Bankston to run Masters at Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, IA - Veteran sprint car driver John Bankston has been competitive in the last four Goodyear Masters Classic events at the legendary Knoxville Raceway. Bankston will be among the entries for the 9th annual event on Friday and after ...

KNOXVILLE, IA - Veteran sprint car driver John Bankston has been competitive in the last four Goodyear Masters Classic events at the legendary Knoxville Raceway. Bankston will be among the entries for the 9th annual event on Friday and after finishing second twice in the last three years, he's hoping to be one spot better.

"We'd sure like to win the Classic this year," said Bankston. "It's an honor to race in the event and with the other competitors. With the caliber of drivers in the race, it is a real challenge to do well. We're feeling good about our chances though. Our J&J car feels really good and it's just of matter of how things go."

Bankston was the "Rookie of the Race" in 1997 and has been the fastest qualifier in the last three events. In his four Goodyear Masters Classic races, he has three top ten finishes. Last year, he started eighth and finished second.

"We've been able to qualify really well, but that hasn't always been a good thing," said Bankston. "They draw for the inversion and sometimes it works for you and other times it doesn't. The race is only 22 laps, so you can't start real far back and still have a chance to win."

Friday's race will be a part of the 12th annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Induction weekend. The USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series will be on hand for the NAPA 100. The Silvercrown cars will hold qualifications and a non-qualifiers race on Friday. The feature event will be held on Saturday nigh t along with the regular 410 sprint car program.

-J and J

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