ESS: Woodring, Crocker enter Knoxville Tournament of Champions

Empire Super Sprints (ESS) teammates Woodring & Crocker enter Brodix Knoxville Tournament of Champions. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (APR. 24, 2002) - Seven-time Empire Super Sprints (ESS) champion Mike Woodring of Eden, New York, and his teammate ...

Empire Super Sprints (ESS) teammates Woodring & Crocker enter Brodix Knoxville Tournament of Champions.

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (APR. 24, 2002) - Seven-time Empire Super Sprints (ESS) champion Mike Woodring of Eden, New York, and his teammate Erin Crocker of Wilbraham, Mass., are the latest entrants for the August 4 Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) at the Knoxville Raceway. Woodring, ranked third in the nation in 2000 and fourth last season according to the National 360 Sprint Car Poll, will be piloting his own WNY Door Distributors/Upstate Kenworth-sponsored Jereco-powered Maxim winged 360- cubic-inch sprint car. Crocker will wheel the Jereco-powered J&J chassis sprinter which is sponsored by her family's Crocker Building Company and the school at which she attends, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Woodring has made a name for himself at all three previous ToC shows at Knoxville in 1997, Eldora Speedway in '98, and Limaland Motorsports Park in '99. At Knoxville he started tenth and finished fourth, while at Limaland he started eighth and finished fourth. However, it was at Earl Baltes' lengendary high-banked half-mile where Mike Woodring made people take notice of his hard-driving style when he started 29th and finished eighth, passing more cars (+21) than Danny Wood (+18) and Travis Rilat (+13). Crocker, who has never competed in a ToC event, has watched the Nationals at Knoxville and competed there in a celebrity autocross.

The Brodix Tournament of Champions is designed to showcase the driving talents of the best 360 racers in the nation under one common set of rules. In addition to ESS, the other sanctions which will be sending ten representative drivers each to the $4,000-to-win show at the Marion County Fairgrounds oval are the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), United Racing Club (URC), and the host Knoxville Raceway. The Nebraska Sprint Car Association (NSCA), WISSOTA Promoters Association and the Winged Outlaw Warriors (WOW) will each send three cars to form the fifth and final 'tournament team'.

In order to be eligible to compete in the 49-car field, drivers must file paid entries for the Brodix ToC and must compete in sixty percent (60%) of their sanctioning affiliate's events prior to the July 8 deadline. The invitations will then be extended based on each affiliate's point standings at that time. Those racers that are entered, yet not invited to participate, will have their entry fee fully refunded.

To date, paid entries have been received from Lance Yonge, Mike Woodring and Erin Crocker. In nine 'Road to the Brodix ToC' races sanctioned by the seven affiliates thus far in 2002, defending National 360 Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" Zach Chappell has won twice. Single race winners include Gary Wright, Michael Dupuy, Greg Coverdale, Jesse Giannetto, Travis Rilat, Trevor Lewis and Tony Norem.

The Brodix ToC is race number two of this year's inaugural Southern Iowa SprintWeek, which opens at Knoxville on August 3 with a regular show of 360- and 410-c.i. races, moves to Oskaloosa on August 5-6 for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Gumout Series Front Row Challenge and the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) Ultimate Challenge programs, and returns to Knoxville for the 42nd annual Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker , Travis Rilat