Final Kele World Challenge Qualifier On April 30-May 1 at Knoxville For Australians, Canadians & New Zealanders KNOXVILLE, IOWA (March 21, 2004) - The final qualifier for this year's Kele World Challenge, presented by the...
Final Kele World Challenge Qualifier On April 30-May 1 at Knoxville For Australians, Canadians & New Zealanders
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (March 21, 2004) - The final qualifier for this year's Kele World Challenge, presented by the Wirtgen Group, will take place on Friday-Saturday, April 30-May 1, at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. The two-night World of Outlaws show, sponsored by American Compressed Steel and Bud, will be a qualifier for Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders. Ralph Capitani is the racing director at the half-mile Marion County Fairgrounds track, which will also host the $10,000-to-win Kele World Challenge, presented by the Wirtgen Group, on August 13 during the 44th annual Knoxville Nationals sprint car championship. According to Capitani, "I expect to see several Australian and Canadian sprint car drivers join us on April 30-May 1 for our Kele World Challenge qualifier. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see an international driver win the feature on one of those nights!"
A record ninety-eight (98) drivers are currently eligible for the Kele World Challenge (KWC), following the most recent qualifier at the Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday, March 6. American Ricky Logan, the inaugural Auto Trader Southern Iowa SprintWeek titlist in 2002, and Australian Garry Brazier both qualified at the Springs. Other qualifiers included former New Zealand champions Alan Wakeling and Kerry Jones, a former Kele World Challenge competitor. Midget standout Michael Kendall was also a surprise qualifier in a sprint car. New Zealander Corey Haigh, a racer in last year's Knoxville Nationals along with countryman and 2004 Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) driver Stevie Walsh, also qualified at the Springs.
Amongst the eligible drivers are eleven Americans, including veterans Daryn Pittman, Brent Antill, Joey Saldana, defending Kele World Challenge champion Travis Rilat, Ricky Logan and P.J. Chesson. Eligible Challenge rookies in 2004 will be Paul McMahan, Erin Crocker, Jayme Barnes, Shane Stewart and Billy Alley. Canadian Jimmy Carter is also eligible, as are twenty-sex (26) New Zealanders, including KWC veterans Kerry Jones and Stevie Walsh. Amongst the sixty (60) eligible Aussies are inaugural Kele World Challenge champion Max Dumesny, four-time runner-up Brooke Tatnell, and fellow KWC veterans Garry Brazier, Troy Little, Trevor Green, Kerry Madsen, Marty Perovich and Lynton Jeffrey.