chet Wilson , owner Walt McWhorter drove
OF No 25 midget a stock car = No 76
walt driver 1956 with a Fessler powerd
WICHITA, KANSAS RACING Engine. in 1952 walt was only 17
this Race car Driver Is The Father and
Grand Father of 3 Well Known race Car Drivers Picture 1952 BILL MEARS. BILL RACE AT C.J. staduim, Wichita
Buddy Quick drove this 32 ford vic. at C. J
staduim, Wichita Kan. in the 50"s this car
had a (bed) steel head board for a roll bar.
and a Broken frame but Won lots of races!
RUSS WALLACE, FATHER , RUSTY , KENNY , MIKE.
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY, VALLEYPARK, MO.
KEN SCHRADER , GUY ON THE RIGHT SIDE.
SMOKEY YUNICK ENGINE BUILDER
FIREBALL ROBERTS DRIVING NO 3 CAR
"Jim" Roper's name became a part of history when he won the first ever NASCAR Winston Cup Series stock car race June 19, 1949 in Charlotte, N.C. competed that day were Lee Petty, Curtis Turner and Buck Baker
After reading about the upcoming first NASCAR Strictly Stock car race for modern sedans in a syndicated comic strip in 1949, he and friend Millard Clothier headed for the Charlotte Speedway in two Lincolns from Clothier's car dealership in Great Bend to race in the 150-mile, 200-lap event. It was the second NASCAR-sanctioned race, but the first ever for stock car racing. The first NASCAR-sanctioned race was in February 1948.
In 1955, Roper suffered a broken vertebrae in a sprint car accident. He recovered but decided to end his driving career. He later became a professional flagman at race events, built race cars in which to train other drivers and eventually became a thoroughbred horse breeder and settled near Kaufman, Texas. He moved back to Kansas after taking ill and requested Bryson Mills take him back home to spend his final days.
He started driving in the track roadster division in 1947 for a longtime friend, Earl Mills of Newton. He won the Beacon Championship at the CeJay Speedway in Wichita in 1947 driving a 1933 Auburn roadster powered by a Ford V-8 flathead engine.
ClicIn 1968 the USAC Champ Dirt Cars made their annual trek to Sacramento, CA. In this Jim Chini shot scanned from the 1989 Golden State 100 program, Mario Andretti leads Bud Tingelstad, Bill Vuckovich, and Gary Bettenhausen.
A.J. Foyt wins the Hossier Hundred for the 5th
time. who pocketed $8,300.
Bettenhausen was runner-up, Al Unser was third, Andretti fourth, and Bruce Walkup rounded out the top five. (Holtsman Family collection)
Hewitt has the most career victories in the history of the United States Auto Club. He's won two national Silver Crown championships, is the second all-time winner in USAC Sprints and is the only man ever to win all four races the same year at the USAC Four Crown Nationals at Eldora. He did that in 1998, the same year he became —
At Age 46 — the oldest rookie ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, where he finished 12th. Just recently he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of fame
SAMMY FESSLER IS THE FATHER OF WELL
KNOWN ENGINE BUILDER
PICTURE 1959 GO KART