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The 1951 AAA Championship Car season consisted of 15 races, beginning in Speedway, Indiana on May 30 and concluding in San Mateo, California on November 11. There was also one non-championship event in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The AAA National Champion was Tony Bettenhausen, and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Lee Wallard.

1951 AAA Championship Car season
AAA National Championship Trail
Season
Races15
Start dateMay 30
End dateNovember 11
Awards
National championUnited States Tony Bettenhausen
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Lee Wallard
← 1950
1952 →

Schedule and resultsEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 May 30   International 500 Mile SweepstakesA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved   Duke Nalon   Lee Wallard
2 June 10   Rex Mays Classic Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt   Jack McGrath   Tony Bettenhausen
3 June 24   Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt   Jack McGrath   Tony Bettenhausen
4 July 4   Darlington 250 Darlington Raceway Darlington, South Carolina Paved   Johnny McDowell   Walt Faulkner
NC July 29   Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt   Troy Ruttman   Troy Ruttman
5 August 18   Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   Paul Russo   Tony Bettenhausen
6 August 26   Milwaukee 200 Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt   Johnny McDowell   Walt Faulkner
7 September 1   Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   Johnny Parsons   Tony Bettenhausen
8 September 3   Du Quoin 150B DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   Tony Bettenhausen   Tony Bettenhausen
9 September 3   Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill   Louis UnserC   Al Rogers
10 September 8   Syracuse 100D New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt   Tony Bettenhausen   Tony Bettenhausen
11 September 9   Detroit 100 Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway Detroit, Michigan Dirt   Johnny McDowell   Paul Russo
12 September 23   Denver 100 Centennial Park Littleton, Colorado Dirt   Tony Bettenhausen   Tony Bettenhausen
13 October 21   San Jose 100 San Jose Speedway San Jose, California Dirt   Tony Bettenhausen   Tony Bettenhausen
14 November 4   Phoenix 100 Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt   Henry Banks   Johnny Parsons
15 November 11   Bay Meadows 150 Bay Meadows Race Track San Mateo, California Dirt   Jack McGrath   Johnny Parsons
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
  Non-championship race
^A Indianapolis 500 was AAA-sanctioned and counted towards the 1951 FIA World Championship of Drivers title.
^B Race stopped after 101 laps due to rain.
^C No pole is awarded for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, in this schedule on the pole is the driver who started first. No lap led was awarded for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, however, a lap was awarded to the drivers that completed the climb.
^D Race stopped after 67 laps due to wreck.

Final points standingsEdit

Note1: The points became the car, when not only one driver led the car, the relieved driver became small part of the points. Points for driver method: (the points for the finish place) / (number the lap when completed the car) * (number the lap when completed the driver)

Note2: There were scoring omissions in the AAA records regarding laps completed for eight drivers in the Darlington and Milwaukee races in 1951. The statistics shown include the most accurate representation of those races that is available.

