Automobile Racing on the Half-Mile Dirt Racetrack

At the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds in Belleville, Kansas

1910 - 1929

 

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The Republic County Register of Deeds, Edward A. “Ed” Hallowell (1850-1901) built “a racetrack on his farm just west of (Belleville in the summer of 1882) on the site formerly used by the Driving Park Association.”

- - - Page 7 of the July 4, 1957 issue of the Belleville Telescope

 Was that the same racetrack that was located at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds at Belleville, 28 years later?

 

The first “Belleville Fair” was organized during a meeting in 1871 at the “log meeting house” which was the first building that was built at Belleville.  The fair was held on October 4, 1871 at temporary fairgrounds two miles east of Belleville.  The fair was moved around some but was held annually until 1878 when it was replaced with a “Corn Carnival”.  The Corn Carnival was held annually until 1905 when the Republic County Fair was organized.

            The present site of the fair was purchased that year for $3,000 with the first fair being held at the present location in September of 1906.

 

 

Glenn M. Breed

 

W. W. Brown

 

B. T. Barber

 

 

Monday – July 4, 1910

            An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people watched three entries in the automobile races give it all they had for ten laps on the half-mile racetrack at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds.  White and Stover (probably with Harry White driving) were the prize winners covering the five-mile distance in 7 minutes and 10 seconds.  Their entry was a Model 10 Buick representing their local White and Stover Buick Agency.  Harley Lewis ran a close second until his Ford overheated and he had to drop out.  That left the runner-up position to a White steamer from Deshler, Nebraska.  White and Stover lapped the steamer then pulled ahead another quarter of a lap as they easily coasted to victory.

            Stories circulated that White and Stover were using an engine of “increased power” so they posted a $100 reward to go to anyone who could prove that their engine was not identical to those they sold at their agency.  At least that quieted the rumors.

 

Results

10 Laps in 7 minutes, 10 seconds

Place

Driver

 

From

 

Automobile

1

White & Stover

 

Belleville, Kansas

 

Model 10 Buick

2

 

 

Deshler, Nebraska

 

White Steamer

3

Harley Lewis

 

Belleville, Kansas

 

Ford

 

 

Friday – August 18, 1911

 

Automobile racing may have returned to Belleville in 1911 although the only racing mentioned in the Belleville Telescope newspaper for this date, was a film about the first Indianapolis 500 on the screen at the Belleville theater.  A couple of people have stated that W. W. Brown of Kansas City, Missouri was declared the over-all winner at the races in 1911 but they did not provide any evidence to support that claim.

 

 

Friday – September 12, 1913

            It is not clear if automobiles raced at Belleville in 1911 or 1912 but they did return in 1913.  The program that day consisted of a six-lap “Home” race open only to drivers from Republic County, Kansas and a “free-for-all” that open to all entrants.  The latter race was run in three 10-lap segments.

 

Entries in the “Home” Race

 

Driver

From

Automobile

 

Ed Sanford

Belleville, Kansas

Model 25 Buick

 

Clinton Gregg

Belleville, Kansas

30-HP Maxwell

 

Harry White

Belleville, Kansas

Model 27 Buick

 

J. H. Lewis

Belleville, Kansas

Ford

 

Ernest Reynolds

Cuba, Kansas

Maxwell

 

Entries in the “free-for-all” race:

 

Driver

From

Automobile

 

Glenn M. Breed

Iola, Kansas

Model 17 Buick

 

W. W. Brown

Kansas City, Missouri

Model 10 Buick

 

John F. Jersezy

Chanute, Kansas

20-HP Flanders

 

Ben Mullarky

Jewell, Kansas

Model 17 Buick

 

William Sheridan

Concordia, Kansas

Model 19 Buick

 

A. L. Haynes

Clyde, Kansas

30-HP Jackson

 

Nelson brothers

Clifton, Kansas

40-HP Overland

 

William Lewis

Fairbury, Nebraska

Model 31 Buick

 

W. J. McNary

Kansas City, Missouri

40-HP Jackson

 

George Woodruff

Concordia, Kansas

Model 19 Buick

There was a record breaking crowd of 6,000 on the fairgrounds on race day.

 

Results of the “Home” race:

6 Laps in 4 minutes, 5 seconds

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Harry White

Belleville, Kansas

Model 27 Buick

2

Clinton Gregg

Belleville, Kansas

30-HP Maxwell

3

J. H. Lewis

Belleville, Kansas

Ford

4

Ernest Reynolds

Cuba, Kansas

Maxwell

DNS

Ed Sanford

Belleville, Kansas

Model 25 Buick

 

The “free-for-all” was a hotly contested race.  The cars were stripped down and there were several professionals in the race.  The drivers “doped” the gasoline which made the cars “pick up pretty lively”.  The fastest of the three ten-lap heats was driven in 6 minutes, 11 seconds from a standing start.  The fastest individual mile was driven in 1 minute, 11 seconds from a standing start.

The Maxwell automobile, driven in these races by Clinton Gregg, was owned by Ed Nelson.

