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The 1952 AAA Championship Car season consisted of 12 races, beginning in Speedway, Indiana on May 30 and concluding in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11. There was also one non-championship event in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The AAA National Champion was Chuck Stevenson, and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Troy Ruttman. Johnny McDowell was killed at the Milwaukee while qualifying for the Rex Mays Classic. Joe James died in the San José 100 race.

1952 AAA Championship Car season
AAA National Championship Trail
Season
Races12
Start dateMay 30
End dateNovember 11
Awards
National championUnited States Chuck Stevenson
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Troy Ruttman
← 1951
1953 →

Contents

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   Fred Agabashian   Troy Ruttman
2 June 8   Rex Mays Classic Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt   Jim Rigsby   Mike Nazaruk
3 July 4   Raleigh 200 Southland Speedway Raleigh, North Carolina Paved   Cliff Griffith   Troy Ruttman
NC July 27   Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt   Paul Russo   Paul Russo
4 August 16   Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   Mike Nazaruk   Bill Schindler
5 August 24   Milwaukee 200 Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt   Bob Sweikert   Chuck Stevenson
6 August 30   Detroit 100 Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway Detroit, Michigan Dirt   Jimmy Reece   Bill Vukovich
7 September 1   Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   Bill Schindler   Chuck Stevenson
8 September 1   Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill   Al RogersB   George Hammond
9 September 6   Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt   Jack McGrath   Jack McGrath
10 September 28   Denver 100 Centennial Park Littleton, Colorado Dirt   Bill Vukovich   Bill Vukovich
11 November 2   San Jose 100 San Jose Speedway San Jose, California Dirt   Jack McGrath   Bobby Ball
12 November 11   Phoenix 100 Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt   Jack McGrath   Johnnie Parsons
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
  Non-championship race
^A Indianapolis 500 was AAA-sanctioned and counted towards the 1952 FIA World Championship of Drivers title.
^B 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.

Final points standingsEdit

Note: 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)

