Roy Bryant (left) and La Verne Nance - Racing From The Past Photo
Hutchinson, Kan. (September 17, 1968) - Roy Bryant, Wichita, well known to Hutchinson fans for his modified jalopy racing, captured the feature event in the speedway type car races at the Kansas Fair Tuesday, and with it the point championship of Big Car Racing Inc. for the season.
Bryant was second to Chuck Kidwell,
in the point standings before the race, but Kidwell finished far back in the
pack and Bryant grabbed 210 points for a winning finish, giving him a season
total of 457 points to Kidwell's 385. Lincoln, Neb.
The 20-lap feature was strictly a three-car battle from the start, with Bryant and Dick Sutcliffe,
continuously for the lead with David Ross of Jetmore a steady third. All other
cars were far behind. Sutcliffe had a narrow lead most of the race, but on the
17th lap he hit turn three a bit too fast, skidded wide into the soft dirt, and
Bryant shot past him on the inside. Kansas
Finishing fourth was Jan Opperman,
. Gordon Woolley, Waco, Tex., was
fifth. Others in order: Ralph Parkinson, Des Moines ; Joe Saldana,
Lincoln, Neb.; Keith Hightshoe, Ashland, Neb.; Jim Golden, Palmyra, Neb.; and
Dick Bloom, Wichita. The unofficial time of the race was 8 minutes and 10
Bryant also had the best time in the trials, with a snappy 23.79. And he was winner in the four-lap trophy dash.
had a 100-yard lead with less than two laps to go in the consolation race when
he blew his engine. Reed, starting third in the race, took over the front spot
on the third lap and was steadily gaining ground when the engine quit and he
rolled to a stop in the infield. Ralph Parkinson, Wichita ,
was the race winner. Wichita Falls, Tex.
David Ross, Jetmore and Jan Opperman,
locked in a spirited duel for
first in the third heat race, and it appeared one or the other would be a sure
winner. They were running side by side into the third turn on the last lap, but
built up too much speed on the back stretch and skidded wide as they started
the turn. Des Moines
Gordon Woolley, holding third place on a tight inside position, shot through the gap to capture the race.
Larry Dewell, Fowler, made his debut as a big car driver in the second heat race, but the gears went out on his car in the fourth lap and he was forced to drop out of the race. Harold Leep,
, blew an engine in the third heat
The second heat race provided the most excitement. Al Bodenhammer,
, skidded too wide on the fourth turn,
and bounced against the wall. However he managed to right the car and keep
going for a last place finish. Raytown, Mo.
Feature results –
1. Roy Bryant,
2. Dick Sutcliffe,
Kansas City, Mo.
3. David Ross,
4. Jan Opperman,
Des Moines, Iowa
5. Gordon Woolley,
6. Ralph Parkinson,
Wichita Falls, Tex.
7. Joe Saldana,
8. Keith Hightshoe,
9. Jim Golden,
10. Dick Bloom,