Knoxville extends King Doodlebug invite to Boorse

Chili Bowl hot-shot Dan Boorse guaranteed starter for Knoxville's "King Doodlebug" Invitational. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 14, 2003)-2003 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals winner Dan Boorse earned himself a guaranteed starting position in this year's...

Chili Bowl hot-shot Dan Boorse guaranteed starter for Knoxville's "King Doodlebug" Invitational.

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 14, 2003)-2003 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals winner Dan Boorse earned himself a guaranteed starting position in this year's $1,000-to-win "King Doodlebug" Invitational on Friday, May 30, at Knoxville Raceway by virtue of his last-lap pass for the lead in the Tulsa, Okla., Expo Center.The multi-time Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) champion joins other guaranteed starters Mike Hess (2002 Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship winner), Dave Darland (2002 Belleville Midget Nationals winner), Tracy Hines (2002 Sun Prairie Firehouse Nationals winner), and Aaron Fike (2002 National Midget Driver of the Year).Coincidentally, Fike, Hess, Darland and Hines finished first through fourth, respectively, in the National Midget Driver of the Year rankings in '02, while Boorse languished in sixteenth place.

The King Doodlebug Invitational is a fifteen-lap, fifteen-car invitational on the preliminary night of the two-night Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship, May 30-31.Friday night's five heat winners will also receive guaranteed starting positions in the mini-feature, as will the top point-getters from the event's five sanctions:BMARA, American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC), Midwest Auto Racing Association (MARA), North American Midget Auto Racing Series (NAMARS), and Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA).

According to National Speed Sport News editor emeritus Chris Economaki, the term "doodlebug" was created by the "big car" gentry in the late 1930's for the increasingly-popular "midget" car.Walter Bull, who founded the Illustrated Speedway News, then started a contest to crown "King Doodlebug".According to National Sprint Car Museum past board president Larry Ball, Jr., the following five drivers were all crowned "King Doodlebug":Cletus "Cowboy" O'Rourke (1938), Bill Holmes (1939), Al Bonnell (1946), Ed "Dutch" Schaefer (1947), and Bill Schindler (1948).

Those seeking further information on the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship are urged to visit Knoxville's web-site, www.knoxvilleraceway.com.Those with more information on the "King Doodlebug" history are urged to contact the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum at sprintcarhof@sprintcarhof.com.

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Series Midget
Drivers Tracy Hines , Aaron Fike