West Side Racetrack

Wichita, Kansas – Monday – October 7, 1918

 

Attendance:  7,000

 

 

 

Earl Cooper

in a Stutz

Los Angeles Public Library collection

Louis Disbrow

Don Radbruch collection

Cliff Woodbury’s

Duesenberg

Jean Culligan Doris collection

 

 

 

First Heat – 6 Laps

For cars with engines of 300 cubic inches or less

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Marquette Buick

3:37.0

2

Frank W. Cody

Ogren Special

3

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super Six

4

Wilbur D'Alene*

 

Disbrow Special

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 6 Laps

For cars with engines larger than 300 cubic inches

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Simplex

2:33.0

2

Gaston Chevrolet

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunbeam

3

Earl Cooper

San Francisco, California

Stutz

 

This race was a "battle royal" from the start with first one competitor and then another leading. 

 

 

 

Time Trials– 1 Lap

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Lewis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Simplex

32.0

2

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super Six

3

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Marquette Buick

4

Frank W. Cody

Ogren Special

5

Gaston Chevrolet

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunbeam

6

Earl Cooper

San Francisco, California

Stutz

 

7

_____  Wilson

 

Ford

37.2

 

 

 

Australian Pursuit Handicap – 10 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Earl Cooper

San Francisco, California

Stutz

2

Gaston Chevrolet

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunbeam

 

3

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super Six

 

4

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Marquette Buick

 

Wonderlich's Buick blew a tire on the fourth lap. 

 

 

 

Novelty – 3 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Gaston Chevrolet

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunbeam

2

Earl Cooper

San Francisco, California

Stutz

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.  Chevrolet won the event after changing a tire in ten seconds.

 

 

 

Match Race – 4 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

Time

1

Frank W. Cody

Ogren Special

2:31.0

2

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Marquette Buick

The two cars ran side-by-side until the final lap when Cody inched ahead to win by inches.

 

 

 

Liberty Sweepstakes – 20 Laps

Finish

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Earl Cooper

San Francisco, California

Stutz

2

Gaston Chevrolet

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunbeam

 

3

Louis Disbrow

Indianapolis, Indiana

Simplex

 

4

Jake Strickler

Enid, Oklahoma

Hudson Super-Six

 

5

Jerry Wonderlich

San Francisco, California

Marquette Buick

 

6

Frank W. Cody

Ogren Special

 

7

Wilbur D'Alene*

 

Disbrow Special

 

8

_____  Wilson

 

Ford

 

Disbrow had trouble getting away from the starting line and was a half lap behind before he did get going.  He steadily made up ground though finishing just a straightway behind Cooper at the finish.

 

 

 

 

* Wilbur D'Alene's real name was Ed Wilbur Aleon (1884-1966).

 

 

 

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