The History of Automobile Racing in

Coffeyville, Kansas

 

          Coffeyville has long been an auto racing town.  Drag races have been run McGuin Field, sports cars have raced at the Coffeyville airport, micro midgets have raced in Pfister Park, dirt track races have been run at Stateline Speedway on the Kansas / Oklahoma state line south of Coffeyville and at the Mid America Speedway south of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma but these web pages concentrate on the races that were run in Forest Park (later known as Walter Johnson Park) on the east edge of Coffeyville.  Those other races are a part of Coffeyville’s racing history and would be a great project for another time.

          William P. Brown, a local oilman, was the first to own an automobile in Coffeyville, he taking delivery of his in January of 1901.  Claton Caudry purchased the second automobile in town two months later so it wasn’t long before there was talk of getting the automobiles together for a race just to break the monotony on a weekend afternoon.

          The first known automobile races run at Coffeyville were contested over a street course said to be 9 miles long.  The first races were run on Labor Day, 1903 having been organized by W. M. Shumaker.  The course started on 8th Street where it intersects with Willow Street.  The racers went “eastward (on 8th Street) to a point north of Parker; thence south to Parker, west from there and finally north, coming in and finishing on Walnut Street.”

          The next known automobile races run in Coffeyville were on a ½ mile dirt oval racetrack in the 40-acre Forest Park located on 8th Street at the east edge of town.  The original grandstands there are said to have had a capacity of 1,500.  That area became the Montgomery County Fairgrounds a.k.a. the Inter-State Fairgrounds and the name of Forest Park was changed to Walter Johnson Park in June of 1954.  An incomplete list of the races that have been run in Coffeyville:

 

Date

 

Sanction

Winning Driver

From

Winning Car Owner

From

Distance

Car #

Year / Make / Model

Race Organizer

Entries

Attendance

Sep 7, 1903

1

none

Bob McCullough

Coffeyville, KS

Bob McCullough

Coffeyville, KS

9 miles

 

W. M. Shumaker

5

 

Jul 4, 1904

 

none

These races were postponed due to rain and were rescheduled for July 8, 1904.

 

 

_____  Evans 

 

 

Jul 9, 1904

 

none

These races were canceled due to a flooded racetrack.

 

 

 _____  Evans 

 

 

Jul 4, 1905

2

none

George Chain

  Coffeyville, KS

  George Chain

  Coffeyville, KS

2 miles

 

White Steamer

 

1

 

Oct 22, 1909

 

none

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack.

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 4, 1911

3

none

Charlie Shaffstall

Coffeyville, KS

Fred Etchen

Coffeyville, KS

3 miles

 

E. M. F.

Fred R. Etchen

2

 

Nov 30, 1911

3

none

Charlie Shaffstall

Coffeyville, KS

Fred Etchen

Coffeyville, KS

5 miles

 

1910 Flanders 20

Fred R. Etchen

2

good crowd 

Jan 15, 1912

 

MWAC 4

The races were postponed one day due to “track conditions.” 5

 

 

 

B. W. Connelly

 

 

Jan 16, 1912

6

MWAC 4

George Clark

Jackson, MI

George Clark

Jackson, MI

10 miles

 

Cutting 40

 B. W. Connelly 

4

good sized crowd

Jan 17, 1912

7

MWAC 4

Johnnie Cooney

Independence, KS

Dale Williams

Caney, KS

20 miles

 

Marion 35 “Bob-Cat”

B. W. Connelly

5

fairly full grandstand

Sep 29, 1912

 

none

Charlie Shaffstall

Coffeyville, KS

Charlie Shaffstall

Coffeyville, KS

9 miles

 

E. M. F. 30

Fred R. Etchen

4

300

Nov 28, 1912

8

none

Charlie Shaffstall

Coffeyville, KS

Fred Etchen

Coffeyville, KS

12 miles

 

1910 Flanders 20

Fred R. Etchen

3

small crowd

Nov 29, 1914

9

none

Charlie Shaffstall

Coffeyville, KS

Charles E. Slater

Coffeyville, KS

10 miles

 

Studebaker

Fred R. Etchen

5

big crowd 

May 5, 1915

 

IMCA 10

Roy Gillett 11

Fredonia, KS

Roy Gillett

Fredonia, KS

1.5 miles

13

“Wampus Cat” Ford spl.

