Oldfield Record in San Antonio

The Indianapolis News article in the attachment below was published November 15, 1909. It is so brief I am just transcribing the entire item and embedding links where appropriate. I have comments which appear under the transcription.
"San Antonio, Tex. November 15 - Records on a three-quarter-mile track were swept away yesterday afternoon on the new fair ground loop. Barney Oldfield, in a mile dash against time, made the distance in 55 seconds, 5 seconds faster than any ever before made on a three-quarter-mile loop. In the ten-mile event the Burman car won and the Jackson, driven by Clark, was second. The time was 9:42 for the ten miles, which was another record."
Oldfield made a good living barnstorming such tracks across America, many times driving in time trials because he was concerned about the safety of wheel-to-wheel competition. He obviously raced with other cars but tried to create as many opportunities as possible to collect appearance fees for such time trials.
The mention of "Burman" and "Clark" are clearly references most suited to readers in the times as their identities are unclear without additional corroborating articles that include their first name. I assume Bob Burman is the first driver mentioned. There was a driver of the era named George Clark, and while there are other references to him elsewhere on First Super Speedway, we know very little about the man.
Another Indianapolis News article published the same day covered another aspect of the race meet can be found if you just open attachment BurmanNews111809. It is very brief as well, so we transcribe it for you as we did the one above.
"San Antonio, Tex., November 15 - Robert Burman narrowly escaped death during the running of the six-hour race, the closing event of the four days' automobile meet yesterday, when his Buick racer, going at terrific speed into the stretch turn, overturned and hurled him to the ground. He was badly shaken up and severely bruised, but not seriously injured. The Buick car turned a complete somersault, just missing Burman when it fell to the ground and saving his life. Of the five cars which started in the race, four were wrecked or withdrawn. The Chalmers-Detroit car, driven by Johnson, outclassed from the start, was awarded first prize after covering 216 miles in 4:52. The second and third prizes were pooled and divided between Clark and Dehymel."
The reference to Dehymel is undoubtedly a Native American driver from San Antonio named Tobin Dehymel. He was another of the too many tragic stories of young, talented drivers so full of promise who lost their lives in this dangerous era of auto racing. Dehymel competed in the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup and also competed in the first auto races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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