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Old 10-17-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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I read where Bill Vukovich won a race at the Denver Fairgrounds in 52 or 53 driving Aggie’s 98. Something like a 100 miler on the dirt. Also saw a photo somewhere. The location was Denver Fairgrounds. Does anyone know if that track had another name and is it still there? Ed
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:53 AM   #2
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I read where Bill Vukovich won a race at the Denver Fairgrounds in 52 or 53 driving Aggie’s 98. Something like a 100 miler on the dirt. Also saw a photo somewhere. The location was Denver Fairgrounds. Does anyone know if that track had another name and is it still there? Ed
I believe the years were 1951 and 1952. They were AAA Sanctioned Championship Car (Big Car to some) races, I think those were the only two years that AAA came to Denver.

Denver Fairgrounds: The official name was Centennial Park, it was a one mile dirt track for horse racing. The location was in Littleton, Colorado, at South Santa Fe Drive and West Belleview Ave. The Centenial Park was destroyed in the flood of 1965, along a number of horses.

On the east side of South Santa Fe on Belleview was the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, which had a half mile dirt track for equestrian events; The Arapahoe County Farirgrounds was used for auto racing on special occasions, mostly for the 100 lap midget race car events, Charlie Codner owned Englewood Speedway which was used for the regular midget race meets.


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Old 10-18-2013, 09:10 AM   #3
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In 1951 and 52 the AAA national championship cars (same as the cars in the Indianapolis 500 back then), raced at Centennial Park Horse racing track, south of Denver. September 23, 1951 was the first one J.C. Agajanian famed car owner and promoter, did the promoting for the AAA on these events. Tony Bettenhausen won the first race. September 28, 1952 was the 2nd of the 100 mile champ car races in Denver. Bill Vukovich won the 52' event driving Agajanian's Kuzma built car, that had won the Indy 500 with Troy Ruttman driving, just a few month's prior. Johnny Mauro local car dealer tried to qualify his Ferrari V-12 F1 car, but got it upside down in time trials, no local drivers were able to qualify for either of the 2 champ car shows. The track was not suited to race cars, it became dry, slick, dusty and full of holes after qualifying, the 1952 race had $11,000 less ticket sales than the 1951 event.

Here's a shot of the pit area at Centennial in 1952. Not a lot of development in south Denver back then.
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Hey, thanks Thomas and Mitch for the information. That must have been quite an experience for Vuky to drive the car that he had just given the win to at Indy. Have you ever seen a program related to those two events?
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