A. A. Welt & Dr. J. Ward 

8

3,000

Oct 1, 1915

12

none

Roy Gillett

Fredonia, KS

Roy Gillett

Fredonia, KS

10 miles

13

“Wampus Cat” Ford spl.

 

3

multitude

Dec 7, 1915

NWMC 13

Ed Lauer

Cherokee, IA

Ed J. Lauer

Cherokee, IA

10 miles

 

Chalmers Emden

Clarence A. Peterson 

5

 small attendance

1916

 

 

  There was one day of auto racing held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in 1916.  The county fair association made a profit of $42 on the event but nothing more is currently known about them.

Jul 11, 1917

 

IMCA 10

Ray Lampkin

Kansas City, MO

Ray Lampkin

Kansas City, MO 

3 miles

8

Sun Ray Duesenberg

Ralph Hankinson

8

large crowd

Sep 29, 1917

 

 

  There were 3 auto races run on this afternoon but no results of those races have been located to date.

Nov 2, 1917

14 

IMCA 10

Glenn Breed

Chanute, KS

Glenn Breed

Chanute, KS

 

1

1916 Hudson Super-6

Ralph Hankinson

4

 

Sep 20, 1919

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McMaken & Moberly

 

 

Sep 17, 1921

 

 

  F. A. Smith of Ft. Worth, Texas was hospitalized with a broken leg and other injuries when he was run down by a racing car during these races but that is all that is currently known about the races run on this afternoon.

Sep 6, 1926

 

none

Floyd Edwards

Coffeyville, KS

 

 

6 miles

13

“Wampus Cat” Ford spl.

 

2

large crowd

Oct 11, 1947

 

IMCA 10

Wally Stokes

Willoughby, OH

Andy Dunlap 16

Cleveland, OH

5 miles

2

Dunlop Offy

Al Sweeney

11

 

Sep 3, 1951

17

none

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Rushworth “Bud” Wilson

 

 

May 22, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Joe Youvan

  Franklin, KS

Pete Battitori

Franklin, KS

7.5 miles

21JR

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

15

1,500 

May 29, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Jay Moore

  Pittsburg, KS

Jay Moore

Pittsburg, KS

7.5 miles

7

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

15

 

Jun 12, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Stuart Blackett

Cherokee, KS

7.5 miles

33

1933 Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

20

1,500

Jun 19, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Stuart Blackett

Cherokee, KS

7.5 miles

33

1933 Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

2,000

Jun 26, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Stuart Blackett

Cherokee, KS

7.5miles

33

1933 Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

2,100

Jul 3, 1953

 

SKRC 18

 

 

 

 

7.5 miles

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 10, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Stuart Blackett

Cherokee, KS

7.5 miles

33

1933 Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

  2,000+

Jul 17, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Stuart Blackett

Cherokee, KS

7.5 miles

33

1933 Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

17

2,500

Jul 24, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Homer Albers

  Pittsburg, KS

 

 

 7.5 miles

 

Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

3,000

Jul 31, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Harold Thompson

  Carthage, MO

Earl Goodman

Carthage, MO

 7.5 miles

88

1933 Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Aug 7, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Harold Thompson

