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1960 pileup at Ascot Park

1960 pileup at Ascot Park

Dec. 4, 1960: A.J. Shepard, driving car No. 55, watches helplessly as Roger McCluskey’s car, No. 90, climbs up the roof of his car after collision in United States Auto Club sprint car race at Ascot Park. Seconds later, McCluskey’s car turned over.

A short story in the Dec. 5, 1960, Los Angeles Times reported:

Jim Hurtubise of Lennox set a new track record in qualifying and then won the 40-lap USAC championship sprint car main event before a crowd of 6,000 Sunday at Ascot (Park) Stadium.

Hurtubise’s one-lap qualifying time was 21.84, which bettered the mark of 21.90 set by Bud Starrett and tied Sunday by A.J. Foyt of Houston.

A pileup on the 7th lap between Roger McCluskey of Tucson and A.J. Shepard of Gardena enlivened action in the main event. Neither was injured.

This photo by retired staff photographer Art Rogers was published in the Dec. 5, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

Ascot Park, located near Gardena, opened in 1957 and closed in 1990.

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