2003 Knoxville race preview

51 Aussies, 17 Kiwis and 9 Yanks qualify for Kele World Challenge. MEMPHIS,TN (FEBRUARY 24, 2003) -- Seventy-seven of the best sprint car drivers on the planet are eligible to compete for $40,000 during this year's running of the Kele World ...

51 Aussies, 17 Kiwis and 9 Yanks qualify for Kele World Challenge.

MEMPHIS,TN (FEBRUARY 24, 2003) -- Seventy-seven of the best sprint car drivers on the planet are eligible to compete for $40,000 during this year's running of the Kele World Challenge, to be held on Friday, August 15, during the 43rd Annual Knoxville Nationals. The winged 410-cubic-inch sprint car drivers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States will run sixteen laps for the record purse. Kele World Challenge qualifying races were held at the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico, California, the Williams Grove National Open in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvaina, the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic in Warrnambool, Victoria (Australia) and the International Sprint Car Series in Western Springs, a suburb of Auckland (New Zealand).

Canadians will have one final opportunity to qualify for the Kele World Challenge on April 25-26, 2003, during the World of Outlaws (WoO) show at Knoxville Raceway. Roger Johnson of the Kele Companies explains, "It is our hope that talented drivers such as Jeff Hodgson, Toni Lutar, Jimmy Carter, Rick Wilson and Ryan Coniam will make the effort to come to Knoxville that weekend to qualify for the $10,000-to-win Kele World Challenge."

Those eligible who wish to participate in the $40,000 Kele World Challenge must enter and compete in the 43rd Annual Knoxville Nationals, August 13-16. The Friday night dash starting line-up will feature the first 16 cars inverted based on qualifying (Wed./Thurs.) points, provided they are in the top 106 in points. Those outside the top 106 in points or outside the top 16 in qualifying points, will tag the rear of the field lining straight up by points. A maximum of 21 cars will start. The eligible drivers, by country of origin, for the 2003 Kele World Challenge are:

Australia: Grant Anderson, Allan Barlee, Tony Bartlett, Paul Bastow, Stephen Bell, Garry Brazier, Ron Dalton, Max Dumesny, Robbie Farr, Cameron Gessner, Trevor Green, Darrell Hodges, Charles Hunter, Skip Jackson, Darren Jensen, Phil Johnson, Jeffrey Judd, John Kelly, Clay Laneyrie, Jeff Leisk, Ian Lewis, Troy Little, Nathan MacDonald, Kerry Madsen, Daryn Maggs, David Magilton, Adrian Maher, Jamie Maiolo, Luch Monte, David Murcott, Peter Murphy, Ross Nicastri, Adrian Parr, Marty Perovich, Pino Priolo, Rob Rankin, Danny Reidy, Mark Reuter, Garry Rooke, Ken Sartori, Andrew Scheuerle, Troy Shiells, John Shore, Mark Smith, David Swayn, Brooke Tatnell, Grant Tunks, Mike Van Bremen, John Vogels, Jeremy Warren, Darryl Wright

New Zealand: Lance Anderson, Kerry Brocas, Dean Brindle, Terry Corin, Graeme Drummond, Colin Entwhistle, Phillip Game, Andrew Hawkswood, Kevin Hinchcliffe, Des Longville, Greg Pickerill, Tommy Rusher, Ossie Sokol, Alan Wakeling, Stevie Walsh, Dave Williams, Carl Wilson

United States: P.J. Chesson, Brad Furr, Ricky Logan, Daryn Pittman, Travis Rilat, Joey Saldana, Donny Schatz, Danny Smith, Kurt Winker

-KWC-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brad Furr , Donny Schatz , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Travis Rilat , P.J. Chesson , John Kelly , Peter Murphy
Teams Williams