Sunday, July 26, 2020

1953 - Jimmy Davies Sets Williams Grove Mark

Jimmy Davies of Van Nuys, Calif., driving the Pat Clancy Special, won the 25-miler at Williams Grove.  

William Grove, Penn. (July 26, 1953) – Young Jimmy Davies, Van Nuys, Calif., veteran of the Korean War, set a new track record today in winning the 25-mile all-Indianapolis auto race at the Williams Grove Speedway.

Davies beat out his Van Nuys neighbor — Johnny Parsons — to complete the 50 laps on the clay oval in 22 minutes and 22.21 seconds. The old mark was 22 minute and 53 seconds set last year by Paul Russo, Hammond, Ind. Russo finished fourth in today’s race.

Parsons finished less than two car lengths behind Davies' Pat Clancy special. Davies, who held the lead the entire way, collected $1,275 as his winner's share of the purse.

Rodger Ward, Los Angles, finished third, Tommy Hinnershitz, Reading, was fifth behind Russo. Don Freeland, Redondo Beach, Calif., was sixth, Duane Carter, Culver City, Calif., seventh.

Results –

1. Jimmy Davies
2. Johnny Parsons
3. Rodger Ward
4. Paul Russo
5. Tommy Hinnershitz
6. Don Freeland
7. Duane Carter
8. Eddie Russo
9. Manny Ayulo
10.Johnny Roberts

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