  Carthage, MO

Earl Goodman

Carthage, MO

7.5 miles

88

1933 Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

23

3,300

Aug 14, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Joe Youvan

  Franklin, KS

Pete Battitori

Franklin, KS

7.5 miles

21JR

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

3,500

Aug 21, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Stuart Blackett

Cherokee, KS

7.5 miles

33

1933 Plymouth coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

3,600

Aug 28, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

  Tulsa, OK

Harold Ivy 

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

22

3,600

Sep 4, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

  Tulsa, OK

Harold Ivy

Coffeyville, KS

12.5 miles

11

 Ford coupe

 George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Sep 11, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

  Tulsa, OK

Harold Ivy

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Sep 20, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Jay Moore

  Pittsburg, KS

 

Pittsburg, KS

7.5 miles

94JR

1937 Cadillac LaSalle coupe

 George Rodell & Truman Stoker

28

1,500

Sep 27, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Jay Moore

  Pittsburg, KS

 

Pittsburg, KS

7.5 miles

94JR

1937 Cadillac LaSalle coupe

 George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Oct 4, 1953

 

SKRC 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Oct 11, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Jay Moore

  Pittsburg, KS

 

Pittsburg, KS

7.5 miles

94JR

1937 Cadillac LaSalle coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

23

 

Oct 18, 1953

 

SKRC 18

Jay Moore

  Pittsburg, KS

Pittsburg, KS 

17.5 miles

94JR

1937 Cadillac LaSalle coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

May 14, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn 

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

 Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 2,300

May 21, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

 Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

May 28, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Chet Hamby

  Tulsa, OK

Paul Simmons

Coffeyville, KS

 7.5 miles

41JR

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jun 4, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Chet Hamby

  Tulsa, OK

Paul Simmons

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

41JR

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jun 11, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

 Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jun 18, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

 Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jun 25 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn 

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

 Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

Largest crowd of season

Jul 2, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 9, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 16, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 23, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 30, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Billy Phelps

  Tulsa, OK

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Aug 6, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Aug 13, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Squirt Bartholomew

  Coffeyville, KS

Clifford “Squirt” Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

23

1932 Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Aug 20, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Happy Hart

  Tulsa, OK

Paul Simmons

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

41JR

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

2,500+

Aug 27, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Vaughn Curry

  Carthage, MO

Ralph Blackett

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

16

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Sep 3, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Ralph Blackett

Coffeyville, KS

12.5 miles

32

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

3,300

Sep 10, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Ralph Blackett

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

32

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Sep 17, 1954

 

SKRC 18

 

 

 

 

7.5 miles

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

25

 

Sep 24, 1954

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

15 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

May 6, 1955

19 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

May 13, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Happy Hart

  Tulsa, OK

Paul Simmons

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

41JR

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

May 20, 1955

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack

 

 

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

May 27, 1955

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack

 

 

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jun 3, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Jack Howell

 

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jun 10, 1955

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack

 

 

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jun 17, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jun 24, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 1, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 8, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 15. 1955

 

SKRC 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Jul 22, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

10 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

23

1,840

Jul 29, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Aug 5, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Paul Simmons

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

41JR

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Aug 12, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Paul Simmons

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

41JR

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Aug 19, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Paul Simmons

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

41JR

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

good crowd

Aug 24, 1955

 

CRA 20

These races were run with unrestricted rules that were like some races in Tulsa, OK were run at the time.  Results of these races have yet to be located.

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Aug 26, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Paul Simmons

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

41JR

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Sep 9, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Frank Osborn

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Sep 16, 1955

 

SKRC 18

Happy Hart

  Tulsa, OK

Clyde Kile

Chanute, KS

7.5 miles

98

1932 Ford coupe

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Oct 1, 1955

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack

 

 

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Apr 20, 1956

 

CRA 20

These races were run with unrestricted rules that were like some races in Tulsa, OK were run at the time.  Results of these races have yet to be located.

