JayCee Speedway

Larned, Kansas

Sunday Afternoon – June 24, 1956

 

 

Race promoter – Jack Merrick of Dodge City, Kansas

Sanctioned by – Merrick Racing Promotions of Dodge City, Kansas

Sponsored by – Larned Jaycees of Larned, Kansas

Larned Jaycees racing committee chairman – Maynard Schneck of Larned, Kansas

Speedway general manager – Wilbur Dirks of Larned, Kansas

Public address announcer – Jack Merrick of Dodge City, Kansas

Flagman / starter – Ben Hughes of Dodge City, Kansas

 

Attendance – "less than 1,000"

 

 

 

This photo of Nut Cokeley and his jalopy was taken earlier in the day as he prepared to leave his home in Liberal, Kansas for the races in Larned - Cokeley collection

 

 

 

Time Trials – 30 Cars – 1 Lap

Place 

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner

Time

  1

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

19.75

  2

90

Max Malone

Copeland, Kansas

Routon & Sumner

Dodge City, Kansas

19.78

  3

25

Floyd "Dutch" Davis

Dodge City, Kansas

James "Ace" Noland

Dodge City, Kansas

20.20

  4

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

20.28

       5

96

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

20.38

  6

89

J. D. Pflieger

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

20.44

  7

97

Lyle Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale James

Dighton, Kansas

20.49

  8

11

John McGee

Wichita, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

20.50

  9

30

Johnny Thomas

Ashland, Kansas

Ben Ellis

Ashland, Kansas

20.54

10

3

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

20.75

11

88

Jack Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

Jack & Jerry Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

20.78

12

47

Jim Maskus

Jetmore, Kansas

Frank Epp

Dodge City, Kansas

20.96

13

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

21.02

14

17

Jerry Jinks

Larned, Kansas

 

 

21.06

15

78

Bill Stauth*

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

21.18

16

6

Nelson Carlson

Larned, Kansas

Cecil Schniepp

Larned, Kansas

21.18

17

2

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

21.24

18

66

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

21.30

19

72

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

21.64

20

77A

Norman E. "Mac" McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

Norman E. "Mac" McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

21.70

21

99

Wayne McCurdy

Great Bend, Kansas

Al Krueger 

Great Bend, Kansas

21.85

22

85

Bill Roach

Great Bend, Kansas

J. L. "Junior" Stillwell

Great Bend, Kansas

21.95

23

26

Bob Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

21.97

24

8

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

22.24

25

20

Clyde Bennett

Larned, Kansas

Clyde Bennett

Larned, Kansas

22.37

26

61

Fred Suchy

Great Bend, Kansas

Fred Suchy

Great Bend, Kansas

23.30

27

46

Kenny Burnett

Larned, Kansas

Harold Skelton

Larned, Kansas

25.18

28

23

Bill Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

NT

29

40

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Ulysses, Kansas

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Ulysses, Kansas

NT

30

41

 

J. B. “Skeets” Simonson & John "Pop" McIntyre

Liberal, Kansas

NT

Lyle Lewis

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Dutch Davis

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Dean Lewis

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Stanley Trahern

Cokeley collection

 

Leland Salmans

Leland Salmans collection

 

Jimmy Selfridge

Cokeley collection

 

Nelson Carlson

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

J. D. Pflieger

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

John McGee

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Cokeley collection

 

Jim Gibbs

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Jack Culver

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Jim Maskus

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy collection

 

Glenn Morrison

Stan Morrison collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Heat Race – 10 Cars

