1st 6-car. 10-lap heat race behind Clarence Merritt of Chelsea, Oklahoma and Art Thomas of Independence, Missouri.

                        Barnett won a 5-lap specialty race in 2 minutes, 39.2 seconds.

            Feature race winner:  Clarence Merritt

 

July 20, 1940 – ½ mile dirt oval – Anthony Downs  in Anthony, Kansas – Sanctioned by S. R. A.

            Car:  Harry West of Joplin, Missouri drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special.

            Finish:  2,500 spectators watched West set the 3rd fastest time in time trials of 30.0 seconds which was slower than quick timer Clarence Merritt and Dave Champeau.

                        West finished 2nd to Clarence Merritt in the 1st 10-lap heat race for the fastest 6 cars in time trials.

            Feature race winner:  Dave Champeau of Los Angeles, California

 

August 29, 1940 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Harry West of Joplin, Missouri drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special while Murray Earl drove his own T. D. O special.

Finish:  West finished in 2nd place in the 8-car consolation race despite competing with a broken axle.

7,699 fans saw Murray Earl finish in 2nd place behind Mike Salay** of South Bend, Indiana in the feature race.  Murray Earl’s share of the purse was $640.

Feature race winner:  John DeCamp of Richmond, Indiana

 

August 30, 1940 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Harry West of Joplin, Missouri drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special while Murray Earl drove one of his own cars.

Finish:  Few results of these races have been located to date.

Feature race winner:  Tommy Legge of San Diego, California

 

September 1, 1940 – ½ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds  in Lincoln, Nebraska

Driver & Car:  Harry West of Joplin, Missouri drove one of Murray Earl’s cars.

Finish: 12,000 fans saw West slide into the fence on the east curve.  The car stood up on its nose momentarily before falling over on top of West.  He received a broken shoulder blade and serious injuries to his midsection where he hit the steering wheel.  The car was also heavily damaged.  Ben Musick set the fastest time in time trials running 1-lap in 27.22 seconds..

Feature race winner:  Ben Musick of Dallas, Texas

 

September, 1940 – ½ mile dirt oval – Tulsa State Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman of Tulsa, Oklahoma drove Murray Earl’s #75 D. O. Fronty Ford special

Finish:  Tiederman was the 7th fastest of 22 cars in time trials behind quick timer Gus Schrader

Tiederman started 4th and finished 5th in the 5-lap Tulsa State Fair Sweepstakes (heat race) behind winner Buddy Callaway, Clarence Merritt, Lyle Christie and Jimmy Miller.

            Tiederman started 2nd and finished 2nd be behind Jimmy Miller in the 3-lap Sooner Dash (consolation race).

Tiederman finished 7th in the Tulsa State Fair Sweepstakes (feature race) behind Gus Schrader, Chuck Frame, Bert Hellmueller, Buddy Callaway, Clarence Merritt and Lyle Christie.

Feature race winner:  Gus Schrader of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

September 15, 1940 ½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by M. H. R. A.

Driver & Car:  Rex Woodard of Hutchinson, Kansas drove Murray Earl’s T. D. O. special

            Finish:  Woodard had a big lead when he lost a wheel on the 10th lap and dropped out of the 12-lap consolation race.

            Feature race winner:  Vic Rothe of Omaha, Nebraska

 

July 19, 1941 – ½ mile dirt oval – Anthony Downs in Anthony, Kansas – Sanctioned by S. R. A.

            Driver & Car:  Waldo Barnett drove a car owned by Murray Earl

            Finish:  Few results of these races have been located to date.

            Feature race winner:  Clarence Merritt

 

May 26, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at Springfield, Missouri – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman of Tulsa, Oklahoma drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Tiderman turned in the 6th fastest lap in time trials of 30.20 seconds, which was slower than the turned in by Ben Musick; Herschel Buchanan of Shreveport, Louisiana; Dave Champeau; Bayliss Levrett and Phil Mocca of St. Louis, Missouri.

            Dave Champeau scratched from the 5-lap dash for the 5 fastest cars in time trials which let Tiderman start that race in his place.  Tiederman finished that race in 4th place behind Herschel Buchanan; Bayliss Levrett and Phil Mocca.

            Tiederman finished in 4th place behind Herschel Buchanan and Phil Mocca in the 1st 5-car, 6-lap heat race to collect $15 from the purse.*

            Tiederman was the first competitor to drop out of the 7-car, 10-lap feature race thus being credited with finishing in 7th place behind Ben Musick; Herschel Buchanan; Bayliss Levrett of Glendale, California; Phil Mocca; Chuck Frame and C. J. “Crash” Waller.

Feature race winner: Ben Musick

 

June 2, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Mower County Fairgrounds at Austin, Minnesota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special.

Finish:  Tiederman tied with Dave Champeau for the 3rd fastest time in a field of 14 cars in time trials with a time of 28.4 seconds.

            Tiederman finished in 5th place in the 6-car, 5-car 1st heat race behind Ben Musick; Bayliss Levrett; Dave Champeau and Frank Sands of Orr, Minnesota.

