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I was enjoying looking over the list of drivers in the final point standings of the AAA Southwest Midget Circuit for the year 1950. I thought some of you might also enjoy reading this, so I am listing it below.

 

AAA Southwest Midget Circuit, Final Point Standings, 1950:

 

RANK DRIVER HOME POINTS

 

1 CECIL GREEN, HOUSTON, 2420

2 JACK PENWELL, TULSA, 2397

3 JUD LARSON, OKLA. CITY, 2279

4 BUDDY RACKLEY, HOUSTON, 2033

5 GUY McHENRY, WICHITA,KS, 1816

 

6 BUZZ BARTON, TULSA, 1757

7 SPEEDY MATHENY, ROSENBURG, 1651

8 LEE FLOWERS, SAN ANTONIO 1504

9 JOY BOOTH, OKLA. CITY, 1298

10 J.D. PARK, HOUSTON, 1225

 

11 TOM VARDEMAN, TULSA, 1180

12 DOC COSSEY, HOUSTON, 1092

13 TEX WEST, DALLAS, 1060

14 BUD HEMPHILL, PRYOR, OKLA, 1030

15 JACK WALLENBURG, OKLA. CITY, 1002

 

16 RED HODGES, DALLAS, 971

17 BUD CAMDEN, WICHITA, KS, 867

18 JIMMY REECE, OKLA CITY, 797

19 TOMMY MANGUM, HOUSTON, 731

20 JACK CRAWFORD, HOUSTON, 695

 

21 DALE BURT, HOUSTON, 676

22 TED PARKER, DALLAS, 629

23 VERN BLACKBURN, HOUSTON, 540

24 RALPH OUTCALT, SAPULPA, OKLA, 496

25 ERNEST DOWDY, DALLAS 460

 

26 RUSS COFER, OKLA CITY, 450

27 HUGH PORTER, HOUSTON, 442

28 MEL WREN, HOUSTON, 439

29 WES SAEGESSER, SAN ANTONIO, 387

30 WOODY POWELL, PIKEVILLE, MD, 386

 

31 BUD CHENEY, HOUSTON, 381

32 CARLOS LANGSTON, TULSA, 368

33 DONALD BROWN, WICHITA, KS, 346

34 LOYES HARRIS, DALLAS, 340

35 MARCEL ST CRICQ, MESQUITE, 329

 

36 HARRY ROSS, DALLAS, 312

37 BILL HOWSE, HOUSTON, 303

38 LELAND MUSICK, DALLAS, 299

39 JOHN BERGERON, HOUSTON, 288

40 AL EPPERSON, HOUSTON, 254

 

41 QUENTIN STEIMANN HOUSTON, 240

42 CARL SHILLING, CHICKASHA, OKLA, 226

43 WILEY CORDER, HOUSTON, 225

44 BILL HOMEIER, HOUSTON, 213

45 JIMMY HICKS, HOUSTON, 206

 

46 BOB CARRELL, LAWNDALE CALIF, 202

47 TOMMY ROSBOROUGH, SHREVEPORT LA, 192

48 GEORGE MURPHY, HOUSTON, 189

49 KENNETH KING, WICHITA, KS, 188

50 GEORGE HOUSER, WICHITA, KS, 178

 

51 ROY PETERSON, WICHITA FALLS, 176

52 PETER NACCARATO, DALLAS, 174

53 RALPH PARKINSON, WICHITA FALLS, 160

54 TUBBY GONZALES, HOUSTON, 160

55 BOB BRYAN, CHICKASKA, OKLA, 160

 

56 SPEC FREIDEN, DALLAS, 158

57 FRANK DICKERSON, WICHITA, KS, 149

58 JIMMY WOOTEN, DALLAS, 138

59 JOHNNY PARSONS, VAN NUYS, CALIF, 137

60 RUSS ENGLEHAUPT, CLEVELAND, OH, 129

 

61 CHARLES WREN, HOUSTON, 122

62 TEX THOMPSON, HOUSTON, 110

63 LLOYD RUBY, WICHITA FALLS, 108

64 PEE WEE LONG, OKLA CITY, 102

65 DAVE ROBERTS, HOUSTON, 98

 

66 RUSSELL McGRAW, SHARPEVILLE, IN, 96

67 JIMMY FONVILLE, HOUSTON, 87

68 DICK WORD, SAN ANTONIO, 86

69 KNOBBY AMOS, HOUSTON, 78

70 JAMES CAMPBELL, BATES CITY, MO, 77

 

71 ERNEST DIETZMAN, PHOENIX, ARIZ, 76

72 ED JOHNSON, LOS ANGELES, CALIF, 56

73 PAUL COCKRELL, OKLA CITY, OKLA 52

74 R. W. McCAY, ARLINGTON 38

75 ARTHUR BISCH, FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ, 38

 

76 RALPH FOSTER, OKLA CITY, 32

77 LYLE DICKEY, HOLLYWOOD, CALIF, 30

78 DER MERKLEY, OMAHA, NEB, 28

79 WOODROW BRINKMAN, LINCOLN, NEB, 24

80 GEORGE SCHWAB, OKLA CITY, 20

 

81 BOB BREADING, INDIANAPOLIS, 18

82 BOB McKIM, SALINA, KS, 16

83 JOHN SAWYER, SAPULPA, OKLA, 16

84 ELLID ELMORE, HOUSTON, 14

85 J.A. BARKER, PHOENIX, ARIZ, 10

 

(END OF LIST)

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If there is anyone on here who is familiar with the midget racing and drivers who ran at

Big-H in Houston in the late 70's to early '80s time frame, I've got some photos and other stuff you would probably be interested in. Let us hear from you.