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

Apr 21, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Joe Seifried

  Tulsa, OK

Clifford Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

3

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

near capacity

Apr 28, 1956

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to threatening weather

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

May 4, 1956

 

CRA 20

These races were canceled due to threatening weather and an apparent lack of entries

 

 

 

 

George Rodell & Truman Stoker

 

 

May 5, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

24

 

May 12, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Joe Seifried

  Tulsa, OK

Clifford Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

3

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

22

near capacity

May 19, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Joe Seifried

  Tulsa, OK

Clifford Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

3

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

near capacity

May 26, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Joe Seifried

  Tulsa, OK

Clifford Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

3

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

21

near capacity

Jun 2, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Ralph Blackett

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

32

 

Warren Satchel

25

 

Jun 9, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

  Tulsa, OK

Harold Ivy

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

10

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

near capacity

Jun 16, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Ralph Blackett

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

32

 

Warren Satchel

25

near capacity

Jun 23, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Bud Morgan

  Chanute, KS

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Jun 30, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Amy Buettell

  Chanute, KS

Ralph Blackett

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

32

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

Jul 6, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Bud Morgan

  Chanute, KS

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

22

 

Jul 13, 1956

 

SKRC 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

Jul 20, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

23

near capacity

Jul 27, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jock Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

21

near capacity

Aug 3, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Bud Morgan

  Chanute, KS

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Aug 10, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

 

near capacity

Aug 17, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Bud Morgan

  Chanute, KS

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Aug 24, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Sep 7, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Sep 14, 1956

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack Jones

Coffeyville, KS

17.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Apr 19, 1957

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

Apr 26, 1957

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

May 3, 1957

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

May 10, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

  Tulsa, OK

Harold Ivy

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

10

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

20

 

May 17, 1957

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to a wet racetrack

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

May 24, 1957

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

May 30, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack & Gail Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

21

 

May 31, 1957

 

SKRC 18

The feature race was canceled due to rain.

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

Jun 7, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack & Gail Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

 

1,000

Jun 14, 1957

 

SKRC 18

The feature race was canceled due to rain.

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

Jun 21, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

  Tulsa, OK

Harold Ivy

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

10

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

21

biggest crowd of season

Jun 28, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack & Gail Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

 

2,000

Jul 5, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Ray Clark

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack & Gail Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Jul 12, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Bud Morgan

  Chanute, KS

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Jul 19, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Joe Seifried

  Tulsa, OK

Clifford Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

3

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

largest crowd this season

Jul 26, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Bud Morgan

  Chanute, KS

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

22

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

2,000

Aug 2, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Jack Howell

 

Jack & Gail Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

1932 Plymouth coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Aug 9, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Squirt Bartholomew

  Coffeyville, KS

Clifford “Squirt” Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

23

1932 Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Aug 16, 1957

 

SKRC 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warren Satchel

 

 

Aug 27, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Squirt Bartholomew

  Coffeyville, KS

Clifford “Squirt” Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

23

1932 Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Sep 6, 1957

 

SKRC 18

Ron Fowler

  Chanute, KS

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

Warren Satchel

 

 

Apr 18, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick 

  Tulsa, OK

Jack & Gail Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

10

Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

700

Apr 25, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Jay Moore

  Pittsburg, KS

Jack & Gail Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

Plymouth coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 2, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Squirt Bartholomew

  Coffeyville, KS

Clifford “Squirt” Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

23

1932 Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 9, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Squirt Bartholomew

  Coffeyville, KS

Clifford “Squirt” Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

23

1932 Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 16, 1958

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 23, 1958

21 

SKRC 18

Harvey Shane

  Parsons, KS

Carl & Wanda Riley

Sedan, KS

7.5 miles

24

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 30, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Squirt Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

Clifford “Squirt” Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

23

1932 Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Jun 6, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

Tulsa, OK

Gail & Jack Jones

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

10

Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Jun 13, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Bob Baker

Pittsburg, KS

Clyde & Dick Nash

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

34

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Jun 20, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Bob Baker

Pittsburg, KS

Clyde & Dick Nash

Coffeyville, KS 

7.5 miles

34

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Jun 27, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Harvey Shane

