La Crosse Speedways history by Dick Johnson

IMCA Events On The Half-Mile Dirt Oval” At the La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds

1957-1966 Hello Racing Fans:

This project contains the results of the IMCA events run at the La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds oval track in West Salem, Wisconsin (built in 1957) which were conducted between 1957 and 1966 on the dirt and in 1971 after the track was paved (in 1970).

All of these results were found in microfilm, back issues, of the La Crosse Tribune (daily newspaper) held at the La Crosse County Library, almost all results were complete, to include stories and photos. It is to the credit of the efforts of Frank Winkley and the newspaper’s attention to events at the Fairgrounds, that this information is preserved.

I hope you enjoy, and save, my research efforts.

Dick Johnson
(Any questions?, contact me at addresses below)
(Please report any errors, name spellings, home towns, etc.)
1012 Terrace Drive, Onalaska, WI 54650
halfwaynexttimeby@centurytel.net

NOTE: 2007 marks the 50th Anniversary of the oval track at the West Salem, Wisconsin (LaCrosse Interstate) Fairgrounds. Today it’s called the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, where NASCAR Weekly Racing Series events are conducted on Saturday nights, and where the Annual “Oktoberfest” Race has been held on an early October weekend, every year since 1970.

Following is a compilation of the results of the IMCA (International Motor Contest Association) “Big Car” (AKA Sprint Car), IMCA Midget and IMCA “New Model” Stock Car events conducted at the Fairgrounds between 1957 and 1966, plus the lone pavement event in 1971.

In their day, these were big time racing events, as can be gleaned by scanning the many famous names, and the driver’s home towns. On days and evenings, when the weather was good, these IMCA races would fill the Fairground’s 4,000 seat grandstand (in the 50’s and 60’s, it was a scaffold type grandstand erected on the flat, not the artificial hillside, of today, which was constructed in 1970).

The “New Model” stock cars were virtually identical to what was being run at that time on the USAC Stock Car and NASCAR Grand National circuits. What became the eventually downfall of these IMCA series was race purses which didn’t keep pace with the other two mentioned series. Much of that due to the lack of large capacity venues in the Midwest. It was nevertheless an
ambitious series to run with twice a day shows and/or events run three or four times per week. The highlight of the IMCA season was the ten days in a row of racing at the Minnesota State Fair. Some other nearby cities which routinely hosted these event were at Wausau, Chippewa Falls, Owatonna, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Donnellson, Rochester, plus numerous other fairgrounds throughout the Midwest from the Canadian border to Texas and Louisiana. In order to adapt to fairgrounds ovals, mostly designed for Sunday afternoon horse racing, the IMCA carried their own portable lighting system, as night races were usually a better draw.

The promoter of these events (thru ’66) was Frank R. Winkley, of Minneapolis, who headed a company called Auto Racing Inc. Searches through back issues of the Tribune, show that he provided an onslaught of advance P.R. in the weeks leading up to their appearances at the Fairgrounds. Adding to the allure, was the fact that these two top divisions of the IMCA were quite different from, and much more sophisticated than, the “jalopies” that were run locally at that time, with drivers from “all over”, and in the days before live television coverage, and offered first hand a taste of “big time“ racing one could otherwise only read about.

It was a special time in local sports history that should be remember on this 50th Anniversary of the Fairground’s oval. I hope you can make use of my hard work.

Dick Johnson, Onalaska

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IMCA (International Motor Contest Association) 1957-1966, plus 1971 Races at La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Half-Mile Dirt Oval , built in 1957, paved 1970) All information obtained from the La Crosse Tribune (daily newspaper) archives. 1957-66 IMCA Events promoted by Frank Winkley, Auto Racing Inc.

1957 - (the same year, New York Knickerbockers defeat Minneapolis Lakers 94-93 before 2,093 at Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium in La Crosse, , , ,brand new Kroger store opens at the Village Shopping Center in La Crosse)

7 August 1957 - IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Tuesday Afternoon) 15-Lap Feature: Time: 6:57.85 (maybe, print hard to read)
1 - Johnny Pouelson, (H3), Gardena, Calf.;
2 - Al “Cotton” Farmer, Ft. Worth, Tex.;
3 - Don Carr, Indianapolis, Ind.
4 - Bob Tattersal, (H1), Streeter, Ill.
5 - Le Roy Neumeyer, Compton, Calf.
6 - Ernie Koch, Milwaukee, Wis.
7 - Vern Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minn.
8 - Buzz Barton, (FQ, Time N/A ,Dash,H1) Tampa, Fla.
Others on hand:
Mickey McCormick, Hutchinson, Kan.;
Frank McGowan, (Consy),Portland, Ore.;
Dave Leyton, Denver, Col.
Red Lempelius, St. Paul, Minn.
Cecil Beaver, Mitchell, Ind.
Arnie Isham, Sioux City, Iowa
Marvin Faw, Minneapolis, Minn.