            Tiederman won $30 for finishing in 2nd place in the 6-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race behind Mickey McCormick of Hutchinson, Kansas.*

Feature race winner: Ben Musick

 

June 16, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – McLeod County Fairgrounds at Hutchinson, Minnesota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special.

Finish:  Tiederman won the 1st 5-lap heat race for the 6 fastest cars in time trials.

            Tiederman finished in 2nd place behind Russ Lee in the 4-car, 5-lap dash for the 1st and 2nd place finishers in the heat races.

Feature race winner: Jerry McCormick

 

June 23, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Steel County Fairgrounds at Owatonna, Minnesota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special.

Finish:  Tiederman was 2nd fastest in time trials with a time of 29.6 seconds behind Dave Champeau.  That paid Tiederman $2.50 from the purse.

            Tiederman finished 2nd to Dave Champeau in the 1st 5-lap heat race for the fastest six cars in time trials.  That paid Tiederman $50 from the purse.

            Tiederman finished in 3rd place behind Billy Snyder and Phil Mocca in the 4-car, 4-lap dash for the 1st and 2nd place finishers in the heat races.

            Tiederman finished 2nd to Dave Champeau in the 8-car, 7-lap feature race to collect $125 from the purse.

Feature race winner: Dave Champeau

 

June 29, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Greater Grand Forks Fairgrounds at Grand Forks, North Dakoda – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special.

Finish:  Tiederman was running in 2nd place behind Jimmy Wilburn when the feature was canceled due to rain.

 

June 30, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Brown County Fairgrounds at New Ulm, Minnesota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special.

Finish:  Tiederman won $5 for setting the 3rd fastest time in time trials of 28.75 seconds behind the times of Jimmy Wilburn and Herschel Buchanan.

            Tiederman finished in 4th place finish behind Jimmy Wilburn, Herschel Buchanan and Billy Snyder in the 1st 5-lap heat race for the 6 fastest cars in time trials.

            Tiederman finished 3rd behind Jimmy Wilburn and Herschel Buchanan in the 3-lap dash for the 1st and 2nd place finishers in the 2 heat races.

            Tiederman won $50 from the purse for is 1st place finish in the 6-car, 5-lap consolation race.  His time for the distance was 2 minutes, 34.27 seconds.

            Tiederman was paid $125 from the purse for his 2nd place finish behind Jimmy Wilburn in the 7-car, 7-lap feature race.

Feature race winner: Jimmy Wilburn

 

July 4, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Tiederman finished 4th in the 2nd 10-lap heat race behind winner Herschel Buchanan, Hal Robson and Hal Cole.

                        Tiederman finished 6th in the 12-lap, 4th heat race behind winner Jimmy Wilburn, Herschel Buchanan, Hal Cole, Bill Cantrell and Billy Snyder.

                        Tiederman finished 2nd in the 7-lap Australian Pursuit behind Billy Snyder.

                        Tiederman won the 5-lap consolation invitational over Billy Snyder by a wide margin in 2 minutes, 32.41 seconds.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

July 13, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Marshall County Fairgrounds at Warren, Minnesota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Tiederman won the feature race.

Feature race winner:  Gregg Tiederman

 

July 21, 1946 – 1 mile dirt oval – Minnesota State Fairgrounds at St. Paul, Wisconsin – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Gregg Tiederman drove Murray Earl’s #29 D. O. Dreyer special.  The temporary number change was due to their being another car #27 entered in these races.

Finish:  Tiederman set the 8th fastest time in time trials of 43.34 seconds behind Deb Snyder, Ben Musick, Chuck Frame, Mike Salay**, Harry Robtoy, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier of Elgin, Illinois and Bob Simpson.

            Tiederman won $35 for finishing 2nd in the 3-car, 10-mile, 3rd heat race behind Joe Bakker.

            Tiederman won $50 for his 8th place finish in the feature race behind Deb Snyder, Ben Musick, Chuck Frame, Mike Salay**, Harry Robtoy, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier and Bill Simpson.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

August 9, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Ionia County Fairgrounds at Ionia, Michigan – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Bob Simpson of Greenville, Ohio drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Simpson won the 12-lap feature race.

Feature race winner:  Bob Simpson

 

August 22, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Wapello County Fairgrounds  at Eldon, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West won the 2nd heat race.

            West won the “fifth race”.

            West finished 2nd behind Deb Snyder in the feature race.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder of Kent, Ohio

 

August 29, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  7,699 fans saw West finish in 2nd place behind Mike Salay** in the feature race.  West’s share of the purse was $640.

Feature race winner:  Mike Salay**

 

August 30, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  4,961 fans saw West finish in 2nd place behind Mike Salay** in the feature race.  West’s share of the purse was $640.

Feature race winner:  Mike Salay**

 

August 31, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Colorado State Fairgrounds at Pueblo, Colorado – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West won the 4-car, 5-lap 1st heat race in 2 minutes, 33.04 seconds.

            West finished 2nd behind Harry Robtoy in a 3-lap match race.

            West won the 6-car, 10-lap feature race in 5 minutes, 40.82 seconds.

