Great weather & racing forecast for induction weekend KNOXVILLE, IOWA (May 29, 2003) - Great weather and great racing are both forecast for this weekend's fourteenth annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF) Induction...
Great weather & racing forecast for induction weekend
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (May 29, 2003) - Great weather and great racing are both forecast for this weekend's fourteenth annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF) Induction Weekend at the Knoxville Raceway. Adding to the mix of drivers are the expected entries of Australians Paul Farrell of Victoria, Keith Hutton of Queensland, and Brooke Tatnell of New South Wales in the midget car, Masters 360-, 410-cubic-inch sprint car divisions, respectively. Aussie Sprintcar Title-holder Kerry Madsen of New South Wales will race in both the midget (speedcar) and 410 sprint car classes. Friday night, May 30, will feature the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic (for drivers age 50-plus in winged 360 c.i. sprint cars) and the Pepsi/Mt. Dew "King Doodlebug" Midget Invitational. Saturday night, May 31, will showcase the Kin Folks 410 Shootout and the final events for the ARDC, BMARA, MARA, NAMARS and RMMRA sanctioned Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship. In addition, Lance Dewease of central Pennsylvania will be competing in the Saturday night 410 c.i. sprint car program aboard new NSCHoF inductee Al Hamilton's famed red number 77 machine.
Two-time Masters Classic winner Roger Rager of Minnesota is expected to compete in both the Masters Classic and midget car programs, while last year's inductee Larry "Smokey" Snellbaker of Pennsylvania will race in the Masters and 410 shows. In addition, Steve Hainline of Iowa, Miles Grein of South Dakota, and Jimmy Sills of California have entered the eleventh annual Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic. To date, 47 midgeteers have entered the midget championship and 22 veterans have entered the Masters Classic.
Said director of racing Ralph Capitani, "It is exciting to have Lance Dewease compete here at Knoxville after running Williams Grove on Friday and seeing his car owner Al Hamilton inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon. Plus, NCRA champion Brooke Tatnell and last week's Charlotte World of Outlaws winner Blake Feese, in Guy Forbrook's car, are expected back in Knoxville to challenge Terry McCarl, Don Droud, Jr., Kerry Madsen, Skip Jackson, Brian Brown, Jeff Mitrisin and the rest of our regular cast of characters!"
In addition to the $3,000-to-win Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic, the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship will open up on Friday night, May 30, with five heats and their $1,000-to-win "King Doodlebug" invitational feature race. On Saturday, May 31, the midget car consolations, dash, and $4,000-to-win championship feature race will be joined by a complete $3,000-to-win Kin Folks 410 c.i. Sprint Car Shootout program. The championship will be co-sanctioned by the American (ARDC), Badger (BMARA), Midwest (MARA), North American (NAMARS) and Rocky Mountain (RMMRA) midget car affiliates.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held on Saturday afternoon on the Marion County Fairgrounds. This year's inductees include Fred Horey, Allen "Sammy" Sessions, Ron Shuman, Bill Utz, James "Billy" Winn, Doug Wolfgang, Jay Woodside, Clarence "Mutt" Anderson, Al Hamilton, Bud Carson, Robert Roof, Armin Krueger and John Shillington "Jack" Prince. For more information on the midget and sprint car racing, visit the track's web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com. For more information on the induction weekend, visit www.sprintcarhof.com.