(Tuesday Evening) 10-Lap Feature (shortened due to track conditions) Time:
4:33.15
1 - Barton (H1)
2 - Farmer
3 - Tattersal
4 - McGowan (Consy)
5 - Carr
6 - Paulson (Dash)
7 - Koch
8 - McCormick (H3)
9 - Faw
10- Kern (H3)

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11 August 1957, IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Sunday Afternoon) 25-Lap Feature Time: 11:26.25
1 - Johnny Beauchamp, (Dash, H2), Harlan, Iowa
2 - Jerry Draper, (FQ: 33.00 sec, H1), Moline, Ill.
3 - Darrel Dake, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4 - Newt Bartholomew, Port Christie, Iowa
5 - Bob Hardy, Beaumont, Tex.
6 - Al Warrendwer, (Consy), Harlan, Iowa
7 - Herb Shannon, Peoria, Ill.
8 - Mel Brazee, Neenah, Wis.
9 - Dick Pellow, Minneapolis, Minn.
10- Bruce Nystrom, Oshkosh, Wis.
11- Earl Ness, Green Bay, Wis.
12- Ben Pritzil, Two Rivers, Wis.
13- Dick Johnson, (Novelty),St. Paul, Minn.
Others on Hand;
Jerry Martin, Hometown??
Bill Ross, Hometown??
Don McDonald, Neenah, Wis.
Don Lewis, Hometown??

(Sunday Evening) 100-Lap Feature (Time: 51:10.53)
1 - Beauchamp, (H2), 100-Laps
2 - Dake, 99-L
3 - Hardy, 96-L
4 - McDonald, 95-L
5 - Ness, 94-L
6 - Shannon, 93-L
7 - Warrendwer, 93-L
8 - Pellow, 90-L
9 - Johnson, 90-L
10- Martin, 70-L
11- Draper, (H1), 39-L
12- Lewis, 31-L
13 - Ness, 25-L
Also on Hand;
Sam Bartlein, Hometown??, (substitute for Bill Ross in heat, DNS 100)
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1958 (same year the first McDonalds opens in La Crosse, and the Green Bay Packers draft, Jerry Kramer, Dan Currie, Ray Nitscke and Jim Taylor)

6 August 1958 IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Tuesday Afternoon) 12-Lap Feature: Time: 5:22.63
1 - Mickey McCormick, (Dash), Hutchinson, Kan.
2 - Bill Hobbs, San Francisco, Calf.
3 - Jack Rounds, Huntington Park, Calf
4 - Jerry Richert, (Pursuit), Forest Lake, Minn.
5 - Johnny Pouelson, Gardena, Calf.
6 - Harold Burns, Minneapolis, Minn
7 - Bob Mathauser, Omaha, Neb.
8 - Ted Ready, St. Paul, Minn.
9 - Jim Hurtubise, (H2), Ingelwood, Calf.
10- Cecil Scroggins, Eagle Creek, Calf.
(Others on hand)
Marvin Faw, Minnapolis, Minn.
Leon Sharp, Omaha, Neb.
Jim Wigscheider, St. Paul, Minn
Vern Chamberlain, (FQ; 24.19 sec, H1), Minneapolis, Minn.

(Tuesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature: Time: 7:34.26
1 - Rounds, (Dash)
2 - Hurtubise
3 - Pouleson, (H1)
4 - Richert, (Pursuit)
5 - Hobbs, (H2)
6 - Mathauser
7 - Scroggins
8 - Faw
9 - McCormick
10- Sharp
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10 August 1958: IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Sunday Afternoon) 25-Lap Feature:
1 - Don White, (FQ-28.50 sec., H1), Keokuk, Iowa
2 - Johnny Beauchamp, (Dash, H2), Harlan, Iowa
3 - Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa
4 - Bobby Burdick, (Consy), Omaha, Neb.
5 - Ben Pritzil, Two Rivers, Wis.
6 - Chub Liebe Oelwein, Iowa
7 - Ken Schultz, Wisc. Rapids, Wis.
8 - Dutch Munsinger, Oklahoma City, Okla.
9 - Murry Folsum, Mechanicsville, Iowa
10- Frank Richards, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
11- Bob Short, Des Moines, Iowa
12- Chris Skadal, Des Moines, Iowa
13- Bob Carpenter, (H3), Carlisle, Iowa
14- Whitey Traeder, Milwaukee, Wis.
15- Milo Van Oudenhoven, Appleton, Wis.
16- Jerry Peterson, Manitowoc, Wis.
17- Ralph Wilhelm, Milwaukee, Wis.
18- Herb Shannon, Peoria, Ill.
19 - Bruce Nystrom, Oshkosh, Wis.
20 - Floyd Matter, Hollandale, Minn
(Others on hand)
Larry Otto, Chicago, Ill.
Vince Rizzo, Chicago, Ill.
Dave Hirschfeld, Chicago, Ill

