1951 AAA Championship Car season

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1951 AAA Championship Car season
AAA National Championship Trail
Season
Races 15
Start date May 30
End date November 11
Awards
National champion United States Tony Bettenhausen
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Lee Wallard
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1950 1952

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.

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 Duke Nalon United States Lee Wallard
2 June 10 United States Rex Mays Classic Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt United States Jack McGrath United States Tony Bettenhausen
3 June 24 United States Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt United States Jack McGrath United States Tony Bettenhausen
4 July 4 United States Darlington 250 Darlington Raceway Darlington, South Carolina Paved United States Johnny McDowell United States Walt Faulkner
NC July 29 United States Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt United States Troy Ruttman United States Troy Ruttman
5 August 18 United States Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt United States Paul Russo United States Tony Bettenhausen
6 August 26 United States Milwaukee 200 Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt United States Johnny McDowell United States Walt Faulkner
7 September 1 United States Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt United States Johnny Parsons United States Tony Bettenhausen
8 September 3 United States Du Quoin 150B DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Tony Bettenhausen
9 September 3 United States Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill United States Louis UnserC United States Al Rogers
10 September 8 United States Syracuse 100D New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Tony Bettenhausen
11 September 9 United States Detroit 100 Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway Detroit, Michigan Dirt United States Johnny McDowell United States Paul Russo
12 September 23 United States Denver 100 Centennial Park Littleton, Colorado Dirt United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Tony Bettenhausen
13 October 21 United States San Jose 100 San Jose Speedway San Jose, California Dirt United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Tony Bettenhausen
14 November 4 United States Phoenix 100 Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt United States Henry Banks United States Johnny Parsons
15 November 11 United States Bay Meadows 150 Bay Meadows Race Track San Mateo, California Dirt United States Jack McGrath United States Johnny Parsons
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
  Non-championship race
^A Indianapolis 500 was AAA-sanctioned and counted towards the FIA F1 World Drivers' Championship 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 standings[edit]

