These photographs (above and below) were both taken at "81" Speedway north of Wichita, Kansas in 1975.  The color photograph above was taken on the back straightaway during a day race while the black and white photograph below was taken on the front straightaway during a night race.  The metal box in the back window was to protect the otherwise exposed filler neck on the gas tank which was located in the truck area of the car - Photographs from the Bob Lawrence collection

 

 

 

 

The photo above shows only part of the cars in my heat race at the 1975 Enid Winter Nationals.  These cars were running somewhere in the middle of the field when this photo was taken in turn four.  The #61 Chevy that I was driving can be seen here in fifth place of the cars that are in this photo.  The black car in sixth place was the #20 driven by Scott Talbert of Wichita.  The car in seventh place was the #71 driven by Chuck Schommer of Wichita.  The car in eighth place was the #555 driven by Bob Reed of Wichita.  The #5A, in ninth place, was driven by Charles Omerod of Wichita.  The other cars in this photo have yet to be identified - Billie Wells photo

 

One of the best races I ever drove was in this #61 Chevy at the 10th Annual Enid Winter Nationals at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid, Oklahoma in October of 1975.  A severe pushing condition (a.k.a. understeer) in my heat race that day caused me to drop steadily backward.  That is when the photo above was taken.  The problem was fixed though but I had to start the B feature on the inside of the 11th row (in 21st position).  I worked my way through the field to finish third.

Ralph Henderson of Mulvane, Kansas had started that race right behind me on the inside of the 12th row (in 23rd position) and followed me in his #99 Chevy through the traffic to finish in fourth place.  Observers said that every pass I made, Henderson followed and stayed right behind me to the end of the race.  The two cars looked as though they were almost hooked together for the entire race.

The first four finishers in the B feature were to transfer to the A feature but the engine blew in this Chevy while going down the back straight-away on the last lap of the B feature and I was unable to start the A feature.  #0 Vern Allen had finished in fifth place in the B feature which made him the first alternate starter in the A feature and he was able to start in my stead.

I also drove this car during most of the summer racing season at “81” Speedway north of Wichita, Kansas in 1975.  The car was owned by Jack Shipman of Wichita, Kansas and sponsored by Mid-Kansas Paving also of Wichita.  Although the car appears to be a 1956 model, it was actually a 1955 Chevrolet chassis with 1956 Chevy sheet metal.

Below are the final points standings for the semi-late model stock cars at “81” Speedway in 1975.  I finished the season in 23rd place that year.

 

Position

Car Number

Driver

Car Owner

Total Points

A Feature Victories

1

16

Dan Casmaer

Glen Michels

682

3

2

96

Gary Moore

Ray Riner

656

2

3

02

Pinky Mullens

Pinky Mullens

486

2

4

84

Jack Johnson

Charles Terpening

485

2

5

15

Harlan Gile

Harold Littlejohn

475

 

6

44

Steve Kammerer

Dave Harrison

470

2

7

A2

Rich Wilson

Rich Wilson

468

1

8

99

Ralph Henderson

Ralph Henderson

460

1

9

048

Darryl Johnson

Darryl Johnson

459

1

10

88

Alan Dodson

Mary & Gordon Dodson

457

2

11

30

Howard Cleous

Howard Cleous

449

1

12

111

Ron Case

Ron Case

447

1

12

2

Harold Armstrong

Frank Rusert

447

 

14

0x

Tom Neff

George Riley

438

 

15

75

Ken Davis

Ken Davis

431

 

16

34

Lloyd Edmonds

Gary Fouch 

426

1

17

20

Scott Talbert

Scott Talbert

416

 

18

0

Vern Allen

Vern Allen

402

2

19

79

Mike Farrell

Jim Matthews

398

1

20

9

John Arnce

Alan Bybee

351

1

21

67

Larry Pankratz

Larry Pankratz

347

 

22

022

Steve Bush

Steve Bush

339

 

23

61

Bob Lawrence

Jack Shipman

305

 

24

93

Oren Haas

Marvin Ranich

299

 

25

168

Dave White

J. L. “Mack” Macklin

295

 

26

00

John Shearhod

Paul Roberts

293

 

27

72

Frank McGehee

Pat Sisk

291

1

27

555

Bob Reed

Bob Reed

291

 

29

5A

Charles Ormerod

Jack Ashley

273

 

30

98

Rick Riner

Ray Riner

271

 

31

70

R. B. Flynn

R. B. Flynn

268

1

32

170

Frank Key

Frank Key

251

 

33

87

Gordon Dodson

Mary & Gordon Dodson

246

 

34

395

Harold Atkinson

Harold Atkinson

245

 

35

74

Dane Shockey

Dane Shockey

239

 

36

100

Arkie Findley

Don Burnett

237

 

37

120

Gary Francis

Corkey Vail

235

 

38

39

Troy Batson

Troy Batson

221

 

39

52

Harold Clark

Harold Clark

215

 

40

52x

John Carter

John Carter

212

 

41

22

Jack Lancaster

Jack Lancaster

211

 

42

43

Tom Wilcox

Tom Wilcox

205

 

43

141

Ron McAninch

Ron McAninch

203

 

43

19

Lloyd Roten

Lloyd Roten

203

 

45

25

Bud Haehn

Glen Smith

202

 

46

015

Larry Balthazor

Larry & Hector Balthazor

185

 

47

57

Dhon Hauserman

Dhon Hauserman

178

 

47

24

Terry Dickey

John Hebb 

178

 

49

47

Kenny Moore

Wenfred Kirtley

176

 

50

50

Joe Woods

Joe Woods

162

 

51

10

Bill Tice

Bill Tice 

160

 

52

38

Corky Myers

Willard Dingus

159

 