Parsons, KS

Carl & Wanda Riley

Sedan, KS

 7.5 miles

24

 

Harold Burtrum

 one of the largest crowds of the year

Jul 4, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Squirt Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

Clifford “Squirt” Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

 7.5 miles

23

1932 Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

capacity crowd

Jul 11, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Joe Seifried

  Tulsa, OK

Clifford Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

 7.5 miles

3

Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Jul 18, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Jay Moore

  Pittsburg, KS

Jay Moore

Pittsburg, KS

 7.5 miles

8 Ball

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Jul 25, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Jay Moore

  Pittsburg, KS

Jay Moore

Pittsburg, KS

 7.5 miles

8 Ball

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Aug 1, 1958

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Aug 8, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Wayne Craven

Colony, KS

Jack Stephens

Coffeyville, KS

 7.5 miles

25

 

Harold Burtrum

23

packed house

Aug 15, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

Tulsa, OK

Frank Osborn 

Coffeyville, KS

 7.5 miles

71

Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Aug 22, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Leroy Ellis

 

Eddie Williams

 

 7.5 miles

76

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

Aug 26, 1958

 

SKRC 18

Bob Baker

Pittsburg, KS 

Clyde & Dick Nash

Coffeyville, KS

 7.5 miles

34

 

Harold Burtrum

 

packed stadium

Apr 17, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

Tulsa, OK

Jack Jones & John Greenleaf

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

Plymouth coupe

Harold Burtrum

21

sizeable crowd

Apr 24, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Joe Seifried

Tulsa, OK

Clifford Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

3

Ford coupe

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 1, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Jim Wooten

Carthage, MO

Carl & Wanda Riley

Sedan, KS

7.5 miles

24

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 8, 1959

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 15, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Jim Wooten

Carthage, MO

Carl & Wanda Riley

Sedan, KS

7.5 miles

24

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 22, 1959

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

Harold Burtrum

 

 

May 29, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Bob Baker

Pittsburg, KS

Dick Nash

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

34

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

May 31, 1959

 

SKRC 18

The feature race was canceled due to a wreck that put the track lights out of commission for the night.

 

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Jun 5, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Joe Seifried

Tulsa, OK

Clifford Seaton

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

3

Ford coupe

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Jun 12, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Bob Baker

Pittsburg, KS

Dick Nash

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

34

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Jun 19, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Harvey Shane

Parsons, KS

Frank Osborn, Ed Abshier & Jack Stephens

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

Plymouth coupe

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Jun 26, 1959

 

SKRC 18

The trophy dash and feature races were canceled due to rain.

 

 

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Jul 4, 1959

22 

SKRC 18

Ralph Roby

Lamar, MO

Lewis Carter

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

18

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Jul 10, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Bud Morgan

Chanute, KS

Dr. Herbert B. George & Marvin Patterson

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

11

Ford coupe

Marvin Patterson

 

800

Jul 17, 1959

 

SKRC 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Jul 24, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Squirt Bartholomew

  Coffeyville, KS

Clifford “Squirt” Bartholomew

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

23

1932 Ford coupe

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Jul 31, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

  Tulsa, OK

W. L. “Dub” Hodges

Caney, KS 

7.5 miles

8 Ball

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Aug 7, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Ron Fowler

  Chanute, KS

Frank Osborn, Ed Abshier & Jack Stephens

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

Plymouth coupe

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Aug 14, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Ron Fowler

  Chanute, KS

Frank Osborn, Ed Abshier & Jack Stephens

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

Plymouth coupe

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Aug 21, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Bob Baker

  Pittsburg, KS

Dick Nash

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

34

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

Sep 1, 1959

 

SKRC 18

Pete Rasnic 

  Coffeyville, KS

Carl & Wanda Riley

Sedan, KS

12.5 miles

24

 

Marvin Patterson

 

 

May 7, 1960

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

 

Don Kinnamon

 

 

May 13, 1960

 

SKRC 18

Corky VanGotten

  Chanute, KS

Frank VanGotten

Chanute, KS

7.5 miles

2N1

1934 Ford coupe

Don Kinnamon

 

 

May 20, 1960

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

 

 Don Kinnamon 

 

 

May 27, 1960

 

SKRC 18

The feature race was canceled due to rain.

