Jalopy Stock Car Races

Grant County Fairgrounds

Ulysses, Kansas

Friday Night – July 15, 1955

 

Sponsor – Charles B. Hart American Legion Post 379

Races Sanctioned by – Grant County Racing Association 

Race Director – Ernest Mann of Ulysses, Kansas

 

Attendance – 1,500

Total Gate Receipt – $1,550.75

Total Purse – $300

 

 

 

Nothing is known of the first two eight-lap heat races run on this date except that they each paid prize money to the first four finishers. 

 

 

Time Trials – 1 Lap

Place

Driver

From

1

Harvey Main

Ulysses, Kansas

2

Bob Champlin

Wichita, Kansas

3

Joe Bradley

Fowler, Kansas

4

Howard Spencer

Dodge City, Kansas

 

Ralph Black

Dodge City, Kansas

 

Bob Parks

Sublette, Kansas

 

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

 

Levon Turner

Elkhart, Kansas

 

Clarence “Nut” Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

 

Eddie Mahieu

Ashland, Kansas

 

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

 

Darrel Harms

Dodge City, Kansas

Don Shumard

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Levon Turner

Coffman collection

 

Nut Cokeley

Cokeley collection

 

Bob Champlin

Jim Edwards photo from the Tim Cornelius collection

 

Harvey Main

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

  

Eddie Mahieu

Cokeley collection

 

Joe Bradley

Dodge City Globe photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 8 Laps

Place

Driver

From

1

Bob Champlin

Wichita, Kansas

2

Harvey Main

Ulysses, Kansas

3

Howard Spencer

Dodge City, Kansas

4

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

DNF

Ralph Black

Dodge City, Kansas

DNF

Bob Parks

Sublette, Kansas

DNF

Joe Bradley

Fowler, Kansas

          Bradley’s #11 car crashed through the wooden railing into the infield in the southeast turn.  Just a short distance further, the cars of Parks and Black crashed through the outside railing.  No one was injured but all three drivers had close calls as boards from the railing pierced their firewalls and stuck into the seats beside them.

          Champlin won this race by more than one lap over the second place finisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash – 6 Laps

Place

Driver

From

1

Bob Champlin

Wichita, Kansas

DNF

Levon Turner

Elkhart, Kansas

          Turner’s car crashed through the wooden railing into the infield at the north end of the racetrack.  His car came to a stop with a long 2x4 protruding from his car.

          Champlin won this race by more than one lap over the second place finisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B Feature Race – 15 Laps

Place

Driver

From

1

Unknown

 

2

Unknown

 

3

Clarence “Nut” Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

          Third place in this race paid $5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Feature Race – 21 Cars – 60 Laps

Place

Driver

From

1

Bob Champlin

Wichita, Kansas

2

Eddie Mahieu

Ashland, Kansas

3

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

4

Harvey Main

Ulysses, Kansas

5

Howard Spencer

Dodge City, Kansas

DNF

Darrel Harms

Dodge City, Kansas

          Harms received minor injuries when his car blew a tire and flipped several times in the southwest turn on the 24th lap of the race.

          Champlin won this race by more than one lap over the second place finisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo of Darrel Harms’ car was taken after he had blown a tire and flipped it several times in the southwest turn on the 24th lap of the A Feature race - Cokeley collection

 

 

 

 

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