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(10 August 1958, IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars, continued) Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Sunday Evening) 100-Lap Feature Time: 53:45.07
1 - Burdick, 100-Laps
2 - Liebe, 98-L
3 - Derr, 98-L
4 - Beauchamp, 98-L
5 - White, 98-L
6 - Schultz, 97-L
7 - Draper, 94-L
8 - Richards, 93-L
9 - Carpenter, 90-L
10- Peterson, 89-L
11- Shannon, 83-L
12- Folsum, 83-L
13- M. Van Oudenhoven, 82-L
14- Hirschfeld, 49-L
15- Pritzil, 49-L
16- Nystrom, 47-L
17- Wilhelm, 36-L
18- Traeder, 15-L
19- Skadal, 3-L
20- Oido, 12-L
21- Munsinger, 9-L
22- Short, 8-L
23- Rizzo, 6-L
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1959 (the same year that the Autolite Plant in La Crosse closed, and the Curve-In Lanes (now Features) opened across the highway from the Speedway in West Salem)

******Special Event******
25 May 1959 IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars (Only IMCA race ever run at the facility NOT conducted during La Crosse Inter-State Fair) Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Sunday Afternoon) 20-Lap Feature (Time: 1 Hour, 59 Minutes, 05.68 Seconds)
1 - Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa, 20-Laps
2 - Newt Bartholomew, Carlisle, Iowa, 192-L
3 - Bruce Nystrom, Oshkosh, Wis., 187-L
4 - Bob Potter, Duluth, Minn, 184-L
5 - Milo Van Oudenhoven, Appleton, Wis., 179-L
6 - Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn., 178-L
7 - Pete Van Oudenhoven, Appleton, Wis., 170-L
8 - J. R. McHugh, Green Bay, Wis., 166-L
9 - Don McDonald, Neenah, Wis., 160-L
10- Frank Richards, (FQ: 30.65 sec.) Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 143-L
11- Sonny Morgan, Beaumont, Tex., 141-L
12- Dick Hutcherson, Koekuk, Iowa, 135-L
13- Bob Kosiske, Omaha, Neb., 131-L
14- Wally Stanton, Plattville, Wis., 77-L
15- Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 69-L
16- Doc Narber, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 30-L
17- Pee Wee Wilson, Bedford, Iowa, 25-L
18- Ralph Wilhelm, Milwaukee, Wis., 21-L
19- Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa, 20-L

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4 August 1959 IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Tuesday Evening) 12-Lap Feature: (Time: 5:13.85)
1 - A. J. Shepperd, (Dash, H3), Gardena, Calf.
2 - Buzz Barton, (H2), Tampa, Fla.
3 - Jim Hurtubise, N. Tonawanda, N.Y.
4 - Bill Horstmeyer, (H1), Stoughton, Wis.
5 - Jack Rounds, Huntington Park, Calf.
6 - Parnelli Jones, Torrence, Calf.
7 - Bob Sterrett, San Francisco,Calf.
8 - Pete Foise, Tampa, Fla.
9 - Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
10- Harry Ross, (Consy), Houston, Tex.
11- Glen Anderson, Owatonna, Iowa
12- Harry Kern, St. Paul, Minn.
DNS- Bill Hobbs, San Francisco, Calf.
DNS- Stan Rojina, Excelsior, Minn.

5 August 1959 IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Wednesday Afternoon) Cancelled because of very hot weather, shortage of fans.

5 August 1959 IMCA Midgets Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Wednesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature (Results are incomplete)
1 - Bill Horstmeyer, (Dash, H2), Stoughton, Wis.
2 - Owen Snyder Jr, , Janesville, Wis.
3 - Al Fredenberg, (H1), Madison, Wis.
4 - Willard Yates, Cedar Rapids
5 - Herb Ranchein, Minneapolis, Minn
(Others listed)
Kenny Bugguish, (Consy), Minneapolis, Minn
Bob Ufkin, Jordan, Minn.
Roy Seidenstricker, Minneapolis, MN
Al Cornick, Mason City, IA
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9 August 1959 - IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Sunday Afternoon) 25-Lap Feature (No Time recorded due to Red Flag)
1 - Ernie Derr, (Consy), Keokuk, Iowa
2 - Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
3 - Buzz McCann, (Dash), St. Paul, Minn.
4 - Newt Bartholomew, Carlisle, Iowa
5 - Sonny Morgan, Beaumont, Tex.
6 - Frank Richards, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
7 - Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn
8 - Neil Larson, St. Paul, Minn.
9 - Ralph Wilhelm, Milwaukee, Wis.
10- Bruce Nystrom, Oshkosh, Wis.
11- Bill Harrison, Topeka, Kan.
12- Bob Kosiske, Omaha, Neb.
13- Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa
14- Milo Van Oudenhoven, (Novelty), Appleton, Wis.
15- Pete Van Oudenhoven, Appleton, Wis.
16- Ken Schultz, Wisconsin. Rapids, Wis.
17- Dick Hutcherson, (H2), Keokuk, Iowa
18- Jerry Draper, (FQ- 28.80 sec., H1), E. Moline, Ill.
DNS-Doc Narber, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DNS- Don Cysiewski, Hastings, Minn.
DNS- Jimmy Martin, Richmond, Wis.