 

 

 

 

Don Kinnamon

 

 

Jun 3, 1960

 

SKRC 18

Ben Hufft

  Sapulpa, OK

 

 

7.5 miles

7

 

 Don Kinnamon 

 

 

Jun 10, 1960

 

SKRC 18

These races were canceled due to rain

 

 

 

 

 

Don Kinnamon

 

 

Jun 17, 1960

 

SKRC 18

Bob Baker 

Pittsburg, KS

Dick Nash

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

34

 

Don Kinnamon

 

 

Jun 24, 1960

 

SKRC 18

Corky VanGotten

Chanute, KS

Frank VanGotten

Chanute, KS

7.5 miles

2N1

1934 Ford coupe

Don Kinnamon

 

 

Jul 1, 1960

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

Tulsa, OK

Frank Osborn, Ed Abshier & Jack Stephens

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

Plymouth coupe

Don Kinnamon

 

 

Jul 2, 1960

23

SKRC 18

 

 

 

 

7.5 miles

 

 

Don Kinnamon

 

 

Jul 4, 1960

 

SKRC 18

Pete Rasnic

Coffeyville, KS

Carl & Wanda Riley

Sedan, KS

7.5 miles

24

 

Don Kinnamon

13

dwindling crowd

Jul 8, 1960

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

Tulsa, OK

Frank Osborn, Ed Abshier & Jack Stephens

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

Plymouth coupe

Don Kinnamon

 

300

Jul 15, 1960

 

SKRC 18

Bill Eslick

Tulsa, OK

Frank Osborn, Ed Abshier & Jack Stephens

Coffeyville, KS

7.5 miles

19

Plymouth coupe

Don Kinnamon

 8

200

 

 

 

 

            Much of the ½ mile dirt oval racetrack at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville can still be seen today but it is slowly withering away from time and disuse.  Ah, but there was a time not all that long ago…

 

 

 

 

 

1 Five races were run on the afternoon of September 7, 1903 with the final 1-lap race comprised of 5 drivers.  R. E. McCullough led the entire distance to win in 28 minutes, 27 seconds and collect his prize of $10.  Louie Perkins finished second 3 minutes, 33 seconds behind the winner.  That was good for the $5 prize for 2nd place.  Charles Ball was 3rd, 15 seconds behind Perkins.  Ed S. Rea finished 4th, 3 minutes even behind Perkins and M. A. E. Patton did not finish.  There was a $15 prize for the winner of the ladies’ race, with $10 going to 2nd place but winners of those prizes were not announced.

            The only other auto race reported to have been run in Coffeyville that was not run on the racetrack in Forest Park, was contested on the afternoon of October 20, 1914 from the intersection of Maple St. and Third St. west to Elm St. on Third St., a distance of 480 feet.  300 spectators watched Hugo H. Kahn pit his 1914 Ford touring car against L. P. Clark’s 6-cylinder Hudson 54.  Each man posted $25 to go to the victor of the winner-take-all drag race.  Spectators placed a number of side bets though that reached into the hundreds of dollars.  Kahn won the race by less than 3 feet.

 

2 This was only 1 car against the clock.  The Mecca hotel offered $100 to George Chain if he could run 1 mile in under 90 seconds.  His first attempt took 2 minutes, 3.0 seconds and his second try took 1 minute, 50.5 seconds.

