Colorado's Andy Mason The First to Enter Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship KNOXVILLE, IOWA (March 10, 2004) - The first official entry for the June 4-5 Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship has arrived this week...
Colorado's Andy Mason The First to Enter Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (March 10, 2004) - The first official entry for the June 4-5 Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship has arrived this week at the Knoxville Raceway. According to office manager Arleta Voyce, "Andy Mason of Westminster, Colorado, has the distinction of being this year's first paid entry, and he has chosen to represent the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association. Other teams can find the official entry form on our web-site, www.knoxvilleraceway.com."
Mason will pilot the Roger Mason-owned, Fontana/Chevrolet-powered Ellis chassis midget, which is sponsored by Wagoner Trucking, Western Trucking, Award Classics, and Raynor Garage Doors. In 2002, the midgets returned to the historic Marion County Fairgrounds oval, after an absence of over twenty years, in a show tri-sanctioned by Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA), Midwest Auto Racing Association (MARA), and North American Midget Auto Racing Series (NAMARS). Last season, Rocky Mountain (RMMRA) and American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) joined the alliance of equal sanctioning partners. In 2004, all but NAMARS will return to sanction the prestigious national championship event.
The Friday night, June 4, program will feature five midget car heats and the fifteen-car, fifteen-lap $1,000-to-win Pepsi/Mt. Dew "King Doodlebug" invitational feature. The first night of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend will also feature the twelfth annual $3,000-to-win Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic 360-cubic-inch sprint car show for drivers age fifty and over. The Saturday night, June 5, program will showcase two midget car consolations, a dash, and the thirty-car, 25-lap $4,000-to-win Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship feature. Chad DeSelle, fourth in the 2003 BMARA point standings, is the event's defending champion. In addition, a regular show of 410 c.i. sprint car racing will culminate in the $3,000-to-win Kin Folks Shootout on Saturday night.
The King Doodlebug Invitational will start the five Friday night heat winners, the top point-getters from each of the four sanctions in 2003, the top drivers from each of four events (2003 Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship, 2003 Belleville Midget Nationals, 2003 Sun Prairie Fireman Nationals, 2004 Tulsa Chili Bowl Midget Nationals), and the top two drivers from the 2003 National Midget Driver of the Year rankings. 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 E. Bull, who founded Illustrated Speedway News and who will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on June 5, started a contest to crown "King Doodlebug" in 1938. According to National Sprint Car Museum historians Larry Ball, Jr., and Bill Hill, the following six drivers were all crowned "King Doodlebug" by Bull: Cletus "Cowboy" O'Rourke (1938), Bill Holmes (1939), Al Bonnell (1946), Ed "Dutch" Schaefer (1947), Bill Schindler (1948), and Ralph Pratt (1949). Craig Carey of MARA is the defending "King Doodlebug" Invitational race winner at Knoxville (2003).
History of the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship:
2002 - Mike Hess, Kerry Madsen, Don Droud (Jr.), Davey Ray, James Chesson, Cory Kruseman, Craig Carey, Ryan Scott, Brian Gerster, Dave Strickland (Jr.), Steve Knepper, Critter Malone, Ryan Durst, Teddy Beach, Scott Hatton, Quinn McCabe, Steve Paden, John Jones, Greg Lueckert, Chad DeSelle, Marc Dailey, Donnie Lehmann, Aaron Fiscus, Aaron Pierce, John Nervo, A.J. Fike, Ray Bull (Jr.), Jeff Flesher, Brandon Waelti, Keith Rauch.
2003 - Chad DeSelle, Aaron Fiscus, Mike Hess, Aaron Fike, Damion Gardner, Craig Carey, Critter Malone, Nick Lundgreen, Quinn McCabe, Brandon Waelti, Brad Kuhn, Ryan Durst, Kevin Doty, Marc Dailey, Davey Ray, A.J. Fike, Donnie Lehmann, Dave Camfield (Jr.), Sarah McCune, Todd Beach, David Gough, Boyd Calvert, Don Droud (Jr.), Ray Bull (Jr.), Steve Knepper, Rik Forbes, Kerry Madsen, Scott Hatton, Jim Doyle, Brian Gerster.