Feature Race Winners in the Automobile Races

Run on the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

Page 1 of 8

 

 

1909 – 1932

 

 

The first known ˝ mile racetrack in Hutchinson was located at the Reno County Agricultural and Joint Stock Association grounds north of the Eastside Cemetery in south central Hutchinson as early as 1879.  A newer racetrack was built in 1887 at the Arkansas Valley Fair Association grounds then located southeast of what is now the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.  There was a big push to build a new one-mile racetrack there in 1893 but those efforts failed.

The Central Kansas Fair Association was formed at Hutchinson in 1901 and a new ˝ mile racetrack was constructed that same year on 50 acres of land bounded by Main Street on the West, Poplar Street on the East, 11th Avenue on the South and 17th Avenue on the North.  It was there that the first automobile race in Hutchinson was run in 1909.  Almost immediately after that event, work was started on the “new” Kansas State Fairgrounds including the current racetrack located about ˝ mile north of the old site.  The new facilities, including the racetrack and new grandstands, were completed in time for the fair and races to be run in October of 1910.  Automobiles, motorcycles, and horses were all raced on the new racetrack that year.

In September of 1912, members of the Hutchinson Automobile Owners Club petitioned the Kansas State Fair Association to lengthen the ˝ mile oval into a one-mile speedway as the American Automobile Association would not recognize any records set on any racetrack less than one-mile in length.  Again, the group of Hutchinson automobile enthusiasts was unsuccessful.

In 1913, the current fairgrounds were expanded and the Kansas State Legislature passed a bill recognizing the fair in Hutchinson as the official Kansas State Fair.

The current grandstands were built before the state fair in 1928 in order to replace two older grandstands on the site.  The southern most of those grandstands (which were the larger of the two) had been torn down to make room for the new grandstands.  The northern grandstands were not torn down until 1929 so two grandstands (the new one plus the smaller of the two older grandstands) were in place for the races in 1928.

The date of most of the races below is a link that will take you to a web page telling about the races run at the Kansas State Fairgrounds on that date.  Most of those web pages contain photos of some of the cars and drivers that competed in those races.

 

 

 

Date:

 

Driver:

From:

Automobile:

Sanction:

September 18, 1909

George C. Wiles

Hutchinson, Kansas

E.M.F.

F.A.M.

October 12, 1910

 

Glenn M. Breed

Bushton, Kansas

Buick Model 16

None

September 21, 1912

 

W. W. Brown

Kansas City, Missouri

Buick Model 10

None

September 18, 1914

 

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Gray Streak Case #2

None

September 19, 1914

 

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Gray Streak Case #2

None

September 17, 1915

 

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Gray Streak Case #2

I.M.C.A.

September 18, 1915

 

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Gray Streak Case #2

I.M.C.A.

September 24, 1915

 

Bill Endicott

Indianapolis, Indiana

Case

I.M.C.A.

  September 25, 1915

 

Races canceled due to rain

 

  I.M.C.A.

July 8, 1916

 

Bill Endicott

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sweeney Special Maxwell #1

I.M.C.A.

September 20, 1916

 

Eddie Hearne

Chicago, Illinois

Briscoe

I.M.C.A.

September 23, 1916

 

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg #16

I.M.C.A.

September 21, 1917

 

George Clark

Ft. Worth, Texas

Case

I.M.C.A.

September 22, 1917

 

Jules Ellingboe

Crookston, Minnesota

Briscoe

I.M.C.A.

September 20, 1918

 

Sig Haugdahl

Albert Lea, Minnesota

Fiat

I.M.C.A.

September 21, 1918

 

Bill Endicott

Indianapolis, Indiana

Hudson Super-Six

I.M.C.A.

September 15, 1919

 

George Clark

Ft. Worth Texas

Duesenberg

I.M.C.A.

September 19, 1919

 

George Clark

Ft. Worth, Texas

Duesenberg

I.M.C.A.

July 5, 1920

 

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Essex

None

September 20, 1920

 

John Boyd

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hudson Special

I.M.C.A.

September 24, 1920

 

John Boyd

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hudson Special

I.M.C.A.

October 8, 1920

 

Harold Roller

Abilene, Kansas

Ford Special

None

October 9, 1920

 

Harold Roller

Abilene, Kansas

Ford Special

None

July 4, 1921

 

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex Special #1

None

September 23, 1921

 

Leon Duray

Cleveland, Ohio

Golden Submarine

I.M.C.A.

July 4, 1922

 

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Essex Special #1

None

September 22, 1922

 

Fred Horey

St. Paul, Minnesota

Frontenac

I.M.C.A.

July 4, 1923

 

James Speer

Wichita, Kansas

Frontenac

None

September 18, 1923

 

Al Waters

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg #8

I.M.C.A.

September 21, 1923

 

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Lentz Special

None

July 4, 1924

 

Charles Lebsack

Otis, Kansas

Kerbs Special #4

None

September 15, 1924

 

Al Waters

Chicago, Illinois

Golden Oldfield Special #2

I.M.C.A.

September 19, 1924

 

Al Waters

Chicago, Illinois

Golden Oldfield Special #2

I.M.C.A.

July 4, 1925

 

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Dodge Brothers’ Special

None

September 21, 1925

 

Races canceled due to rain

 

 

None

September 25, 1925

 

Fred Horey

St. Paul, Minnesota

Miller Special

I.M.C.A.

July 5, 1926

 

Charles Lebsack

Great Bend, Kansas

Kerbs Special #4

None

September 24, 1926

 

Charles Lebsack

Otis, Kansas

Kerbs Special #4

None

September 25, 1926

 

Vic Felt 

Deer Trail, Colorado

Frontenac

None

September 19, 1927

 

Fred Horey 

St. Paul, Minnesota

Miller Special #23

I.M.C.A.

September 23, 1927

 

Races canceled due to rain

 

None 

September 17, 1928

 

Rex Edmonds 

Houston, Texas

Chevrolet Special

None

September 21, 1928

 

Jim White

Sharon Springs, Kansas

White Special #28

None

July 4, 1929

 

George Barringer 

Los Angeles, California

Barringer Special #21

None

September 16, 1929

 

Emory Collins 

Regina, Sask., Canada

Red Streak D.O. Fronty #7

I.M.C.A.

September 20, 1929

 

Emory Collins

Regina, Sask., Canada

Red Streak D.O. Fronty #7

I.M.C.A.

September 15, 1930

 

Archie Powell

Galesburg, Illinois

Frontenac #3

I.M.C.A.

September 19, 1930

 

Rea Bray 

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hill Special Frontenac #7

I.M.C.A.

September 21, 1931

 

Big car races canceled due to rain 

 

I.M.C.A.

September 25, 1931

 

Emory Collins 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Miller #7

I.M.C.A.

September 23, 1932

 

Maynard Clark

Milan, Illinois

Gerber Special #15

None

  

*The races in 1909 were run on a ˝ mile racetrack in a park between 11th Street and 17th Street ˝ mile south of the current facility in Hutchinson.

 

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1951-2007

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for most Feature Race Victories on this Racetrack

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1957-2017

 

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