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)

 

Elmer Priddy Benefit

Sunday Night – September 21, 1941

 

 

Ted Parker of Ft. Worth, Texas is shown sitting atop Walt Allard’s #19 Ford V8-60 midget in front of the bleachers after winning the 30-lap feature of the Elmer Priddy Benefit races at West Side Speedway.  William F. Cochran presents the trophy donated by his mortuary while race promoter Frank Murphy looks on – George Schaeffer photo from the Vickey Cummings collection

 

 

Published Entry List

 

DRIVER:

FROM:

ENGINE

 

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

D. A. Clem*

Wichita, KS

Menasco

 

Tex West**

Dallas, TX

Ford V8-60

 

Bob McKim

Salina, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Mike Applebee

Salina, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Ernie Powell

Hutchinson, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Art McCammon

Delphos, KS

Ford V8-60

 

LeRoy “Red” Taylor***

Chapman, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Emmett Taylor

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Carl Oliver

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Ralph Foster

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Emmett M. “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, OK

Ford V8-60

 

Guy “Mac” McHenry

Wichita, KS

Willys

 

George “Junior” Elrod

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Paul “Breezy” Barber

Salina, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Bill Brown

Wichita, KS

Willys

 

Wayland “Bud” Camden

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Ted Parker****

Ft. Worth, TX

Ford V8-60

 

Carroll Forrest

Wichita, KS

Chevrolet

 

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Hoisington, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Mike Applebee

Salina, KS

Ford V8-60

 

Lee Steerman 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Trials – 1 lap – Time: 12:16

1

Ted Parker****

Ft. Worth, TX

Ford V8-60

 

 

 

First Heat – 10 laps – Time: 2:10.5

PLACE

DRIVER

FROM

ENGINE

1

Ted Parker****

Ft. Worth, TX

Ford V8-60

2

Wayland “Bud” Camden

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

3

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Hoisington, KS

Ford V8-60

 

 

 

Second Heat – 10 laps – Time: 2:10.9

1

Ralph Foster

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

2

Tex West**

Dallas, TX

Ford V8-60

3

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

 

 

Third Heat – 10 laps – Time: 2:16.1

1

LeRoy “Red” Taylor***

Chapman, KS

Ford V8-60

2

Ernie Powell

Hutchinson, KS

Ford V8-60

3

Emmett Taylor

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

 

 

Fourth Heat – 10 laps – Time: 2:18.05

1

Carroll Forrest

Wichita, KS

Chevrolet

2

Mike Applebee

Salina, KS

Ford V8-60

3

Guy “Mac” McHenry

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

 

 

Fifth Heat – 10 laps

1

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Hoisington, KS

Ford V8-60

2

Lee Steerman

 

 

2

George “Junior” Elrod

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

 

 

Australian Pursuit

1

Ralph Foster

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

2

Emmett Taylor

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

3

Ted Parker****

Ft. Worth, TX

Ford V8-60

 

 

 

Match Race - 6 laps – Time: 1:21.75

1

Ted Parker****

Ft. Worth, TX

Ford V8-60

2

Tex West**

Dallas, TX

Ford V8-60

3

Wayland “Bud” Camden

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

4

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

 

 

B Feature – 20 laps

1

Bob McKim

Salina, KS

Ford V8-60

2

Mike Applebee

Salina, KS

Ford V8-60

3

Ernie Powell

Hutchinson, KS

Ford V8-60

4

Guy “Mac” McHenry

Wichita, KS

Willys

 

 

 

A Feature - 30 laps – Time: 6:34.75

1

Ted Parker****

Ft. Worth, TX

Ford V8-60

2

Tex West**

Dallas, TX

Ford V8-60

3

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

4

Emmett Taylor

Wichita, KS

Ford V8-60

 

 

Ralph Foster

 

Guy “Mac” McHenry

 

Bill Brown

Darrin McKim collection

 

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Wichita Beacon photo

 

D. A. Clem

 

Mike Applebee

Vickey Cummings collection

 

Frank Dickerson

 

Tex West

 

Bob McKim

 

Ernie Powell

 

Art McCammon

Cindy Abbott collection

 

Emmett Taylor

 

Carl Oliver

 

Emmett M. “Buzz” Barton

 

Wayland “Bud” Camden

 

George “Junior” Elrod

Darrin McKim collection

 

Red Taylor

Vickey Cummings collection

 

 

  

100% of the gate receipts and the stipends normally paid to the racing officials were donated to Elmer Priddy’s family and Cochran Mortuary of Wichita donated a trophy to go to the feature winner.  A collection was taken up in the grandstand and the proceeds of that made up the purse for the contestants.  Although no figures were announced, the newspaper said the drivers were paid “handsomely” for the night’s racing.

While most of the racing at West Side Speedway was legitimate, this event was almost certainly “hippodromed”.  That is, the purse was divided among the participants who then went out and “put on a show” for the fans.  The newspaper described the racing on this night as best of the season with Ted Parker and Tex West running “side-by-side” and “hub-to-hub” throughout most of the feature lapping the entire field in the process.

 

 

*D. A. Clem’s Menasco powered midget developed an oil leak during time trials and did not compete in the racing program.

 

**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 “Iron head”.

 

***LeRoy Dudley “Red” Taylor is buried in the Indian Hill Cemetery at Chapman, Kansas.

 

****Frankie David “Ted” Parker (1909-?) was sometimes referred to by racetrack announcers as “Tiny Ted Parker” due to his being small stature.

 

 

 

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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