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

72

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

  9

2

23

Bill Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

  1

3

26

Bob Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

  6

4

61

Fred Suchy

Great Bend, Kansas

Fred Suchy

Great Bend, Kansas

  4

46

Kenny Burnett

Larned, Kansas

Harold Skelton

Larned, Kansas

  2

8

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

  5

99

Wayne McCurdy

Great Bend, Kansas

Ak Krueger

Great Bend, Kansas

  7

77

Norman E. "Mac" McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

Norman E. "Mac" McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

  8

85

Bill Roach

Great Bend, Kansas

J. L. "Junior" Stillwell

Great Bend, Kansas

10

DNF

20

Clyde Bennett

Larned, Kansas

Clyde Bennett

Larned, Kansas

  3

          Bennett dropped out after losing his radiator fan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Heat Race – 9 Cars

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

66

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

1

2

2

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

2

3

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

6

4

17

Jerry Jinks

Larned, Kansas

 

 

5

5

6

Nelson Carlson

Larned, Kansas

Cecil Schniepp

Larned, Kansas

3

6

78

Bill Stauth*

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

4

7

47

Jim Maskus

Jetmore, Kansas

Frank Epp

Dodge City, Kansas

7

8

88

Jack Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

Jack & Jerry Culver

 

8

9

3

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Heat Race – 10 Cars

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

25

Floyd "Dutch" Davis

Dodge City, Kansas

James "Ace" Noland

Dodge City, Kansas

  7

2

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

  9

3

90

Max Malone

Copeland, Kansas

Routon & Sumner

Dodge City, Kansas

  8

4

89

J. D. Pflieger

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

  4

5

11

John McGee

Wichita, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

  2

6

97

Lyle Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale James

Dighton, Kansas

  3

7

96

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

  5

8

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

  6

9

40

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Ulysses, Kansas

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Ulysses, Kansas

10

DNF

30

Johnny Thomas

Ashland, Kansas

Ben Ellis

Ashland, Kansas

  1

          Thomas rolled his car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash – 6 Cars – 5 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

66

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

3

72

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

1

23

Bill Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

2

2

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

4

25

Floyd "Dutch" Davis

Dodge City, Kansas

James "Ace" Noland

Dodge City, Kansas

5

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

First Semi-Final – 15 Cars

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

97

Lyle Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale James

Dighton, Kansas

12

2

26

Bob Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

  4

3

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

15

4

25

Floyd "Dutch" Davis

Dodge City, Kansas

James "Ace" Noland

Dodge City, Kansas

14

5

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

  9

6

78

Bill Stauth*

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

  8

7

30

Johnny Thomas

Ashland, Kansas

Ben Ellis

Ashland, Kansas

11

40

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Ulysses, Kansas

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Ulysses, Kansas

  1

46

Kenny Burnett

Larned, Kansas

Harold Skelton

Larned, Kansas

  2

61

Fred Suchy

Great Bend, Kansas

Fred Suchy

Great Bend, Kansas

  3

77A

Norman E. McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

Norman E. "Mac" McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

  5

85

Bill Roach

Great Bend, Kansas

J. L. "Junior" Stillwell

Great Bend, Kansas

  6

2

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

  7

 

88

Jack Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

Jack & Jerry Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

10

 

96

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Semi-Final – 13 Cars

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

11

John McGee

Wichita, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

10

2

72

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

  4

3

90

Max Malone

Copeland, Kansas

Routon & Sumner

Dodge City, Kansas

13

4

23

Bill Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

  1

20

Clyde Bennett

Larned, Kansas

Clyde Bennett

Larned, Kansas

  2

8

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

  3

66

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

  5

6

Nelson Carlson

Larned, Kansas

Cecil Schniepp

Larned, Kansas

  6

DNF

17

Jerry Jinks

Larned, Kansas

 

 

  7

DNF

47

Jim Maskus

Jetmore, Kansas

Frank Epp

Dodge City, Kansas

  8

DNF

3

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

  9

DNF

89

J. D. Pflieger

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

11

DNF

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

12

          Maskus and Shumard were treated and released at the hospital after being involved in a five-car pileup in front of the bleachers in this race.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolation Race – 5 Cars

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

30

Johnny Thomas

Ashland, Kansas

Ben Ellis

Ashland, Kansas

5

2

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

4

3

40

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Ulysses, Kansas

Scott Talbert, Sr.

