1954 AAA Championship Car season

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1954 AAA Championship Car season
AAA National Championship Trail
Season
Races 13
Start date May 30
End date November 14
Awards
National champion United States Jimmy Bryan
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Bill Vukovich
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1953 1955

The 1954 AAA Championship Car season consisted of 13 races, beginning in Speedway, Indiana on May 30 and concluding in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 14. There was also one non-championship event in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The AAA National Champion was Jimmy Bryan, and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Bill Vukovich. Bob Scott was killed in the Independence Day Sweepstakes race at Darlington.

Schedule and results[edit]


Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 May 30 United States International 500 Mile SweepstakesA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved United States Jack McGrath United States Bill Vukovich
2 June 6 United States Rex Mays Classic Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Paved United States Bill Vukovich United States Chuck Stevenson
3 June 20 United States Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt United States Joe Sostilio United States Jimmy Bryan
4 July 5 United States Independence Day Sweepstakes Darlington Raceway Darlington, South Carolina Paved United States Chuck Stevenson United States Manny Ayulo
NC July 25 United States Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt United States Jimmy Davies United States Jimmy Davies
5 August 21 United States Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt United States Jiggs Peters United States Jimmy Davies
6 August 29 United States Milwaukee 250 Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Paved United States Sam Hanks United States Manny Ayulo
7 September 6 United States Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt United States Don Freeland United States Sam Hanks
8 September 6 United States Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill United States Larry CrockettB United States Keith Andrews
9 September 11 United States Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt United States Don Freeland United States Bob Sweikert
10 September 18 United States Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt United States Manny Ayulo United States Jimmy Bryan
11 October 17 United States Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt United States Jack McGrath United States Jimmy Bryan
12 November 7C United States Bobby Ball Memorial Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt United States Shorty Templeman United States Jimmy Bryan
13 November 14 United States Silver State Century Las Vegas Park Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada Dirt United States Jimmy Bryan United States Jimmy Bryan
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
  Non-championship race
^A Indianapolis 500 was USAC-sanctioned and counted towards the FIA F1 World Drivers' Championship 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.
^C Final 65 laps completed on November 8 due to heavy dust and the rough condition of the track[1]

