Thursday, June 9, 2022

1957 – Grim Wins Muddy Futurity Race

Bobby Grim

Des Moines (June 9, 1957) — Bobby Grim, Indianapolis, Ind., the United States dirt track racing champion, Sunday won the Hawkeye Futurity at the Iowa State Fairgrounds here in a race delayed nearly two hours by a muddy track.

Grim pushed his big car through the .25-mile feature race in 23 minutes, 5.53 seconds to take his first victory in the Iowa racing classic.

Second place went to Cotton Farmer, Fort Worth, Tex., and third to Jerry Kemp, St. Louis Mo.

Fourth-place finisher Buzz Barton, Tampa, Fla., threatened to protest his placing, claiming he passed Kemp just as the starter gave winner Grim the checkered flag.

The race was sponsored by the International Motor Contest Association. Grim was ranked as the IMCA champion.

The Futurity race was delayed or nearly two hours while track officials worked to get the muddy dirt oval in shape for the high-powered cars.

Despite the muddy condition of the track, only one accident occurred during the afternoon. During the time trials, John Parker, Shakopee, Minn., flipped his car on a turn but was not hurt in the mishap.

The best time trial of the afternoon was turned in by Don Carr, Detroit, who turned in a lap in 25.41 seconds.

In the feature race, Carr led briefly but was forced out by engine trouble.

Results –

1. Bobby Grim
2. Cotton Farmer
3. Jerry Kemp
4. Buzz Barton
5. Leon Hubble
6. Vern Chamberlain
7. Vic Ellis
8. Leon Clum
9. Johnny Pouelson
10.Don Carr
11.Harold Haberling
12.A.J. Foyt
13.Harry Kern
14.Ed Loetscher
15.Mickey McCormick
16.Chuck Marshall
17.Jim Wegescheider
18.Bob Cleburg

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