WARRNAMBOOL, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 29, 2001) - American drivers swept the podium at this past weekend's The Standard-sponsored Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at the Premier Speedway in Warrnambool. Donny Schatz of Minot, North ...
WARRNAMBOOL, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 29, 2001) - American drivers swept the podium at this past weekend's The Standard-sponsored Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at the Premier Speedway in Warrnambool. Donny Schatz of Minot, North Dakota, bested 6-time Classic winner Danny Smith of Danville, Indiana, and defending champion Danny Lasoski of Higginsville, Missouri, to take the $20,000 win. Even 'Yank' Chad Kemenah of Burgoon, Ohio, claimed the preliminary night's Australia/America 'A' Main.
Fifty-five participants competed in Australia's equivalent of the Amoco Ultimate Knoxville Nationals, and all competitiors are now eligible to race in the $10,000-to-win Kele World Challenge Dash to be held on August 10 in Knoxville, Iowa. Rounding out the top ten competitors in the Classic were Skip Jackson, Max Dumesny, Brooke Tatnell, Kemenah, Jason Meyers and Tommy Tarlton of California, and Fred Rahmer of Pennsylvania. Other event starters included Kerry Madsen, Stephen Bell, Robert Farr, Iowan Terry McCarl, David Murcott and Ian "the Fly" Lewis. Brent Antill of Iowa was the only American present not to qualify for the 16-car A-Main, making the second year in a row that the Classic field was split evenly between Yanks and Aussies.
The purse for the 16-lap fully-inverted Kele World Challenge Dash in Knoxville in mid-August is as follows: $10,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $900, $800, $700, $600, $500, $500, $500, $500. Other drivers, besides those at Warrnambool this past weekend, that have already qualified are Australian Dennis Farr and Canadians Jimmy Carr and Rick Wilson. Willie Kay's Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand, will host the final Kele World Challenge Dash international qualifier on Saturday, February 10.