Thursday, September 14, 2023

1956 – Clay County Stocks to Beauchamp


Johnny Beauchamp

Spencer, Iowa (September 14, 1956) – Johnny Beauchamp of Harlan came within one minute of beating the world’s record for 50 miles when he won the stock car feature at the Clay County Fair on Thursday.

Beauchamp’s winning time was 59 minutes and 42.11 seconds, only a minute off the record of 49 minutes and 75.69 seconds set by Bob Carpenter of Wabash, Ind.

More than 11,800 fans witnessed the action, sanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association.

Beauchamp trailed Don ash of Avoca for the first 20 laps before taking the lead. He stayed out front the rest of the day, with only one man pressing him.

Don White of Keokuk followed on Beauchamp’s bumper for most of the race but fell behind in the late stages. White and Chub Liebe of Oelwein, who finished second and third, respectively, were the only two drivers not lapped.

It was Beauchamp’s 36th feature victory of the season, the IMCA point leader in the stock car division.

Only eight drivers of the 12 starters finished the race.

Results –

1. Johnny Beauchamp, Harlan
2. Don White, Keokuk
3. Chub Liebe, Oelwein
4. Bob Kosiskie, Omaha, Neb.
5. Dick Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.
6. Chris Skadal, Des Moines
7. Don Pash, Avoca
8. Duane Streight, Madrid
9. Dick Jepsen, Hoxie, Kan.
10.Mel Kreuger, Anita

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