Kansas Badman Racing

This was a match race at Southwest Raceway, Tulsa, OK, May 28, 1966. Excerpts from the story by Leslie Lovett, Drag News Magazine, May 28, 1966.

“The match race between Ted ‘The Kansas Badman’ DeTar and his Chrysler hemi-powered Ford Falcom, against Hayden Proffitt proved to be a real crowd pleaser. Both parties got on the PA and put a real bad mouth on one another. First round, Badman badmouth DeTar, won with a 9.80. When they came back, DeTar claimed he shut down so as not to beat Hay so badly. Then Hay said he appreciated that since he was just warming up. Next pass, Hayden’s little Corvair, powered by the 396 Chevy engine was warmed up and took DeTar with a 9.63 to Ted’s 9.77. Last round, in the two out of three race, DeTar said he was tired of playing silly spider and stopped the bug with a 9.44 ET to Proffitts’ 9.66 ET”.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Lovett

DeTar wins Races….Taken from the Coffeyville Journal May 10, 1967

“Ted DeTar, Coffeyville High School graduate, now making his home in Wichita, recently won two drag race titles at the American Hot Rod Association’s Spring Nationals at Odessa, TX. DeTar, son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank DeTar of rural Coffeyville, took the FX Fuel Funny Car Eliminator and the Super Stock Eliminator at the meet, according to Drag World Magazine. Driving his famed ‘Kansas Badman’ Falcon Funny car, DeTar picked up about $3,000 for his efforts. DeTar is ranked by Drag
World as the top Super Stock drag racer in the world”.