Feature race winner:  Harry West

 

September 1, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Colorado State Fairgrounds at Pueblo, Colorado – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West won a 3-lap match race with Melvin “Slim” Rutherford in 1 minute, 39.64 seconds.

            West won the 1st 4-car, 5-lap heat race in 2 minutes, 33.04 seconds.

            West won the Australian Pursuit over 3 other starters in 1 minute 32.90 seconds having to complete only 4 of the scheduled 15 laps of that race.

            West won the 10-lap feature race in 4 minutes, 56.30 seconds.

Feature race winner:  Harry West

 

September 15, 1946½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West turned in the 3rd fastest lap of the 11 cars that ran time trials.  His time for 1-lap this day was 28.70 seconds which was only slower than Emory Collins’ 24.91 seconds and Chuck Frame’s 26.58 seconds.

            West finished in 4th place behind Emory Collins; Chuck Frame of St. Joseph, Missouri and Loren Fondoble in the 1st 6-car, 5-lap heat race.

            West won the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race in 2 minutes, 30.94 seconds.

            West dropped out of the 8-lap Australian Pursuit handicap race after being passed.  That race was won by Loren Fondoble.

            West finished in 3rd place behind Emory Collins and Chuck Frame in the 10-lap State Fair Championship race.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 17, 1946½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West turned in the 3rd fastest lap in time trials on Sunday, September 15, 1946 which was a good enough time to remain the 3rd fastest time on this day of racing too.  His time for 1-lap that day was 28.70 seconds which was only slower than Emory Collins’ 24.91 seconds and Chuck Frame’s 26.58 seconds.

            West finished in 2nd place behind Russ Lee of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 6-car, 5-lap Salt Hawk Dash.

            West finished in 3rd place in the 9-car, 10-lap State Fair Championship race behind Emory Collins and Chuck Frame.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 19, 1946½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Newspaper accounts differ quite a bit from the official I. M. C. A. records about the 1st heat race.  According to the official records, West finished in 3rd place in the 1st 6-car, 5-lap Salt City Dash behind Emory Collins and Chuck Frame while newspaper accounts say that West finished in 4th place in the 1st 4-car, 4-lap Salt City Dash behind Emory Collins, Chuck Frame and Posey Reeves.

            West finished in 3rd place behind Emory Collins and Chuck Frame in the 8-car, 10-lap Kansas State Fair Sweepstakes race.

            Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 21, 1946 – 1 mile dirt oval – Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West finished in 4th place behind Emory Collins, Chuck Frame and Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier in the 5-lap 1st heat race for the 6 fastest cars in time trials.

            West won the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race for the last 3 finishers in the previous race and qualifiers 7, 8, and 9 in time trials in 4 minutes, 14.57 seconds.

            West dropped out on the 1st lap and did not finish the 8-car, 9-lap feature race won by Emory Collins.

            Feature race winner:  Emery Collins

 

October 1, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Alabama State Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West finished 4th behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder and Fred Tegtmeier in the 1st 5-lap heat race for the 6 fastest qualifiers in time trials.

            West won the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race in 2 minutes, 27.75 seconds.  West finished 4th behind Deb Snyder, Fred “Fritz” Tegtmeier and James “Chick” Smith of Frankfort, Kentucky in the 10-car, 10-lap feature race.

            Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

October 2, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Alabama State Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West dropped out after the 1st lap of the 1st 5-lap heat race for the 6 fastest cars in time trials.  That heat race was won by Emory Collins.

                        West finished 2nd to James “Chick” Smith in the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race.

            West finished 5th behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, James “Chick” Smith and Joe Baker in the 10-car, 10-lap feature race.

            Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

October 5, 1946 – ½ mile dirt oval – Alabama State Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West dropped out after 2-lap of the 1st 5-lap heat race for the 6 fastest cars in time trials.  That heat race was won by Deb Snyder.

            Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

November, 28, 1946 – 5/8 mile high banked egg shaped paved oval Oakland Speedway at San Leandro, California – Sanctioned by A. R. A.

            Driver & Car:  Lenny Low of Fresno, California drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Low finished in 3rd place in the 150-lap feature race.

 

December, 1946 – 1 mile dirt oval – Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona

            Driver & Car:  Lenny Low drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

May 4, 1947 – 5/8 mile high banked egg shaped paved oval Oakland Speedway at San Leandro, California – Sanctioned by A. R. A.

            Driver & Car:  Lenny Low of Fresno, California drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Low finished in 3rd place in the 150-lap feature race.

 

May 18, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Colorado State Fairgrounds  at Pueblo, Colorado – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Elmer “Rabbit” Musick of Dallas, Texas was entered to drive Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Musick was the only one to receive no time among the 10 entrants in time trials but Earl was paid $15 in tow money for appearing at this event.

            It is unclear if Musick even actually appeared at this event as Earl scratched the car from the second heat race and the consolation race.  He then started in last place and drove the car himself to a 4th place finish in the 5-car, 9-lap, B feature race behind Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas; Al Ketter and Bert McNeese of Colorado Springs, Colorado to collect another $20 from the purse.

            Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

June 1, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Mower County Fairgrounds at Austin, Minnesota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West set the 2nd fastest time in time trials in the 12-car field behind Russ Lee with a time of 30.20 seconds.

