Saturday, July 6, 2024

1958 – Burdick Wins Kansas International

Bob Burdick

Topeka, Kan. (July 6, 1958) – Bobby Burdick of Omaha, Neb., driving a 1958 Ford, blazed around the Kansas Free Fair racetrack Sunday to win the IMCA-sanctioned Kansas International auto classic for stock cars and sport cars.

Burdick, slowed by five yellow flags as half the field of 22 starters dropped out of the race, circled the half-mile dirt oval in 1 hour, 51 minutes, and 3.36 seconds, far off his own track record.

The crowd of 6,000 was on it’s feet most of the day as two crashes and numerous spinouts dwindled the field.

Chub Liebe of Oelwein, Iowa, and Frank Richards of Marion, Iowa, both escaped injury while completely demolishing their cars.

Richards went through two steel guardrails and a steel fence in turn one, with a steel beam smashing through his windshield and narrowly missing Richards. Liebe rolled his 1957 Ford twice but crawled away from the wreckage unscathed.

Burdick, who was the fastest qualifier in time trials with a time of 30.09 seconds, lost the lead only once. That was on the 15th lap when Johnny Beauchamp of Harlan, Iowa, driving a 1957 Chevrolet, took the lead only to have a axle break on the following lap. Beauchamp set out 55 laps for repairs but still came back to finish 13th.

With Beauchamp out, Burdick had little competition for the rest of the afternoon. Don White of Keokuk, Iowa, piloting a 1958 Ford, finished second and Loyal Katskee of Omaha, Neb., driving a Monza Ferrari, was a surprise third – the only sports car of four starters to finish the race.

Results –

1. Bob Burdick, Omaha, Neb.
2. Don White, Keokuk, Iowa
3. Loyal Katskee, Omaha, Neb.
4. Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa
5. Herb Shannon, Peoria, Ill.
6. Sandy Slack, North Platte, Neb.
7. Shorty Eberts, Avondale, Mo.
8. Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
9. Bob Short, Omaha, Neb.
10.Sonny Gross, Quincy, Ill.
11.Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa
12.Tubby Harrison, Topeka
13.Johnny Beauchamp, Harlan, Iowa
14.Doc Narber, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
15.Dutch Munsinger, Tabor, Iowa

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