ALLSTAR: Knoxville Classic preview

KNOXVILLE, IOWA - Many familiar faces will be vying for the top spot in the Pella Corporation Classic at the Knoxville Raceway Friday and Saturday August 1-2. A total of 57 drivers have filed pre-entries so far, with All Star drivers Kelly Kinser,...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA - Many familiar faces will be vying for the top spot in the Pella Corporation Classic at the Knoxville Raceway Friday and Saturday August 1-2. A total of 57 drivers have filed pre-entries so far, with All Star drivers Kelly Kinser, Bill Rose, Barry Ruble, Kenny Jacobs and Jeff Shepard the latest to enter.

Six sanctioning organizations will be sending their top stars and winged 410-cubic-inch sprint cars to the famed half-mile oval for the third annual event, formerly known as the Pella Corporation 1200-Pound Nationals. Sanctioning this year's world-class shoot-out are the Haulmark All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), Interstate Racing Association (IRA), National Championship Racing Association (NCRA), National Motorsports Racing Association (NMRA), the Golden State Challenge (GSC) Series and the host Knoxville Raceway.

This year's Pella Corporation Classic field is expected to be not only the largest ever in its proud history, but also the toughest ever. Knoxville standouts Terry McCarl (third in 2001), Don Droud, Jr. (champion in 2001, sixth in 2002), and Kerry Madsen (third in 2002) appear to be the brightest stars for Ralph Capitani's 'home team'.

Defending All Star point champion Chad Kemenah (fourth in 2001), who is the current ASCoC point leader, returns this year. Dean Jacobs, an NCRA feature winner this season, has enjoyed much success in this event in the past (second in 2002, fifth in 2001), and looks to build upon last year's runner-up finish.

Defending NCRA champion Brooke Tatnell of Australia is also expected to contend for this year's honors. Another top driver to look out for is eleven-time Golden State Challenge champion and current point leader Brent Kaeding. Also look for former Knoxville regular turned GSC star Dennis Moore, Jr. and Tim Kaeding to make hard runs at the championship. IRA drivers Kim Mock, veteran Joe Roe, and Travis Whitney will look to make some noise on the August 1-2 weekend as well. Both Mock and Whitney notched top ten finishes at Knoxville earlier this season and all three drivers have an IRA feature victory under their belts this season.

Founded in 1925, Pella Corporation has long been recognized in the window and door industry for its technology and innovation, having been awarded more than 100 U.S. product and design patents. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is represented by select building materials retailers and a Direct Sales Network operating Pella Window & Door Stores nationwide.

For the complete pre-entry list visit www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Brooke Tatnell , Dean Jacobs , Kerry Madsen , Bill Rose , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding