The First Day of Racing at the

JayCee Speedway

Larned, Kansas

Sunday Afternoon May 27, 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 president Kenneth Helm of Larned, Kansas

Larned Jaycees vice-president Bob Fischer of Larned, Kansas

Larned Jaycees treasurer Jack Clock of Larned, Kansas

Larned Jaycees director Wilbur Dirks of Larned, Kansas

Larned Jaycees director Virgil McNeal of Larned, Kansas

Larned Jaycees director Rex Fischer of Larned, Kansas

Larned Jaycees director Bob Heitt 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

Trophy girl Janyce Hiett of Larned, Kansas

 

Attendance "over 1,000"

 

 

 

Great Bend Tribune

May 18 and May 25, 1956 

 

 

 

 Time Trials 29 Cars 1 Lap

 

Place 

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Time

 

  1

25

Tom Price*

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

30.02

 

  2

11

John McGee

Wichita, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

30.27

 

  3

25

Floyd "Dutch" Davis

Dodge City, Kansas

James "Ace" Noland

Dodge City, Kansas

30.93

 

  4

49

John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

Blacky Walters & John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

31.51

 

  5

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

31.68

 

  6

89

J. D. Pflieger

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

31.91

 

  7

14

Dale McCarty

Hutchinson, Kansas

Dale McCarty

Hutchinson, Kansas

32.20

 

  8

96

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

32.23

 

  9

94

Eddie Mahieu

Ashland, Kansas

Jay Jipp & Oscar Becker

Ashland, Kansas

32.40

 

10

97

Lyle Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale James

Dighton, Kansas

32.50

 

11

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

33.11

 

12

66

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

33.20

 

13

5

Max Malone

Copeland, Kansas

Dr. A. H. Thiemann

Sublette, Kansas

33.20

 

14

2

Glenn Morrison**

Great Bend, Kansas

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

33.26

 

 15

77

Norman E. "Mac" McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

Norman E. "Mac" McCaslin 

Sterling, Kansas

21.70

 

16

28

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

W. T. "Tommy" Jones

Montezuma, Kansas

33.42

 

17

72

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

33.80

 

18

99

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

34.09

 

19

17

Jerry Jinks

Larned, Kansas

 

 

34.11

 

20

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

34.33

 

21

27

Alvin "Al" Elliott

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

34.60

 

22

8

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

34.91

 

23

6

Nelson Carlson

Larned, Kansas

Cecil Schniepp

Larned, Kansas

NT

 

24

82

Gerald R. "Skeeter" McKinnie

Hutchinson, Kansas

Charles Berryman

Larned, Kansas

NT

 

25

38

M. L. "Al" Faulkner

Salina, Kansas

Bob Robbins & Virgil McNeil

Larned, Kansas

NT

 

26

69

Bill Warren

 

 

 

NT

 

27

70

Harold Mansky

 

 

 

NT

 

28

43

Kenneth Menard

Hutchinson, Kansas

Kenneth Menard

Hutchinson, Kansas

NT

 

29

2x

 

 

 

 

NT

 

30

7

 

 

 

 

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

 

Don Shumard

Huddleston & Peoples photo the Cokeley collection

 

Jimmy Selfridge

Cokeley collection

 

Eddie Mahieu

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

 

Jim Gibbs

Huddleston & Peoples photo from the Cokeley collection

 

Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy collection

 

Al Faulkner

Cokeley collection

 

Glenn Morrison*

Stan Morrison collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Heat Race 10 Cars 8 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

82

Gerald R. "Skeeter" McKinnie*

Hutchinson, Kansas

Charles Berryman

Larned, Kansas

  9

2

27

Alvin "Al" Elliott

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

  2

3

99

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

  5

4

77

Norman E. "Mac" McClauson

Sterling, Kansas

Norman E. "Mac" McCaslin

Sterling, Kansas

  8

5

38

M. L. "Al" Faulkner

Salina, Kansas

Bob Robbins & Virgil McNeil

Larned, Kansas

10

6

28

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

W. T. "Tommy" Jones

Montezuma, Kansas

  7

8

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

  1

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

  3

17

Jerry Jinks

Larned, Kansas

 