            West started on the outside of the front row of the 6-car, 7-lap 1st heat for the fastest 6 cars in time trials.  He won the race in 3 minutes, 34.70 seconds.

            West started 3rd in the 4-fastest-cars-from-time-trials, 4-lap inverted start 4th heat race and won the race in 2 minutes, 3.21 seconds.

            West started on the pole of the 8-car, 10-lap feature race and finished 2nd to Russ Lee who had started on the outside of the front row.

Feature race winner:  Russ Lee of Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

June 15, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Aurora Downs in North Aurora, Illinois – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West was the 7th fastest qualifier in time trials.

            West started on the pole and won the 6-car, 2nd heat race.

            West inside of the 2nd row in the 4-car dash and finished in 2nd place behind Jimmy Wilburn.

            West finished 8th in the feature behind Jimmy Wilburn, Bill Hooper, Les Adair of Indianapolis, Indiana; Chuck Frame, Quentin Cowles of Davenport, Iowa; Van Emerica and Ernie Johnson of Christine, North Dakota.  For that finish, West was paid $12 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

June 22, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Aurora Downs in North Aurora, Illinois – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Harry West drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  West was the 7th fastest qualifier in time trials.

            West started on the pole and won the 6-car, 2nd heat race.

            West inside of the 2nd row in the 4-car dash and finished in 2nd place behind Jimmy Wilburn.

            West finished 8th in the feature behind Jimmy Wilburn, Bill Hooper, Les Adair of Indianapolis, Indiana; Chuck Frame, Quentin Cowles of Davenport, Iowa; Van Emerica and Ernie Johnson of Christine, North Dakota.  For that finish, West was paid $12 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

July 24, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Utah State Fairgrounds at Salt Lake City, Utah – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:   Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 8th fastest of the 17 cars that completed time trials with his time for 1 lap being 29.60 seconds.  These same time trial results were also used for the races on July 26th, August 1st, and August 2nd.

            Anderson started 5th and finished in 4th place in the 6-car, 5-lap, 2nd heat behind Hal Cole, Joe Gemsa and Tex Peterson of Pasadena, California.

            Anderson started on the pole of the 6-car, 5-lap consolation and won that race in 2 minutes, 28.70 seconds.

            Anderson started in the 7th position in the 9-car, 10-lap feature and also finished in 7th place behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Bayliss Levrett, Hal Cole, Joe Gemsa and Tex Peterson.  

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

July 26, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Utah State Fairgrounds at Salt Lake City, Utah – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  The time trials from July 24, 1947 were also used for these races.

            Anderson started in the 5th position in the 6-car, 5-lap, 2nd heat and also finished in 5th place behind Hal Cole, Tex Peterson, Joe Gemsa and C. Kelleher.

            Anderson started on the outside of the front row of the 6-car, 5-lap consolation and won that race in 2 minutes, 37.30 seconds.

            Anderson started in 7th position in the 9-car, 10-lap feature and also finished in 7th place behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Bayliss Levrett, Hal Cole, Tex Peterson and C. Kelleher.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

August 1, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Utah State Fairgrounds at Salt Lake City, Utah – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson of Los Angeles, California drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  The time trials from July 24, 1947 were also used for these races.

            Anderson started 5th and finished 4th in the 6-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race behind Deb Snyder, Hal Cole and Joe Gemsa of Pasadena, California.

            Anderson started last and won the 8-car, 12-lap Australian Pursuit in 7 laps in 3 minutes, 22.90 seconds.

            Anderson started on the pole and won the 6-car, 5-lap consolation race.

            Anderson started 7th and finished 6th behind Emory Collins, Bayliss Levrett of Glendale, California; Deb Snyder, Tex Peterson and Joe Gemsa in the 9-car, 10-lap feature race.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

August 2, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Utah State Fairgrounds at Salt Lake City, Utah – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  The time trials from July 24, 1947 were also used for these races.

            Anderson started 5th and finished 5th in the 6-car, 5-lap, 2nd heat race behind Tex Peterson, Bayliss Levrett, C. Kelleher and Joe Gemsa .

            Anderson started 2nd and won the 6-car, 5-lap consolation race in 2 minutes, 30.50 seconds.

            Anderson started last and won the 6-car, 12-lap Australian Pursuit in 8 laps in 4 minutes, 80.10 seconds.

            Anderson was to have started 7th in the 9-car feature race but that race was rained out so the price money for that race was divided among the entrants by their starting position.  Thus, Anderson was awarded the 7th place prize money for this event.

Feature race winner:  Feature race canceled due to rain

 

August 8, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Benton County Fairgrounds at Vinton, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson set the 4th fastest time in time trials in the 12-car field with 29.54 seconds behind Jimmy Wilburn, Ben Musick and Al Ketter.

            Anderson finished 2nd in the 4-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race behind Ben Musick for which Anderson collected $15 from the purse.

            Anderson finished 3rd in the 4-car, 5-lap 3rd heat race behind Jimmy Wilburn and Ben Musick for which Anderson was paid $10 from the purse.