Pos Driver INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN
 
DAR
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DUQ1
 
DUQ2
 
PIK
 
SYR
 
DET
 
DNC
 
SJS
 
PHX
 
BAY
 
Pts
1   Tony Bettenhausen 9 1 1 2 1 10 1 1 1 4 1 1 13 2 2556
2   Henry Banks 6 11 10 7 4 5 6 5 6 9 2 3 2 3 1856.6
3   Walt Faulkner 15 1 DNQ 1 4 2 2 2 18 DNQ 6 DNS 1513.6
4   Jack McGrath 3 18 7 5 2 2 16 11 7 3 4 14 18 1460.4
5   Mike Nazaruk 2 8 9 8 16 18 3 15 16 18 15 1143
6   Johnny Parsons 21 DNQ DNS 23 3 2 16 17 14 7 1 1 1012
7   Lee Wallard 1 1000
8   Manuel Ayulo DNS 10 4 6 17 17 6 12 6 7 DNQ 9 11 997.5
9   Andy Linden 4 15 8 12 DNQ 22 9 7 11 DNQ 5 911
10   Paul Russo DNQ 4 13 14 9 3 15 1 13 2 DNQ 16 700
11   Bill Schindler 13 16 2 21 3 4 12 8 DNP 8 9 693.5
12   Cecil Green 22 2 3 3 650
13   Bobby Ball 5 DNQ 5 11 15 13 620
14   Chuck Stevenson 20 DNQ 9 5 6 10 4 9 DNP 538
15   Duane Carter 8 3 15 DNS 11 17 13 8 10 505
16   Sam Hanks 12 5 3 DNQ 5 10 DNQ 421.4
17   Jimmy Davies 16 14 24 18 13 13 17 5 3 8 315
18   Gene Force 11 7 15 13 19 10 18 DNQ DNQ 6 310.3
19   Cliff Griffith 28 9 11 11 7 8 9 DNQ 308.4
20   Neal Carter DNQ 18 20 16 DNQ 13 14 4 4 300
21   Bill Mackey 19 13 4 300
22   Carl Forberg 7 DNQ 300
23   Bill Vukovich 29 DNQ 14 26 15 21 7 DNQ 3 7 11 18 DNQ 291.8
24   Joe James 33 17 12 28 12 15 DNQ 14 16 15 4 8 5 DNQ 283
25   Fred Agabashian 17 DNS 6 DNQ 6 6 17 12 278.2
26   Jim Rigsby DNS 10 11 14 12 DNS 12 10 11 7 233.1
27   Johnny McDowell 32 16 16 9 8 15 15 17 9 9 12 DNP 230
28   Gordon Reid DNQ 6 17 17 7 20 18 13 DNQ 14 16 13 7 14 204
29   Al Rogers 1 200
30   Rodger Ward 27 5 13 DNS DNQ 8 17 10 17 192
31   Johnny Mauro 2 160
32   Duke Nalon 10 150
33   Louis Unser 3 140
34   Pete Woods 4 DNQ DNQ DNQ 120
35   Harry King DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 5 DNQ 117.5
36   Eddie Johnson 4 11 100.4
37   Ray Knepper DNQ DNQ 5 22 100
38   Herb Bryers 5 100
39   Troy Ruttman 23 6 15 80
40   Charles Bryant 6 80
41   Joe Garson 8 DNQ 11 18 DNQ DNQ DNQ 70
42   Bob Finney 7 60
43   Shelby Hill 8 50
44   Mack Hellings 31 DNQ 9 DNQ 40
45   Johnny Tolan DNQ 12 DNS DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ 40
46   Jimmy Good 10 30
47   Roy Sherman DNQ DNS DNS 28
48   Buzz Barton 10 20.1
49   Delmar Desch 11 20
50   George Connor 30 DNQ DNS 25 DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ DNQ 20
51   Walt Brown 26 DNQ 10 17
52   Frank Armi DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 12 16 DNQ 10
53   Hugh Thomas 12 10
-   Buster Warke DNS 12 0
-   Wayne Sankey 13 0
-   Kenny Eaton DNQ 14 0
-   Tommy Hinnershitz DNQ 14 0
-   Mauri Rose 14 0
-   Glenn Harrison 14 0
-   Walt Moffatt 15 0
-   Jimmy Jackson 16 0
-   Johnny Fedricks 16 0
-   Wayne England 17 0
-   Duke Dinsmore 24 DNQ 18 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Carl Scarborough 18 DNQ DNQ 27 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Dick Fraizer DNQ 18 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Roger Barlow 18 0
-   Rex Easton DNQ 19 DNQ 0
-   D. R. Atkinson 19 0
-   Malcolm Brazier 20 0
-   Walt Killinger 21 DNS 0
-   Phil Shafer 21 0
-   Milton Mabe 22 0
-   Buster Hammond 23 0
-   Richard DeMark 24 0
-   Chet Miller 25 0
-   George Hammond 25 0
-   Art McKee 26 0
-   T. E. Russell 27 DNP 0
-   Andy Cimino 28 0
-   Joel Thorne DNQ DNS 0
-   Clarence Doley DNS 0
-   Clifford Foltz DNS 0
-   Jim Hammond DNS 0
-   Red Lawrence DNS 0
-   Billy Ryan DNS 0
-   Ray Shadbolt DNS 0
-   Curt Stockwell DNS 0
-   Harry Syer DNS 0
-   Doc Shanebrook DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Joe Barzda DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Dick Page DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob Scott DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Myron Fohr DNQ DNQ 0
-   George Lynch DNQ DNQ 0
-   Jud Larson DNQ DNQ 0
-   Joe Sostilio DNQ DNQ 0
-   Mark Light DNQ DNQ 0
-   Potsy Goacher DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bill Boyd DNQ DNQ 0
-   Del Fanning DNQ DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Bryan DNQ 0
-   Bill Cantrell DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Daywalt DNQ 0
-   George Fonder DNQ 0
-   Jackie Holmes DNQ 0
-   Norm Houser DNQ 0
-   Jerry Hoyt DNQ 0
-   Bill Johnson DNQ 0
-   Danny Kladis DNQ 0
-   Bayliss Levrett DNQ 0
-   Roscoe Rann DNQ 0
-   Mike Salay DNQ 0
-   Bud Sennett DNQ 0
-   Bob Sweikert DNQ 0
-   Leroy Warriner DNQ 0
-   Frank Burany DNQ 0
-   John Crone DNQ 0
-   Bobby Barker DNQ 0
-   Eddie Sachs DNQ 0
-   Bill Doster DNQ 0
-   Slim Roberts DNQ 0
-   Dempsey Wilson DNQ 0
-   Jean Achard DNP 0
Pos Driver INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN
 
DAR
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DUQ1
 
DUQ2
 
PIK
 
SYR
 
DET
 
DNC
 
SJS
 
PHX
 
BAY
 
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "AAA National Championship 1951". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  • "1951 AAA National Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  • Harms, Phil. "1951 Championship Driver Summary" (PDF). Motorsport.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  • http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2011/IICS_2011_Historical_Record_Book_INT6.pdf (p. 299-302)

See alsoEdit