 

3 There was only two cars in the 3-mile race run on July 4, 1911.  The drivers made single car runs against the clock.  Charlie Shaffstall was declared the winner covering the 3 miles in 4 minutes, 58.0 seconds while it took Fred Etchen 5 minutes, 10.0 seconds to go the distance in an E. M. F. owned by E. Nichols of Coffeyville.  This race was considered to be such a success that the same two drivers decided to compete against each other in a similar race they would hold on November 30, 1911.  This time, each car carried its driver plus 2 passengers.  Shaffstall ran 5 miles in 7 minutes, 55.0 seconds while it took Etchen 8 minutes, 26.0 seconds to travel the same distance in an E. M. F.

 

4 Mid-West Auto Club

 

5 Before these races were postponed, Dale Williams’ Marion 35 “Bob-Cat” was one of 3 cars making practice laps on the racetrack when one of its tires went down causing the automobile to skid into the outside fence, spin around, shoot across the racetrack and through the fence on the inside of the racetrack.  No other car was involved and no one was injured.

 

6 George Clark set a new 1-lap track record of 35.0 seconds.  He then won the 10-mile feature race in 14 minutes flat.  Johnnie Cooney in a Marion 35 “Bob-Cat” finished 2nd.  Charlie Shaffstall finished 3rd in an E. M. F. owned by Ed. S. Rea.  A Chalmers 40, driven by Dick Seip of Oklahoma City, dropped out of this race early.

 

7 Johnnie Cooney won a 10-mile heat race in 7 minutes, 4.75 seconds.  Charlie Shaffstall finished 2nd in an E. M. F. owned by Ed S. Rea but he was 25 yards behind Cooney.  An Overland driven by J. Relph of Independence, KS “went wrong at the start” of this race.  Cooney also won the 20-mile “Free-for-All” race.  Dick Seip placed 2nd in a Chalmers 40.  4 cars had started the “Free-for-All” event.  A Cutting 40, driven by George Clark of Ft. Worth, TX, led early but only to drop out of the race and did not finish.

 

8 Charlie Shaffstall won the 1st two of four 3-mile heat races that made up the feature race.  His time for the first heat was 4 minutes, 21.0 seconds and he ran the second heat in 4 minutes, 23.5 seconds.  John Kuney of Bartlesville, OK drove a Mercer to victory in the 3rd heat and J. F. Jersezy of Chanute, KS drove his Hudson 20 to victory in the 4th heat.  In that 4th hear, John Kuney was blinded by the dust and drove his Mercer through the fence and over a 30-foot embankment demolishing the car.  Neither Kuney nor his riding mechanican were injured.  Jersezy claimed 2nd place in the overall finish due to Kuney’s accident.  The owner of the Mercer Kuney drove claimed it was the same car that Ralph De Palma drove to victory in the Santa Monica road race in 1911.  Shaffstall liked the 1910 Flanders 20 he drove so well that he purchased it from Fred Etchen that winter.

 

9 Soon after these races got underway, the County Attorney instructed the City Marshal to immediately arrest the ticket takers for “violating the anti-Sunday state labor law.”  Only Al Livingston was arrested (found guilty and fined $30) as the others all slipped away.  The incident did not affect the races but it did put a severe dent in the amount of the purse the promoter paid out at the end of the afternoon.  The fair board said they still managed to make a profit $48 not including the $25 that promoter Fred Etchen paid for the use of the racetrack.

               As for the races themselves, they were to have been a best two 5-mile heat races out of 3 match race between a Studebaker driven by Charlie Shaffstall and a Model T Ford “Bug” owned and driven by B. T. Barber of Iola, Kansas.  The Ford blew its engine in the 1st heat race though leaving the victory in the first two races to Shaffstall.  His time for the first 5-miles was 6 minutes, 41.0 seconds and he ran the next five-miles against the clock in 6 minutes, 21.0 seconds to fulfill the requirements of the 2nd 5-mile race.

