Sumar Special Pilot in Spill at Winchester Sun.
Jimmy Daywalt was named “Rookie of the Year” Sunday night at the annual award dinner for ‘500’ pilots but the Wabash driver wasn’t there to receive his honor. Wabash’s Number One citizen was in a Winchester hospital while Bill Vukovich, Art Cross, Freddy Agabashian, and other drivers collected their checks for performances in the Memorial Day classic.
Daywalt took part in a race at the Winchester oval Sunday, less than 24 hours after he rode the Sumar Special to sixth place over the burning Indianapolis track. During a 50 lap race at Winchester, Daywalt lost a wheel and smacked the north wall.
His injuries apparently included a cut on the forehead and a sprained knee. He was held at Winchester hospital, but his condition was not considered serious.
Daywalt’s purse amounted to $7,696.7 according to a Speedway bulletin. The Speedway price came to $6,696.97. General Petroleum corporation price was listed at $500 and the Perfect Circle company award was worth $50. The Champion Spark Plug award was $400 and $50 came from the W. J. Rubber Corp.
Daywalt was due in Wabash Tuesday, but the Winchester crash may change the 27-year old driver’s plans. It was learned the car Daywalt was slated to drive Sunday at Winchester was a new Maricle Power Oil special.
Daywalt was in the Speedway hospital for an hour and a half following Saturday’s grind. He was treated for heat exhausten (sic) by a local physician who was at the race.
At the time Daywalt was unable to hear, but his condition continued to improve throughout the afternoon. He was one of six drivers who finished the race without relief.
Daywalt finished the run with an average speed of 124.379. He made two pit stops during the grind. His first halt was after 65 laps for a complete change of rubber and gas. He was in the pits for 2 minutes and 14 seconds.
His second stop came at the 128th lap when he changed rear tires and took on more gas. This stop lasted 1 minute and 48 seconds.
His performance Saturday gave him “membership” in the famed 100 Mile an Hour club at the Speedway. Anyone how goes the distance at a speed of 100 mph or more becomes a member. He is already a member of the 135 mph club.
A banquet honoring Daywalt is in the making here. Daywalt was not without support at the Speedway as four boxes of Wabash fans were located directly across from his pit.