Knoxville announces Masters Classic sponsor

Hoosier Tire Midwest to sponsor Knoxville Masters Classic. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 15, 2003) - The Knoxville Raceway is pleased to announce that Hoosier Tire Midwest of Springfield, Illinois, has agreed to be the exclusive title sponsor of...

Hoosier Tire Midwest to sponsor Knoxville Masters Classic.

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 15, 2003) - The Knoxville Raceway is pleased to announce that Hoosier Tire Midwest of Springfield, Illinois, has agreed to be the exclusive title sponsor of the eleventh annual Masters Classic winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for drivers age fifty and over. The $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic will take place on Friday, May 30, at the legendary Knoxville Raceway during the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend. The entry packet for the popular 'Seniors Tour'-type sprint car competition is now available by e-mailing the sport's national museum at sprintcarhof@sprintcarhof.com.

In the ten year history of the event, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Rick Ferkel of Ohio continues to be the main Master as he has won three Classics (1993, '94, '95), led the most laps (71, versus 26 for runner-up Billy Engelhart), won the most heat races (3, with Archie Ergenbright), and holds the Knoxville track record for the Classic's unique 22-lap distance (7:54.8 minutes in 1995). Billy Engelhart of Wisconsin (1996, '97) and Roger Rager of Minnesota (1999, 2001) have each won the race twice, while single victories have been scored by Jerry Crabb of Iowa (1998), Terry Pletch of Indiana (2000), and Mike Peters of Kansas (2002).

The Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic will again honor three-time fast-timer John Bankston of Texas, who lost his life racing sprint cars in Ohio, with the annual John Bankston Memorial Quick-Qualifier Award. Cliff "Woody" Woodward of Missouri has also set fast time for the event on three occasions, while National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Larry Dickson of Indiana and Lloyd Beckman of Nebraska, Mother Nature and Terry Pletch have been fastest during time trials in other years.

Former 'Rookie of the Race' honors have been awarded to Rick Ferkel (1993), Bob Anderson of Iowa (1994), Mike Brooks of Iowa (1995), Jerry Nemire of Ohio (1996), Clay Bontrager of Kansas (1997), National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Bobby Allen of Pennsylvania (1998), Roger Rager (1999), Terry Pletch (2000), Dan Oswalt of Kansas (2001), and Jim Payne of Ohio (2002). In all, 111 different participants from 24 states and two foreign countries (Australia, Canada) have run the Masters Classic in its first decade.

In addition to the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic, the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship and the Kin Folks/Magic Muffler 410 c.i. Sprint Car Shootout will also be held at Knoxville on the weekend of May 30-31. 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 info on the induction weekend, visit www.sprintcarhof.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jerry Nemire