Pos Driver INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
LAN
United States
DAR
United States
SPR
United States
MIL2
United States
DUQ1
United States
DUQ2
United States
PIK
United States
SYR
United States
DET
United States
DNC
United States
SJS
United States
PHX
United States
BAY
United States
Pts
1 United States Tony Bettenhausen 9 1 1 2 1 10 1 1 1 4 1 1 13 2 2556
2 United States Henry Banks 6 11 10 7 4 5 6 5 6 9 2 3 2 3 1856.6
3 United States Walt Faulkner 15 1 DNQ 1 4 2 2 2 18 DNQ 6 DNS 1513.6
4 United States Jack McGrath 3 18 7 5 2 2 16 11 7 3 4 14 18 1460.4
5 United States Mike Nazaruk 2 8 9 8 16 18 3 15 16 18 15 1143
6 United States Johnny Parsons 21 DNQ DNS 23 3 2 16 17 14 7 1 1 1012
7 United States Lee Wallard 1 1000
8 United States Manuel Ayulo DNS 10 4 6 17 17 6 12 6 7 DNQ 9 11 997.5
9 United States Andy Linden 4 15 8 12 DNQ 22 9 7 11 DNQ 5 911
10 United States Paul Russo DNQ 4 13 14 9 3 15 1 13 2 DNQ 16 700
11 United States Bill Schindler 13 16 2 21 3 4 12 8 DNP 8 9 693.5
12 United States Cecil Green 22 2 3 3 650
13 United States Bobby Ball 5 DNQ 5 11 15 13 620
14 United States Chuck Stevenson 20 DNQ 9 5 6 10 4 9 DNP 538
15 United States Duane Carter 8 3 15 DNS 11 17 13 8 10 505
16 United States Sam Hanks 12 5 3 DNQ 5 10 DNQ 421.4
17 United States Jimmy Davies 16 14 24 18 13 13 17 5 3 8 315
18 United States Gene Force 11 7 15 13 19 10 18 DNQ DNQ 6 310.3
19 United States Cliff Griffith 28 9 11 11 7 8 9 DNQ 308.4
20 United States Neal Carter DNQ 18 20 16 DNQ 13 14 4 4 300
21 United States Bill Mackey 19 13 4 300
22 United States Carl Forberg 7 DNQ 300
23 United States Bill Vukovich 29 DNQ 14 26 15 21 7 DNQ 3 7 11 18 DNQ 291.8
24 United States Joe James 33 17 12 28 12 15 DNQ 14 16 15 4 8 5 DNQ 283
25 United States Fred Agabashian 17 DNS 6 DNQ 6 6 17 12 278.2
26 United States Jim Rigsby DNS 10 11 14 12 DNS 12 10 11 7 233.1
27 United States Johnny McDowell 32 16 16 9 8 15 15 17 9 9 12 DNP 230
28 United States Gordon Reid DNQ 6 17 17 7 20 18 13 DNQ 14 16 13 7 14 204
29 United States Al Rogers 1 200
30 United States Rodger Ward 27 5 13 DNS DNQ 8 17 10 17 192
31 United States Johnny Mauro 2 160
32 United States Duke Nalon 10 150
33 United States Louis Unser 3 140
34 United States Pete Woods 4 DNQ DNQ DNQ 120
35 United States Harry King DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 5 DNQ 117.5
36 United States Eddie Johnson 4 11 100.4
37 United States Ray Knepper DNQ DNQ 5 22 100
38 United States Herb Bryers 5 100
39 United States Troy Ruttman 23 6 15 80
40 United States Charles Bryant 6 80
41 United States Joe Garson 8 DNQ 11 18 DNQ DNQ DNQ 70
42 United States Bob Finney 7 60
43 United States Shelby Hill 8 50
44 United States Mack Hellings 31 DNQ 9 DNQ 40
45 United States Johnny Tolan DNQ 12 DNS DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ 40
46 United States Jimmy Good 10 30
47 United States Roy Sherman DNQ DNS DNS 28
48 United States Buzz Barton 10 20.1
49 United States Delmar Desch 11 20
50 United States George Connor 30 DNQ DNS 25 DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ DNQ 20
51 United States Walt Brown 26 DNQ 10 17
52 United States Frank Armi DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 12 16 DNQ 10
53 United States Hugh Thomas 12 10
- United States Buster Warke DNS 12 0
- United States Wayne Sankey 13 0
- United States Kenny Eaton DNQ 14 0
- United States Tommy Hinnershitz DNQ 14 0
- United States Mauri Rose 14 0
- United States Glenn Harrison 14 0
- United States Walt Moffatt 15 0
- United States Jimmy Jackson 16 0
- United States Johnny Fedricks 16 0
- United States Wayne England 17 0
- United States Duke Dinsmore 24 DNQ 18 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Carl Scarborough 18 DNQ DNQ 27 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Dick Fraizer DNQ 18 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Roger Barlow 18 0
- United States Rex Easton DNQ 19 DNQ 0
- United States D. R. Atkinson 19 0
- United States Malcolm Brazier 20 0
- United States Walt Killinger 21 DNS 0
- United States Phil Shafer 21 0
- United States Milton Mabe 22 0
- United States Buster Hammond 23 0
- United States Richard DeMark 24 0
- United States Chet Miller 25 0
- United States George Hammond 25 0
- United States Art McKee 26 0
- United States T. E. Russell 27 DNP 0
- United States Andy Cimino 28 0
- United States Joel Thorne DNQ DNS 0
- United States Clarence Doley DNS 0
- United States Clifford Foltz DNS 0
- United States Jim Hammond DNS 0
- United States Red Lawrence DNS 0
- United States Billy Ryan DNS 0
- Canada Ray Shadbolt DNS 0
- United States Curt Stockwell DNS 0
- United States Harry Syer DNS 0
- United States Doc Shanebrook DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Joe Barzda DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Dick Page DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Bob Scott DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Myron Fohr DNQ DNQ 0
- United States George Lynch DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Jud Larson DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Joe Sostilio DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Mark Light DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Potsy Goacher DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Bill Boyd DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Del Fanning DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Jimmy Bryan DNQ 0
- United States Bill Cantrell DNQ 0
- United States Jimmy Daywalt DNQ 0
- United States George Fonder DNQ 0
- United States Jackie Holmes DNQ 0
- United States Norm Houser DNQ 0
- United States Jerry Hoyt DNQ 0
- United States Bill Johnson DNQ 0
- United States Danny Kladis DNQ 0
- United States Bayliss Levrett DNQ 0
- United States Roscoe Rann DNQ 0
- United States Mike Salay DNQ 0
- United States Bud Sennett DNQ 0
- United States Bob Sweikert DNQ 0
- United States Leroy Warriner DNQ 0
- United States Frank Burany DNQ 0
- United States John Crone DNQ 0
- United States Bobby Barker DNQ 0
- United States Eddie Sachs DNQ 0
- United States Bill Doster DNQ 0
- United States Slim Roberts DNQ 0
- United States Dempsey Wilson DNQ 0
- France Jean Achard DNP 0
Pos Driver INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
LAN
United States
DAR
United States
SPR
United States
MIL2
United States
DUQ1
United States
DUQ2
United States
PIK
United States
SYR
United States
DET
United States
DNC
United States
SJS
United States
PHX
United States
BAY
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

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.

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