 

Overall finish after three segments of 10 laps each

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Glenn M. Breed

Iola, Kansas

Model 17 Buick

2

George Woodruff

Concordia, Kansas

Model 19 Buick

3

W. W. Brown

Kansas City, Missouri

Model 10 Buick

 

 

Saturday – July 4, 1914

 

Free-for-All Race Entries

Total Purse:  $350

 

Driver

From

Car

Owner

 

 

Peter Clarence “P. C.”  Redman

Abilene, Kansas

Maxwell

Peter Clarence “P. C.” Redman

 

 

Glenn M. Breed

Chanute, Kansas

Buick

Glenn M. Breed

 

 

Robert Cusick

Clyde, Kansas

Pope

Robert Cusick

 

 

Clinton Gregg

Belleville, Kansas

Buick

Svardrup A. “Pat” Rust

 

 

W. W. Brown

Kansas City, Missouri

Buick

W. W. Brown

 

 

Local Race Entries

Total Purse:  $150

 

Driver

From

Car

Owner

 

 

­­­­­Ralph Salyard

Hardy, Kansas

Ford

Ralph Salyard

 

 

Harry White

Belleville, Kansas

Buick

Harry White

 

 

Robert Cusick

Clyde, Kansas

Pope

Robert Cusick

 

 

Clinton Gregg

Belleville, Kansas

Buick

Svardrup A. “Pat” Rust

 

 

Ford Race Entries

Total Purse:  $100

 

Driver

From

Car

Owner

 

 

­­­­­Ralph Salyard

Hardy, Kansas

Ford

Ralph Salyard

 

 

R. Hadachek

Belleville, Kansas

Ford

R. Hadachek

 

 

 

Belleville, Kansas

Ford

J. H. Lewis

 

 

Clinton Gregg

Belleville, Kansas

Buick

Svardrup A. “Pat” Rust

 

 

Free-for-All Race Results

Total Purse:  $350

Place

Driver

From

Car

Owner

Purse

1

W. W Brown

Kansas City, Missouri

Buick

W. W. Brown

$200

2

P. C. Redman

Abilene, Kansas

Maxwell

P. C. Redman

  100

3

    50

  

 

Friday – August 28, 1914

 

Free-for-All Race Entries

Driver

 

From

 

Automobile

Glenn M. Breed

 

Chanute, Kansas

 

Model 17 Buick

W. W. Brown

 

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Model 10 Buick

John F. Jersezy

 

Chanute, Kansas

 

20-HP Flanders

A. T. Jones

 

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Regal

Peter Clarence “P. C.” Redman

 

Abilene, Kansas

 

Maxwell

Harry Neal

 

Iola, Kansas

 

Model T Ford “Bug”

Albert Striegel

 

Kansas City, Missouri

 

90-HP Stafford

 

All Ford Race

6 Laps – Time:  4 minutes, 37.75 seconds

Place

Driver

 

From

 

Car Owner

1

J. H. Lewis

 

Belleville, Kansas

 

J. H. Lewis

2

Clinton Gregg

 

Belleville, Kansas

 

____  Peck

3

P. LaPrelle

 

Clyde, Kansas

 

P. LaPrelle

Mr. Peck, owner of the second-place car, was from Clyde, Kansas.

 

The “Republic and Adjoining County” race was a best two-out-of-three event consisting of heats of ten laps each.  The best time recorded for one of the ten lap heat races was 7 minutes, 33.75 seconds.  The results were:

Place

Driver

 

From

 

Automobile

1

William Sheridan

 

Concordia, Kansas

 

Buick

2

J. H. Lewis

 

Belleville, Kansas

 

Ford

3

Robert Cusick

 

Clyde, Kansas

 

Pope

 

The fastest of the three 10-lap heat races making up the “professional free-for-all” race was run in 6 minutes, 39.5 seconds.  The overall results of that event were:

Place

Driver

 

From

 

Automobile

1

Albert Striegel

 

Kansas City, Missouri

 

90-HP Stafford

2

Harry Neal

 

Iola, Kansas

 

Model T Ford “Bug”

3

A. T. Jones

 

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Regal

 The Model T Ford “Bug” driven by Harry Neal was owned by B. T. Barber of Iola, Kansas.

 

 

Tuesday – August 24, 1915

            Races were run on opening day of the North Central Kansas Fair but few results of those races have been found.  Three newspapers located so far mention the races briefly with one saying the races were “successful” and another saying the races were “good”.  Two said the races paid a total purse of $125 for each race while the third said the total purse was $400.  (That compares with a total purse for motorcycle races of $50; an auto polo match of $200; and horse races of $1,685 at that same fair.)  J. F. Jersezy of Chanute, Kansas was on his way with a Buick Model 22 “Bearcat II”, planning to compete in these races when he became stuck in deep mud west of Emporia, Kansas and he never made it to the racetrack.