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Here's the Final Point Standings from the 1981 Big H Midget Season (Source: TEXAS LEGACY Tales From the Golden Days of Midget Auto Racing in Texas, a book by Philip LeVrier, Published 1984)

 

If you see any names you recognize, or know something of interest about this era of midget racing in Texas, let us hear from you.

 

Rank/Name/Car#/Points

 

1. Charles Caldwell, Jr. #50/ 458

2. Steve Laney #52/ 434

3. Gary Bell #34/ 400

4. Rodney Otts #23/ 388

5. David Cahoon #25/ 366

6. Roy Payne #33/ 328

7. Jackie Burke #98/ 320

8. Dickey Laney #53/ 308

9. Ron Hughes, Jr. #45/ 306

10. Dan Jolliff #9/ 294

11. Allen Porter #55/ 256

12. Larry Bell #99/ 168

13. Elton Porter #?/ 162

14. J.W. Pokluda #?/ 154

15. William Smith #27/ 150

16. Steve Cheek #0/ 148

17. Ronny Burke #21/ 134

18. Pat St. Criq #44/ 92

19. Page Reynolds #?/ 88

20. Charles Hutchinson #12/ 78

21. Marvin Clark #22/ 58

22. Bob Lamb #47/ 46

23. John Kellis #?/ 28

24. Richard Zufall #4z/ 26

25. Bud Barnett #35/ 24

26. Bill White #30/ 24

27. Glen Devore #?/ 22

28. Richard Summers #94/ 20

29. Steve Ward #77/ 18

30. Bill Ward #2/ 12

31. Bill Pittman #?/12

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I'm almost positive Steve Laney is an older relative of Ronald Laney, World of Outlaws sprint car driver from Humble who was killed at Florida's East Bay track. Ronald ran the same number (52), and there is a Steve in the management of the family business.

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Steve and Dickie Laney are both mentioned in that book, and both are related to the late Ronald Laney.

I think Dickie and Ronald's father Marcus were brothers, not sure about Steve.

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Ok Budman, start posting some of these photos from the late 70's at Big H I can't wait to see them. Kenny Burns purchased a couple of photo albums at a car show here about 3 weeks ago for $5.oo apiece. Turned out they were Phillip Leviers, after he passed away his wife had them in a storage facility and got behind on payments so the contents were sold. The guy selling them at the car show had bought the warehouse contents but didn't have a clue as to what they were. Anyhow I had the photos here to scan but couldn't cause they were glued into the photo album.

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Start posting Budman! I am intrested in anything your willing to post! Expecally anything "Bill White".

thanks, again!

kenny

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Tex44, I have a question for you. The 1979 pic above shows midgets still with the "traditional" front nose and body panels on them. About when and WHY did they evolve to todays boxey, angular (and much less attractive) front body panels?

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Budman,

 

Its hard to put an exact date on this transition of the midgets, but it was proably late eighties to early nineties. Enter Bob East who's chassis was too wide for the standard rounded effect so the square box began.

 

Then somewhere in the mid nineties they had to add the arm guards on the right side of the cockpit so you couldn't see the driver work'in in the cockpit.

 

The pavement midgets of today are no more than a 4 cylinder super modified. WIth their super wide chassis and offset on the axles, there is no more "Winchester Wiggle" as Larry Rice used to reference on the old ESPN Thursday Night Thunder shows.

 

While we're talk'in old midgets on the pavement though, you need to see this video, worst midget wreck I ever saw.

 

http://www.goodvideos.info/play.php?id=910

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Boy Thursday night thunder the should have been called Nascar back then. I think me and my family taped almost every race that was on tv. I still to this day pull out videos from the early 90's when they first started running at Ventura and in the line up you see names like Kenny Irwin Jr., Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, JJ Yeley, Tracy Hines, Page Jones, Stevie Reeves, Dave Blaney at times.

 

Here's a 2 trivia questions for ya:

 

1. What happened to Tony Stewart the first time he raced @ Salem Speedway in a sprint car?

2. What was Tony Stewart's nickname when he was on the thunder series besides Rushville Rocket?

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Talkin about the changes to cars heres some pics i found from west coast sprinters and you see one from the 60's with no cages, the the third one is from the late 70's then the second one is from 1985 and the last one i believe said it was from 1993.

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Actually the first picture is of the USAC Dirt Champ Cars in 1970. #9 is Mike Mosely and the #1 is Mario Andretti.

 

Looking at them from the front they look like sprint cars, but from a side shot you can really see the difference in size.

 

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I miss those thursday night thunder races. I was lucky enough to be sitting on that grass hill in turn one at IRP when Tony Stewart gave Danny Drian the bird for taking him out of the race. At that time I did not know I was watching a future nascar champion. :lol:

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