Sunday, September 26, 2021

1964 – Kansan Wins Fair Event

Harold Leep drove Chet Wilson's Chevy to victory in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City, Okla. (September 26, 1964) – Veteran Harold Leep of Wichita, Kan., piloting a Chevrolet-powered sprint car, won Saturday’s 20-lap feature race, and set a new Oklahoma State Fair racing record before an opening day crowd of 6,000.

Leep’s winning time for the 10-mile distance was 8 minutes and 29.60 seconds and it bettered the two-year-old mark of 8 minutes and 41.54 seconds owned by Roger Lane of Kansas City.

The Kansan’s new feature record was one of two new standards he authored Saturday. The other was a 22.09 second trip around the half-mile in qualifying, breaking the old mark of 23.66 seconds set by Gordon Herring of Denver, Colo.

Results –

Time trials – Harold Leep, Wichita, Kan. (22.09)
Heat #1 – Harvey Shane, Wichita, Kan.
Heat #2 – Shady McWhorter, Garland, Tex.
Heat #3 – Jerry Weld, Kansas City
Consolation – Ron Larson, Milltown, Wis.
Feature –
1. Harold Leep
2. Shady McWhorter
3. Jay Woodside, Wichita, Kan.
4. Dale Reed, Wichita
5. Don Melton, San Bernardino, Calif.
6. Ralph Blackett, Bartlesville
7. Sonny McDaniel, Houston
8. Ron Larson
9. Thad Dosher, Topeka, Kan.
10.Grady Wade, Wichita, Kan.

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