Where Did They Go From Winfield?

Interesting Facts about Some Who Have Raced on the Historic Half-Mile Dirt Racetrack at the Cowley County Fairgrounds in Winfield, Kansas

 

The half-mile racetrack at the Winfield fairgrounds certainly has its place in motor racing history as several men raced on the Cowley County Fairgrounds racetrack as a stepping-stone on their paths to stellar careers in many forms of motor racing.  Of those known to have participated in races at Winfield, and there probably were others:

 

 

Seven were listed in Who’s Who in Automobile Racing – The Blue Book of Speed published by the Racing Publication Association of America, Chicago, Illinois in 1936:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

1

Sig Haugdahl

 

1915

2

George Barringer

 

1931

3

Posey Reeves

 

1931, 1933

4

Cotton Grable

 

1931, 1934-1935

5

Oscar Coleman

 

1934

6

William “Bill” Morris 2

 

1934

7

Loren Fondoble

 

1935

 

 

Six have gone on to race in the Indianapolis “500” a total of 17 times:

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Indy “500”

1

W. W. Brown

 

1912-1913

 

1919

2

Arthur Thurman

 

1915

 

1919

3

George Barringer

 

1931

 

1934, 1936, 1939-1941, 1946

4

Lou Durant

 

1934

 

1946

5

Joie Chitwood

 

1934-1935

 

1940-1941, 1946-1950

6

A. J. Shepherd

 

1956

 

1961

 

 

Fourteen have been inducted into the High Banks Hall of Fame at Belleville, Kansas:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Year Inducted

  1

W. W. Brown

 

1912-1913

 

2004

  2

John Gerber

 

1927

 

2004

  3

Leonard Kerbs 4

 

1927-1928

 

2001

  4

Joie Chitwood

 

1934-1935

 

2004

  5

Pat Cunningham

 

1935

 

2000

  6

Charlie Lutkie

1950-1951, 1953-1954, 1956-1958, 1967-1968, 1970

2013

  7

Frank Lies

 

1950–1956

 

2006

  8

Red Forshee

 

1953-1956

 

1999

  9

Harold Leep

 

1953-1954, 1956, 1958

 

2002

10

Jay Woodside

 

1956

 

2000

11

Roy Bryant

 

1956

 

2001

12

Dale Reed

 

1956-1957

 

2003

13

Jim Roper 3

 

1957

 

1999

14

Jack Petty

 

1967-1968, 1970

 

2011

 

 

Ten have been inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Year Inducted

  1

Sig Haugdahl

 

1915

 

1994

  2

John Gerber

 

1927

 

1992

  3

Leonard Kerbs 4

1927-1928

2011

  4

W. W. Bowen 3

1927,1931

2011

  5

Tom Holden

 

1928-1929

 

1998

  6

Joie Chitwood

 

1934-1935

 

1993

  7

Harold Leep

 

1953-1954, 1956, 1958

 

2000

  8

Jay Woodside

 

1956

 

2003

  9

Don Shepherd 7

 

1956

 

2010

10

Jack Miller 3

 

1972

 

2001

 

 

One has been inducted into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Year Inducted

1

Jay Woodside

 

1956

 

1985

 

 

Seven have been inducted into the Big Car Racing Association Hall of Fame in Lincoln, Nebraska:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Year Inducted

1

Jay Woodside

 

1956

 

2

Charlie Lutkie

 

1950-1951, 1953-1954, 1956-1958, 1967-1968, 1970

 

2012

3

Harold Leep

1953-1954, 1956, 1958

2000

4

Red Forshee

1953-1956

5

Dale Reed

 

1956-1957

 

 

6

Roy Bryant

 

1956

 

 

7

Jack Petty

1967-1968, 1970

2013

 

 

One has been inducted into the Central Auto Racing Booster Club Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Year Inducted

1

Jay Woodside

 

1956

 

2005

 

 

Thirty-three6 have been inducted into the “81” Speedway Hall of Fame and have received the “81” Speedway Lifetime VIP Award in Park City, Kansas:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Year Inducted

  1

Emmett Carpenter

 

1934

 

2001

  2

Charlie Lutkie

1950-1951, 1953-1954, 1956-1958, 1967-1968, 1970

2000

  3

Frank Lies

 

1950-1956

 

2000

  4

Orval Beckel

 

1951-1958

 

2002

  5

Harold Leep

 

1953-1954, 1956, 1958

 

2000

  6

Forrest Coleman

 

1953-1958

 

2000

  7

Ed Schauf

 

1954

 

2002

  8

Larry Hall

 

1954

 

2004

  9

Pete Jacobs

1955-1956, 1958

2001

10

Dale Reed

 

1956-1957

 

2000

11

Jack Walker

 

1955, 1958

 

2008

12

M. B. Smith 5

 

1955, 1967-1968, 1970-1971

 

2002

13

Roy Bryant

 

1956

 

2000

14

Jerry Everhart

 

1955-1956

 

