Brodix Tournament of Champions Continues Growth For 2005
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 31, 2004) - The 2004 Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) was the largest and most successful in its six year history, with WISSOTA's Loren Langerud of Harwood, North Dakota, claiming the prestigious winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car invitational at the Knoxville Raceway. The Sunday, August 7, 2005 edition of the Brodix ToC is looking to be even bigger, as a record twenty sanctions from Australia, Canada, and the United States are expected to be involved in the $5,000-to-win international classic. In addition, Knoxville Raceway has added the August 4-5 Speed-televised $10,000-to-win Knoxville 360 Nationals and the August 6 $2,500-to-win Casey's General Stores Night Before the Tournament as lead-in '360' events to the ToC.
Already confirming participation in the 2005 Brodix Tournament of Champions are host Knoxville Raceway (KNOX), American Sprint Car Series -- Rocky Mountain Region (ASCS-RM), Sprints On Dirt (SOD), and the partnership of the Sprint Car Control Council of Australia, Avalon Raceway, and Premier Speedway's Sungold Stadium (SCCA-A/P). The 360 Nationals, Casey's Night Before the Tournament, and the Brodix ToC all appear on the 2005 schedule for the Northern Sprint Tour (NST), which was the affiliation for this past year's ToC runner-up Roger Crockett of Oregon. In addition, the Night Before the ToC and the Brodix ToC appear on the calendar of the Sprint Invaders Association (SIA), host club of 2003 winner Terry McCarl.
The Brodix ToC will keep its successful sliding driver eligibility rule, based on the number of events completed by each sanction by the entry deadline of July 26, 2005. Those drivers competing with sanctions that complete 1-5 events by the deadline date will need 100% participation to be eligible for the tourney, while those with sanctions completing 6-10 events will need 90% participation. In the same way, those with a sanction completing 11-15 events will be required to participate in 80% of those races, while 70% participation will be required of those competing in sanctions with 16-20 events completed by July 26. Those drivers competing with sanctions that complete 21-25 events by the deadline date will need 60% participation to be eligible for the tourney, while those with sanctions completing 26 or more events will only need 50% participation. A maximum of fifteen (15) entered and eligible drivers will be invited from each sanction, based on that sanction's points as of July 26. The SCCA-Avalon/Premier affiliate will only offer five driver invitations, and Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia's Stephen Bell is the early leader in that 7-race special mini-series.
The technical rules for the Brodix Tournament of Champions will be dictated by the Knoxville Raceway, and they will be the same for the Thursday-Friday 360 Nationals and the Saturday Casey's-sponsored invitational. To be eligible for the Saturday, August 6, Casey's 360 regular show, a driver must have either competed in the 360 Nationals during the previous two days, or be invited to the Sunday night Tournament. In addition, a driver may only compete in one of sprint car divisions at Knoxville on that Saturday night as it is part of the Cox Design & Metal Fabrication Southern Iowa SprintWeek.
Those seeking more information on the Thursday-Friday, August 4-5, $10,000-to-win Knoxville 360 Nationals, Saturday, August 6, $2,500-to-win Casey's Night before the Tournament or the Sunday, August 7, $5,000-to-win Brodix Tournament of Champions are urged to visit the Raceway's web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com. All features are point-paying events of the 10-night, August 4-13 Cox Design Southern Iowa SprintWeek between the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa and the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville. The "Mr. Sprint Car" titlist will receive a $2,500 cash bonus in 2005, with the runner-up receiving $1,000.