(Sunday Evening) 100-Lap Feature Time: 53:20.45
1 - Kosiske, 100-Laps
2 - Hutcherson, (Dash), 100-L
3 - Draper, 100-L
4 - Derr, 100-L
5 - Williams, 99-L
6 - Stott, 98-L
7 - Bartholomew, 97-L
8 - Schultz, (H1), 95-L
9 - Wilhelm, 94-L
10- Martin, 89-L
11-Nystrom, 81-L
12-M. Van Oudenhoven, 78-L
13-Narber, 38-L
14- Morgan, 29-L
15- Dake, 22-L
16- McCann, 18-L
17- P. Van Oudenhoven, 7-L
18- Harrison, 6-L
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1960 (Same year that John F. Kennedy was elected President)

9 August 1960: IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars (Only year Stocks NOT on Sunday) Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State
Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Tuesday Afternoon)
25-Lap Feature: (Time: 13:12.65)
1 - Ramo Stott, (Dash, H2), Keokuk, Iowa
2 - Ernie Derr, (FQ, 29.15 sec) Keokuk, Iowa,
3 - Dick Hutcherson, Keokuk, Iowa
4 - Bob Kosiske, (H1), Omaha, Neb.
5 - Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn.
6 - Newt Bartholomew, Carlisle, Iowa
7 - Johnny Jones, Marshall, Minn.
8 - Dick Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.
9 - Milo Van Oudenhoven, Appleton, Wis.
10- Doc Narber, (Consy), Cedar Rapids, Iowa
11- Wayne Lee, Burlington, Wis.
12- Bud Helm, Minneapolis, Minn
DNS - Buzz McCann, St. Paul, Minn.
DNS - Jerry O’Day, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
DNS - Jack Teutant, Minneapolis, Minn.

9 August 1960: IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Tuesday Evening) Race Program Rained Out and Not Rescheduled

10 August 1960 IMCA Midgets
Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State
Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Wednesday Evening) Shown in Fair Schedule, NO Results in newspaper. Weather
not an issue.

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14 August 1960: IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Sunday Afternoon) 12-Lap Feature Time: 4:58.64
1 - A. J. Shepperd, (H2), Gardena, Calf.
2 - Bill Hobbs, (Consy), San Francisco, Calf.
3 - Lee Roy Newmeyer, Compton, Calf.
4 - Jim McElreath, Fort Worth, Tex.
5 - Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
6 - Jerry Schumaker, Witchita, Kan.
7 - Mickey McCormick, Hutchinson, Kan.
8 - Ted Ready, St. Paul, Minn.
9 - Buzz Barton, (FQ 24.52 secs, Dash, H1), Tampa, Fla.
10- Dick Ritchie, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
11- Don Diabo, Minneapolis, Minn.
Others on hand
Johnny Rutherford, Fort Worth, Tex.
Fred Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Jim Wegsheider, (H3), St. Paul, Minn.
Marvin Faw, Minneapolis, Minn.
Harold Kern, St. Paul, Minn.
Jim Kroc, Excelsior, Minn.

(Sunday Evening) 10-Lap Feature (Shortened from 15 when the portable light system went out) (NO Time Recorded because of
light problem)
1 - Barton, (Dash)
2 - Hobbs
3 - Neumeyer
4 - McCormick
5 - Richert, (H2)
6 - Ready
7 - Rutherford
8 - McElreath, (H1)
9 - Schumacher (Consy)
10- Faw

% The IMCA brought their own light system, as many fairground tracks had no lights.
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1961 (the same year that Wisconsin passed $1 per hour minimum wage, )

1 August 1961: IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Tuesday Evening) 4-Lap Feature (Race halted when Hobbs hit generator for portable lights)
1 - Jerry Richert, (Dash,H1), Forest Lake, Minn.
2 - Buzz Barton, (H2), Tampa, Fla.
3 - John Leverens, San Francisco, Calf.
4 - Don Friend, Detroit, Mich.
5 - Marv Konkel, Milwaukee, Wis.
6 - Del Hindahl, Perkin, Ill.
7 - Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, St. Paul, Minn.
8 - Jim Murphy, Detroit, Mich.
9th and below ???
Also on hand
Johnny White, Warren, Mich.
Glen Anderson, Owatonna, Iowa
Al Fredenbrerg, Madison, Wis.
Ralph Donaldson, (Consy), Jackson, Mich.
Bill Hobbs, (H3), San Francisco, Calf.
Roger Hegge, St. Paul, Minn

2 August 1961: IMCA Midgets Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Wednesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature
1 - Keith Thomas, Madison, Wis.
2 - Bill Horstmeyer, (B-Feature), Stoughton, Wis.
3 - Jerry Congdon, Madison, Wis.
4 - tom Krehl, Madison, Wis.
5 - Gene Fechter, Minneapolis, Minn.
6 - Lloyd Larson, (H1), Minneapolis, Minn.
7 - Joe Giba, Denver, Col.
8th - below ???
Also on hand:
Harry Kern, St. Paul, Minn
Rex McBeth**, Eagle Lake, Minn.
Duane Telle, Minneapolis, Minn
“Morrow” (no first name, home town shown)
Tod Barton, (FQ 25.30 sec., H2, Dash), Janesville, Wis.
Roger Gregg, (Consy), Madison, Wis.
Dick Jones, Madison, Wis.
Ed Storvick, Minneapolis, Minn.
Joe Denko, Minneapolis, Minn.

** If I were to make a racing movie, my lead character would be “Rex McBeth” (12)
6 August 1961: IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Sunday Afternoon) 25-Lap Feature Time: 11:59.29
1 - Dick Hutcherson, (Consy), Keokuk, Iowa
2 - Bob Reynolds, (FQ: 26.87sec.), Oklahoma City, Ok.
3 - Chub Liebe, (Dash), Oelwein, Iowa
4 - Buzz McCann, St. Paul, Minn.
5 - Darrell Dake, (H2), Cedar Rapids, Iowa
6 - Jerry McRedie, (H1), Keokuk, Iowa
7 - Eddie Harrow, Corpus Christi, Tex.
8 - Newt Bartholomew, Carlisle, Iowa
9 - Jerry Kaufman, Minneapolis, Minn.
10- Ole Brua, Albert Lea, Minn.
11- Ron Snow, Red Wing, Minn.
12- Dick Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.
13 - Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn.
14 - Whitey Traeder, Milwaukee, Wis.
15- Don Rosenberg, Des Moines, Iowa
16- Pete Van Oudenhoven, Appleton, Wis.
17 - Gerry Harrison, Topeka, Kan.
18- Don “Itch” Daniels, Hastings, Minn.
DNS - Lenny Funk, Otis, Kan.
DNS - Doc Narber, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DNS - Roland Wilson, (Novelty), Omaha, Neb.

(Sunday Evening) 100-Lap Feature (Time: 54:41.98, 33 laps of yellow)
1 - Hutcherson, (H2), 100-Laps
2 - McCann, 100-L
3 - Harrow, 99-L
4 - Snow, 96-L
5 - Harrison, 96-L
6 - Williams, 96-L
7 - McRedie, 94-L
8 - Narber, 93-L
9 - Rosenberg, 90-L
10- P. Van Oudenhoven, 78-L
11- Liebe, 68-L
12- Wilson, 63-L
13- Dake, 59-L
14- Bartholomew, 54-L
15- Johnson, 50-L
16- Reynolds, (H1), 30-L
17- Brua, 26-L
18- Daniels, 20-L
19- Traeder, 19-L

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1962 (the same year Bell Discount Store, Causeway Blvd., and 40-Lane Bowling Alley, by Pettibone Park, open in La Crosse)

30 July 1962 IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Tuesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature Time: 6:22.62
1 - Bill Horstmeyer, Stoughton, Wis.
2 - Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, (H2), St. Paul, Minn.
3 - Pete Foise, Tampa, Fla.
4 - Jerry Richert, (H1), Forest Lake, Minn.
5 - Johnny Rutherford, Fort Worth, Tex.
6 - Roger Lane, Kansas City, Mo.
7 - Dale Reed, Witchita, Kan.
8 - Harvey Konkel, (Consy), West Allis, Wis.
9 - Sonny McDaniel, Houston, Tex.
10- Al Fredenberg***, Madison, Wis.
11- Don O’Riley, Los Angeles, Calf.
12- Don Melton, (H3), San Bernadino, Calf.
13- Harold Leep, (FQ; 24.03 sec), Witchita, Kan.
Also on hand
Harry Kern, St. Paul, Minn.
Jim Wegscheider, St. Paul, Minn.
Larry Cahill, Iowa City, Iowa

1 August 1962: IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Wednesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature (Time: 6:22.45)
1 - Jerry Richert, (H1), Forest Lake, Minn
2 - Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, St. Paul, Minn
3 - Harold Leep, Witchita, Kan.
4 - Roger Lane, Kansas City, Mo.
5 - Pete Folse, Tampa, Fla.
6 - Buzz Barton, Tampa, Fla.
7- Don O’Riley, (H3), Los Angeles, Calf.
8 - Harvey Konkel, West Allis, Wis.
9 - Bill Horstmeyer, Stoughton, Wis.
Also on Hand
Johnny Rutherford, (H2), Fort Worth Tex.
Al Fredenberg***, (Consy), Madison, Wis.
Tod Barton, Janesville, Wis.
Sonny McDaniels, Houston, Tex
Larry Cahill, Iowa City, Iowa

