Coniam & Dietrick of ESS add spice to Brodix Tournament of Champions mix. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JUNE 20, 2002) - The recent entries from Canadian Ryan Coniam and American Rob Dietrick of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) have added considerable spice...
Coniam & Dietrick of ESS add spice to Brodix Tournament of Champions mix.
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JUNE 20, 2002) - The recent entries from Canadian Ryan Coniam and American Rob Dietrick of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) have added considerable spice to the Sunday, August 4, Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) at the Knoxville Raceway. Both up- and-comers in the sport of sprint car racing will be making their first- ever starts at the historic half-mile dirt oval, although each will be helped by race-winning pit crews. Ryan's VSM Quality Coated Abrasives winged sprinter will be wrenched by 1977 and '87 Oswego, N.Y., International Super-Modified Classic winner/father Warren Coniam, while Rob's The Trailer Center-sponsored Maxim sprint car will be crewed by 1999 Lima, Ohio, ToC runner-up Jeff Haines of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and his dad Jerry.
Ryan Coniam lives in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, and he is presently undecided about whether to bring his 2002 Eagle or his 2002 TrevisCraft car to Knoxville. Rob Dietrick calls Farmington, New York, home and is similarly undecided about his choice of powerplant (McIntyre or Jereco). ESS will also be represented at the $4,000-to-win Brodix ToC by current point leader Lance Yonge of Penn Yan, N.Y., who will be wrenched by former Knoxville Nationals competitor and six-time ESS champion Mal Lane. The contingent will be joined by potent two-car teammates Mike Woodring of Eden, N.Y., a seven-time ESS champion, and Erin Crocker of Wilbraham, Mass., one of the sport's top young females.
ESS is expected to bring ten teams to the invitational, which will also feature ten cars each from the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), Knoxville Raceway, and the United Racing Club (URC), and three cars each from the WISSOTA Promoters Association, Nebraska Sprint Car Association (NSCA) and Winged Outlaw Warriors (WOW). Additional recent entries have come from ASCS point leader Tim Crawley of Arkansas, Wayne Pennmington of Missouri, Chris Coyle of Delaware, Pete Green of Pennsylvania, Tracy Nichols of Missouri, and Sye Anderson of Minnesota.
All forty-nine invited teams will compete under one common set of technical rules, which include use of the Brodix ASCS spec head. Those wishing to see the entry list for the Brodix Tournament of Champions are urged to visit either the track's www.knoxvilleraceway.com or the museum's www.sprintcarhof.com website. Past driver winners of the Tourney are Greg Coverdale (Knoxville 1997), Phil Gressman (Eldora '98) and Kyle Sauder (Limaland '99). Past team champions are Knoxville (1997), ASCS ('98), and the National Racing Alliance ('99).