            Anderson won the 5-car Australian Pursuit for which he was paid $25 from the purse.

            Anderson placed 3rd in the feature race behind Jimmy Wilburn and Ben Musick for which Anderson collected $15 from the purse. 

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

August 9, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Mower County Fairgrounds at Austin, Minnesota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson set the 3rd fastest time in time trials in the 13-car field with 30.40 seconds behind Jimmy Wilburn and Ben Musick.

            Anderson finished 2nd in the 5-lap, 3rd heat race behind Jimmy Wilburn for which Anderson collected $15 from the purse.

            Anderson finished 3rd in the 6-car feature behind Jimmy Wilburn and Ben Musick for which Anderson was paid $15 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

August 10, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Hawkeye Downs at Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson set the 4th fastest time in time trials in the 19-car field with 30.23 seconds behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, and Wayne “Speed” Wynn of Tampa, Florida.

            Anderson started in 4th position but dropped out of the 1st 6-car, 5-lap heat race for the fastest 6 cars from time trials.  That race was won by Emory Collins.

            Anderson started last and won the 6-car, 5-lap Australian Pursuit in 2 minutes, 48.39 seconds.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

August 15, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Hawkeye Downs at Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson started 5th in the 1st heat for the fastest 6 cars in time trials but he dropped out of that race which was won by Emory Collins.

            Anderson started 2nd in 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat but dropped out on the 4th lap.  That race was won by Wayne “Speed” Wynn.

            Anderson started on the pole of the 3rd 6-car, 5-lap heat and won it in 2 minutes, 45.18 seconds.

            Anderson started 6th in the 8-car, 10-lap feature and finished 5th behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Bayliss Levrett and Wayne “Speed” Wynn.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

August 17, 1947 – 1 mile dirt oval – Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson set the 8th fastest time in time trials of the 18 cars that were entered in these races.  His time for 1 lap was 45.76 seconds.

            Anderson won $30 from the purse by finishing 2nd to Bayliss Levrett in the 3rd heat race.

            Anderson finished 4th in the 5-lap consolation race behind Harry White of Tulsa, Oklahoma; John Purdy of Kirkwood, Missouri and Allen “Red” Givens of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

August 19, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Sioux Empire Fairgrounds at Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson set the 8th fastest time in time trials of the 22 cars entered that day but he did not start in any of the races run on this date.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

August 20, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Sioux Empire Fairgrounds at Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson set the 8th fastest time of in time trials of the 20 cars entered that day with 28.46 seconds but he did not finish well enough in any of the races to win any of the prize money.

            Anderson finished 6th in the 3rd 5-lap heat race.

            Anderson finished 9th in the feature race won by Jimmy Wilburn.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

August 21, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Sac County Fairgrounds at Sac City, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson set the 7th fastest time of in time trials of the 15 cars entered that day with the fastest time of the day going to Billy Snyder.

            Anderson finished 3rd in the 6-car, 5-lap 3rd heat race winning $10 in that race which was won by Bayliss Levrett.

Feature race winner:  Billy Snyder

 

August 22, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Car & Driver:  Bill Anderson drove one of Murray Earl’s Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson had the 19th fastest time in time trials of the 26 cars that were entered; his time being 29.87 seconds while Jimmy Wilburn had the fastest time in time trials of 24.95 seconds.  These times were also used for the races on August 24th and August 29, 1947.

            Anderson started 6th and finished 2nd to Wally Stokes in the 8-car, 5-lap consolation race to collect $35 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

August 24, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Car & Driver:  Bill Anderson drove one of Murray Earl’s Dreyer special

            Finish:  Time trial results from August 22, 1947 were used for these races as well.

            Anderson had the 19th fastest time in time trials of the 26 cars that were entered that day; his time being 29.87 seconds while Jimmy Wilburn had the fastest time in time trials of 24.95 seconds.

            Anderson finished last in the 6-car, 7-lap, 3rd heat race behind Elmer “Rabbit” Musick, Wally Stokes, Bert Hellemueller, Al Ketter and Jack Martin.

            Anderson won the 6-car, 5-lap, consolation race in 2 minutes, 26.74 seconds for which he was paid $40 from the purse.

            Anderson won the 10-car, 20-lap Australian Pursuit in 9 laps for which he collected $40 from the purse.

            Anderson started the 12-car, 12-lap feature race in the 11th position but dropped out on the 7th lap of this event that was won by Elmer “Rabbit” Musick.

            Feature race winner:  Elmer “Rabbit” Musick of Dallas, Texas

 

August 26, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Valley County Fairgrounds at Ord, Nebraska

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson won the 3rd heat race.

Feature race winner:  Carl Scarborough of Clarkston, Michigan

 

August 27, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Valley County Fairgrounds at Ord, Nebraska

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson suffered engine failure.

Feature race winner:  Wayne Hynor of Detroit, Michigan

 

August 29, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines, Iowa – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Car & Driver:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s Dreyer special

Finish:  Time trial results from August 22, 1947 were used for these races as well.

            Anderson’s exact finishing positions are currently unknown but it is known that he did not place in the money in any of the races.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

September 5, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special.

