Minter's Knoxville Debut Climaxes in Brodix Event KNOXVILLE, IA (August 7) -- Kathryne Minter capped her Knoxville Raceway debut with an eye-catching performance in Sunday's Brodix Tournament of Champions. Minter grabbed everybody's ...
Minter's Knoxville Debut Climaxes in Brodix Event
KNOXVILLE, IA (August 7) -- Kathryne Minter capped her Knoxville Raceway debut with an eye-catching performance in Sunday's Brodix Tournament of Champions.
Minter grabbed everybody's attention at "The Home of the Nationals," especially when her #13m Concrete Crushing Company J&J caught fire during the final lap of the Third Heat Race.
"It was really scary," Kathryne said. "I could see the flames all around my car. The oil filter broke and spilled oil on the headers. The car went up in a puff of white smoke and caught on fire. I didn't know what it was, so I pulled my car out of gear, went up above the cushion in turn four, turned my fuel off and turned the car off. I didn't get burned, but it was very scary. I'm glad I wear Carbon-X underwear under my Simpson uniform."
Fans and World of Outlaws team members in attendance were also amazed by Minter's 109.19-MPH lap around the legendary half-mile oval.
"Our new crew chief, Brad Sparks, talked to (driver) Chuck Swenson before we went out for hot laps and asked if he would get in front of me so I could see the lines he was running," Kathryne said. "Our hot laps determined who we would time trial with, so it actually mattered how we ran in hot laps. I followed Chuck in hot laps and timed in third in my group. I was only two-tenths of a second behind Chuck's car. I time trialed with the sixth group and I ended up timing 21st fastest (in the 49-car field)."
Ignoring the frightening conclusion to the Third Heat Race, Minter finished fifth in the First "B" Feature, accepted a provisional and raced into 23rd place in the Brodix Tournament of Champions main event.
"We barely missed qualifying for the feature in the 'B,' but they gave us a provisional and I started 25th in the 'A,'" Kathryne said. "We were pretty fast for a few laps, but the main thing was I learned a lot and found out how to pace myself in a long (30-lap) race."
Despite the illness that caused her inflamed vocal cords to hurt whenever she spoke, Minter thoroughly enjoyed her Knoxville Raceway debut.
"I met a lot of people, and we talked to some about deals that might turn into something good," Kathryne said. "I wish I had been able to stay another week and participate in some activities I was invited to, but we had to go back home."
Minter was invited to a special Knoxville Nationals autograph session, Stacy Ervin's "Women in Racing" forum at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and a couple of radio shows. She was also wanted to accept an invitation to meet NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers at Monday's Front-Row Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA.
"Kasey Kahne was supposed to be at the 'Osky' race," Kathryne said. "I really wanted to meet him."