West Side Speedway

1/5 mile dirt racetrack that was located two blocks north of Douglas Street between

Glenn Street and Vine Street at 1800 West Third Street in Wichita, Kansas

 

Midget Auto Races Sanctioned by Kansas Midget Racing (KMR)

Sunday Night – September 14, 1941

Promoted by Frank Murphy

Announced Attendance:  2,500+

 

 

 

Published Entry List

 

DRIVER:

FROM:

 

D. A. Clem

Wichita, Kansas

 

Ted Parker

Ft. Worth, Texas

 

Art Rhodes

Dallas, Texas

 

Tex West*

Dallas, Texas

 

Mike Applebee

Salina, Kansas

 

Art McCammon

Delphos, Kansas

 

Emmett M. “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, Oklahoma

 

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Hoisington, Kansas

 

Ralph Foster

Wichita, Kansas

 

George “Junior” Elrod

Wichita, Kansas

 

Emmett Taylor

Wichita, Kansas

 

Carl Oliver

Wichita, Kansas

 

Wayland “Bud” Camden

Wichita, Kansas

 

Harold Priddy

Salina, Kansas

 

Elmer Priddy

Salina, Kansas

 

Bill Brown

Wichita, Kansas

 

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, Kansas

 

M. L. “Al” Faulkner

Salina, Kansas

 

Ernie Powell

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Guy “Mac” McHenry

Wichita, Kansas

 

Bob McKim

Salina, Kansas

 

Carroll Forrest

Wichita, Kansas

 

Red Taylor**

Chapman, Kansas

 

Ed Overton

 

 

 

 

First Heat

PLACE:

DRIVER:

FROM:

1

D. A. Clem

Wichita, Kansas

2

Tex West*

Dallas, Texas

3

Wayland “Bud” Camden

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Second Heat

1

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, Kansas

2

Emmett Taylor

Wichita, Kansas

3

Mike Applebee

Salina, Kansas

 

 

 

Third Heat

1

M. L. “Al” Faulkner

Salina, Kansas

2

Ernie Powell

Hutchinson, Kansas

3

Carl Oliver

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Fourth Heat – 6 cars started

1

Bob McKim

Salina, Kansas

2

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Hoisington, Kansas

3

Guy “Mac” McHenry

Wichita, Kansas

 

Ed Overton

 

 

Bill Brown

Wichita, Kansas

 

Elmer Priddy

Salina, Kansas

 

 

 

Australian Pursuit

1

D. A. Clem

Wichita, Kansas

2

Bob McKim

Salina, Kansas

 

 

 

Consolation Race

1

Red Taylor**

Chapman, Kansas

2

Carroll Forrest

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

B Feature – 20 laps

1

Bob McKim

Salina, Kansas

2

M. L. “Al” Faulkner

Salina, Kansas

3

Guy “Mac” McHenry

Wichita, Kansas

4

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Hoisington, Kansas

 

 

 

A Feature - 30 laps

1

Tex West*

Dallas, Texas

2

D. A. Clem

Wichita, Kansas

3

Emmett Taylor

Wichita, Kansas

4

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Emmett Taylor

 

Wayland “Bud” Camden

 

M. L. “Al” Faulkner

Wichita Beacon photo

 

Guy “Mac” McHenry

 

Red Taylor

Vickey Cummings collection

 

Mike Applebee

Vickey Cummings collection

 

Bill Brown

Darrin McKim collection

 

Harold Priddy

Westerhaus collection

D. A. Clem

 

Ted Parker

 

Tex West*

 

Art McCammon

Cindy Abbott collection

 

Emmett M. “Buzz” Barton

 

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Wichita Beacon photo

 

Ralph Foster

 

 

Carl Oliver

 

 

Frank Dickerson

 

Ernie Powell

 

Bob McKim

 

George “Junior” Elrod

Darrin McKim collection

 

Art Rhodes

Vickey Cummings collection

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmer Priddy

Vickey Cummings collection

     The father of Elmer Priddy is shown above looking over the midget that his son was killed in shortly after the accident in the fourth heat race at West Side Speedway.  20-year-old Elmer Priddy of Salina, Kansas had only been driving for a couple of weeks and was competing in only the fourth race of his young racing career but he had already developed a bad habit of looking behind him while he was racing.  On this evening, veteran driver Ralph Foster had warned Priddy about that saying, “You have already been there!  You should be looking where you are going instead!”  Priddy was looking behind him again on the final lap of the fourth heat race on this night when his Perry Fuller owned #1 midget side-swiped the midget driven by Bill Brown, ran over a wheel on Brown’s car, and flipped 1½ times.  Priddy’s 800-pound midget landed upside down on top of the driver killing him instantly.  Elmer Priddy was a younger brother of veteran driver Harold Priddy – Wichita Beacon photo from the Vickey Cummings collection

 

 

 

*Austin E. Wetzler (1903-1962) of Dallas, Texas raced for many years under the alias “Tex West”.  He was also well known by the nickname “Ironhead”.

 

**LeRoy Dudley “Red” Taylor (1915-1967) is buried in the Indian Hill Cemetery at Chapman, Kansas.

 

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all of the photographs on this web page are from the book One Tough Circuit, Midget Racing in America’s Heartland by Bill Hill

 

 

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