 

 First Five-Mile Race

10-Laps – $125 purse

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Car Owner

From

6:18.0

1

Lee D. Hester

Iola, Kansas

Model T Ford “Bug”

B. T. Barber

Iola, Kansas

 

2

Albert Striegel

Kansas City, Missouri

90-HP Stafford

Albert Striegel

Kansas City, Missouri

  

Second Five-Mile Race

10-Laps – $125 purse

 

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Car Owner

From

 

1

Albert Striegel

Kansas City, Missouri

90-HP Stafford

Albert Striegel

Kansas City, Missouri

 

2

Lee D. Hester

Iola, Kansas

Model T Ford “Bug”

B. T. Barber

Iola, Kansas

 

 Third Five-Mile Race

10-Laps – $125 purse

 

 Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Car Owner

From

 

1

Lee D. Hester

Iola, Kansas

Model T Ford “Bug”

B. T. Barber

Iola, Kansas

 

2

Albert Striegel

Kansas City, Missouri

90-HP Stafford

Albert Striegel

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Albert Striegel

 

 

Tuesday – August 22, 1916

Total Purse – $650

 

First Heat Race

6-Laps – $150 purse

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

4:34.0

1

Bill Sheridan

Concordia, Kansas

Buick Six

 

2

Harrison Austin

Concordia, Kansas

Oldsmobile

 

3

Otho Munger

Athol, Kansas

Buick Light-Six Roadster

 

A second 6-lap heat race was run in 4 minutes, 40 seconds paying out a total of $150 in prize money but no list of entrants or results of that race have been located.

 

Free-for-All

First Heat – 10-Lap

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

6:56.0

1

Glenn M. Breed

Chanute, Kansas

Hudson Super-Six

 

2

Otho Munger

Athol, Kansas

Buick Light-Six Roadster

 

3

Cliff Young

Concordia, Kansas

Young Special

 

Free-for-All

Second Heat – 10-Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

6:56.0

1

Glenn M. Breed

Chanute, Kansas

Hudson Super-Six

 

2

Cliff Young

Concordia, Kansas

Young Special

 

3

Otho Munger

Athol, Kansas

Buick Light-Six Roadster

Breed led the second heat race all the way.  Munger ran second until his carburetor failed to respond properly and he was passed by Young.

 

Since Breed had already won the first two heats in this best two-out-of-three Free-for-All series, he decided to set the third heat race out.  Young led until the last turn of the race when Munger shot by him to easily take the win.

 

Free-for-All

Third Heat6-lap

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

4:30.0

1

Otho Munger

Athol, Kansas

Buick Light-Six Roadster

 

2

Cliff Young

Concordia, Kansas

Young Special

Young led this race until the final turn when Munger flew by and won the race handily.

 

Free-for-All

Overall Results – $350 in Prize Money was divided between First and Second Places

 

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

 

1

Glenn M. Breed

Chanute, Kansas

Hudson Super-Six

 

2

Otho Munger

Athol, Kansas

Buick Light-Six Roadster

 

3

Cliff Young

Concordia, Kansas

Young Special

The free-for-all was run in three heats with the prize money distributed according to the overall results.

Note that some accounts of these races list Young’s given name as “Willis”.

 

Willis Young

 

 

Tuesday – September 4, 1917

            A record breaking crowd from Republic and adjoining counties attended the automobile races on opening day of the fair.  Some of the fastest and most thrilling races ever seen in northern Kansas were pulled off.  The Ford race was considered probably the best race on the program.

 

First Heat of the All Ford Race – 5 cars

Place

Driver

From

1

Maurice Rosseter

Hollis, Kansas

2

Harry Larson

Concordia, Kansas

3

Percy Collins

Belleville, Kansas

 

Second Heat of the All Ford Race – 5 cars

Place

Driver

From

1

Harry Larson

Concordia, Kansas

2

Maurice Rosseter

Hollis, Kansas

3

Percy Collins

Belleville, Kansas

 

Third Heat of the All Ford Race – 5 cars

Place

Driver

From

1

Maurice Rosseter

Hollis, Kansas

2

Harry Larson

Concordia, Kansas

3

Percy Collins

Belleville, Kansas

 

All Ford Race – Overall Finish

Place

Driver

From

1

Maurice Rosseter

Hollis, Kansas

2

Harry Larson

Concordia, Kansas

3

Percy Collins

Belleville, Kansas

 

The “Free-for-All” race consisted of only two heat races and all of the cars entered had trouble of some kind during those two heats.  Rex Kent’s winning Studebaker experienced a stripped bevel gear in the differential.

 

Free-For-All -- First Heat

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Rex Kent

Concordia, Kansas 

Studebaker

2

 

 

 

3

Robert Cusick

Clyde, Kansas

Overland

4

Lloyd Sissell

Scandia, Kansas

Overland

  

Free-For-All -- Second Heat

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Rex Kent

Concordia, Kansas 

Studebaker

2

Lloyd Sissell

Scandia, Kansas

Overland

3

Robert Cusick

Clyde, Kansas

Overland

 

Free-For-All – Overall Finish

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Rex Kent

Concordia, Kansas 

Studebaker

2

Robert Cusick

Clyde, Kansas

Overland

3

Lloyd Sissell

Scandia, Kansas

Overland

 

 

Saturday – July 20, 1918

 

To view a newspaper ad for these races

 

Published Entry List

Driver

 

From

 

Automobile

Johnnie Mais

 

Dodge City, Kansas

 

Mercer

Willis Young

 

Salina, Kansas

 

Young Special (with a 16-valve Ford)

Lafe Cole

 

Cedar, Kansas

 

16-valve Ford

Art Lee

 

Osborne, Kansas

 

16-valve Ford

Mark Cannon

 

 

 

Oakland Six Special

Noel Bullock

 

Franklin, Nebraska

 

Ford Special

William B. Beam

 

Stockton, Kansas

 

16-valve Ford

Rex Kent

 

Concordia, Kansas

 

Studebaker

 

An $825 purse was advertised for these races promoted by Rex L. Kent of Concordia, Kansas but no results of those races have been located to date.  The local newspaper did say, “…the races were not up to the standard of races Mr. Kent has been giving the people at points west of Belleville.”  The newspaper also complained that there was a shortage of running automobiles.

