Knoxville Nationals update 2002-05-03

Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals news: Tickets selling; Trade Show filling; International entries arriving. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 3, 2002) - The countdown to the 42nd annual Mopar Parts Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals, August 7-10, has ...

Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals news:
Tickets selling; Trade Show filling; International entries arriving.

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 3, 2002) - The countdown to the 42nd annual Mopar Parts Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals, August 7-10, has officially begun as the track has started accepting single-day ticket orders, trade show exhibitor applications, and Kele World Challenge entry forms.

Knoxville Raceway is pleased to announce that single-day tickets for its Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals sprint car championship are selling quickly. The upper and middle tiers of the grandstands are now "sold out" for Friday and Saturday nights, while lower tier tickets are still available for $33 and $35, respectively, for the final two nights. Wednesday and Thursday qualifying night tickets are available in all three tiers, and they cost $36, $33, and $30, respectively. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Knoxville Raceway ticket office, Monday through Saturday, at 641-842-5431.

The National Sprint Car Museum, which sponsors the Nationals Trade Show in the 4-H Show Pavilion, has recently received exhibitor applications from Stevie Smith, Checkered Connection, Dirt Track Fury and Big Randall's Race Sandals. They join fellow exhibitors Bo's Racing Collectibles, Thunderhead Enterprises, Speedway Impressions by John Davis III, Indiancreek Enterprises, Ray Skillman Performance Products, Interstate-48, TLS Enterprises and Big Al's. According to trade show coordinator Tom Schmeh, "Just since last week's announcement of the Speed Channel broadcasting the Friday and Saturday night shows on a tape- delayed basis, we've seen a marked increase in requests for trade show information on our 1-800-874-4488 toll-free phone line. I'm beginning to think that this may be the trade show's biggest year ever!"

New South Welshman Brooke Tatnell, Tasmanian David Murcott, Californian Brad Furr and Ohioan Chad Kemenah have all entered the $10,000-to-win Kele World Challenge, to be held as the Friday night, August 9, finale. Nationals fans will remember that it was in last year's Kele World Challenge race that totin' North Dakotan Donny Schatz established himself as the Saturday night favorite by cutting through the international field from his final-row starting spot in record time. World of Outlaws stars Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski are both expected to enter this year's fully-inverted 16-lapper during the Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals, having qualified in January at the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. 2001 Historical Big One winner P.J. Chesson is also expected to contend for the world-class title, as he became eligible by winning the South Pacific Championship at the Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand, in February. Entry forms for the Kele World Challenge are now on-line at www.knoxvilleraceway.com. <pre> The early-bird entries, which are dominated by Eagle pilots, are as follows:

 2   Brad Furr        Pleasanton, Calif., USA           Eagle/Ott
15K  Chad Kemenah     Findlay, Ohio, USA                Eagle/Kistler
20   David Murcott    Devonport, Tasmania, AUS          J&J/Gaerte
66   Brooke Tatnell   Sans Souci, New South Wales, AUS  Eagle/Gaerte

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Brad Furr , John Davis , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Brooke Tatnell , P.J. Chesson , Chad Kemenah