KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JANUARY 23, 2001) - The Ohio-based All Star Circuit of Champions, the Interstate Racing Association of Illinois & Wisconsin, and Knoxville Raceway's own sprint car teams will join forces for the inaugural "1200-pound Nationals" on July 27-28 on the legendary Marion County Fairgrounds. The winged, 410-cubic-inch sprint cars will utilize the 1200-pound minimum weight rule which all three sanctions endorse and has slowly become the national standard. The Friday night Newton Days Inn- sponsored preliminary show will pay $3,000 to win, while the Saturday night Justice Brothers finale will offer $12,000-to-win and $500-to-start.
According to Knoxville director of racing Ralph Capitani, "Many people think we're starting a new tradition with the 1200- pound Nationals, but actually we're returning to our roots. Fans won't know who is going to be racing in this show until hot laps on Friday, July 27, which is just like it used to be. And they surely won't know who is going to win it! Most fans don't realize that the 1973 Knoxville Nationals was an All Star Circuit of Champions point race, so we're pleased that Bert Emick is bringing his talented troops back to Knoxville. And Steve Sinclair has an under-rated group of veterans and up-and-comers, so we can't wait for them to take on our own Terry McCarl, Skip Jackson and company. And there is sure to be several regional invaders looking to get some laps in before our August 8-11 Amoco Ultimate Knoxville Nationals. The 1200-pound Nationals is going to be all about fun and good competitive racing with a lot of passing... again, just like it used to be. Hell, we might even have Jack Miller back on the microphone calling the show!"
Those seeking more information on the ASCoC/IRA/Knoxville "1200-pound Nationals" are encouraged to call the track at 641- 842-5431, or visit their web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com.