Harroun Wins Playa Del Rey Two Hour Race

The attached article was published in the April 17, 1910 Indianapolis Star.
It is 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:

Ray Harroun continued his winning ways (see April 8 link) with a triumph in the day's biggest event, a timed race of two hours. Eight cars reportedly took to the track with Harroun and Barney Oldfield exchanging the lead in the early going. Oldfield surged ahead on lap 21 but his Knox racer was forced into the pits with excessive tire wear on lap 28. Harroun gunned his Marmon back to the front with Al Livingston in his Stoddard-Dayton in second. Ralph De Palma in his Fiat Cyclone struggled with tire wear also but re-grouped to finish the race second. Livingston dropped to the rear after a pit stop for fuel but climbed back to third when Wade, in the second Marmon car, ran out of gas.
The match race between the legendary Oldfield with his much heralded Blitzen Benz against newcomer amateur sensation Caleb Bragg with his personal Fiat 90 racer may have overshadowed the day's two-hour feature. 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.
Oldfield, driving his Knox, did enjoy victory over arch-rival DePalma in a ten-mile stock chassis race. Joe Nikrent, driving his Buick, beat Ray Harroun in his Marmon to the line in a five-mile competition.
The article includes a tidy list summarizing the day's events at its conclusion. The information is replicated here with links:

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