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
LAN
United States
DAR
United States
SPR
United States
MIL2
United States
DQSF
United States
PIK
United States
SYR
United States
ISF
United States
SAC
United States
PHX
United States
LVG
United States
Pts
1 United States Jimmy Bryan 2 DNS 1 3 12 3 3 4 1 1 1 1 2630
2 United States Manuel Ayulo 13 2 1 DNQ 1 DNQ DNQ 15 12 2 2 1290
3 United States Jack McGrath 3 4 DNQ 21 8 DNQ 9 10 4 2 DNQ 1220
4 United States Bill Vukovich 1 22 1000
5 United States Jimmy Reece 17 3 2 2 DNQ 20 5 6 5 5 17 Wth 1000
6 United States Bob Sweikert 14 11 4 22 4 22 8 1 2 3 3 14 950
7 United States Chuck Stevenson 12 1 29 2 2 2 861.5
8 United States Sam Hanks 20 DNQ 3 8 7 6 1 3 15 5 DNQ 858.5
9 United States Mike Nazaruk 5 15 13 25 9 4 10 17 DNQ 810
10 United States Don Freeland 7 9 9 18 3 9 17 2 DNQ DNS DNQ DNQ 760
11 United States Larry Crockett 9 20 8 11 6 8 4 13 DNQ 15 10 620
12 United States Jimmy Davies DNS 17 28 1 23 4 11 DNQ 4 DNQ 3 614.5
13 United States Johnny Tolan DNQ 12 4 10 25 DNQ 3 8 9 18 12 520
14 United States Fred Agabashian 6 10 460
15 United States Troy Ruttman 4 7 15 447
16 United States Andy Linden 25 21 14 26 DNS 6 7 DNQ 7 4 5 428
17 United States Art Cross 11 6 DNQ 5 419.5
18 United States Cal Niday 10 DNQ 16 DNQ 7 16 11 6 6 16 390
19 United States Jerry Hoyt 26 DNS 5 DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 16 11 DNQ 312.5
20 United States Duane Carter 15 19 9 DNQ 13 18 DNQ DNQ DNQ 293
21 United States Keith Andrews 1 10 230
22 United States Ed Elisian 18 14 12 DNS 13 11 DNQ 5 6 230
23 United States Rodger Ward 22 10 16 DNQ 15 26 11 18 9 13 DNQ 4 210
24 United States Gene Hartley 23 6 DNQ 7 12 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 210
25 United States Pat O'Connor 21 5 DNQ 10 DNQ 19 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 9 200
26 United States Paul Russo 8 187.5
27 United States Jiggs Peters 5 17 16 DNQ 18 8 10 DNQ 180
28 United States Hugh Thomas 2 160
29 United States Eddie Sachs DNQ DNQ 5 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 7 160
30 United States Joe Sostilio DNQ 13 7 7 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 159.6
31 United States Bob Finney 3 140
32 United States Tommy Hinnershitz DNS 19 DNQ 15 7 13 6 140
33 United States Johnny Parsons 32 16 30 DNQ 7 8 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ 122.5
34 United States Johnny Boyd DNQ 6 14 DNS 16 DNQ 12 DNQ 11 12 13 120
35 United States Chuck Weyant DNQ DNQ 11 14 DNQ 17 9 8 110
36 United States Paul Kleinschmidt 5 100
37 United States Herb Bryers 6 80
38 United States Walt Faulkner DNS 8 13 78.5
39 United States Rex Easton 17 24 DNQ 12 7 70
40 United States Shorty Templeman DNQ 8 DNQ 50
41 United States Al Rogers 8 50
42 United States Len Duncan 31 DNS 47
43 United States Johnny Thomson 24 DNS DNQ 9 40
44 United States Chuck Hulse 9 40
45 United States Bob Scott DNS 18 10 20 30
46 United States Joe Garson 10 30
47 United States Ernie McCoy 16 DNS DNS 20.4
48 United States Eddie Russo DNQ DNQ 11 17 DNQ DNQ DNQ 20
49 United States Ted Foltz 11 20
50 United States Roy Prosser 11 20
51 United States Pat Flaherty DNS 12 DNQ DNQ 20
52 United States Gene Force 12 20
53 United States Shelby Hill 12 10
- United States Bob Carroll DNS 14 13 14 DNQ 15 0
- United States Danny Kladis DNS 18 13 DNQ 0
- United States Pete Woods 13 0
- United States Ray Crawford DNQ DNQ 18 15 14 DNQ 14 0
- United States Danny Oakes DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 18 0
- United States Al Keller 14 DNQ 0
- United States Pete Pusede 14 0
- United States Bill Homeier 33 15 DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Wally Campbell DNQ 15 24 0
- United States T. E. Russell 15 0
- United States Tony Bettenhausen 29 DNQ 16 17 0
- United States Malcolm Brazier 16 0
- United States Frank Armi 19 DNQ 17 0
- United States Johnny Mauro 17 0
- United States Edgar Elder 18 DNQ 0
- United States Louis Unser 18 0
- United States Jimmy Daywalt 27 23 21 0
- United States Jim Rathmann 28 27 0
- United States Spider Webb 30 0
- United States Marshall Teague DNS DNQ Wth 0
- United States Cliff Griffith DNQ DNS 0
- United States George Fonder DNS 0
- United States Jimmy Jackson DNS 0
- United States Eddie Johnson DNS 0
- United States Jimmy Good DNS 0
- United States Slim Roberts DNS 0
- United States Duke Nalon DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States George Wilson DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Leroy Warriner Wth DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Curly Boyd DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Paul Howe DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Al Herman DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Colby Scroggin DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Frank Mundy DNQ DNP 0
- United States Jack Bates DNP DNQ 0
- United States Henry Banks DNQ 0
- United States Bob Christie DNQ 0
- United States George Connor DNQ 0
- United States Billy Devore DNQ 0
- United States Duke Dinsmore DNQ 0
- United States Potsy Goacher DNQ 0
- United States Bill Holland DNQ 0
- United States George Tichenor DNQ 0
- United States Lee Wallard DNQ 0
- United States Bill Boyd DNQ 0
- United States Johnny Fedricks DNQ 0
- United States George Lynch DNQ 0
- United States Lloyd Axel DNQ 0
- United States Roy Bowe DNQ 0
- United States Berton Groves DNQ 0
- United States George Hammond DNQ 0
- United States Charles Lowderman DNQ 0
- United States Wayne Sankey DNQ 0
- United States Jimmy Thompson DNQ 0
- United States Elmer George DNQ 0
- United States Don Olds DNQ 0
Pos Driver INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
LAN
United States
DAR
United States
SPR
United States
MIL2
United States
DQSF
United States
PIK
United States
SYR
United States
ISF
United States
SAC
United States
PHX
United States
LVG
United States
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

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)

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