***Killed in racing accident at Sun Prairie, Wis., August 1963
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5 August 1962; IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Sunday Afternoon) 25-Lap Feature
1 - Chub Liebe, Oelwein, Iowa
2 - Dick Hutcherson, (H2, Dash), Keokuk, Iowa
3 - Mert Williams, Rochester, Minn.
4 - Lenny Funk, Otis, Kan.
5 - Bob Reynolds, Oklahoma City, Ok.
6 - Ole Brua, (H1), Albert Lea, Minn.
7 - Ernie Derr #, (FQ; 27.00 sec), Keokuk, Iowa
8 - Ramo Stott, (Consy), Keokuk, Iowa
9 - Dick Johnson, (Novelty), St. Paul, Minn
10- Ed Birkey, Peoria, Ill.
11- Don Kopshee, Tess Corners, Wis.
12- Buzz McCann, St. Paul, Minn.
13- Gery Sheldon, Beloit, Wis.
14- Pat Paterson, Willman, Iowa
15- Jerry McCredie, Keokuk, Iowa
DNS - John Mickey #, Columbus, Jct., Iowa
DNS - Darrell Dake, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DNS - Newt Bartholomew, Carlisle, Iowa
# - Derr blew engine in heat, drove Mickey’s car in 25-lap feature

(Sunday Evening) 100-Lap Feature (Time: 53:19.80)
1 - Hutcherson, (H2), 100-Laps
2 - Liebe, 100-L
3 - Stott, 100-L
4 - McCann, 100-L
5 - Williams, 100-L
6 - McCredie, 97-L
7 - Bartholomew, 94-L
8 - Birkey, 94-L
9 - Johnson, 93-L
10- Patterson, 90-L
11- Funk, 76-L
12- Brua, (H1), 73-L
13- Mickey, 54-L
14- Sheldon, 45-L
15- Reynolds, 41-L
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1963 (the same year Craig Breedlove sets 407.45 mph land speed record, and steam locomotive is put on display in La Crosse’s Copeland Park)

30 July 1963: IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Tuesday Evening) Rained Out

31 July 1963: IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis. (Wednesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature Time: 6:11.24
1 - Gordon Woolley, (H2), Waco, Tex.
2 - Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, (FQ, 23.39 sec, H1), St. Paul, Minn.
3 - Bill Horstmeyer, Stoughton, Wis.
4 - Harold Leep, Witchita, Kan.
5- Don Brown, San Fernando, Calf.
6 - Ron Larson, Red Wing, Minn.
7 - Pete Folse, Tampa, Fla.
8 - Bob Coulter, Lakewood, Calf.
9 - Tony Farr, (H3), Pomona, Calf.
10- Jack Dawson, Cleveland, Ohio
11- Curly Boyd, (Consy), Indianapolis, Ind.
12- Owen Snyder, Janesville, Wis.
13- Ted Ready, St. Paul, Minn
14- Sonny McDaniels, Houston, Tes.
15- Roger Lane, Blue Springs, Mo.
16- Ron Erfurth, Madison, Wis.
DNS - Johnny White, Warren, Mich.
DNS - Ted Jones, Waco, Tex.
DNS - Ken Cahill, Iowa City, Iowa
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4 August 1963: IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Sunday Afternoon) 25-Lap Feature Time: 11:31.50
1 - Dick Hutcherson, (FQ; 26.56 sec, H1, Dash), Keokuk, Iowa
2 - Ramo Stott, (H2), Keokuk, Iowa
3 - Chub Liebe, (Consy), Oelwein, Iowa
4 - John Mickey, Columbus Jct., Iowa
5 - Ralph Wilhelm, Milwaukee, Wis.
6 - Johnny Jones, Marshall, Minn.
7 - Newt Bartholomew, Carlisle, Iowa
8 - Bill Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.
9 - Joe Dolphy, New Brighton, Minn.
10- Les Friebe, Springfield, ??
11- Ervin Wangerin, Minneapolis, Minn.
12- Dick Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.
13- Bob Bennett, Hortonville, Wis.
14- Bill Ruelle, Milwaukee, Wis.
DNS - Joe Kwapil, Des Moines, Iowa
DNS - Chett Scott, Rockford, Ill.
DNS - Abe Blackfeiner, Minneapolis, Minn.

(Sunday Evening) 100-Lap Feature Time: 49:48.30
1 - Hutcherson, (H1) (No Laps Completed Listed)
2 - Liebe,
3 - Stott
4 - Mickey
5 - McCann, (H2)
6 - Jones
7 - Thomas
8 - Johnson
9 - Bennett
10- Scott
11- Bartholomew
12- Wilhelm
13- Kwapil
14- Blackfeiner
15- Friebre
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1964 (same year as Paul Hornung returns to Packers after his suspension and youngsters line up around the block to see the first showing of he Beatles movie, “Hard Days Night” at Hollywood Theater, and Minnesota State Fair oval is paved.