Finish: 18 cars appeared for time trials of which 14 actually took a timed lap.  Anderson had the 8th fastest time of 29.04 seconds which was slower than the times burned in by Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Billy Snyder, Wayne “Speed” Wynn of Tampa, Florida; Carl Scarborough of Clarkston, Michigan; Bayliss Levrett and Joe Baker.

            Anderson started in the last and dropped out of the 2nd heat race that was won by Carl Scarborough.

            Anderson won the 10-lap Australian Pursuit for which he collected $50 from the purse.

            Anderson started last and finished 9th in the 10-car feature race behind Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Carl Scarborough, Billy Snyder, Wayne “Speed” Wynn, Joe Baker, Bayliss Levrett and Loren Fondoble.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 6, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln, Nebraska – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special.

Finish: Anderson had the 8th fastest time of the 17 cars that took time trials turning one lap in 29.44 seconds which was slower than the times burned in by quick timer Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, Billy Snyder, Wayne “Speed” Wynn, Carl Scarborough, Bayliss Levrett and Joe Baker.

            Anderson started in the 4th position and finished 5th in the 6-car, 5-lap, 2nd heat race behind Carl Scarborough, Wayne “Speed” Wynn and Joe Baker.

            Anderson started the 2nd position and won the 6-car, 5-lap 3rd heat race in 2 minutes, 31.4 seconds to collect $50 from the purse.

            Anderson started in the 7th position and finished 6th in the 10-car, 15-lap feature race behind Emory Collins, Bayliss Levrett, Deb Snyder, Wayne “Speed” Wynn and Billy Snyder.  Anderson’s 6th place paid him $5 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 7, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Mid-America Fairgrounds in Topeka, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 9th fastest in a field of 16 cars in time trials with 28.90 seconds.  Fast time was set that day by Jimmy Wilburn of Indianapolis, Indiana at 25.48 seconds.

            Anderson finished 4th in the 1st heat race that was won by Jimmy Wilburn.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

September 9, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Mid-America Fairgrounds in Topeka, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 14th fastest in a field of 25 cars in time trials with 29.22 seconds.  Fast time was set that day by Jimmy Wilburn of Indianapolis, Indiana at 25.48 seconds.

            Anderson finished 5th in the 2nd heat race that was won by Austin Wetzler a.k.a. “Tex West” of Dallas, Texas.

            Anderson won the Australian Pursuit to collect $50 from the purse.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

September 10, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Mid-America Fairgrounds in Topeka, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 15th fastest in a field of 23 cars in time trials.  Fast time was set that day by Jimmy Wilburn.

            Anderson finished 4th in the Australian Pursuit behind William “Red” Hodges of Dallas, Texas; Melvin “Slim” Rutherford and Harry King.

            Anderson finished 10th in the feature race behind Jimmy Wilburn, Elmer “Rabbit” Musick, Wally Stokes; Ben Musick, Bert Hellmueller. Al Ketter, William “Red” Hodges, Phil Mocca and Harry King.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

September 12, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Mid-America Fairgrounds in Topeka, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 14th fastest in a field of 18 cars in time trials.  Fast time was set that day by Jimmy Wilburn of Indianapolis, Indiana who was followed by Wally Stokes; Ben Musick; Elmer “Rabbit” Musick Musick; William “Red” Hodges; Bert Hellmueller; Phil Mocca; Al Ketter; Herschel Buchanan; Harry King; B. Haxton and Lyle Christie.

            Anderson won $30 for finishing in 2nd place in the 3rd heat race behind Harry King.*

            Anderson finished in 9th place in the feature race behind Jimmy Wilburn, Elmer “Rabbit” Musick; Wally Stokes; Red Hodges; Al Ketter; Herschel Buchanan; Bert Hellmueller and Harry King.

Feature race winner:  Jimmy Wilburn

 

September 14, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 7th fastest in a field of 20 cars in time trials with a 1-lap time of 28.77 seconds.  Fast time that day was set by Emory Collins followed by Deb Snyder; Elmer “Rabbit” Musick; Billy Snyder; Wally Stokes and William “Red” Hodges.

            Anderson finished in 6th place in the 1st 6-car, 5-lap heat race behind Emory Collins; Deb Snyder; Elmer “Rabbit” Musick; William “Red” Hodges and Harry King.

            Anderson finished in 3rd place behind William “Red” Hodges and Harry King in the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race.

            Anderson finished in 4th place behind Emory Collins; Deb Snyder and William “Red” Hodges in the 9-car, 10-lap feature race.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 16, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson’s 7th fastest time of 28.77 seconds on September 14, 1947, carried over to this day’s races too.

            Anderson finished in 4th place in the 2nd 6-car, 6-lap heat race behind Wally Stokes; William “Red” Hodges and Harry King.

            Anderson finished in 3rd place behind Billy Snyder and Joe Baker of Indianapolis, Indiana in the 3rd 6-car, 4-lap heat race.

