A crowd of over 8,000 saw Collins leap ahead at the start and increase his lead slightly at the fifth lap when Wilburn hit a turn too fast. However, Wilburn righted his car nicely and surged back-into the race to overhaul the lead-footed Iowan at lap nine.
The two cars roared hub to hub around the half-mile oval on the final lap with Wilburn coming out of the last turn with a slight advantage. In the grueling drive down the stretch, Wilburn kept his car out in front by a wheel to cop the first prize. Collins settled for runner-up honors and Ben Musik took third place.
Wilburn gave the crowd its first thrill of the day by setting a new record in the time trials. Wilburn burned up the track in a rapid 24.23 seconds for a new mark.
Emory Collins was unable to enter competition until the feature race due to a damaged ring gear. The mechanical difficulty was encountered as Collins was testing the track during the warm-up period. The necessary repairs were not completed until the feature race.
Wilburn raced away with the first heat race with Bill Hooper of
in second place. Jim Weldon came in
In the second heat race, Ben Musik of
, piloted his Offenhauser to
a one-sided victory. Bert Helmueller of Dallas,
Tex. , was second with Ron Bolander
third. Helmueller and Hooper engaged in the three-lap helmet dash event but
Hooper encountered difficulty on the back stretch of the final lap to drop from
the race. Louisville,
The hard-luck award of the day went to Dick Vahn of
who had everything going his own way
for four laps of the consolation event. Leading by a quarter of a lap with only
a half lap to go, Vahn's machine suddenly conked out and Johnny Harper sailed
into first place. Sunny Ebsen was second with Dutch Morehouse third. St. Paul
Morehouse came back to cop the Australian Pursuit race by staying ahead of Jim Weldon who made a tremendous effort to overhaul the