LOOKING BACK: The 1953 Hoosier Hundred

Editor’s Note: What follows is the text of the race report covering the inaugural Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from the Sept. 30, 1953 issue of National Speed Sport News. INDIANAPOLIS — Bob Sweikert sprinted 100 miles to victory at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to outrun a closely bunched quartet of veteran mile runners and capture the first annual Hoosier Hundred before some 18,000 cheering fans who were on their feet during the final 10 laps to witness the climactic finish. Never, according to drivers, fans and race officials, has there been a 100-mile dirt-track race packed with such a wallop as the final 50 laps of the Hoosier Hundred debut. Running under the proverbial blanket at the finish behind Sweikert were Ayulo who led the race for the first two laps, Parsons and Freeland.

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