Stock Car Races

Jalopies and Sportsman (a.k.a. Rails)

Sportsman Park - Oakley, Kansas

Sunday Afternoon – June 18, 1961

 

  

 

Oakley Graphic

Thursday – June 15, 1961 – Front Page:

Stock and Kart Races Here Sunday

Big cars, or little kars, racing fans can see either type here Sunday.

The Jaycees are sponsoring stock car races at the fairgrounds with time trials starting at 1:30 p.m.  James Robben, a member, said a big field of fresh machinery is expected.

Kart races will be held at the track on U.S. 40 East under sponsorship of the Oakley Kart club.  There will be all classes starting at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

Oakley Graphic

Thursday – June 15, 1961 – Page 9:

 

Driver

Gene Coffman’s

admission ticket

to these races

Coffman collection

 

STOCK  CAR  RACES

 

Sunday, June 18

 

Oakley Fair Grounds

 

Time Trials at 1:30 p.m.

 

Expecting good field of top, new fast entries

 

Admissions:  $1.00 - Children Under 12 Free

 

Sponsored by Oakley

Junior Chamber of Commerce

 

Car Owner

Laverne Owens’

admission ticket

to these races

Coffman collection

 

 

 

 

This photo of the #24 rail was taken after the races at Oakley on this date.  This car was owned by Howard Pedigo and driven by Gene Potts.  Both men were from Great Bend, Kansas.  Click your mouse on the photo to learn more about this particular car – Coffman collection 

 

 

  

This photo was taken on this date before the races at Oakley.  The jalopy was owned and driven by Phil Simmons of Norton, Kansas – Coffman collection

 

 

 

This photo was taken on this date before the races at Oakley.  The jalopy was owned by Basil Laird of WaKeeney, Kansas and driven by Bernie Beydler of Great Bend, Kansas.  Note that the rear half of the body has been cut away but that was allowed by the rules at Oakley at that time.  The rules were changed for the next year requiring that jalopies have a full body – Coffman collection 

 

 

 

 

Time Trials – 10 Cars – 1 Lap

 Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Time

1

7

Clarence “Nut” Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Rail

28.41

2

88

Paul Garrett

Oakley, Kansas

Rail

28.56

3

75

Phil Simmons

Norton, Kansas

Jalopy

29.55

4

32

K. O. Christian

Wichita, Kansas

Rail

29.62

5

24

Gene Potts

Great Bend, Kansas

Rail

29.65

6

21

Gene Coffman

Liberal, Kansas

Jalopy

30.76

7

1

Dennis Scheetz

Oakley, Kansas

Jalopy

31.95

8

27

Bernie Beydler

Great Bend, Kansas

Jalopy

33.50

9

54J

Bob Reese

Collyer, Kansas

Jalopy

35.40

 

17

Gene Coffman

Liberal, Kansas

Rail

NT

 

30

Lavern Long

Hays, Kansas 

Rail

NT

For some unknown reason, when Reese was introduced to the crowd by the public address announcer, he said that Reese’s hometown was Dayton, Ohio.

 

 

 

Jalopy Trophy Dash – 3 Cars – 5 Laps

3 Fastest Jalopies form Time Trials

Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Starting Possition

1

75

Phil Simmons

Norton, Kansas

Jalopy

1

2

21

Gene Coffman

Liberal, Kansas

Jalopy

2

3

1

Dennis Scheetz

Oakley, Kansas

Jalopy

3

 

 

 

Rail Trophy Dash – 3 Cars – 5 Laps

3 Fastest Rails from Time Trials

Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Starting Possition

1

7

Clarence “Nut” Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Rail

1

2

32

K. O. Christian

Wichita, Kansas

Rail

3

DNF

88

Paul Garrett

Oakley, Kansas

Rail

2

Garrett ran off of the fourth turn and came to a stop on the third lap.

