Emmett Hahn, Tulsa, Okla., driving the #1300 John Zink Special, started from the pole position, set a blistering pace in the straight-aways- slid cautiously through t h e turns and won t he race by a margin of more than 100 yards over Grady Wade, Wichita, the second place finisher.
, the 1969 champion was third; Ron
Fowler, Chanute, was fourth and Dale Reed, Dodge City , the 1970 champion was fifth. Wichita
The Kansas State Fairgrounds grandstand was filled to capacity for the 1971 feature. The race fans that came to see good races saw them. Fans, who came to see accidents, saw them, but for the first time in several years, the stand-by ambulances were never put to use.
Most spectacular from the crash-bang standpoint was the 30-lap semi-National. The excitement in this one started before the race got the green flag. Cars were started from the backstretch.
Three times they zipped under starter Al Alexander’s raised stand, but the cars were so far apart from the front to the rear of the pack, Alexander would not let them go.
On the fourth false start Sam Brittendall of
and Dutch Stuge, Salina
Locked wheels in the straightaway, skidded sidewise and stalled. Both machines
had to be towed away, and a field of 33 was reduced to 31 before the race
started. Bethany, Okla.
There were many other “reductions” this afternoon; Roger Blackshere,
, spun out, backed into the infield and then got
back into the race. Charles Turner, Oklahoma
City , spun sideways, went
into the infield and out again. Lawrence Petrie, Arkansas
City , was tapped into a spin, righted the
car but it didn’t run right, thereafter. Salina
, winner of the first race,
skidded into the wall, but managed to get his car going again and safely onto
the infield. Bill Cohee, Oklahoma City ,
wasn't so lucky. He hit the fence and stayed there. Richard Powell, Topeka , tried to take the
turn one corner too high - couldn't get traction in the dust, and bounced
against the fence, with the rear of his car swinging back ahead of the
radiator. He scrambled up the wall to safety and none too soon. Enid
Carl Allen Jr.,
, was bumped on the turn and
pushed into the soft stuff. He too banged the wall, and his car stalled against
Powell's machine. Then, apparently blinded by steam from his radiator, Lavern
Spreier, Rozel, just seemed to drive right into the wall where Powell had hit
in the first place and his machine smashed into the other two. Midwest City
Don Craig of
won this race. On the tenth lap he
took the lead from Bud Hatch, Lawrence , and he was out
front to stay. Mike Lutkie, Yates
passed Hatch and challenged for the lead twice on the turns, but couldn't get
past Craig. Wichita
There was another three-car mix-up in the National. Jerry Everhart,
spun into the fence at the south curve. H. A. Ratzlaff, Wichita , skidded into Everhart. Thad
Dosher, Dodge City ,
champion, crashed into the other two. Missouri
The ingredients of a messy pile-up were present when Dick Walker, Ark City, and Melvin Rogers, Oklahoma City, bumped on the North curve while both were trying to avoid a skidding car in front of them. Cars were coming at that corner at a mile a minute. Some braked, some bumped. Two cars jumped wheels of other cars. But thanks to some fancy driving, the mess suddenly cleared. All but
was able to keep going. Walker
Ron Fowler, Chanute, came out of a sidespin on the third curve by pulling into the infield. He then jumped a big pile of dirt, got back onto the track and finished tenth. Evart Walton,
, spun out on the third turn. Bill Agar, Enid , watched
most of the race from the infield after his car plowed the wall at the third
corner. Colorado Springs
And through it all there was Emmett, Hahn, riding high and low. In the middle, cutting in, cutting out, but always traveling fast and always out front.
The trophy dash was fast, and uneventful. Billy Patton,
had the lead for three laps. Then his car started slowing down and Aaron
Madden, Oklahoma City ,
who went on to win, passed him. David Ross, Jetmore and Bill Bookout, Oklahoma City , also moved around
Patton, taking second and third, respectively. Enid
was an unchallenged winner in
the first heat race. Don McElhinney, Oklahoma City ,
passed Steve Kammerer, Wichita
on the last lap, to take second. Jack Petty led all but the first lap in the
second beat race. Sam Brittendall, Wichita ,
was second and Wayne Hattahaugh, Lawrence, third. Terry Uehling, Salina ,
banged the wall on the fourth curve and stalled. Ray Riner, Ness City , spun out of contention on the fifth
David Ross, Jetmore, won the third heat race in a thrilling race to the wire with Bill Bookout,
and Evart Walton, Enid . Bill Criner, Enid and Chuck Robineit, Oklahoma City ,
were spinout victims in this one. Midwest City, Okla.
Dale Parsons won the fourth heat race, the one for fastest cars in time trials, with Aaron Madden,
veteran, finishing second and
Ron Fowler, Chanute, third. Oklahoma City
, spun and appeared headed for real
trouble as two racing cars were bearing down on him. One went in front of him,
the other behind. Leep got his car straightened out but couldn't get back in
the race. Wichita
Officials rated the field of cars and drivers best in the history of the event. Top drivers were here from tracks of
, Missouri , Iowa , Nebraska , Colorado , Oklahoma , Texas and Arkansas ; among them numerous track champions
and several state champs. Kansas
1. Emmett Hahn,
2. Grady Wade,
3. Herb Copeland,
Dodge City, Kan.
4. Dale Reed,
5. Aaron Madden,
6. David Ross,
7. Johnny Suggs,
8. Harold Leep,
9. Dale Parsons,
10. Roy Bryant,
11. Ron Fowler,
12. Frank Lies,
City, Melvin Rogers, Oklahoma Okla.
14. Evart Walton,
Springs, Billy Ager, Colorado Colo.
City, Dick Walker, Arkansas Kan.
17. Thad Dosher,
18. H.A. Ratzlaff,
Dodge City, Kan.