Winchester winner Mike Nazaruk (second from right) is joined by (l -r) car owner Lee Elkins, trophy presenter Wilbur Shaw, and mechanic Mutt Anderson.
Winchester, Ind. (September 27, 1953) – Mike Nazaruk wheeled his #83 Kalamazoo Special to victory in the 100-lap AAA sprint car race at Winchester Speedway.
The iron man from North Bellmore, N.Y., was more than a lap ahead of Leroy Warriner of Indianapolis, at the finish of the 50-miles. Warriner was driving the McNamara Special, also owned by Lee Elkins of Kalamazoo, Mich.
Nazaruk took the lead on lap 20 when early leader Jimmy Daywalt of Wabash, Ind., was involved in a minor collision with Pat O’Conner of Mt. Vernon, Ind.
Both cars were able to continue in the race, Daywalt finishing ninth in the Cheesman Offy, and O’Conner, the Midwest circuit point leader, later was forced to drop out in the Engle-Stanko Special.
Bob Scott, Los Angeles, finished third, followed by Don Freeland, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Nazaruk picked up $810 in lap money and picked up a total of $2,660 from the total purse of $9,135. His winning time of 36 minutes and 4.2 seconds tops the 50-mile sprint car record set by Troy Ruttman at Dayton Speedway in 1951.
Nazaruk’s victory in the “Wilbur Shaw 100” was his second in a race of this type. He won the Dayton 100-lapper last year.
A crowd estimated at 8,000 watched the program which was marked by only a couple of minor mishaps.
1. Mike Nazaruk, North Bellmore, N.Y.
2. Leroy Warriner, Indianapolis
3. Bob Scott, Los Angeles
4. Don Freeland, Redondo Beach, Calif.
5. Duane Carter, Speedway, Ind.
6. Jerry Hoyt, Indianapolis
7. Gene Force, Richmond, Ind.
8. Bob Sweikert, Hayward, Calif.
9. Jim Daywalt, Wabash, Ind.
10.Red Renner, Woodburn, Ind.
11.Ed Elisian, Salinas, Calif.
12.George Lynch, Indianapolis
13.Pat O’Conner, North Vernon, Ind.
14.Eddie Sachs, Allentown, Penn.
15.Larry Crockett, Columbus, Ind.