Webmaster’s Notes:  The 16-valve Ford engines that were so popular in these early races at Belleville are believed to have been Ford engines equipped with Roof heads.

Johnnie Mais gave his hometown as Indianapolis, Indiana at many races around the Midwest at that time but he was actually residing at Dodge City as he said here.

Willis Young was also known as Cliff Young.

 

Noel E. Bullock 

 

 

Friday – August 23, 1918

             These automobile races consisted of three 10-lap heat races with the finishing places in each counting toward the overall standings.  A $500 purse was paid out to the overall winners.  Harold "Doc" Roller, driving a 16-valve Ford Special, won all three heat races with his best time of 6 minutes, 9 seconds coming in the first.  Rex Kent placed second in the first two heat races.  In the third heat race, Kent skidded on a turn, went over a bank on the inside of the racetrack, and overturned several times striking several people and injuring five, one fatally.  Kent was thrown clear of his car and landed on the racetrack receiving only bruises.

 

Overall Finish

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

1

Harold Stanley "Doc" Roller

Abilene, Kansas

16-valve Ford Special

2

Rex Kent

Concordia, Kansas

Studebaker

3

Johnnie A. Mais

Dodge City, Kansas

Mercer

 

Harold "Doc" Roller

 

 

1919 - 1922

Horse racing interests took control of the North Central Kansas Fair in 1919 and there were no auto races at Belleville in 1920, 1921, or 1922.  The auto races had been a big moneymaker for the fair though whereas attendance suffered at the fair when the horse races were run.  That, coupled with the high purses demanded by the horse racing fraternity, cut deeply into the profits that the fair had been making from the auto races so the policy was finally changed.

 

 

Friday – August 31, 1923

“The auto races proved the greatest entertainment of the whole show being greeted by the largest and most enthusiastic assemblage ever seen in a like event in the fifteen years of its (the North Central Kansas Free Fair’s) existence.

 

Exhibition All Ford Stock Race

6 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

48:5

1

Fred Holtz

Belleville, Kansas

Ford

 

Stock Car Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

7:24.5

1

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

 

2

Martin Blosser

Norway, Kansas

Buick

 

DNF

Jack McCool

 

Durant

 

DNF

Charley Shephard

Scandia, Kansas

Studebaker

McCool dropped out on the seventh lap after losing a wheel.

Shephard dropped out on the third lap.

 

Free-for-All Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:51.5

1

Johnnie Mais

Salina, Kansas

Dodge

 

2

_____  Richardson

Kansas City, Missouri

Ford

 

3

_____  Sheets

 

Chevrolet

 

4

 

 

Chevrolet

 

5

 

 

Ford

 

Johnnie Mais

 

 

Friday – September 5, 1924

Between 30,000 and 40,000 fans watched four races on this afternoon.  Most of the results of those races have not been located.  The only result known to date is:

 

Stock Car Race

10 Laps

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

1

John Bryan Gerber

Meriden, Kansas

Marmon 34

2

 

 

Studebaker

3

 

 

Studebaker

 

 

Thursday –  November 6, 1924

Brothers Carl L. Hyatt and Gilbert E. Hyatt of Belleville received minor injuries when they were driving a racing car to neighboring Scandia, Kansas a few days before these races when they were blinded by the lights of an approaching automobile, ran into a ditch and overturned.

These races were sponsored by the Robert E. Gordon Post of the American Legion and had a posted purse of more than $2,000.  Participants were required to run a minimum lap time of 38.0 in time trials to be eligible to participate.

Race officials were Judges: Harley L. Pierce, Clint Gregg, Mert Scott, Levi Miller, Dud Shields, Gibb Faulkner and Earl Weill.  The official timekeeper was Frank Darby.  The official starter / flagman was Jack McCool.

 

All Ford Stock Car Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

7:45.0

1

Fred Goodrich

Belleville, Kansas

Model T Ford

 

2

_____  Furlong

Agra, Kansas

Model T Ford

 

Professional Class A Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:45.0

1

Harold Roller

Abilene, Kansas

Ford

 

2

Lew Reynolds

St. Joseph, Missouri

 

 

3

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

 

 

Republic County Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:34.0

1

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Ford

 

2

“Nesmith & Waugh”

Belleville, Kansas

 

 

3

Homer Larson

Scandia, Kansas

 

 

Professional Class B Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:44.0

1

“Nesmith & Waugh”

Belleville, Kansas

 

2

P. C. “Dad” Harrier

Hiawatha, Kansas

Ford

 

3

_____  Cottrell

Irving, Kansas

 

 

Stock Car Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

7:03.2

1

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Ford

 

2

_____  Johnson

Belleville, Kansas

 

 

Professional Finals

20 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

11:23.0

1

Lew Reynolds

St. Joseph, Missouri

 

2

Harold Roller

Abilene, Kansas

Ford

 

3

“Nesmith & Waugh”

Belleville, Kansas

 

 

P. C. “Dad” Harrier

 

 

Friday – September 4, 1925

 

All Ford Stock Race

10 cars

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

Purse

1

Russell Moe

Scandia, Kansas

Model T Ford

$50

2

Bill Moe

Scandia, Kansas

Model T Ford

  30

Russell S. and Bill Moe were brothers.  Russell Moe’s car threw a tire near the end of the race but he was able to hang on to get the victory.  Several other races were run on this afternoon but only these sketchy results that have been located to date.

