Wednesday, September 21, 2022

1957 – Grim Fixes New 25-Mile Record with IMCA Win

Bobby Grim

Nashville, Tenn. (September 21, 1957) – Bobby Grim, Indianapolis, closed out the Tennessee State Fair one-mile dirt track in a blaze of glory on Saturday as he powered the Hector Honore Offenhauser to a new IMCA world mark for 25 miles.

Grim ran away from a fast field in turning the mile oval in 17 minutes and 16.45 seconds to eclipse the old mark of 18-minute flat set by Gus Schrader of Newhall, Iowa, set at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1931.

Officials at the Tennessee fairgrounds will plow the one-mile track which dates back to eighteenth century horse racing under and build two modern hard-top surfaces for use next year.

A half-mile surface enclosing a quarter-mile track will be installed, accommodating the late model stock car racing, which has flourished in Nashville and surrounding areas.

Grim found the rain-soaked course to his liking as he closed out big car racing on the Tennessee State Fair with his record-breaking performance.

Judge Beverly Briley, president of the Fairboard, and L.E. Griffin, fair secretary, added $100 to Grim’s earnings for the new 25-mile standard.

Grim also copped first-place in the 20-lap feature at the two-day event on September 20, defeating Buzz Barton, Tampa, Fla., Cotton Farmer, Dallas, Tex., Don Carr, Indianapolis, who finished a close second to Grim during Friday’s event.

Results –

1. Bobby Grim
2. Buzz Barton
3. Cotton Farmer
4. Don Carr
5. Jerry Kemp
6. Eddie Loetscher
7. Leon Hubble
8. Ken Gottschalk
9. Red Hoyle
10.R.B. Hensley

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