Pos Driver INDY
 
MIL1
 
RAL
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DET
 
DQSF
 
PIK
 
SYR
 
DNC
 
SJS
 
PHX
 
Pts
1   Chuck Stevenson 18 6 6 5 1 3 1 7 2 7 6 1440
2   Troy Ruttman 1 DNQ 1 12 1410
3   Sam Hanks 3 DNQ 18 3 14 DNQ 2 12 4 5 2 1390
4   Duane Carter 4 3 DNQ 3 7 DNQ DNQ DNS 12 1250.4
5   Jack McGrath 11 13 2 2 15 4 5 1 6 4 16 1200
6   Jim Rathmann 2 10 4 DNQ DNQ 18 18 DNQ 1070
7   Paul Russo DNQ 2 5 DNQ 6 2 4 4 18 3 15 1060
8   Bobby Ball 32 11 DNQ 15 10 9 6 3 3 1 3 820
9   Jimmy Reece 7 5 DNQ 8 8 15 15 5 10 10 11 709.6
10   Henry Banks 19 DNQ 10 7 4 6 7 8 8 17 5 700
11   Bill Schindler 14 3 23 1 2 13 14 16 660
12   Bill Vukovich 17 DNQ 24 DNQ 1 3 14 1 14 8 590
13   Mike Nazaruk DNQ 1 19 18 16 17 DNQ 2 12 2 18 530
14   Art Cross 5 DNP 500
15   Jimmy Bryan 6 DNQ 9 14 440
16   Jim Rigsby 12 4 8 4 13 11 410
17   Joe James 13 DNQ 20 6 5 DNS 9 9 DNS 13 364
18   Johnny Parsons 10 DNQ 22 DNQ 16 1 350
19   Manuel Ayulo 20 8 15 16 12 10 8 15 9 12 4 320
20   Neal Carter DNQ DNQ 7 10 5 DNQ 7 310
21   Cliff Griffith 9 15 11 18 DNQ 11 DNQ DNP 260
22   George Connor 8 21 20 DNQ DNQ DNP 250
23   Rodger Ward 23 DNQ 9 DNQ 7 16 13 DNQ 18 9 240
24   George Hammond 1 200
25   Louis Unser 2 160
26   Bob Scott 29 9 13 11 DNQ 13 17 15 6 DNQ 160
27   Al Rogers 3 140
28   Andy Linden 33 14 16 DNQ DNQ 8 DNQ DNQ DNQ 15 7 129
29   Paul Kleinschmidt 4 120
30   Buzz Barton DNQ DNQ 17 19 DNQ DNQ DNQ 5 DNQ 13 100
31   Hugh Thomas 5 100
32   Walt Faulkner DNQ 18 17 13 DNQ 12 DNQ 11 8 10 87
33   Don Freeland 6 14 80
34   Shelby Hill 6 80
35   Fred Agabashian 27 9 80
36   Gene Hartley 28 7 DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ 60
37   Charles Bryant 7 60
38   Keith Andrews 8 DNQ 50
39   Frank Armi DNQ 10 DNS 17 11 50
40   Tommy Hinnershitz DNQ 9 40
41   Art McKee 9 40
42   Roy Prosser 18 10 30
43   Johnny Mauro DNQ 10 DNQ 30
44   Gene Force DNQ DNQ 14 DNQ 11 20
45   Ebe Yoder DNQ DNQ 11 DNQ DNQ 17 DNQ 20
46   Johnny Mantz 11 20
47   Bob Sweikert 26 12 DNQ DNQ 21 DNQ 12 DNS 20
48   Danny Oakes 12 13 20
49   Herb Bryers 12 10
-   Malcolm Brazier 13 0
-   Vic Carter DNQ 14 0
-   Milton Mabe 14 0
-   George Fonder 15 0
-   Norman Robinson 15 0
-   Eddie Johnson 16 17 DNQ 17 DNQ DNS 0
-   Red Hamilton DNQ 16 DNQ 17 0
-   Allen Heath DNQ 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ 0
-   Chuck Weyant DNP DNQ 16 0
-   Wayne Sankey 16 0
-   Slim Roberts 17 0
-   Walt Killinger 18 0
-   Bob Finney 19 0
-   Phil Shafer 20 0
-   Johnny McDowell 21 DNQ 0
-   Spider Webb 22 DNQ 0
-   Eddie Russo DNQ 22 0
-   Tony Bettenhausen 24 DNQ 0
-   Duke Nalon 25 0
-   Chet Miller 30 0
-   Alberto Ascari 31 0
-   Jud Larson DNS DNQ 0
-   Carl Scarborough DNS DNQ 0
-   Foster Campbell DNQ DNS 0
-   Joe Allspach DNS 0
-   Frank Luptow DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Walt Geiss DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Frank Tillman DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Dempsey Wilson DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ottis Stine DNP DNQ DNQ 0
-   Johnny Boyd DNP DNQ DNQ 0
-   Danny Kladis DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bill Homeier DNQ DNQ 0
-   Duke Dinsmore DNQ DNQ 0
-   Carl Forberg DNQ DNQ 0
-   George Tichenor DNQ DNQ 0
-   Joe Barzda DNQ DNQ 0
-   Cal Niday DNQ DNQ 0
-   Johnny Tolan DNQ DNQ 0
-   Don Daly DNQ DNP 0
-   Bill Cantrell DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Daywalt DNQ 0
-   Dick Fraizer DNQ 0
-   Potsy Goacher DNQ 0
-   Perry Grimm DNQ 0
-   Peter Hahn DNQ 0
-   Jackie Holmes DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Jackson DNQ 0
-   Bayliss Levrett DNQ 0
-   Puffy Puffer DNQ 0
-   Doc Shanebrook DNQ 0
-   Bill Taylor DNQ 0
-   Leroy Warriner DNQ 0
-   John Crone DNQ 0
-   Gays Biro DNQ 0
-   Pat O'Connor DNQ 0
-   Bill Carlson DNQ 0
-   Guy Fields DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Good DNQ 0
-   Joe Grayson DNQ 0
-   George Polster DNQ 0
-   Pete Pusede DNQ 0
-   T. E. Russell DNQ 0
-   Wayne Stowbridge DNQ 0
-   Roy Bowe DNQ 0
-   Don Olds DNQ 0
-   Giuseppe Farina Wth 0
-   Bill Boyd DNP 0
-   Johnny Fedricks DNP 0
-   Albert Scully DNP 0
-   George Armstrong DNP 0
Pos Driver INDY
 
MIL1
 
RAL
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DET
 
DQSF
 
PIK
 
SYR
 
DNC
 
SJS
 
PHX
 
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 1952". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  • "1952 AAA National Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  • Harms, Phil. "1952 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. 295-298)

See alsoEdit