 

Stock Car Race

10 cars

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

 

1

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Chevrolet

 

 

Several other races were run on this afternoon including another also won by Charlie Blosser.

  During the final race of the afternoon, the throttle stuck on the car that Blosser was driving while on the east curve of the racetrack and it overturned several times heavily damaging the vehicle.  Blosser was able to jump clear as the car went over the first time and he received only minor injuries.  Nothing more has been learned to date about the outcome of this race.

 

 

Friday – September 3, 1926

The chairman of the North Central Kansas Free Fair’s auto race committee was Harley L. Pierce.  The fair board posted a total of $955 in purse for the auto races run on this afternoon and the races were witness by between 10,000 and 12,000 fans.  No results of these races have been located to date though.  It is known that $934 of that posted purse was paid out compared to $1,122 that was paid to the horse racers that had raced earlier in the week but before a much smaller crowd.

The Belleville Telescope printed that the fair board had learned a valuable lesion though.  Up until this year, the auto races had been regulated to the final day of the fair as the horse racing supporters gave all kinds of reasons why they should not have to race on a racetrack where automobiles had raced earlier in the day, or even earlier in the week.  As it turned out, it didn’t rain until after the auto races on this afternoon but crowd was way down so the newspaper set out to find out why.  They learned that many potential visitors had waited until the final day to attend the fair but had then stayed home due to threatening skies.  If the auto races and, or, the fair itself was to rain out on the final day, those fans would not have attended the fair at all that year.  The newspaper suggested that the auto races be moved to the beginning of the fair in the future so that a larger crowd could be counted on earlier during fair week.  The fair board did not take the newspaper’s suggestion but at least it was beginning to learn the value of having auto races at the fair and that was a sign that bigger things were on the horizon.

The only known results of the races run on this afternoon show Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri winning the final race.

 

  

Pat Cunningham

 

 

Harry Gage

 

L. O. Hughes

 

 Thursday – September 1, 1927

The chairman of the North Central Kansas Free Fair’s auto race committee was Harley L. Pierce and the fair board guaranteed a total purse of $755.

 

Time Trials for the Races Run on September 1st and 2nd

1 Lap – Posted purse for this event: $40

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

28.8

  1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Ford Frontenac

30.0

  2

Mike Koenitzer

Meriden, Kansas

30.6

  3

Walter Krhut

WaKeeney, Kansas

 

30.8

  4

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Chevrolet 

30.8

  5

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Lentz Dodge special #5

31.0

  6

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

Hughes special

31.0

  7

Harry Gage

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

31.4

  8

J. E. Munyan

 

 

31.4

  9

Roy O’Laughlin

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

31.6

10

Troy Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

31.6

11

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

 

 

 

_____  Lyons

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

 

Ted Howe

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

NT

 

Roy Boggs

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

It is currently unknown which driver received how much of the $40 guaranteed purse in this event.

After qualifying his car, O’Laughlin turned it over to an unidentified driver for the races.

Blosser entered two cars in these races.  Although Blosser ran both cars in time trials, Swede Olsen drove Blosser’s second car in the races.

Howe initially did not qualify due to his time in time trials being slower than the 38 second threshold required of all drivers to participate.

Howe then agreed to drive another car for another car owner and was allowed to compete in that car.

 

Class “A” Race

10 Laps – Fastest half of the cars from time trials

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:00.0

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Ford Frontenac

 

2

Mike Koenitzer

Meriden, Kansas

 

 

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Chevrolet

 

 

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Lentz Dodge special #5

 

 

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

Hughes special

 

DNF

Walter Krhut

WaKeeney, Kansas

 

Krhut received a dislocated shoulder and several bad bruises when he crashed through the fence just north of the grandstand on the second lap.

 

Class “B” Race

10 Laps –  Slowest half of the cars from time trials

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:09.0

1

J. E. Munyan

 

2

Harry Gage

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

3

Troy Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

DNF

Swede Olsen

 

 

 

DNF

_____  Lyons

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

Olsen and Lyons tangled on the first lap.  Both cars crashing through the fence on the east side of the racetrack but neither driver was injured.

 

Light Stock Car Race

10 Laps – Posted Purse for this event:  $135

Open to Chevrolet, Star, Whippet, Chrysler “50” and “New Ford” (Model A Ford) stock cars

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

6:02.0

1

Troy F. Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

2

“Swiercinsky Brothers”

Republic County, Kansas

Star

 

3

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Chevrolet

The Swiercinsky brothers were Charles, Frank, George and Elmer but it is unknown who drove the car in these races.

