Monday, June 1, 2015

1955 – Big Car Races Draw 5,200 to Fairgrounds

Belleville, Kan. (June 1, 1955) - Bobby Grim led a field of 14 cars from start to finish as he captured the National Speedways, Inc., 20-lap big car feature race at the North Central Kansas Free Fair track before 5,200 race fans.

Grim roared I had in the first turn and was never headed although he was forced to fight off numerous challenging bids by defending IMCA national champion Bob Slater.

Slater, who notched victories in his heat race and in the trophy dash, finished without brakes when his car glanced off the fence. He finished a car length behind Grim in the feature.

Charlie Lutkie of Wichita, Kansas, upset Grim in the second heat race when he outran the Indianapolis pilot for a five-lap win.

Lutkie also snared a victory in the Australian Pursuit race. He resisted efforts of Gordon Schuck and Jerry Schumacher in a dual that brought the crowd to its feet.

Jud Larson of Austin, Texas, had the fastest qualifying time of the day for the half-mile track with a time of 23.18 seconds.

Results –

First Heat: Bob Slater, Kansas City, Mo.
Second Heat: Charlie Lutkie, Wichita, Kan.
Third Heat: Herschel Wagner, Hickman Mills, Mo.
Trophy Dash: Bob Slater
Australian Pursuit: Charlie Lutkie

  1. Bobby Grim, Indianapolis
  2. Bob Slater
  3. Jud Larson, Austin, Tex.
  4. Herschel Wagner
  5. Eddie Loetscher, St. Louis, Mo.
  6. Jerry Schumacher, Wichita, Kan.
  7. Lee Drollinger, Urbana, Ill.
  8. Charlie Lutkie
  9. Dick Coleman, North Platte, Neb.
  10. Gordon Schuck, Edgar, Neb.

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