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.
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