1961 Midget 250 Mile Race at Trenton
Posted 30 March 2005 - 15:25
One source I have gives another win to this rather odd combination, a 20-mile (!) race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH on August 29, 1964; another source credits this win only to Marshman. Who's right?
Posted 30 March 2005 - 19:57
" Bobby Marshman and Jimmy Davies teamed up to win the 25 - mile National Championship at the Sam Nunis Trenton Speedway. [ It was a 250 mile race, not 25 miles]
Due to the intense heat at trackside, nine drivers required relief during the long grind.
Jim Davies, the 1960 USAC National Champion[midgets] set fast time for a new track record in the Howard Linne Offy, was forced out after nine laps with a blown engine. Jiggs Peters took over the lead in the Ken Brenn Offy but pitted with mechanical problems on the 127th lap. At this point, Bobby Marshman, the co-rookie of the Indy 500, took over for good. After building up a three-lap lead in the Bruce Homeyer Konstant - Hot Offy, Marshman pitted for relief. Davies took over, still retaining the lead and went to win.
Placing second was Bill Randall in the Bennet Brother's Fluid Chemical Offy and Tony Bondadies in the Frankenfeld car, placed third.
The race was sanctioned by USAC [ARDC was the other club who sanctioned this race] following negotiations betwen Dutch Schaefer and Henry Banks.....on race day, forty cars signed in with only six USAC registered cars"
Davies set fast time with a lap of 35.37, 101.781mph. The 250 miles was 2Hours 49minutes 57.32 seconds at a speed of 88.258 mph.
USAC had a midget show at Soldier Field in Chicago the night before the Trenton race and another race the night after at Cleveland, I'm guessing this is one reason for the low USAC car count at Trenton.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 20:22