 

  4

DNF

72

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

Clarence "Nut" Cokeley

Liberal, Kansas

  6

          Cokeley rolled his car on the east turn on the first lap of this race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Second Heat Race 8 Cars 8 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

97

Lyle Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale James

Dighton, Kansas

5

2

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

4

3

43

Kenneth Menard

Hutchinson, Kansas

Kenneth Menard

Hutchinson, Kansas

8

4

5

Max Malone

Copeland, Kansas

Dr. A. H. Thiemann

Sublette, Kansas

2

5

96

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

7

6

2

Glenn Morrison**

Great Bend, Kansas

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

1

7

66

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

3

8

94

Eddie Mahieu

Ashland, Kansas

Jay Jipp & Oscar Becker

Ashland, Kansas

6

          The car driven by Mahieu ran off of the outside of the racetrack on one of the turns.  The car suffered no damage and he was able to return to the race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Third Heat Race 7 Cars 8 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

11

John McGee

Wichita, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

6

2

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

3

3

25

Floyd "Dutch" Davis

Dodge City, Kansas

James "Ace" Noland

Dodge City, Kansas

5

4

14

Dale McCarty

Hutchinson, Kansas

Dale McCarty

Hutchinson, Kansas

1

5

49

John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

Blacky Walters & John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

4

6

25

Tom Price

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

7

7

89

J. D. Pflieger

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trophy Dash 6 Cars 5 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

 

1

11

John McGee*

Wichita, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

 

2

82

Gerald R. "Skeeter" McKinnie

Hutchinson, Kansas

Charles Berryman

Larned, Kansas

 

3

97

Lyle Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale James

Dighton, Kansas

 

27

Alvin "Al" Elliott

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

 

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

 

          McGee led every lap of this race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

First Semi-Final 13 Cars 5 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

82

Gerald R. "Skeeter" McKinnie

Hutchinson, Kansas

Charles Berryman

Larned, Kansas

  3

70

Harold Mansky

 

 

  1

69

Bill Warren

 

 

  2

27

Alvin "Al" Elliott

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

  4

17

Jerry Jinks

Larned, Kansas

 

 

  5

28

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

W. T. "Tommy" Jones

Montezuma, Kansas

  6

 

2

Glenn Morrison**

Great Bend, Kansas

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

  7

 

66

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

  8

 

97

Lyle Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale Janes

Dighton, Kansas

  9

 

14

Dale McCarty

Hutchinson, Kansas

Dale McCarty

Hutchinson, Kansas

10

 

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

11

 

25

Tom Price

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

12

 

2x

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Second Semi-Final 12 Cars 5 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

11

John McGee

Wichita, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

12

43

Kenneth Menard

Hutchinson, Kansas

Kenneth Menard

Hutchinson, Kansas

  1

38

M. L. "Al" Faulkner

Salina, Kansas

Bob Robbins & Virgil McNeil

Larned, Kansas

  2

8

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

  3

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

  4

99

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

Harold Strute

Dodge City, Kansas

  5

 

7

 

 

 

 

  6

 

5

Max Malone

Copeland, Kansas

Dr. A. H. Thiemann

Sublette, Kansas

  7

 

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

  8

 

96

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

  9

 

89

J. D. Pflieger

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

10

 

49

John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

11

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 B Feature 13 Cars 15 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

38

M. L. "Al" Faulkner*

Salina, Kansas

Bob Robbins & Virgil McNeil

Larned, Kansas

  4

2

69

Bill Warren

 

 

  3

3

82

Gerald R. "Skeeter" McKinnie

Hutchinson, Kansas

Charles Berryman

Larned, Kansas

  5

70

Harold Mansky

 

 

  1

43

Kenneth Menard

Hutchinson, Kansas

Kenneth Menard

Hutchinson, Kansas

  2

27

Alvin "Al" Elliott

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

  7

71

Bob Murphy

Larned, Kansas

Herman Dirks

Albert, Kansas

  8

17

Jerry Jinks

Larned, Kansas

 

 

  9

99

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

Harold Shute

Dodge City, Kansas

10

28

Don Shumard

Dodge City, Kansas

W. T. "Tommy" Jones

Montezuma, Kansas

11

7

 

 

12

2

Glenn Morrison**

Great Bend, Kansas

Glenn Morrison

Great Bend, Kansas

13

DNF

8

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

Leland Salmans

Larned, Kansas

  6

          Menard led the first two laps of this race before being passed.