53

4x

Joel Hayes

Joel Hayes

146

 

54

123

Ron Cunningham

Ron Cunningham

143

 

55

13

Jack Lamb

Jene Miner

141

 

56

8 Ball

Bill Kelley

Bill Kelley

134

 

57

85

Jim Burnett

Jim Burnett 

133

 

57

148

John Johnson

John Johnson

133

 

59

83

Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson

123

 

60

110

Dean Gourley

Ed Ramey

122

 

61

40

Lloyd Hatcher

 

120

 

61

60

Ernest Ramey

Ernest Ramey

120

 

63

3

Roy Andrews

Roy Andrews

115

 

64

1

Richard Gonzales

Richard Gonzales 

108

 

65

17

Dennis Lamunyon

Don Kimple 

107

 

66

82

Jerry Shupe

Pinky Mullens

106

 

66

58

Merle Wagoner

Hersel Wagoner

106

 

68

6

Dan Cochran

 

105

 

69

185

Tom Moore

 

98

 

70

66

Randy Doty

Gerald Doty

95

 

71

7

Kenny Fleetwood

Kenny Fleetwood

94

 

72

76

Mel Shipman

Mel & Rex Shipman

91

 

73

041

Gary McBroom

Gary McBroom

90

 

74

91

Lonnie Cooper

Daniel Hauserman & Gary Hyde

88

 

75

58

Eddie Bryans

Hersel Wagoner 

82

 

76

020

Ray Riner

Pinky Mullens

81

 

77

51

Dwayne Cox

Dwayne Cox

79

 

78

91

Bill Cline

Daniel Hauserman & Gary Hyde

77

 

79

78

Jerald Hedberg

Jerald Hedberg

72

 

79

73

Bob Billups

Bob Billups

72

 

81

451

Rick Mueller

Rick Mueller

71

 

82

41

John Marshall

John Marshall

69

 

82

80

Stan Hacker

Stan Hacker

69

 

82

284

Bill Newell

Bill Newell

69

 

85

23

John Liggett

John & William Liggett

68

 

86

21

Roy Phillips

Don Kimple

65

 

87

21

Robert Phillips

Don Kimple

61

 

88

33

Clint Harding

Clint Harding

49

 

89

101

Chalmer Alcorn

Chalmer Alcorn

47

 

90

17

Nunie Coleman

Don Kimple

45

 

91

19

Charlie Laing

Charlie Laing

44

 

92

56

Carl Himble

 

42

 

93

70x

Bob Proctor

Bob Proctor 

39

 

93

28

Vince Matthews

Fred Johnson

39

 

95

4s

Steve Stagner

Steve Stagner

38

 

96

187

Steve Brown

 

35

 

96

28

Alvin Wray

Fred Johnson

35

 

98

2x

Ron Dehart

Terry Raymond

31

 

99

38x

Jeff Smith

 

30

 

100

07

Johnny Runyan

Johnny Runyan

29

 

100

31

Ray Faye

 

29

 

100

81

Delbert Shrum

Delbert Shrum

29

 

103

71

Terry Dunham

 

28

 

103

49

Fred Cornelison

Fred Cornelison

28

 

105

114

John McAninch

John McAninch

23

 

106

141

Steve Downs

Ron McAninch

20

 

107

41

Dean Marshall

John Marshall

18

 

108

07

Melvin Runyan

Johnny Runyan

17

 

109

19x

Dennis Brewster

Dennis Brewster

13

 

109

33

Wayne Sigley

Clint Harding

13

 

111

37

Jim Spivey

 

12

 

112

59

Tom Lutkie

Tom Lutkie

11

 

112

5A

Gary Ashley

Jack Ashley

11

 

114

74

Mike Wright

 

10

 

114

94x

Fred McMurty

 

10

 

114

30

Alan Ashley

Larry & Carl Ashley

10

 

117

11

Roy Allen, Jr.

Roy Allen, Jr.

  8

 

118

58

Hersel Wagoner

Hersel Wagoner

  7

 

118

23

Tom Swafford

Tom Swafford

  7

 

120

511

Eddie Currethers

 

  6

 

120

40

Rudy McCullough

Raymond Hickman

  6

 

120

47

Wenfred Kirtley

Wenfred Kirtley

  6

 

123

04x

Larry Page

Larry Page

  5

 

123

54

Jim Kirk

Jim Kirk

  5

 

123

084

Gene Brotherton

Roger Brotherton 

  5

 

126

306

Jack Johnson

 

  4

 

126

511

Jerry Baxter

 

  4

 

126

46

Raymond Johnson

Raymond Johnson

  4

 

126

93

Lonnie Smith

Lonnie Smith

  4

 

130

134

Gary Brooks

 

  3

 

131

745

Jerry Collins

Jerry Collins 

  2

 

132

322

Mark Meisel

Mark Meisel 

  1

 

132

29

Ron Karch

Bill McCune 

  1

 

134

12

Roger Heath

Roger Heath

   0 

 

134

77

Kim Edens

 

  0

 

134

068

Bob Stone

  0

 

134

63

Jerry Looney

 

  0

 

134

511

Robert Ratzell

 

  0

 

134

101

Bill Starving

 

  0

 

134

11

Bob Simmons

Dale Lamb

  0

 

134

511

Dennis Duerkson

 

  0

 

134

10

John Johnson

John Johnson 

  0

 

134

63

Jerry Turner

 

  0

 

134

29

Bill Howell

Bill McCune 

  0

 

134

71

Chuck Schommer

Chuck Schommer

  0

 

134

333

Lanny Farner

Lanny Farner 

  0

 

 

 

If you can identify any of the missing car owners, please contact Bob Lawrence at:  sprintguy @ cox.net

 

 

 

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