Minter to make Knoxville Nationals debut

Minter to Make Knoxville Nationals Debut KNOXVILLE, IA (July 30) -- Kathryne Minter, the hottest young driver in sprint car racing, is headed to Knoxville! Minter, who leads the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region Rookie...

Minter to Make Knoxville Nationals Debut

KNOXVILLE, IA (July 30) -- Kathryne Minter, the hottest young driver in sprint car racing, is headed to Knoxville!

Minter, who leads the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region Rookie of the Year race, will make her debut at Knoxville Raceway in this week's 17th Annual 360 Knoxville Nationals. She has also accepted an invitation to race in Sunday's Brodix Tournament of Champions at the legendary half-mile oval.

"I'm really excited about going to my first Knoxville Nationals," Kathryne said Monday. "I talked to (sprint car racing veteran) Travis (Rilat) about it, and he said Sedalia (Missouri State Fair Speedway) is actually faster, so I shouldn't worry about it. I felt good racing at Sedalia -- I finished fourth in my heat race with Gary Wright -- so I think I can go to Knoxville and be OK. He just told me to race it like any other racetrack.

"I'm excited about running the Tournament of Champions race, too. I appreciate the invitation, and I'm looking forward to running three nights at Knoxville Raceway."

Although she has only been racing three years, the 2006 graduate of the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program has won more than 50 feature races. Two years ago, Kathryne won five of seven IMCA Ice-Breaker races on her way to claiming the series championship.

Minter was Ms. St. James' guest at the Fifth Annual Women in the Winner's Circle Luncheon honoring women in motorsports at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week.

Kathryne, who drives the Minter-family-owned #13m J&J, ranks in the top 25 in the American Sprint Car Series on Tour point standings despite racing in only selected events.

Mike Minter, Kathryne's father and car owner, is looking forward to his team's debut at "The Home of the Nationals."

"Travis (Rilat) came down and talked to Kathryne about Knoxville," Mike said last weekend. "He said Knoxville is such a famous place, people get the impression it's something it's not. Obviously, when we get there, she'll see a big stadium -- nothing like anything she's raced at before. But, I think, as a racer, once her car gets pushed off and she starts driving, it'll be just another circle of dirt with a lot of fast cars on it. From a fans' perspective, they just sit there in awe."

Minter couldn't be happier with the Goodyear tires the team has been racing lately.

"The Goodyear tires are handling really well for Kathryne," Minter said. "I really like the way the tires wear; they wear a lot more evenly than other brands. They don't feather at the edges. I'm really excited about the performance we're getting from the Goodyear tires. I'm really interested to see how they perform at Knoxville. The only other big track we've run them is at the Devil's Bowl, and I think running up there at Knoxville for three days will show us exactly what we have. I hope the Goodyear people will be there, so they can meet and talk to Kathryne."

-credit: kmr

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Drivers Lyn St. James