KNOXVILLE, IOWA (February 26, 2002)& ...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (February 26, 2002)— Pella Corporation, a world-class leader in manufacturing premium-quality windows and doors, will sponsor the second annual Pella Corporation 1200-Pound Nationals. The July 26-27 event at the world-famous Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, will pay competitors a total purse of over $114,000.
The much-anticipated $12,000-to-win showdown for 410-cubic-inch winged sprint cars, weighing a minimum of 1200 pounds, will again be sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), Interstate Racing Association (IRA), Knoxville Raceway, National Championship Racing Association (NCRA), and the National Motorsports Racing Association (NMRA). The South Dakota-based NMRA is joining the Pella event for the first time in 2002.
Last season, Knoxville regular Don Droud, Jr., of Lincoln, Nebr., narrowly defeated veteran ASCoC campaigner Danny Smith of Danville, Ind., and Knoxville track champion Terry McCarl of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, to claim the inaugural title. All three sprint car drivers charged from the back of the 24-car field in a thrilling race that saw the lead change six times. Overall, the first-year event drew 97 competitors from eighteen states and three countries (Australia, New Zealand, United States). Preliminary night winners in 2001 were Droud and current NASCAR Busch Series racer Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, Wash.
Reserved seat ticket prices for the two-day event are $17 (Friday) and $22 (Saturday), respectively. General admission ticket prices are $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Children’s tickets are half-price, and all tickets will go on sale to the public in late June.