 

Free-for-All

20 Laps – Posted Purse or this event:  $470

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

11:12.8

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Ford Frontenac

 

2

Troy Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

3

Harry Gage

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

DNS

Unidentified driver of Roy O’Laughlin’s car

 

 

 

DNS

Ted Howe

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

While Roy O’Laughlin was standing on the racetrack behind his car after the driver had lined it up to compete in this race, Roy was struck by a car driven by Ted Howe.  One of O’Laughlin’s legs was broken in several places and he suffered internal injuries.  After a few days, infection set in and his leg had to be amputated.  O’Laughlin sued for the fair board for $28,500 but the jury sided with the defendants instead.  While recovering from his injuries, O’Laughlin became addicted to the pain medication and he passed away during treatment for his addition.  Howe was hospitalized for two days with minor injuries suffered in this accident.

 

All Ford Stock Car Race

10 Laps – Posted Purse for this event:  $110

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

8:41.4

1

Fred Goodrich

Belleville, Kansas

Model T Ford

 

2

Irvin McNitt

Washington, Kansas

Model T Ford

 

3

Arthur Rupprecht

Deshler, Nebraska

Model T Ford

 

 

Friday – September 2, 1927

The chairman of the North Central Kansas Free Fair’s auto race committee was

Harley L. Pierce and the fair board guaranteed a total purse of $770.

 

Class “A” Race

10 Laps – Fastest half of the cars from time trials run on September 1st

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:20.0

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Ford Frontenac

 

2

Harry Gage

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

3

Troy F. Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

 

 

Fred S. Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Lentz special Dodge #5

 

Class “B” Race

10 Laps – Slowest half of the cars from time trials run on September 1st

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:15.6

1

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Chevrolet

 

2

Roy Boggs

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

3

Swede Olsen

Chevrolet

 

Light Stock Car Race

Open to Chevrolet, Star, Whippet, Chrysler “50” and “New Ford” (Model A Ford) stock cars

10 Laps – Posted Purse for this event:  $110

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

7:14.5

1

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Chevrolet

 

2

“Swiercinsky Brothers”

Republic County, Kansas

Star

 

3

Swede Olsen

Chevrolet

The Swiercinsky brothers were Charles, Frank, George and Elmer

but it is unknown who drove the car in these races.

 

Free-for-All

20 Laps – Posted Purse for this event:  $520

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

10:46.0

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

Ford Frontenac

 

2

Roy Boggs

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

3

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

Chevrolet

 

Consolation Race

10 Laps – Posted Purse for this event:  $140

Time

Place

Driver

From

Automobile

5:21.0

1

Fred Lentz

Hutchinson, Kansas

Lentz special Dodge #5

 

2

Unidentified driver of Roy O’Laughlin’s car

 

3

Swede Olsen

Chevrolet

 

 

Troy Pigg

 

 

Phil Cline

 

Roy Boggs

 

Thursday – August 30, 1928

The chairman of the North Central Kansas Free Fair’s auto race committee was Harley L. Pierce.  Sixty cars participated in the two days of racing: August 30-31, 1928.

 

Time Trials for the Races Run on August 30th and August 31st

1 Lap – 14 cars presented for time trials but not all of them completed one.

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

28.0*

  1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

28.0*

  2

George Lawhon

St. Joseph, Missouri

X-3

Lawhon special

 

  3

Harry Gage

Beatrice, Nebraska

12

Ford Frontenac 

29.0

  4

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas City, Missouri

38-2

Ford Frontenac

29.0

  5

J. E. “Jim” White

Sharon Springs, Kansas

28

White special Ford Frontenac

29.5

  6

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

101

Rajo Ford

31.0

  7

Max Ryan

Mankato, Kansas

2

Whippet

31.0

  8

Spec Hemminger

Hastings, Nebraska

7-11

Rajo Ford

31.5

  9

Rex Edmunds

Houston, Texas

77

Chevrolet

32.0

10

Dick Richardson

22

 

NT

 

Clarence Jones

Kansas City, Missouri

24

Jones special

NT

 

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

8

Chevrolet

NT

 

Svardrup A. “Pat” Rust

Belleville, Kansas

3

 

NT

 

Phil Cline

Lincoln, Nebraska

4

Ford

NT

 

J. E. Munyon

 

1

 

NT

 

Troy F. Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

27

 

 

 

Class “A” Race

10 Laps – Fastest half of the cars from time trials

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

4:48.0

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

 

2

George Lawhon

St. Joseph, Missouri

X-3

Lawhon special

 

3

Harry Gage

Beatrice, Nebraska

12

Ford Frontenac 

 

DNF

Rocco Binaggio

Kansas City, Missouri

38-2

Ford Frontenac

 

DNF

Jim White

Sharon Springs, Kansas

28

White special Ford Frontenac

White ran into the fence on the second lap and Binaggio crashed into the fence on the fourth lap but neither driver was injured.

 

Class “B” Race

10 Laps – Slowest half of the cars from time trials

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

4:54.0

1

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Missouri

101

Rajo Ford

 

2

Rex Edmunds

Houston, Texas

77

Chevrolet

 

3

Max Ryan

Mankato, Kansas

2

 

 

4

Spec Hemminger

Hastings, Nebraska

7-11

Rajo Ford

 

5

Dick Richardson

 

22

 

 

DNF

Phil Cline

Lincoln, Nebraska

4

Ford

Cline dropped out on the first lap.

