West Side Racetrack

Wichita, Kansas – Friday – October 12, 1917

Sanctioned by I.M.C.A.

 

Attendance:  9,000

 

 

 

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

Joe Allen

Marquette Buick

3:33.4

2

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

 

3

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

 

4

“King” Kelly

Chicago, Illinois

Mercer

 

Strickler led this race until the fifth lap when he was passed by Allen.  Strickler finished in a close second place.

 

 

 

Second Heat – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Disbrow Special

6:01.4

2

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

 

3

Joe Allen

Marquette Buick

 

DNF

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

 

Woodbury dropped out on the sixth lap with tire trouble.

 

 

 

Time Trials– 1 Lap

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sunbeam

33.8

1

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

33.8

3

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

34.8

4

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

35.0

5

Joe Allen

Marquette Buick

36.4

5

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Jones Six

36.4

 

 

 

Handicap – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

6:02.0

2

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

 

3

“King” Kelly

Chicago, Illinois

Mercer

 

4

Joe Allen

 

Marquette Buick

 

 Allen held a big lead until the seventh lap when he was forced to pit with "tire trouble."   He was only stopped for less than a minute but that was enough to make him finish in last place.

 

 

 

Exhibition

Driver

From

Automobile

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Christie

 

 

 

Novelty – 4 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

18.4

2

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Sumbeam

21.2

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 was a able to get his tire changed .6 seconds quicker than Wonderlich and won the event but the elapsed times for the race are highly unlikely.  A more realistic time would have been if the announced times had been at least a couple of minutes longer each.

 

 

 

Exhibition Time Trial – 2 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Glenn Breed

Salina, Kansas

Hudson Super-Six

1:07.8

Breed made several laps go get his car warmed up.  On his first lap under time, his Hudson struck a soft spot on the south end of the racetrack and spun wildly to a stop crossways on the racetrack.  Breed started the trial again and run two laps without incident.

 

 

 

Wichita Sweepstakes – 20 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time 

1

Cliff Woodbury

Chicago, Illinois

Duesenberg

12:28.2 

2

Joe Allen

Marquette Buick

 

3

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

 

4

“King” Kelly

Chicago, Illinois

Mercer

 

5

Johnny Mais

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mais Special

 

 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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