NAPA named as Knoxville WOO Classic sponsor

NAPA Auto Parts To Sponsor 2-Day WOO Classic On June 28-29 At Knoxville KNOXVILLE, IOWA (March 14, 2002)& ...

NAPA Auto Parts To Sponsor 2-Day WOO Classic On June 28-29 At Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (March 14, 2002)— NAPA Auto Parts stores of Iowa have agreed this week to sponsor the seventh annual World of Outlaws (WoO)-sanctioned NAPA Classic. The June 28-29 event at the legendary Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville will pay competitors a total purse of over $100,000.

The finale of the event, formerly known as the Iowa Ethanol Classic, was initiated in 1996 as a twin features presentation and remained as such through 1999. Past winners of those popular features were Mark Kinser & Jeff Swindell (1996), Jac Haudenschild & Stevie Smith (1997), Haudenschild & Steve Kinser (1998), and Danny Lasoski & Johnny Herrera (1999). In 2000, the format changed to a 50-lap finale, which was red-flagged at the half-way mark, with Smith capturing the victory. Last season, the 40-lap feature on the second day was again won by Stevie Smith, the second generation driver from New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

The newly-renamed NAPA Classic has a rich heritage for such a young event. In total, the event’s sixteen preliminary and final night features have all been won by regulars on Ted Johnson’s tough WoO circuit. Interestingly, the preliminary night feature win in 2001 was Danny Lasoski’s 75th career main event milestone on Knoxville dirt (on which the former track regular has claimed a record seven point titles). The longest-distance sprint car feature race ever on the Marion County Fairgrounds half-mile oval was the 50-lap event in the year 2000. In 1997, the largest non-Nationals crowd to date (13,500 people) was the one which witnessed Haudenschild and Smith claim the twin features.

There are 125 NAPA stores sponsoring the WoO NAPA Classic. NAPA will be promoting the race by offering five-dollars-off coupons to racing fans throughout the state. NAPA has great involvement in auto racing and feels the NAPA Classic will be a wonderful addition to its motorsports programs this year and into the future.

Reserved seat ticket prices for the two-day event are $28 (Friday) and $30 (Saturday), respectively. General admission ticket prices are $24 on Friday and $28 on Saturday. Children’s tickets are half-price, and all tickets will go on sale to the public in late May. The track’s regular 360 c.i. sprint car division will also have a full show on Friday night only. For more information, fans are urged to visit www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

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Series Automotive , World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell