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

 

Kansas Midget Racing (KMR)

Sanctioned Midget Races

Independence Day

Friday Night - July 4, 1941

Promoted by Frank Murphy

Adult admission:  40¢ plus tax

Children under 12:  15¢ plus tax

 

Published Entry List

 

DRIVER:

FROM:

 

Emmett M. “Buzz” Barton

Chickasha, Oklahoma

 

Harry West

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Bob McKim

Salina, Kansas

 

Bill Brown

Wichita, Kansas

 

Emmett Taylor

Wichita, Kansas

 

Rex Woodward

Wichita, Kansas

 

Wayland “Bud” Camden

Wichita, Kansas

 

Harold Priddy

Salina, Kansas

 

M. L. “Al” Faulkner

Salina, Kansas

 

Clarence Green

Salina, Kansas

 

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Salina, Kansas

 

Carl Oliver

Wichita, Kansas

 

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, Kansas

 

Art McCammon

Delphos, Kansas

 

Ralph Foster

Wichita, Kansas

 

D. A. Clem

Wichita, Kansas

 

Clarence Merritt

Chelsea, Oklahoma

 

Mike Applebee

Salina, Kansas

 

Louis Geisen

Minneapolis, Kansas

 

Ernie Powell

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

George “Dutch” Collins

Larkspur, Colorado

 

Milt Smith

Wichita, Kansas

 

Morris “Red” Pennington

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

 

Heat Races*

 

B Feature – 20 Laps

PLACE:

DRIVER:

FROM:

1

Eldon “Curly” Steerman**

Salina, Kansas

2

Carl Oliver

Wichita, Kansas

3

Bob McKim

Salina, Kansas

4

Ernie Powell

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

A Feature – 30 Laps***

1

D. A. Clem

Wichita, Kansas

2

Rex Woodward

Wichita, Kansas

3

Clarence Merritt

Chelsea, Oklahoma

4

Frank Dickerson

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Eldon “Curly” Steerman

Wichita Beacon photo

 

Frank Dickerson

 

Ralph Foster

 

Clarence Merritt

 

Ernie Powell

 

Mike Applebee

Vickey Cummings collection

 

George “Dutch” Collins

Vickey Cummings collection

 

Clarence Green

Vickey Cummings collection

Emmett M. “Buzz” Barton

 

Bob McKim

 

Emmett Taylor

 

Rex Woodward

 

Wayland “Bud” Camden

 

Carl Oliver

 

Art McCammon

Cindy Abbott collection

 

D. A. Clem

 

Louis Geisen

Geisen family collection

 

M. L. “Al” Faulkner

Wichita Beacon photo

 

Bill Brown

Darrin McKim collection

 

Harold Priddy

Westerhaus collection

 

 

 

 

 

* The local newspaper did not report the results of the heat races.

 

** Eldon “Curly” Steerman received minor injuries when he lost control and crashed his front-wheel-drive midget through the board fence surrounding the racetrack after the B feature race was finished.

 

***Mile Applebee and Clarence Green tangled during the A feature with both cars spinning out.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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