          Salmans rolled his car end-over-end twice before it came to a stop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Feature 12 Cars 20 Laps

Place

Car #

Driver

From

Car Owner

Car Owner From

Started

1

11

John McGee*

Dodge City, Kansas

Bill & Harold Rebein

Dodge City, Kansas

11

2

49

John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

Blacky Walters & John Riead

Hutchinson, Kansas

  9

3

25

Floyd "Dutch" Davis

Dodge City, Kansas

James "Ace" Noland

Dodge City, Kansas

12

4

79

Dean Lewis

Dighton, Kansas

Bruce Tower

Dighton, Kansas

  3

5

Max Malone

Copeland, Kansas

Dr. A. H. Thiemann

Sublette, Kansas

  1

66

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

Jim Gibbs

Dodge City, Kansas

  2

97

Lyle Davis

Dighton, Kansas

Dale James

Dighton, Kansas

  4

96

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

Jimmy Selfridge

Dighton, Kansas

  5

14

Dale McCarty

Hutchinson, Kansas

Dale McCarty

Hutchinson, Kansas

  6

89

J. D. Pflieger

Dodge City, Kansas

 

 

  7

80

Stanley Trahern

Sublette, Kansas

Bob Kenneman & Melvin Tuxhorn

Montezuma, Kansas

  8

25

Tom Price

Hutchinson, Kansas

 

 

10

          McGee was "way out in front at the finish."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the pit pass worn by Nut Cokeley during the races on this afternoon at Larned - Cokeley collection

 

 

 

 

This photo of Leland Salmans with his first stock car was taken in the pit at the JayCee Speedway at Larned, Kansas before he rolled it in the B feature later on this afternoon.  The car was a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe - Leland Salmans collection

 

 

 

  

Nut Cokeley's Ford the day after these races and after he had rolled it in the east turn on the first lap of the first heat race at Larned thus becoming the first driver to roll his car in competition at the brand new facility and track management gave him $5 for the feat.  It was also Cokeley's first time to roll a jalopy but it was not to be his last - Cokeley collection

 

 

 

 

This photo appeared in the Great Bend Tribune on May 28, 1956 with a caption saying that it was taken during the first heat race on this afternoon at Larned.  Visible in the photo is a white car #25 driven by Tom Price of Hutchinson, Kansas running in third place and car #79 in fourth place that was driven by Dean Lewis of Dighton.  Since neither of these two cars competed in the first heat race, it is more likely this photo was taken during "hot laps" a.k.a. "warm-up laps" before the races began.  The car at far right in this photo can also been seen in the photo at the bottom of this page but its driver has yet to be identified - Great Bend Tribune

 

 

 

 

Trophy dash winner John McGee of Great Bend, Kansas receiving a kiss from trophy girl Janyce Hiett of Larned, Kansas after she had presented him with the trophy.  Starter Ben Hughes of Dodge City looks on at left - Tiller and Toiler

 

 

 

 

The red #11 Ford coupe driven by John McGee on this afternoon is shown here leading the A feature race at Larned.  McGee's car was owned by brothers Bill and Harold Rebein of Dodge City, Kansas and sponsored by B & B auto parts of Dodge City, Kansas - Tiller and Toiler

 

 

 

 

 John McGee of Wichita, Kansas is shown here leading one of the races in the Rebein brothers owned red #11 Ford coupe on this afternoon at the JayCee Speedway.  The man standing at left is Gene Potts of Great Bend, Kansas who would go on to win several races on this racetrack over the next four year - Leland Salmans collection

 

 

 

 

 

* This was the only day of racing on the new 3/8 mile oval as the racetrack was shortened to 1/4 mile by the nest race date.  Therefore, the times set on this day were track records never to be broken on this 3/8 mile racetrack.

 

** This driver may have been Pete Morrison rather than Glenn Morrison.

 

 

 

 

 

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