 

Model T Ford Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

 Car #

Automobile

8:02.0

1

Fred Goodrich

Belleville, Kansas

 

Model T Ford

 

2

Arthur Rupprecht

Deshler, Nebraska

 

Model T Ford

 

3

Irvin McNitt

Washington, Kansas

 

Model T Ford

 

4

Burl Cuthbertson

Scandia, Kansas

 

Model T Ford

 

5

_____  Linden

 

 

Model T Ford

 

6

Levi C. King

Belleville, Kansas

 

Model T Ford

 

DNF

_____  Gibbons

 

 

Model T Ford

 

DNF

_____  Simmons

 

 

Model T Ford

 

DNF

_____  Weaver

 

 

Model T Ford

Gibbons dropped out on the ninth lap.

Simmons dropped out on the sixth lap.

Weaver dropped out on the fifth lap.

 

Free-for-All Stock Car Race for 4-Cylinder Cars

Open to Chevrolet, Star, Whippet, Chrysler “50” and “New Ford” (Model A Ford) stock cars

10 Laps – 3 Cars

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car # 

Automobile

7:13.0

1

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

 

Chevrolet

 

2

W. L. Story

Nemaha, Nebraska

 

Model A Ford

 

3

Bill Moe

Sandia, Kansas

 

Whippett

 

Free-for-All Race

20 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car  #

Automobile

9:41.5

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

 

2

George Lawhon

St. Joseph, Missouri

X-3

Lawhon special

 

3

Rex Edmunds

Houston, Texas

77

 

 

DNF

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

101

Rajo Ford

 

DNF

Max Ryan

Mankato, Kansas

2

 

 

DNF

Harry Gage

Beatrice, Nebraska

12

Ford Frontenac 

Hughes dropped out on the 19th lap.

Ryan dropped out on the 14th lap.

Gage dropped out on the 11th lap.

 

  

Friday – August 31, 1928

The chairman of the North Central Kansas Free Fair’s auto race committee was Harley L. Pierce.  Sixty cars participated in the two days of racing: August 30-31, 1928.

  

Time Trials (incomplete)

1-Lap

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

 

28.0*

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

 

 

Class “A” Race

10 Laps –Fastest half of the cars from time trials run on August 30th

 

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

 

4:43.2*

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

 

 

2

George Lawhon

St. Joseph, Missouri

X-3

Lawhon special

 

 

3

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

101

Rajo Ford

 

 

4

Jim White

Sharon Springs, Kansas

28

White special Ford Frontenac

 

 

DNF

Max Ryan

Mankato, Kansas

2

 

 

Ryan dropped out on the third lap.

 

Class “B” Race

10 Laps – Slowest half of the cars from time trials run on August 30th

 

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car  #

Automobile

 

5:03.4

1

Spec Hemminger

Hastings, Nebraska

7-11

Rajo Ford

 

 

2

Dick Richardson

22

 

 

3

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

8

Chevrolet

 

 

4

J. E. Munyon

 

1

 

 

 

5

Clarence Jones

Kansas City, Missouri

24

Jones special

 

 

6

Pat Rust

Belleville, Kansas

3

 

 

 

DNF

Troy F. Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

27

 

 

 

DNF

Phil Cline

Lincoln, Nebraska

4

Ford

 

Cline dropped out on the 5th lap.

Pigg dropped out on the 8th lap.

 

Free-for-All Stock Car Race

Open to Chevrolet, Star, Whippet, Chrysler “50” and “New Ford” (Model A Ford) stock cars

10 Laps – 6 Cars

 

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

 

6:31.0

1

Spec Hemminger

Hastings, Nebraska

 

Model A Ford

 

 

2

Troy Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

Chrysler “50”

 

 

3

Earl Erkenbracht

Republic, Kansas

 

Model A Ford roadster

 

 

DNF

Albert Radke

Hebron, Nebraska

 

Chalmers

 

 

DNF

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

Chrysler “50”

 

 

DQ

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

 

1928 Chevrolet roadster

 

Hughes dropped out on the sixth lap.

Radke dropped out on the ninth lap.

Blosser crossed the finish line first but his car was disqualified for having “extra equipment” his car.

The extra equipment was a Stromberg carburetor which did not come on the 1928 Chevrolet from the factory.

Hemminger’s Modal A Ford was owned by Bud Nims of Washington, Kansas.

 

Free-for-All Race

20 Laps

 

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

9:39.4

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

 

2

George Lawhon

St. Joseph, Missouri

X-3

Lawhon special

 

3

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

101

Rajo Ford

 

4

Charles Blosser

Belleville, Kansas

8

Chevrolet

 

5

Dick Richardson

 

22

 

 

DNF

Spec Hemminger

Hastings, Nebraska

7-11

Rajo Ford

Hemminger dropped out on the 16th lap.

 

Consolation Race

10 Laps

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

5:18.2

1

Jim White

Sharon Springs, Kansas

28

White special Ford Frontenac

 

2

Troy F. Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

27

 

3

Max Ryan

Mankato, Kansas

3

 

 

DNF

Harry Gage

Beatrice, Nebraska

8

Chevrolet

 

DNF

Clarence Jones

Kansas City, Missouri

24

Jones special

When his magneto malfunctioned, Jones’ car slowed abruptly on the northeast curve of the racetrack.  Gage had been following close behind Jones and had just started to “swing around” Jones when Jones slowed.  Gage drove directly over Jones’ car and flew high into the air crashing through the outside fence.  Once through the fence, Gage’s car barrel-rolled several times covering about 75 feet.  The accident threw both drivers from their cars with Jones landing on the racetrack.  Jones initially walked away from the accident, but went to the hospital later that night.  Both Jones and Gage had received serious injuries and both remained hospitalized going into comas for several days.  Four months after this accident, Gage had recovered from his injuries, except for occasional blurry vision, while Jones’ recovery was described at the time as being unsatisfactory.

