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OLDFIELD BREAKS RECORD.

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Barney Oldfield

OLDFIELD BREAKS RECORD.

The New York Times
December 26, 1909


Drives Benz Car Five Miles at Los Angeles in 4:35.

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25.—In a five-mile match race at Ascot Park to-day between Oldfield in a Benz and Kersher in a Darracq, Oldfield broke the world's record for five miles in a competitive event, traversing the distance in 4:35.

Oldfield, driving his Benz car in a race against time, lowered the track record for a mile to 52¾ seconds.  The former record was 53 3-5.

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