PONCE INLET, FL - (5/12/00) A strong field of drivers have indicated that they will contend for the 2000 sprint car championship with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Leading the field this season include past champions Kenny Jacobs and ...
PONCE INLET, FL - (5/12/00) A strong field of drivers have indicated that they will contend for the 2000 sprint car championship with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Leading the field this season include past champions Kenny Jacobs and Frankie Kerr, and Rodney Duncan is having the best season of his career and is currently leading the points chase. In addition to the series points fund to be awarded at the end of the season, the championship winning car owner will receive the keys to the 2000 All Star Chevrolet Pace Truck, courtesy of the GM Powertrain Group. Kenny Jacobs, operating out of Holmesville, Ohio is the defending All Star champion from 1998 and 1999 and his red No. 6 Kriner-Eagle machine is owned by Jacobs/Honecker Motorsports and wife Kim. Jacobs, also known as the "Mouse," is the leading career All Star feature winner with 86 feature wins, including a pair so far this season. The 45-year-old Full Time Racer is also the 1994 Eldora Speedway $100,000 Historical Big One winner and has been racing sprint cars for 26 seasons. His team is led by crew chief Barry Jackson and mechanics Aaron Hammer and Kenny's son, Lee Jacobs. Jacobs also finished second in All Star points in 1983, 1986 and 1997. Frankie Kerr, a former central Pa. resident now living in Fremont, Ohio drives the familiar No. 23s for car owner Stan Shoff, for whom he has driven for the past 11 years. Kerr is age 39, married to Vicki with two children and is a Full Time Racer. He is a four-time All Star Champion (1991, 1993, 1994, 1997) with 52 career All Star wins and was 3rd in 1998 All Star points. He has also finished second in the points three times. This season Kerr's J&J chassis is powered by a Kistler engine. Rodney Duncan from Lockbourne, OH has had much success in the past running locally in Ohio, and has contended with the All Stars for several seasons. With the addition of crew chief Andy Potter, Duncan's Harrison Trucking Eagle Chassis machine No. 22 is owned by Al Harrison and is currently leading the points with several top five finishes. Duncan, who is 36 and married to Jan, has been an All Star supporter since 1986 with two career All Star wins and finished third in the points three times, 1999, 1988 and 1989. Jerrod Hull from Sikeston, MO is representing the Show-Me state on the All Star tour for his third season of All Star competition. The black and orange No. 51 is owned by Guy Webb. Jerrod is only 24 and is also a full time racer who was 4th in points 1999 and 9th in points in 1994. Hull has a pair of second place finishes so far this season, traveling the series with wife Nicole. Other top contenders include Danny Smith from Danville, IN who has partnered with Brownsburg, Indiana's John Baker to field the No. 4. Smith, who has competed in the past with USAC and other organizations in addition to racing in Australia every winter, has 16 career All Star wins. Smith has finished in the top ten in Al lStar points five times, with his best showing fourth in 1995. Fellow Hoosier state resident Kelly Kinser from Bloomington wheels the familiar No. 4K fielded by Kinser Timber products. Kelly has 35 career Al l Star wins and finished second in the points in 1984, 1985 and 1989 and was the 1983 All Star Rookie of the Year. Western Pa. is represented by Brian Ellenberger from Butler who owns his own No. 20 car. The 35-year old is in his second full season with the Al lStars and was a former Rookie of the Year at Sharon Speedway and Tri-City Speedway in PA. Brian was tenth in All Star points in 1999. A pair of Central Pa. drivers are contending for the KSE Racing Products Rookie of the Year title in 2000, Todd Gracey from Glenville, PA and Daryl Stimeling from Lewistown. Gracey drives the No. 25 for Ken Cooper Racing and has competed on the tough Central Pa. circuit for the past several seasons. Stimeling, a logger by trade, drives his own Ford powered No. 30 machine and is a former Clinton Co. Pa. Speedway track champion. The young lions on the circuit this year start with Byron Reed from Monclova, OH. The B&S Racing black No. 5 is wrenched this season by Sam Reed and George Litten and the 27 year old is an Engineer by trade. Reed won his first two All Star features in 1999. Butch Schroeder from Leipsic, Ohio in a former Attica Raceway Park street stock champion who drives for the Rick Daugherty Peterbilt No. 7 team. With several strong performances so far in 2000, Schroeder holds three career All Star Wins. Another driver on the move is Phil Gressman, campaigning out of Clyde, OH. He drives the Dwight Reidling No. 9 machine based in Toledo. A Former 305 sprint and 360 Sprint Bandit champion at various Ohio tracks, Gressman drove in Australia last winter. He is a KSE Racing Products Rookie of the Year candidate for the 2000 season. Fellow Buckeye state driver Chad Kemenah from Burgoon captured his first career All Star win in 1999 at Lawrenceburg's Hoosier Fall Classic. Kemenah drives for the Jim Harble UUI-sponsored Gambler No. 15 team. His father Harold owned Fred Linder's No. 3x which was a top All Star title contender with Fred Linder behind the wheel. Another Fremont area racer, Mark Keegan, drives for Chuck Steinbrick Motorsports and is always a top runner. Keegan is a seven-time Attica Raceway Park points champion with 11 Career All Star wins. Another youngster campaigning with the All Stars in 2000 is Greg Wilson from Benton Ridge, OH, driving the famous Bob Hampshire No. 63. Wilson, age 24, is a former 305 and 360 standout in Ohio and finished 6th in 1999 points.
Georgia Marketing & Promotions Named All Star B Main Sponsor
PONCE INLET, FL - Georgia Marketing & Promotions, a former All Star Rookie-of-the-year and C-Main sponsor, has increased their involvement for the 2000 season by being named as the series' B Main sponsor for the rest of the 2000 season. GMP is a manufacturer of scale model collectible race cars.