The program will start at and the first race will be at
Esther Merrick, handling entries for her husband, promoter Jack Merrick, reported Friday afternoon she had 84 official entry blanks on hand. In addition more than a half dozen drivers had phoned reporting intentions to be here. Still others had phoned that they would bring entry blanks with them and a few others had signified intentions of running, but so far had neglected to file entry sheets.
drivers have officially
entered and one or two other Hutchinson
entries are expected. Hutchinson
Heading the “home team” is Henry Ellington, the 1966 National champ, and only non-Wichitan ever to win the National. Ellington will drive the Chevy speedster owned by Kenneth McCoy.
entries are Charlie Pitts, filling station owner, and a late entry, Jay Schrock,
who will be at the wheel of Pat Haskard's Gurney Ford; Les Angel Jr., who will
drive the Angel Construction Special No. 76, which Ellington drove to the
national title in 1966: and Dick Hendershot, who will drive another Angel
Construction Co. Special, No. 3. Hutchinson
will be in the field but with a Hutchinson
driver, Jerry Everhart. Willis Curless, who helped engineer several outstanding
race cars while he lived in Wichita , recently moved to Arkansas
City . He brought
one of his better cars, No. 62, to Hutchinson
and Friday got confirmation that Everhart would be his driver. Hutchinson
Among other new entries is Gary Harrison of
who will be at the wheel of a Chevy, No. 87. Topeka Harrison
is the son of Bill Harrison, who achieved considerable fame as a driver of IMCA
late model stock cars,
“checked in” by phone Friday. He’ll be driving No. 94, as did Bill Robinson, Wichita , owner and driver
of No. 47, and Tom Carlisle, Topeka ,
who’ll pilot No. 45. Wichita
Time trials will start at Saturday, following inspection, and warm-ups which will give drivers a chance to make last minute adjustments in tires or other equipment for maximum performance on the
The trials will continue virtually all afternoon. Hutchinson
Dorothy Woods will introduce Miss National Modified queen contestants to the press and contest judges at a luncheon at Saturday at the Hilton Hotel.
Special entertainment, including introduction of pageant contestants will get underway at the track at Sunday. The first of four heat races will be run at , followed by a trophy dash featuring heat winners, the 30-lap semi-National and the 50-lap National Championship.