            Anderson dropped out on the 5th lap to finish in 10th place behind Emory Collins; Deb Snyder; Wally Stokes; Elmer “Rabbit” Musick, Harry King; William “Red” Hodges; Ted Stubble of St. Joseph, Missouri; Loren Fondoble and T. E. Russell of Denver, Colorado in the 10-car, 10-lap State Fair Sweepstakes race.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

  

September 18, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 7th fastest in a field of 21 cars in time trials with a 1-lap time of 28.77 seconds.  Emory Collins set quick time followed by Deb Snyder; Elmer “Rabbit” Musick of Dallas, Texas; Billy Snyder of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Wally Stokes of Willoughby, Ohio and William “Red” Hodges of Dallas, Texas.

            Anderson finished in 5th place in the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race behind Elmer “Rabbit” Musick, William “Red” Hodges; Wally Stokes and Harry King of Tampa, Florida.

            Anderson won the 3rd 6-car, 5-lap heat race in 2 minutes, 26.24 seconds.

            Anderson won the 8-car, 14- lap Australian Pursuit handicap race in 6 minutes, 27.09 seconds.

            Anderson was credited with a 7th place finish in the 9 car, 10-lap feature race behind Emory Collins; Elmer “Rabbit” Musick; Deb Snyder; Wally Stokes; Billy Snyder and Loren Fondoble of Wichita, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Emory Collins

 

September 19, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by R. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 9th fastest in a field of 14 cars in time trials with a 1-lap time of 28.65 seconds.  Fast time was set that day by Bert Hellmueller at 25.90 seconds and he was followed by Lyle Christie of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Elmer “Rabbit” Musick; Billy Snyder; Wally Stokes; William “Red” Hodges; Al Ketter and Harry King.

            Anderson finished in 5th place in the 2nd 6-car, 5-lap heat race behind William “Red” Hodges of Dallas, Texas; Billy Snyder of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Al Ketter of Rockford, Illinois; and Harry King.

            Anderson finished in 2nd place behind Bob Sledge of Houston, Texas in the 3rd 5-car, 5-lap heat race.

            Anderson finished in 2nd place behind Al Ketter in the 4-lap Australian Pursuit race.

            Anderson finished in 5th place in the 10-lap feature race behind Burt Hellmueller of Baltimore, Maryland; Red Hodges; Wally Stokes of Willoughby, Ohio; and Al Ketter.

Feature race winner:  Bert Hellmueller

 

September 22, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 12th fastest in a field of 17 cars in time trials with a 1-lap time of 29.55 seconds.  Fast time was set that day by Elmer “Rabbit” Musick at 25.87 seconds and he was followed by William “Red” Hodges; Burt Hellmueller; Herschel Buchanan; Al Ketter; Wally Stokes; Lyle Christie; Billy Snyder of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Walt Von Tilius of Denver, Colorado; William “Red” Hodges (his 2nd car) and Harry King.  These time trials were also used to line up the races run on September 26, 1947.

            Anderson collected $20 from the purse for finishing in 3rd place in the 5-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race behind William “Red” Hodges and Herschel Buchanan.

Feature race winner:  Elmer “Rabbit” Musick

 

September 26, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  The time trials run on September 22, 1947 were also used to line up the races run on this afternoon.

            For some unknown reason, Anderson decided to park Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special after time trials and race his own #7 car.

Feature race winner:  Elmer “Rabbit” Musick

 

September 28, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Muskogee State Fairgrounds in Muskogee, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson ran 30.25 seconds in time trials for the 7th fastest time of the day behind those turned in by William “Red” Hodges, Herschel Buchanan, Lyle Christie, Bert Hellmueller, Walt Von Tilius and Al Ketter.

            Anderson finished 4th in the 1st heat race behind William “Red” Hodges, Lyle Christie and Bert Hellmueller.

            Anderson won the Australian Pursuit and $25 from the purse.

            Anderson finished 4th in the feature race behind Herschel Buchanan, Walt Von Tilius and Lyle Christie.

Feature race winner:  Herschel Buchanan

 

October 5, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Muskogee State Fairgrounds in Muskogee, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 10th fastest in a field of 15 cars in time trials with a 1-lap time of 30.25 seconds.  Fast time was set that day by Ben Musick at 28.35 seconds and he was followed by Billy Snyder; Wally Stokes; Herschel Buchanan; Lyle Christie; Red Hodges; Bert Hellmueller; Walt Von Tilius and Al Ketter.

            Anderson collected $10 from the purse for finishing in 3rd place in the 5-lap 1st heat race behind Elmer “Rabbit” Musick and Lyle Christie.*

            Anderson collected $5 from the purse for finishing in 5th place in the 8-lap feature race behind Wally Stokes; Elmer “Rabbit” Musick; Herschel Buchanan and Lyle Christie.*

Feature race winner:  Wally Stokes

 

October 11, 1947 – ½ mile dirt oval – Montgomery County Fairgrounds  in Coffeyville, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson’s 1-lap time trial of 29.32 seconds was 7th fastest of the 11 cars that took time trials but slower than times run by Walt Von Tilius; Billy Snyder; Wally Stokes; Bert Hellmueller; Al Ketter and Harry King.

            For some unknown reason, Anderson decided to park Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special after time trials and race his own #7 car.