2005

15

Jay Woodside

 

1956

 

2000

16

A. J. Shepherd

 

1956

 

2005

17

Bud Haehn

 

1967-1968, 1970-1971

 

2000

18

John Hebb 4

 

1967-1968, 1970

 

2001

19

Mel Montgomery

 

1967-1968, 1970

 

2001

20

Al Alexander 3

 

1967-1968, 1970-1971

 

2002

21

Gary Moore

 

1967-1968, 1970-1971

 

2001

22

Pinky Mullens

 

1967-1968, 1970-1971

 

2000

23

Jack Petty

 

1967-1968, 1970

 

2000

24

Ernest Ramey

 

1967-1968, 1970-1971

 

2000

25

Jerry Leep

 

1967-1968

 

2014

26

Charlie Laing 4

 

1967

 

2001

27

Bob Lawrence

1967

2011

28

Arkie Findley

 

1968, 1970

 

2003

29

John Rush 4

 

1968, 1970

 

2003

30

Charles Omerod

 

1968, 1971

 

2013

31

Steve Kammerer

 

1968

 

2002

32

Harry Nickel 3

 

1970-1971

 

2002

33

Frank McGehee

 

1971

 

2009

 

 

Four have been inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita, Kansas:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Year Inducted

1

Charlie Lutkie

 

1950-1951, 1953-1954, 1956-1958, 1967-1968, 1970

 

2006

2

Harold Leep

 

1953-1954, 1956, 1958

 

2007

3

Jay Woodside

 

1956

 

2005

4

Pinky Mullens

 

1967-1968, 1970-1971

 

2012

 

 

One driver and one "Expert" class motorcycle rider who competed at Winfield have been inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame in Lincoln, Nebraska:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Year Inducted

1

Clarence "Speed" Haskell

 

1929

 

2009

2

Don Droud, Sr.

 

1963, 1964, 1968

 

2011

 

 

Two raced in NASCAR’s Grand National Division that is now known as their Premier Series:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Raced With NASCAR

1

Jim Roper 3

 

1957

 

1949

2

Frank Lies

 

1950-1956

 

1958

 

 

Two broke World Land Speed Records for automobiles:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield KS 1

 

Broke World Record

1

Sig Haugdahl

 

1915

 

1922

2

George Barringer

 

1931

 

1940

 

 

One constructed and drove the first man-driven rocket powered automobile:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Drove Rocket Car

1

Sig Haugdahl

 

1915

 

1932

 

 

Two raced at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Springs, Colorado:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Raced on Pikes Peak

1

Bill Mears

 

1950-1954

 

1993

2

Tom Salmon, Jr.

 

1950, 1954

 

1963

 

 

Nine motorcycle riders who competed at Winfield, Kansas have been inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington , Ohio:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

 Year Inducted

1

Wells Bennett

 

1912

 

2000

2

Ray Weishaar

 

1913, 1915

 

1998

3

Gary Nixon

 

1960, 1962

 

1998

4

Fred Nix

 

1963-1967

 

1999

5

Everett Brashear

 

1964

 

1998

6

Roger Reiman

 

1965-1966

 

1998

7

Neil Keen

 

1967, 1970-1972

 

2000

8

Cal Rayburn

 

1970

 

1999

9

Don Castro

1970-1971

2010

 

 

Two motorcycle riders have been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at Novi, Michigan:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Year Inducted

1

Gary Nixon

 

1960, 1962

 

2003

2

Eddie Hill

 

1971

 

2002

 

 

Two “Expert” class motorcycle riders who competed at Winfield, Kansas have been inducted into the Trail Blazers Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, California:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Year Inducted

1

Everett Brashear

 

1964

 

2005

2

Neil Keen

 

1967, 1970-1972

 

 

 

 

One “Novice” class motorcycle rider who competed at Winfield, Kansas has been inducted into the National Hot Rod Association Hall of Fame:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Year Inducted

1

Eddie Hill

 

1971

 

1978

 

 

One “Novice” class motorcycle rider who competed at Winfield, Kansas has been inducted into the Drag Racing International Hall of Fame in Ocala, Florida:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Year Inducted

1

Eddie Hill

 

1971

 

2000

 

 

One “Expert” class motorcycle rider who won a feature race at Winfield, Kansas has been inducted into the Dirt Track Hall of Fame at Springfield, Illinois:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Year Inducted

1

Gary Nixon

 

1960, 1962

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Participated in the races at Winfield, Kansas in these years and may have done so in other years as well.

2 William “Bill” Morris was a pseudonym used by Ben Musick. 

3 Participated at Winfield as a race official.

4 Participated at Winfield as a car owner.

5 M. B. Smith participated at Winfield as a car owner in 1955 and as a race official 1967-1968, 1970-1971.

6 Charles Lee, also a recipient of this award, drove a wrecker at Winfield in 1967 but was not actually participant in the races.

7 Participated at Winfield as a mechanic.