West Side Racetrack

Wichita, Kansas – Wednesday – October 10, 1917

Sanctioned by I.M.C.A.

 

Attendance:  10,909

 

 

 

Glenn Breed

in his Hudson Super-Six

Hutchinson Gazette photo

Louis Disbrow

Don Radbruch collection

Cliff Woodbury’s

Duesenberg

Jean Culligan Doris collection

 

 

 

First Heat – 6 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

3:42.4

2

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

 

3

_____  Guarano

 

Jones Six

 

4

“King” Kelly

Chicago, Illinois

Mercer

 

5

Joe Allen

 

Marquette Buick

 

Guarano finished a close third place in this race.

 

 

 

Second Heat – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Disbrow Special

6:02.4

2

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

 

3

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

 

4

­­­­­Joe Allen

 

Marquette Buick

 

 

 

 

Time Trials– 1 Lap

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

33.6

2

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

34.2

2

Joe Allen

 

Marquette Buick

34.2

4

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

35.0

5

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

36.0

 

 

 

Handicap – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson

6:07.2

2

Joe Allen

 

Marquette Buick

 

3

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

 

4

“King” Kelly

Chicago, Illinois

Mercer

 

“King” Kelly was lapped with two laps remaining in this race. 

 

 

 

Exhibition

Driver

From

Automobile

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Christie

After warming the car up, Disbrow made two laps around the track at speed.

 

 

 

Novelty – 4 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

16.4

2

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sumbeam

17.2

Two cars competed against the clock.  They had to run two laps as fast as they could go and then make a pit stop to change at least one wheel.  Strickler won the event but the elapsed times are highly unlikely.  A more realistic time would have been if the announced times had been at least a couple of minutes longer each.

 

 

 

Match Race – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Glenn Breed

Salina, Kansas

Hudson Super-Six

5:32.8

2

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Disbrow Special

5:51.0

By winning both this race and the match race two days earlier, Breed picked up $1,000 in prize money for winning the best two-out-of-three series. 

 

 

 

Feature Race – 25 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time 

1

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

11:45.4 

2

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

 

3

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

 

4

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

 

5

“King” Kelly

Chicago, Illinois 

Mercer

 

DNF

Joe Allen

 

Marquette Buick

 

 Strickler got a good start and led the first eight laps.  Allen dropped out of this race on the second lap.  Woodbury passed Strickler on the ninth lap and led the rest of the way.  Strickler stayed close to Woodbury and even pulled even with him a couple of times but he was not able to regain the front spot.

 

 

 

Lewis H. Gertson made an exhibition flight in his airplane during the afternoon's events.

 

 

 

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