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Golden State Challenge to join Pella Corporation Classic. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (FEBRUARY 28, 2003) -- Californian Tim Kaeding may not have realized what he accomplished last year at Knoxville Raceway by winning the traditional 'Night before the ...

Golden State Challenge to join Pella Corporation Classic.

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (FEBRUARY 28, 2003) -- Californian Tim Kaeding may not have realized what he accomplished last year at Knoxville Raceway by winning the traditional 'Night before the Nationals' 410-cubic-inch sprint car race. The third-generation driver showed Midwesterners the strength of the Golden State Challenge (GSC), of which he is the defending point champion, and proved that the California-based series regulars can win on the legendary dirt track. Thus, over the winter, an agreement between GSC principals John Padjen and Dave Swindell and Knoxville director of racing Ralph Capitani has been reached to have the Golden State Challenge be an additional sanctioning partner in the third annual Pella Corporation Classic, August 1-2.

Although the Pella Corporation Classic will be a non-point event for the GSC series, the top point-getters from the West Coast will be encouraged to participate in the $120,000 two-day show. Other sanctioning partners for the Classic include the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), National Championship Racing Association (NCRA), Interstate Racing Association (IRA), the National Motorsports Racing Association (NMRA), and Knoxville's own 410 c.i. sprint car contingent.

According to Kings Speedway promoter Dave Swindell of Hanford, Calif., where young Tim Kaeding bested the World of Outlaws in their season opener last weekend, "I know that our teams from this state can be competitive with anyone else in the country on any given day. Main event wins at Knoxville since 1999 by California competitors Tyler Walker, Randy Hannagan, Jason Meyers and Tim Kaeding have proved that fact. We look forward to sending a strong contingent to the 'Sprint Car Capital of the World' for this year's Pella-sponsored Classic!"

Kaeding's victory at Knoxville last August placed his name in an exclusive list of Californians that have won a sprint car feature event on the Marion County Fairgrounds oval. That roster includes Ron Rea, Jimmy Boyd, Tim Green (16 times), Gary Patterson, Jimmy Sills (twice), Jerry Meyer, Tyler Walker, Randy Hannagan, Jay Drake, Jason Meyers, and Tim Kaeding. Besides Kaeding and Meyers, those Golden State racers that are expected to try to add their names to that list include Tim's father, Brent Kaeding, along with Brad Furr, Peter Murphy, Tommy Tarlton and Kevin Pylant. Multi-time Knoxville feature race winner Dennis Moore, Jr., of nearby Grinnell, Iowa, will be a Golden State Challenge series regular in 2003 and is fully expected to bring Morrie Williams' sprinter back for the events of August 1-2.

"Pella Corporation welcomes the addition of Golden State Challenge competitors to the outstanding lineup of sprint car drivers expected to participate in the Pella Corporation Classic," said Corporate Public Relations Specialist Kathy Krafka Harkema. "The Pella Corporation Classic pits the best drivers and teams from leading sanctioning bodies from across the country competing at the legendary Marion County fairgrounds. Knoxville Raceway is known as a world-class facility, so it's a great opportunity for our team members who are known for producing world-class windows and doors to enjoy the action, along with race fans from across the country."

Founded in 1925, Pella Corporation has long been recognized in the window and door industry for its technology and innovation, having been awarded more than 100 U.S. product and design patents. In addition to windows and patio doors, the company also manufactures storm door and entry door systems with the same level of quality and technology for which Pella is known worldwide. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is represented by select building materials retailers and a Direct Sales Network operating Pella Window & Door StoresSM nationwide. For more information, call 888-84-PELLA or visit www.pella.com.

For more information on the Pella Corporation Classic, contact Ralph Capitani at (641) 842-5431, or visit the track's web site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brad Furr , Jay Drake , Tyler Walker , Jason Meyers , Randy Hannagan , Jimmy Sills , Tim Kaeding , Peter Murphy , Tim Green
Teams Williams