New Zealand Champion Kerry Jones Enters Kele World Challenge Dash
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JULY 4, 2001) - History will be made at this year's Amoco Ultimate Knoxville Nationals as seven-time and defending New Zealand sprint car champion Kerry Jones of Waiuku, South Auckland, has officially entered the Nationals and it's premier international race, the Kele World Challenge Dash. Jones, who qualified for the $10,000-to-win dash at his home track of Western Springs Speedway, will be competing at Knoxville in his K&N Interchange Equipment/Auto Meter/Elf Lubricants number 1 NZ Mopar-powered Harris chassis sprinter. Never before in the forty- year history of the Knoxville Nationals has a competitor come from the southern hemisphere island nation of New Zealand.
The biggest challenge to Jones will be adapting to the 'big half-mile' dirt oval at the Marion County Fairgrounds, although he raced last year at the similarly-configured Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. Providing his car arrives on shore as scheduled, Jones intends to compete at Knoxville on Saturday, July 21, the track's inaugural 1200-Pound Nationals on July 27-28, and finally on Casey's General Stores Night, August 4. Fans with internet access wishing to look at Jones' US-bound sprinter can click on "Pit Bull" at www.westernspringsspeedway.co.nz.
Other recent Kele World Challenge Dash entries have been filed by American Chad Kemenah and Australians Max Dumesny, Peter Murphy and Kerry Madsen. Max will also use the occasion to receive his Australian National Sprintcar Poll "Driver of the Year", "Team of the Year" and "Wild Card Award" plaques. Most of the international competitors are expected to be present at the Kele World Challenge Cook-Out on the fairgrounds in Knoxville on Tuesday, August 10. The growing list of entrants is as follows: <pre> 0 Peter Murphy Sydney, NSW AUS Mopar/Eagle-Wolf 1A Christi Passmore Pryor, OK USA Wesmar/Eagle 1NZ Kerry Jones Waiuku, S. Auckland NZ Mopar/Harris 4 Danny Smith Danville, IN USA Shaver/Maxim 5 Max Dumesny Nelson, NSW AUS (not known) 12 Brent Antill Ankeny, IA USA Ott/Maxim 15 Donny Schatz Minot, ND USA Shaver/J&J 15K Chad Kemenah Findlay, OH USA Kistler/Gambler 20 Jason Meyers Fresno, CA USA Wesmar/Eagle 20L Danny Lasoski Higginsville, MO USA Kistler/Eagle 21 Tommy Tarlton Fresno, CA USA Wesmar/TCR 24 Terry McCarl Pleasant Hill, IA USA Wesmar/Eagle 27C Rick Wilson Joyceville, ONT CAN Jereco/J&J 55 "Skip" Jackson Sydney, NSW AUS Shaver/J&J 66 Brooke Tatnell Sans Souci, NSW AUS (not known) 82 Kerry Madsen Penrith, NSW AUS Eagle/Madcap