Ulysses, Kansas

2

4

99

Wayne McCurdy

Great Bend, Kansas

Al Krueger

Great Bend, Kansas

3

5

88

Jack Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

Jack & Jerry Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B Feature – 7 Cars – 15 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

72

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

5

2

30

Johnny Thomas

Ashland, Kansas

Ben Ellis

Ashland, Kansas

1

3

26

Bob Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

3

4

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

7

5

23

Bill Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

Guy Salem

Dodge City, Kansas

2

6

78

Bill Stauth*

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

6

7

99

Wayne McCurdy

Great Bend, Kansas

Al Krueger 

Great Bend, Kansas

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Feature – 8 Cars – 20 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

8

2

11

John McGee

Wichita, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

3

3

90

Max Malone

Copeland, Kansas

Routon & Sumner

Dodge City, Kansas

7

4

25

Floyd "Dutch" Davis

Dodge City, Kansas

James "Ace" Noland

Dodge City, Kansas

6

88

Jack Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

Jack & Jerry Culver

Dodge City, Kansas

1

41

J. B. “Skeets” Simonson & John "Pop" McIntyre

Liberal, Kansas

2

 

97

Lyle Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale James

Dighton, Kansas

4

 

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

5

          Trahern moved into second place on the first lap and assumed the lead when the car he was following spun out.

          McGee moved into second place on the seventh lap and stayed close to Trahern's back bumper for the rest of the race.  He mounted several unsuccessful attempts to pass during that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This photo was taken as the cars were lined up to start the first heat race on this afternoon at the JayCee Speedway.  The car on the pole is #23 Bill Salem.  On the outside of the front row is #46 driven by Kenny Burnett.  The car on the inside of the second row is #20 Clyde Bennett.  Outside of the second row is #61 Fred Suchy.  On the inside of the third row is #8 Leland Salmans.  On the outside of the third row is #26 Bob Salem.  On the inside of the fourth row is #99 Wayne McCurdy.  On the outside of the fourth row with only the front bumper guard visible, is #77 Norman McCaslin - Stan Morrison collection

 

 

 

 

 This photo was taken as the cars were lined up to start the first semi-final race on this afternoon at the JayCee Speedway.  To the right of this photo and completely out of the frame are the pole position car, #40 driven by Scott Talbert, Sr. and the outside front row starter, #46 driven by Kenny Burnett.  The two cars at right in this photo, with only the back halves of their cars showing, are the second row starters, # 61 Fred Suchy on the inside and #26 Bob Salem on the outside.  The third row starters are ##77A Norman McCaslin and #85 Bill Roach.  The fourth row starters are  #2 Glenn Morrison and #78 (yes, the #77 had been altered to be a #78 for the afternoon) Bill Stauth*.  The fifth row starters are #79 Dean Lewis on the inside and #88 Jack Culver on the outside.  There were five more cars in the lineup starting behind the fifth row and outside of this photo - Stan Morrison collection

 

 

 

One of the many crashes at the JayCee Speedway on this afternoon.  The only car that has been identified here to date is the #30 driven by Johnny Thomas of Ashland, Kansas at left.  It is a little difficult to see in this photo but there is a car laying on its side at the right side of this picture - Tiller & Toiler

 

 

 

 

 

* Bill Stauth is listed as the driver of this car in the races on this afternoon in records independently compiled on this day by Dorothy (Mrs. Nut) Cokeley and Elsie (Mrs. Dutch) Davis.  Stauth family and friends who knew both men however, believe that the driver was more likely Bill Stauth's brother, Dale Stauth, who was also from Dodge City, Kansas.  Bill Stauth is said to not have been particularly fond of auto racing and, if he actually did drive the car in these races, it would be the only known time that he ever competed in any such event while Dale Stauth did compete in several auto races around this time period.

 

 

 

 

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