4 August 1964: IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Tuesday Evening) 12-Lap Feature (generator problems for lights delayed race) Time: 4:59.35
1 - Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, (FQ; 23.25 sec, H1), St. Paul, Minn.
2 - Bill Horstmeyer**, Stoughton, Wis.
3 - Buzz Barton, Tampa, Fla.
4 - Gordon Woolley, Waco, Tex.
5 - Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
6 - Ted Ready, St. Paul, Minn
7 - Jim Moughan, Springfield, Ill.
8 - Curly Boyd, Indianapolis, Ind.
9 - Don Melton, San Bernadino, Calf.
10- Sonny McDaniels, (H3), Houston, Tex.
11- Jay Woodside, Witchita, Kan.
12- Bill Siercks, (H2), New Brighton, Minn
Others on hand;
Dale Reed, Wichita, Kan
Doc Schaefer, (Consy), Alameda, Calf.
Owen Snyder, Janesville, Wis.
Chuch Muhr, Bettendorf, Iowa
Deac Hundley, Elgin, Ill.
Pat O’Reilly, Goodhue, Minn.
Bill Hill, San Jose, Calf.

5 August 1964: IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Wednesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature Time: 6:25.52
1 - Jerry Richert, (FQ; 23.38 sec, H1), Forest Lake, Minn.
2 - Bill Horstmeyer **, Stoughton, Wis.
3 - Gordon Woolley, Waco, Tex.
4 - Jim Moughan, (H2), Springfield, Ill.
5 - Buzz Barton, (H3), Tampa, Fla.
6 - Jay Woodside, Wichita, Kan.
7 - Curly Boyd, Indianapolis, Ind.
8 - Don Melton, San Bernadino, Calf.
9 - Sonny McDaniels, Houston, Tex.
10- Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, St. Paul, Minn.
11- Bill Siercks, New Brighton, Minn.
12- Ted Ready, (Consy), St. Paul, Minn.

** Killed in race at Springfield, Ill. 22 August 1964
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9 August 1964: IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Sunday Afternoon) 25-Lap Feature (Race run in rain showers) Time: 11:29.58
1 - Ramo Stott, (FQ; 26.40 sec, H1, Dash), Keokuk, Iowa
2 - Ole Brua, Albert Lea, Minn.
3 - Gil Haugen, Sioux Falls, SD.
4 - Bob Jusola, (Consy), Mound, Minn.
5- Bill Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.
6 - Dick Johnson, St. Paul, Minn.
7 - Ken Pratt, Darlington, Wis.
8 - Ervin Wangrin, Minneapolis, Minn.
9 - Leon Bowman, Wichita, Kan.
10- Jim Washburn, (H2), Keokuk, Iowa
11- Bob Brinkman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
12- Ken Mattoon, Minneapolis, Minn.
DNS- Roland Wilson, Bedford, Iowa

(Sunday Evening) 100-Lap Show Rained Out, Not rescheduled.
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1965 (the same year the Mississippi crested at 17.9 feet, flooding low lying areas of La Crosse, and homes were razed for expansion of La Crosse State College, now UW-L - Note: The La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds was moved from
La Crosse to West Salem in 1957 to make room for expansion of the College)

3 August 1965: IMCA “Big Cars” Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Tuesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature (start of show delayed to 9:30pm, due to showers)
1 - Dick Fries, San Diego, Calf. (No Time for Race, Red Flag)
2 - Jerry Richert, Forest Lake, Minn.
3 - Gordon Woolley, Waco, Tex.
4 - Dale Reed, (FQ; 25.24 sec), Wichita, Kan.
5- John Hesselgrave, St. Paul, Minn.
6 - Tom Bigelow, (H1), Whitewater, Wis.
7 - Jerry Weld, (H2), Kansas City, Mo.
8 - Ron Larson, (Semi), Milltown, Wis.?
9 - Ron Belland, (H-3), N. St. Paul, Minn.
10- Don Guida, Moorhead, Minn.
11- Sonny McDaniels, Houston, Tex.
12- Buzz Gregory, Indianapolis, Ind.
13- Paul Dorcic, Chicago Ridge, Ill.
14- Lonnie Jensen, Lincoln, Neb.
15- Roger Lane, Blue Springs, Mo.
Others on hand;
Dave Engebratson, Sioux Falls, SD
Chuck Mahr, Bettendorf, Iowa

4 August 1965: IMCA “Big Cars” (last year for “Big Cars” on the dirt
oval)
Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State
Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Wednesday Evening) 15-Lap Feature Time 6:12.16
1 - Jerry Richert, (FQ; 23.73 sec, H1), Forest Lake, Minn.
2 - Gordon Woolley, Waco, Tex.
3 - Dick Fries, San Diego, Calf.
4 - Dale Reed, Wichita, Kan.
5 - Tom Bigelow, (H2), Whitewater, Wis.
6 - Ron Belton, N. St. Paul, Minn.
7 - John Hesselgrave, St. Paul, Minn.
8 - Roger Lane, (H3), Blue Springs, Mo.
9 - Ron Larson, (Semi), Milltown, Wis.?
10- Don Guida, Moorhead, Minn.
11- Sonny McDaniels, Houston, Tex.
12- Mel Cornett, Milwaukee, Wis.
13- Don Carmichael, Chicago, Ill.
14- Dave Engebratson, Sioux Falls, SD

