Kathryne Minter to make Knoxville debut

Minter to Race at 'Home of the Nationals' KNOXVILLE, IA (June 6) -- Kathryne Minter has raced at "The Birthplace of the World of Outlaws" -- Devil's Bowl Speedway -- several times and has adopted it as her favorite racetrack. Now it's...

Minter to Race at 'Home of the Nationals'

KNOXVILLE, IA (June 6) -- Kathryne Minter has raced at "The Birthplace of the World of Outlaws" -- Devil's Bowl Speedway -- several times and has adopted it as her favorite racetrack. Now it's time for the hottest young driver in auto racing to drive the #13m Concrete Crushing Company J&J sprint car at Knoxville Raceway -- "The Home of the Nationals."

"I'm really excited about racing at Knoxville," Kathryne said Tuesday. "I've just heard so much about it, I can't wait to go and see what it's really like. I hope I get a chance to go to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, too.

"I've been talking to my friends about it: 'Guess where I'm going?' When I tell them, they say, 'what's that?' I say, 'I don't know; I'll tell you when I get back.'"

Minter, who has been racing with the American Sprint Car Series this year, plans to compete in the 17th Annual 360 Nationals at the hallowed half-mile oval August 2-4. In fact, she has competed against a pair of former 360 Nationals champions: Gary Wright (1998) and Wayne Johnson (2000).

"We want to go and try it out a few times this year before the Nationals so I can get a feel for the track," Kathryne said. "I want to get a hold of it and figure out how to drive on it so I'm prepared when we go to the Nationals. All I've heard is you go about 140 (MPH) all the way around the track and you don't let off. I want to try it before I go and do it with a whole lot of other people there. I hope it's like the Devil's Bowl; I love that track. We're going to race in Knoxville's weekly 360 program. They have about 60 cars, and I have to start at the back because they line up by points."

Kathryne is the eternal optimist no matter what situation arises. When asked how she feels about tackling "The Home of the Nationals" after rain has kept her from racing the last three weekends, she said, "I think it will help us some ways. As much as I've wanted to race, sometimes it's for the better if you have some time off. Everything should be together and ready. We have the big motor out and we would have been racing my backup car. It gives us plenty of time to get everything taken care of, especially the motor. I even mopped the trailer. We've been staying busy."

Kathryne was a guest on K-MAC Sports' "Dirt Track Insider" Radio show last Saturday.

"The show was good," Kathryne said. "They asked me some good questions. I wasn't nervous any voice didn't get shaky. I improve every time I'm a guest on radio shows."

More information about Kathryne, including her "Kat's Corner" and "Off-Track With Kathryne" columns, can be found on her website at www.mint13.com. Fans can also check out Kathryne's merchandise and request a free autographed hero card on her site. Kathryne Minter Racing invites fans to visit the team's trailer after the races.

-credti: kmr

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