KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 16, 2004) - Nine entries from nine different states have already been received for this year's Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for drivers age fifty and over. The ...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 16, 2004) - Nine entries from nine different states have already been received for this year's Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for drivers age fifty and over. The $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start Classic will take place on Friday, June 4, at the Knoxville Raceway during the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend. The entrants include Dave Heskin of Minnesota, Earnest Jennings of Oklahoma, Wayne Reutimann, of Florida, Randy Droescher of Iowa, Oscar Smith of Michigan, Miles Grein of South Dakota, James Bevan of Kansas, Gerry Robison of Pennsylvania, and Carl "Midge" Miller of New Jersey.
All racers have cars entered, with the exception of veteran Gerry Robison of Dublin, Pennsylvania, who is looking for a top-notch ride for the Seniors Tour-type event. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the list of pre-entries is Wayne Reutimann of Zephyrhills, Florida, co-winner of the 1979 "Little 500" with Danny Smith. Reutimann will pilot his own Snyder-powered Avenger 'Double-Zero' sprinter, sponsored by Case Contracting, James Rivard Pontiac-GMC Trucks and Barfield's. He finished seventeenth in the 1998 Masters Classic.
The top-finishing returnee is Carl "Midge" Miller of Willingboro, New Jersey, a regular with the United Racing Club (URC). Miller, who will compete in a Jereco-powered Shaw Racing Products sprinter, finished fifth in 2001. Miles Grein of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, finished sixth last year in the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic. Grein has entered a Lenty-powered Schnee sprinter. Dave Heskin of Monticello, Minnesota, who finished eighth in 1998 and 2000, has entered his Heskin Electric sprinter with a Klein engine in a Buckley chassis.
Another former 'top ten' finisher that has pre-entered is Randy Droescher of Larchwood, Iowa. Droescher will wheel his own Ethanol-powered Trostle chassis sprinter, with a Design Performance/Brun Machine powerplant. Additional past Masters Classic competitors on the current entry list are Earnest Jennings of Norman, Oklahoma, and Oscar Smith of Dowagiac, Michigan. Jennings races his own Jennings Garage/ Jennings Powder-Coating Wesmar/J&J, while Smith wheels the Country Florals & Gifts B&S Engines-powered Stealth sprint car. Besides Robison, James Bevan is the only 'rookie of the race' candidate thus far on the entry list. Bevan is from Valley Falls, Kansas, and will race his own Palmberg Blacksmith Shop/Rod End Supply number 15 Schnee sprinter with a Bevan-built engine.
For more information on the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic, fans are encouraged to visit the track's web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com. For more info on the June 4-5 induction weekend, people can visit www.sprintcarhof.com.