KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 25, 2003) - Defending champion Mike Peters of Kansas and 'rookie-of-the-race' candidates Roger Fickett of Pennsylvania and Jimmy Sills of California are the latest veterans to enter this year's Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 25, 2003) - Defending champion Mike Peters of Kansas and 'rookie-of-the-race' candidates Roger Fickett of Pennsylvania and Jimmy Sills of California are the latest veterans to enter 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, May 30, at the historic Knoxville Raceway during the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend.
Peters will again compete in Ken Green's Mid America Millwright machine, with an Eagle chassis and a Salina engine. Fickett will wheel his own Hank's Performance/Smith's Appliance-sponsored J&J sprinter, powered by a Craig Saylor-built engine. And Sills will pilot his friend Danny Lasoski's American Compressed Steel/Ditzfield Transfer Eagle sprint car with a Kistler engine.
Said National Sprint Car Museum executive director Tom Schmeh, "It is exciting to have former Knoxville regular Jimmy Sills compete in the Classic just days after his birthday. He'll make a great addition to the field that weekend, as will Pennsylvania Posse member Roger Fickett. Of course, everyone will have their hands full with Mike Peters, if he is anywhere near as fast as he was in last year's event!"
Other recent Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic entrants include Chuck McGillivray of South Dakota, Steve Bixler of Ohio, Dave Heskin of Minnesota, Bill Smith of Minnesota and Don Dawson, Sr., of California. To date, fifteen veteran sprint car racers have officially indicated their intentions to compete in the eleventh annual event. Past champions include Rick Ferkel (1993, '94, '95), Billy Engelhart (1996, '97), Jerry Crabb (1998), Roger Rager (1999, 2001), Terry Pletch (2000), and Mike Peters (2002).
In addition to the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic, the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship will open up on Friday night, May 30, with five heats and their $1,000-to-win "King Doodlebug" invitational feature race. On Saturday, May 31, the midget car consolations, dash, and $4,000-to-win championship feature race will be joined by a complete $3,000-to-win Kin Folks/Magic Muffler 410 c.i. Sprint Car Shootout program. The championship will be co-sanctioned by the American (ARDC), Badger (BMARA), Midwest (MARA), North American (NAMARS) and Rocky Mountain (RMMRA) midget car affiliates.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held on Saturday afternoon on the Marion County Fairgrounds. For more information on the midget and sprint car racing, visit the track's web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com. For more information on the induction weekend, visit www.sprintcarhof.com.