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 Sprint Cup:

 

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

 

 

One “Expert” class motorcycle rider who won a feature race at Winfield, Kansas has 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

 

 

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 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at Novi, Michigan although in the drag racing category:

 

Name

 

Raced at Winfield, KS 1

 

Year Inducted

1

Eddie Hill

 

1971

 

2002

 

 

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.