Knoxville Nationals new 2005 format announced

4th Annual Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Nationals Now Two Complete Programs on June 3-4, 2005 KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 24, 2004) - At the request of the five participating sanctions, the fourth annual Pepsi/Mt. Dew ...

4th Annual Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Nationals Now Two Complete Programs on June 3-4, 2005

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 24, 2004) - At the request of the five participating sanctions, the fourth annual Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Nationals on June 3-4, 2005, will consist of two complete racing programs. The Friday night affair will conclude with a 20-lap, 24-car $1,500-to-win Pepsi/Mt. Dew King Doodlebug Classic, which is no longer an invitational as it has been in years past, and the Saturday night midget car program will conclude with a 25-lap, 30-car $3,000-to-win Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Nationals. The participating sanctions include the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC), Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA), Gateway Racing Inc. (GRI), Midwest Auto Racing Association (MARA) and Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA).

The Friday, June 3, midget car races will include five heats, two B-Mains, and the King Doodlebug Classic. Craig Carey of Illinois won the inaugural King Doodlebug title at Knoxville in 2003, while Jerry Coons, Jr., of Arizona won it in 2004. According to National Speed Sport News editor emeritus Chris Economaki, the term "doodlebug" was created by the "big car" gentry in the late 1930's for the increasingly-popular "midget" car. Walter E. Bull, who founded the Illustrated Speedway News, then started a contest to crown "King Doodlebug". According to National Sprint Car Museum board members Larry Ball, Jr., and Bill Hill, the following six drivers were all crowned King Doodlebug: Cletus "Cowboy" O'Rourke (1938), Bill Holmes (1939), Al Bonnell (1946), Ed "Dutch" Schaefer (1947), Bill Schindler (1948), and Ralph Pratt (1949). The Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for drivers age fifty and over will also take place on the first night of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend.

The top six finishers in the King Doodlebug Classic on Friday will transfer to the next night's Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Nationals A-Main. On Saturday, June 4, five heats and two B-Mains will again be required to qualify the remaining eighteen cars for the "A". In addition, six provisionals will be awarded to the highest-ranked 2003 point-getters from the five participating sanctions and the National Midget Driver of the Year standings that have not yet qualified for the national championship feature. Past champions include Mike Hess of Illinois (2002), Chad DeSelle of Wisconsin (2003) and Jerry Coons, Jr., of Arizona (2004). The winged 410-cubic-inch sprint car division will also compete in a full Kin Folk's-sponsored weekly race program that evening.

Entry forms for the fourth annual Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Nationals will be available at the January 5-8, 2005, Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Knoxville Raceway will again host open track practices on Saturday, April 16, and Thursday, June 2. Those seeking further information on the Knoxville Midget Nationals are urged to visit Knoxville's web-site, www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

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