New Model Stock Car Races

On the Historic Half-mile Racetrack at the

Kansas State Fairgrounds

Hutchinson, Kansas

Sunday – July 31, 1949


Promoter – Verne Hamilton of Hutchinson, Kansas


 The Purse

            This was the second weekend of a series of four qualifying weekends of racing leading up to the finals to be run on Labor Day weekend.  40% of ticket sales went into the total purse.  $500 from that 40% was paid out in prize money for the race run on this day.  What was left after the $500 was paid was added to the prize money to be paid out for the race run on Labor Day weekend.




Bob McKim

Jim Edwards photo

Bill Lehman

Lehman collection




50 Mile Race – 100 Laps

Time:  1 hour, 21 minutes






Bob McKim

Abilene, Kansas

1949  Oldsmobile 88


Bill Lehman

Hutchinson, Kansas

1941  Pontiac


Don Bowman

McPherson, Kansas

1947  Buick


Red Wilson


1948  DeSoto


R. E. Hayworth

Hutchinson, Kansas

1939  Plymouth


Jim Curley

Hutchinson, Kansas

1933  Ford


Charles James

Hutchinson, Kansas

1949  Packard

12 cars took time trials but only 8 started the race.

McKim led the first 60 laps before blowing a tire.  He was able to make a pit stop and still come back to win the race.

One source lists James’ name as Jimmy James.  He ran with the leaders until the Packard’s engine threw a rod.

Curley was the clear crowd favorite and ran as high as 3rd place during the race.




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