 

 

 

Jalopy Heat Race – 5 Cars – 8 Laps

Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Starting Possition

1

75

Phil Simmons

Norton, Kansas

Jalopy

5

2

21

Gene Coffman

Liberal, Kansas

Jalopy

4

3

27

Bernie Beydler

Hutchinson, Kansas

Jalopy

2

4

1

Dennis Scheetz

Oakley, Kansas

Jalopy

3

DNF

54J

Bob Reece

Collyer, Kansas

Jalopy

1

 

 

 

Rail Heat Race – 5 Cars – 8 Laps

Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Starting Possition

1

7

Clarence “Nut” Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Rail

3

2

32

K. O. Christian

Wichita, Kansas

Rail

2

3

24

Gene Potts

Great Bend, Kansas

Rail

1

4

17

Gene Coffman

Liberal, Kansas

Rail

4

DNF

30

Lavern Long

Hays, Kansas

Rail

5

Long was lapped twice before pulling off of the racetrack into the infield.

 

 

 

Jalopy Consolation Race – 3 Cars

Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Starting Possition

1

1

Dennis Scheetz

Oakley, Kansas

Jalopy

3

2

27

Bernie Beydler

Great Bend, Kansas

Jalopy

2

3

54J

Bob Reese

Collyer, Kansas

Jalopy

1

 

 

 

Rail Consolation Race – 3 Cars – 6 Laps

Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Starting Possition

1

24

Gene Potts

Great Bend, Kansas

Rail

1

2

17

Gene Coffman

Liberal, Kansas

Rail

2

3

30

Lavern Long

Hays, Kansas

Rail

3

Long was lap behind the other two cars at the finish.

 

 

 

Jalopy Feature Race – 5 Cars – 10 Laps – Paid 4 places

Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Starting Possition

1

75

Phil Simmons

Norton, Kansas

Jalopy

1

2

21

Gene Coffman

Liberal, Kansas

Jalopy

2

3

1

Dennis Scheetz

Oakley, Kansas

Jalopy

3

4

27

Bernie Beydler

Great Bend, Kansas

Jalopy

4

5

54J

Bob Reese

Collyer, Kansas

Jalopy

5

The hood on Simmons’ #75 car blew off in the third turn but he continued on to win the race.

 

 

 

Rail Feature Race – 6 Cars – 10 Laps

Finishing Position

Car #

Driver

Hometown

Class

Starting Possition

1

7

Clarence “Nut” Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Rail

1

2

32

K. O. Christian

Wichita, Kansas

Rail

3

3

17

Gene Coffman

Liberal, Kansas

Rail

5

4

30

Lavern Long

Hays, Kansas

Rail

6

5

24

Gene Potts

Great Bend, Kansas

Rail

4

DNF

88

Paul Garrett

Oakley, Kansas

Rail

2

  

 

 

            Clarence “Nut” Cokeley of Liberal, Kansas driving a white #7 rail owned by Cliff Durr of Derby, Kansas won first in his heat race, first in the trophy dash, and first in the feature race in these races taking home a total of $68 in prize money and a trophy.

            Gene Coffman of Liberal, driving a yellow #17 rail owned by K. O. Christian of Wichita, Kansas finished fourth in his heat race and third in the feature race to win a total of $27 in that car.  He then drove a #21 jalopy owned by Laverne Owens of WaKeeney, Kansas to second place finishes in his heat race and the feature race in that class winning $13 in that car or a total of $40 for the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

This photo was taken just before the trophy presentations on this day.  The white #7 rail (just visible nearest the camera at right) was owned by Cliff Durr and driven by “Nut” Cokeley.  The #75 jalopy sedan was driven by Phil Simmons.  They had won their respective trophy dashes.  “Nut” Cokeley (in dark shirt) can be seen walking over to meet the trophy girl in the center of this picture.  Note the makeshift judges stand on the back of the flatbed truck parked just off of the racetrack in the infield – Dorothy Cokeley photo

 

 

  

Trophy dash winners #75 Phil Simmons and #7 “Nut” Cokeley prepare to return their cars to the pits after the trophy presentations – Dorothy Cokeley photo

 

 

 

 

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