Knoxville Nationals Wall of Champions To Be Dedicated on Saturday, June 26 KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 18, 2004) - The late Eddie Leavitt, a two-time Knoxville Nationals champion, would be proud of what has recently been erected just...
Knoxville Nationals Wall of Champions To Be Dedicated on Saturday, June 26
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 18, 2004) - The late Eddie Leavitt, a two-time Knoxville Nationals champion, would be proud of what has recently been erected just off turn number two of the historic Knoxville Raceway. The new Knoxville Nationals Wall of Champions will officially be dedicated on Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m. The brick wall, honoring the past driver and owner national champions since 1961, is a joint project of the Knoxville Raceway and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, and was initiated by the Eddie Leavitt Memorial Fund.
According to daughter Vickie Leavitt Agan, "My dad felt that the winners of the Knoxville National Super-Modified Championships in the 1960's and the re-named National Sprint Car Championships in the '70s just didn't receive the recognition that they were due, so I know he'll be looking down and smiling on this permanent recognition plaza. The fact that the plaques on the wall include not only the winning drivers, but also the winning car owners and car numbers by year since the very first Nationals in 1961, is extra special."
The dedication ceremony is free and open to the general public from 2 until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. Parking for the ceremony will be in the National Sprint Car Museum lot, which is handicap accessible. The celebration will occur during the World of Outlaws (WoO) final visit to the Knoxville Raceway prior to this year's 44th annual Knoxville Nationals, presented by the Midwest Ford Dealers, on August 11-14. The WoO-sanctioned NAPA Classic occurs on Friday and Saturday nights, June 25-26.
Those seeking more information on the Knoxville Nationals Wall of Champions dedication ceremony are urged to visit the track's web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com or the museum's web-site at www.sprintcarhof.com.