8 August 1965: IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Sunday Afternoon and Evening programs cancelled due to an all day rain, Not rescheduled)
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1966 (the same year the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, and Onalaska mourns the murder of Janalyn Jewel, Onalaska’s Denny Borchert captured the suspect)

7 August 1966: IMCA “New Model” Stock Cars Half-Mile Dirt Oval, La Crosse Inter-State Fairgrounds, West Salem, Wis.
(Sunday Afternoon) 25-Lap Feature. Time: 11.54.40
1 - Ramo Stott, Keokuk, Iowa
2 - Ernie Derr (FQ; 26.72 sec, Consy), Keokuk, Iowa
3 - Ed Negre, (Novelty), Monett, MO
4 - Larry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
5 - Lenny Funk, (Invitational), Otis, Kan.
6 - Don Knutson, Rice Lake, Wis.
7 - Roland Wilson, Bedford, Iowa
8 - Blaine Morrow, (H2), Blaine, Minn. (or Joy, Ill.)
9 - Lewis Taylor, Shawnee, Kan.
10- Butch Hall, Russell, Minn.
11- Bob Jusola, (H1), Mound, Minn.
12- Tom Roller, Independence, Mo.
13- Joe Mellcher, Alburquerque, NM
14- Orvil Danderson, Fair Grove, Mo.
15- Roger Schurr, St. Paul, Minn.
16- Phil Atkinson, Springfield, Mo.
17- Paul Feldner, Colgate, Wis.
18- Bill Behling, Milwaukee?, Wis.?
DNS- Ole Brua, Albert Lea, Minn.

(Sunday Evening) 100-Lap Feature (Last appearance of IMCA Stocks at the facility)
1 - Derr, 100-Laps , (H1), Time: 49:48.30
2 - Stott, 10-L
3 - Morrow, 98-L
4 - Taylor, 92-L
5 - Hall, 91-L
6 - Knutson, 83-L
7 - Mellcher, 81-L
8 - Schurr, 75-L
9 - Funk, 59-L
10- Atkinson, 56-L
11- Negre, 40-L
12- Phillips, 39-L, (H2)
13- Roller, 23-L
14- Danderson, 12-L
15- Feldner, 2-L
16- Wilson, 1-L
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25 July 1971 IMCA “Sprint Cars” Half-Mile Paved Oval, La Crosse Interstate Speedway, West Salem, Wis.
(NOTE: Track was Paved in 1970 - Unfortunately, results limited to a short story, NO detailed results for event. IMCA races now run by Gene Van Winkle.  Only IMCA event on paved track) (Sunday Afternoon) Race Distance Not Shown
1 - Jerry Richert, (H2), Forest Lake, Minn.
2 - Casey Jones, (FQ: 20.43 sec., H1), South Bend, Ind.
3 thru last ????
Other Drivers Listed:
Bob Kinser, (Dash), “Bloomington, Minn”, (Ind. ?)
Ray Wright, (H3), Elkhart, Ind.
Earl Wagner, (Consy), Pleasantville, Iowa.

Shortly after those wins by Richert at La Crosse (although I don't know if there's any connection), there was a "shake up" in the La Crosse racing "scene".

There was a difference within the ranks as to the future of racing, and one faction, including the management of the North La Crosse Speed Bowl*, went in the direction of "stock cars" as opposed to the "modifieds" (AKA jalopies) and
thus at mid-season the stock car was adopted at North La Crosse. The modified group decided to resurrect the "South Side Speedway, AKA La Crosse Speedway, AKA 40&8 Speedway (Located south of La Crosse, in an area where since Mt. La Crosse (skiing) has been constructed), which had been dormant since 1954, for
the racing of the modified cars. The South Side attempt was a total failure, (both tracks tried to race on Sunday afternoons) and the North La Crosse attempt suffered from a shortage of "Stock Cars" and by the end of the year,
the two divisions were racing together at North La Crosse. Eventually the modified car prevailed but the track never really recovered.

*North La Crosse Speed Bowl was located between La Crosse and Onalaska, on Oak Street, (just south of where I-90 crosses the Burlington (BNSF) freight yard today). The hill that once was the parking lot and grandstand area has since
been leveled, to make an industrial park, and only the adjacent cemetary remains (at its original elevation)

The attached 1979 photo show what was left of the North La Crosse Speed Bowl (AKA North La Crosse Speedway, when in paved form) . Closest to you is the back straight, the light, sandy colored, swoosh above the front straight is
where the hillside grandstand was. Much of the pit area, off of turn one has already been plowed up, A croocked road running straight back from the turn one area, to the west runs through the main parking lot, toward Oak Street. A
second parking lot, off of turns 3 and 4 has already been scraped away. (to make way for Palace Street) The cemetary in the square-ish area behind the turn four grandstand area.



Dick Johnson
Onalaska, Wisconsin