Harroun, Bragg Star @ Playa Del Rey

This attached article was published in the April 18, 1910 Indianapolis Star.
The article provides additional coverage of the inaugural race meet at America's first board track for auto racing, Playa Del Rey. The race meet extended from April 8 to April 17. Other articles about the race meet can be found elsewhere on First Super Speedway:

The surprise development of the day was newcomer amateur sensation Caleb Bragg's continued dominance of  the legendary Barney Oldfield with his much heralded Blitzen Benz in their best-of-three-heats match race. The first heat had taken place the previoius day as Bragg and his personal Fiat 90 racer surprised the veteran driver and everyone on the grounds. In a shocker young Bragg upstaged "Speed King" Oldfield who was fresh from his amazing land speed record drive at Daytona the previous month. The match race came about after the originally planned face-off between rivals Oldfield and DePalma was cancelled when that latter's Fiat Giant became disabled. Bragg's success in the second heat confirmed his overall victory. Oldfield had taken the lead at the start of their two-lap, two-mile contest but apparently got out of shape exiting the final turn and Bragg ducked under him for the win.
It was no surprise that Ray Harroun, who had been the driver to beat during the multi-day race meet, was again victorious in the day's feature. This was 100-mile competition for both a trophy and $1,000 cash. His winning time of one hour, 16 minutes and 21.9 seconds established a new American speedway record. Joe Nikrent finished second in his Buick while Oldfield was thrid in a Knox. Both Nikrent and Oldfield had serious tire issues with the former grazing the iron railing at the top of the track as a result.
A list of the events, winners, cars and times appears at the end of the article and are reproduced here for better legibilty.

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