 

 

 

Official Judges:

 

Harley L. Pierce

L. F. Miller

Gib Faulkner

Frank Darby

Paul King

W. H. Billingsley

 

  Pete Anderson

 

 

 

Thursday – August 29, 1929

The fair board posted a total guaranteed purse of $1,700 for the two-day racing event at the North Central Fair.

The chairman of the North Central Kansas Free Fair’s auto race committee was Harley L. Pierce.

Attendance – “overflowed the grandstand space by several thousand”

 

Time Trials

1 lap

The fastest half of the entries in time trials are placed in Class A.  The slowest half of the entries in time trials are placed in Class B.

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

28.1

1

Patrick E. “Pat” Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

$25

28.3

2

Lawrence O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

101

Hughes special

  15

29.3

3

_____  Ojers

 

 

Ojers & Robare special

 

30.1

4

W. D. Lyons

 

 

Lyons special

 

30.3

5

Phineas Comador “Dad” Harrier

Hiawatha, Kansas

 

Harrier special

 

31.3

6

J. E. Munyon

 

 

Green Lantern special

 

32.0

7

Ted Heskett

 

 

M & H special

 

NT

 

Troy Francis Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

02

02 special

 

 

Class A Heat Race

10 laps – Total Purse:  $150

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

4:58.0

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

$75

 

2

L. O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

101

Hughes special

  50

 

3

_____  Ogers

 

 

Ojers & Robare special

  25

 

Class B Heat Race

10 laps – Total Purse:  $120

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

5:06.0

1

Lawrence O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

Lyons special

$60

 

2

Dad Harrier

Hiawatha, Kansas

 

Harrier special

  40

 

3

Ted Heskett

 

 

M & H special

  20

 

Finals Race

20 laps – Total Purse:  $250 – Time: 

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

10:05.0

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

$125

 

2

_____ Ojers

 

Ojers & Robare special

    75

 

3

Ted Heskett

 

M & H special

    50

 

4-Cylinder Stock Car Race

10 laps – Total Purse:  $110

 Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

6:04.0

1

Al Banks

Hastings, Nebraska

Model A Ford

$60

 

2

Spec Hemminger

Hastings, Nebraska

Model A Ford

  30

 

3

_____  Johnson

 

 

  20

 

Reverse Gear Race

1 lap – Total Purse:  $65 – Time:  1:25.0

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

1:25.0

1

Al Banks

Hastings, Nebraska

 

Model A Ford

$35

 

2

 

 

Miller & Weeks Model A Ford

  20

 

3

_____  Herrick

 

 

 

  10

 

 

Friday – August 30, 1929

The fair board posted a total guaranteed purse of $1,700 for the two-day racing event at the North Central Fair.

The chairman of the North Central Kansas Free Fair’s auto race committee was Harley L. Pierce.

Attendance – “overflowed the grandstand space by several thousand”

 

Time Trials

1 lap

The fastest half of the entries in time trials are placed in Class A.  The slowest half of the entries in time trials are placed in Class B.

The drivers’ names, the cars and their times have yet to be located.

 

Class A Heat Race

10 laps – Total Purse:  $150

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

5:10.0

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

$75

 

2

Lawrence O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

101

Hughes special

  50

 

3

_____  Ojers

 

Ojers & Robare special

  25

 

Class B Heat Race

10 laps – Total Purse:  $120

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

5:16.0

1

Ted Heskett

 

 

M & H special

$60

 

2

W. D. Lyons

 

 

Lyons special

  40

 

3

J. E. Munyon

 

 

Green Lantern special

  20

 

Finals Race

20 laps – Total Purse:  $275

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

10:13.0

1

Pat Cunningham

St. Joseph, Missouri

700

B & B special supercharged Ford Frontenac

$150

 

2

_____ Ojers

 

 

Ojers & Robare special

  75

 

3

Ted Heskett

 

 

M & H special

  50

 

Consolation Race

10 laps – Total Purse:  $185

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

 

1

J. E. Munyon

 

 

Green Lantern special

$75

 

2

Troy Pigg

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

02 special

  60

 

3

 

 

 

 

  50

 

Free-for-All Stock Car Race

10 laps – Total Purse:  $135

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

5:50.0

1

Spec Hemminger

Hastings, Nebraska

 

Model A Ford

$75

 

2

Lawrence O. Hughes

Beatrice, Nebraska

 

Chrysler “80”

  40

 

3

Al Banks

Hastings, Nebraska

 

Model A Fprd

  20

 

Race for 1914 or Older Automobiles

6 laps – Total Purse:  $100 – Time:  4:27.0

Time

Place

Driver

From

Car #

Automobile

Purse

4:27.0

1

G. Moxham

 

 

Hupmobile

$50

 

2

DeForest “Dee” Walker

Concordia, Kansas

 

Model T. Ford

  30

 

DNF

_____  Stanford

 

 

Buick

  20

Sanford dropped out on the seventh lap.

 

 

 

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