               The 10-mile “Free-for-all” race for stock automobiles was also won in 6 minutes, 36.0 seconds by Charlie Shaffstall driving Charles E. Slater’s Studebaker.  A Mercer finished 2nd and a Ford in 3rd place.

 

10 International Motor Contest Association

 

11 Roy Gillett was leading the 50-lap final race when it was canceled after 3-laps due to an accident that took the life of Guy W. Knease of Iowa City, Iowa.

 

12 This was the last race and was run at the end of an afternoon of horse racing.  The winner was Roy Gillett driving his “Wampus Cat” Ford special and 2nd place went to Charlie Shaffstall of Coffeyville driving a Studebaker.  William “Candy” Cunningham of Fredonia, KS driving his “Yellow Kid” Ford but dropped out early with “machine trouble.”

 

13 Northwest Motor Contest Company

 

14 Race promoter Ralph Hankinson had been so impressed with the enthusiasm that the auto races received when he put them on the preceding July, that he scheduled this meet to be a two day event.  It is unknown if the 2nd day of racing took place though.

            Glenn Breed ran the fastest lap of the afternoon 1 minute, 5.0 seconds.  Breed also won the “specialty race” and the $1,000 purse for doing so.  Roy Gillett crashed into the fence in his #13 “Wampus Car” Ford during the specialty race and his car was damaged so badly that it could not continue.  Ray Burr Lampkin also crashed into the fence during the specialty race.  Bill Endicott and his passenger wife were running behind Lampkin in the #2 Blitzen Benz and were unable to miss the accident.  Outside of some bruises, no one was injured and the cars were only slightly damaged.

 

15 The promotional team of McMaken & Moberly of Kansas City, Missouri leased the racetrack, grandstand, bleachers, and infield for this date so they could put on a day of auto racing but nothing more has been learned to date about the races that took place that day.

 

16 The book Damn Few Died in Bed: My Life In Auto Racing by Andrew G. Dunlop as told to Thomas F. Saal is an autobiography of Andrew Gowans “Andy” Dunlop (1911-2002).

 

17 This program of hot rod races was run in two segments; one segment beginning at 2 p.m. and the other began at 8 p.m. with a 30-minute warm-up period before each segment.  These races were promoted by Edward Rushworth “Bud” Wilson (1909-1975) of St. Joseph, Missouri and, to date, the names of only two of the drivers, that participated in these races, are known.  One was Junior Hower of Kansas City, Missouri who drove hot rod #8, and the other was Corbett Hiram “Hy” Fasching of St. Joseph, Missouri.  Nothing more is currently know about these races including any of the race results.

18 Southeast Kansas Racing Club – You can view a copy of their car rules for 1957 if you will

 

19 According to records in the possession of Tim Belk (son of Jack Belk of Joplin, Missouri), Jack Belk won a heat race, the trophy dash, and the feature race on this date while racing under Ray Clark’s name at Coffeyville.

 

20 Coffeyville Racing Association

 

21 These races were halted at 11:15 p.m. due to a muddy racetrack after two heats and the consolation race had been held.  The feature race was held over and run the following week (May 30, 1958) in addition to the regular program run that week.

 

22 Two spectators were fatally injured, five were hospitalized, and seven others received less serious injuries when car #9 driven by Happy Hart of Tulsa, Oklahoma and car #19 driven by Harvey Shane of Parsons, Kansas, crashed through a wooden fence around the south end of the racetrack (and into a crowd of spectators standing just outside that fence) on the 3rd lap of the 19-car, 15-lap feature race.  Both drivers also received minor injuries.  Four preliminary races had been run before the accident but the results of those preliminary races have yet to be located.  The feature race was rescheduled to July 10, 1959.

 

23 All that has been learned to date about any of the races run on July 2, 1960 is that Pete Rasnic of Coffeyville drove Carl & Wanda Riley’s car #24 to a 2nd place finish in the feature race winning $53 from the purse. 

 

 

 

 

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