Feature race winner:  Wally Stokes

 

October 12, 1947½ mile dirt oval – Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Oklahoma – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bill Anderson drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

Finish:  Anderson was 8th fastest in a field of 12 cars in time trials with a 1-lap time of 30.25 seconds.  Fast time was set that day by Ben Musick at 27.58 seconds and he was followed by Burt Hellmueller, Wally Stokes, Billy Snyder, Al Ketter, Harry King and Walt Von Tilius.

            For some unknown reason, Anderson decided to park Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special after time trials and race his own #7 car.

Feature race winner:  Ben Musick

 

November 11, 1947 – 1 mile dirt oval – Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona – Sanctioned by W. R. A.

            Driver & Car:  Bud Sennett of Los Angeles, California drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

Feature race winner:  Bill Sheffler of Los Angeles, California

 

July 4, 1948 ½ mile paved oval Carrell Speedway at Gardena, California

Driver & Car:  Murray Earl started out with driver Floyd Glidewell of Oakland, California in his #27 D. O. Dreyer special but he soon removed Glidewell in favor of Art George of Seattle, Washington

            Finish:  George finished in 6th place in the feature race.

 

December 19, 1948 – 5/8 mile high banked egg shaped paved oval Oakland Stadium at San Leandro, California – Sanctioned by A. R. A.

            Car & Driver:  Billy Ryan of San Francisco, California drove Murray Earl’s #27. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Few results of these races have yet to be located.

Feature race winner:  Bud Sennett

 

May 30, 1949 – ½ mile dirt oval – Calistoga Speedway at Calistoga, California

            Car & Driver:  Billy Ryan of San Francisco, California drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Ryan won the feature race.

            Feature race winner:  Billy Ryan

 

July 31, 1949 – 5/8 mile high banked egg shaped paved oval Oakland Stadium at San Leandro, California – Sanctioned by W. R. A.

            Car & Driver:  Billy Ryan of San Francisco, California drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Ryan won the 2nd heat race.

Feature race winner:  Bud Rose

  

1951 – 5/8 mile high banked egg shaped paved oval Oakland Stadium at San Leandro, California – Sanctioned by A. R. A.

            Car & Driver:  Clyde Palmer of Monte Vista, California drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

June 8, 1952½ mile dirt oval – Cloud County Fairgrounds at Concordia, Kansas

            Driver & Car:  Charlie Lutkie of Wichita, Kansas drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special 

            Finish:  Lutkie ran the fastest time in time trials.

                        Lutkie won the 6-lap, 2nd heat race.

                        Lutkie dropped out of the feature race with engine failure.

 

June 15, 1952½ mile dirt oval – Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas – Sanctioned by I. M. C. A.

            Driver & Car:  Charlie Lutkie drove Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special 

Finish:  Lutkie turned in the 9th quickest time of the 11 cars that took time trials.  His 1-lap time was 30.37 seconds which was 5.02 seconds slower than the fastest time of the day which was turned in by Deb Snyder of Kent, Ohio.

            Lutkie finished in 3rd place behind Deb Snyder and Leon DeRock of Mason City, Iowa in the 7-lap 1st heat race.

                        Lutkie finished in 2nd place behind Pete Folse of Tampa, Florida in the 6-lap novelty race.

Feature race winner:  Deb Snyder

 

1952 – 5/8  mile dirt oval – Redwood Acres Fairgrounds at Eureka, California

Driver & Car:  Stan Dean drove Murray Earl’s #65 D. O. Dreyer special

            Finish:  Dean set the 4th fastest time of the day in time trials.

                        Dean won the heat race for the fastest qualifiers in time trials.

            Dean was running in 2nd place in the feature race when the engine crank broke putting him out of the race.

 

            Murray Earl took the car home to San Jose, California and repaired the engine but he never raced the car again.

 

 

 

This photo is believed to have been taken on December 19, 1948 at Oakland Stadium at San Leandro, California.  Murray Earl’s #27 D. O. Dreyer special big car was being driven by Billy Ryan of San Francisco, California.  Car #12 was a 4-port Riley owned by Mel Layden and driven by Jack McGrath – Rottie Karzootie collection

 

 

 

 

* Although never one to chase point championships, Murray Earl raced primarily with I. M. C. A. in 1946 and 1947, grossing $7,000 in “winnings” over that two-year period.  While it is unknown what his exact deal was with I. M. C. A., it is known that he was a part of their “deal money” program where car owners would be guaranteed a certain minimum amount of “winnings” just for showing up with their car at the races.  If they did not win as much price money as their guarantee called for, the car owner would be paid up to the minimum amount of their guarantee anyway.  Therefore, the purse money recorded in I. M. C. A. records is not necessarily the amount that was actually paid to the participants.  Car owners with bigger name drivers could negotiate a larger guarantee than those with lesser known drivers and a few drivers, with big enough names, are known to have negotiated their own deals with I. M. C. A.  The “deal money” program, in one form or another, was a part of I. M. C. A. for nearly 50 years.

 

** Since Mike Salay held an A.A.A. competition license; he raced a Frankland Stagge- Valve Frontenac at Belleville, Kansas in 1946 under the alias “James Frankland, Jr.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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