Giannetto & Hesmer set to defend Knoxville's honor at Brodix TOC. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 9, 2002) - Four-time Knoxville Raceway 360- cubic-inch sprint car point champion David Hesmer of Marshalltown and two-time 2002 race winner Jesse Giannetto...
Giannetto & Hesmer set to defend Knoxville's honor at Brodix TOC.
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 9, 2002) - Four-time Knoxville Raceway 360- cubic-inch sprint car point champion David Hesmer of Marshalltown and two-time 2002 race winner Jesse Giannetto of Cedar Rapids are set to defend their home track's honor in the August 4th Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC). Hesmer, who finished thirtieth and dead last in the inaugural ToC at Knoxville Raceway in September of 1997, will be piloting his own Action Auto Parts/Northland/Jocko's-sponsored Parker-powered Eagle winged 360 c.i. sprint car. Giannetto, who won the Knoxville Raceway and the Missouri-based Winged Outlaw Warriors (WOW) openers already this season, will pilot David Giannetto's Salina-powered Maxim chassis sprinter which is sponsored by McLeod USA and Yardscapes.
Other recent entrants in the $4,000-to-win invitational are WISSOTA's Dave Becker of Belle Plaine, Minn., and Chuck Swenson of Watertown, S.D., and Lincoln, Nebraska's Mike Chadd of the Nebraska Sprint Car Association (NSCA). Becker wheels an Oak Dale Ridge Hunt Club-sponsored Trondson/Eagle sprinter, while Swenson steers the Weseman- powered KnC Conversion Maxim. Chadd drives the Budweiser/Rainbow Homes- sponsored Schnee machine powered by House of Horsepower.
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 the host track, the other sanctions which will be sending ten representative drivers each to the pre-Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals show are the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), United Racing Club (URC), and Empire Super Sprints (ESS). The WISSOTA Promoters Association, NSCA, and 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 8th 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, Erin Crocker, Mike Woodring, Hesmer, Becker, Swenson, Chadd and Giannetto. In nineteen 'Road to the Brodix ToC' races sanctioned by the seven affiliates thus far in 2002, five drivers have won twice. They are Jesse Giannetto (Holts Summit and Knoxville), Travis Rilat (Magnolia and Mesquite), Michael Dupuy (New Leesville and Kilgore), Zach Chappell (Murfreesboro and Beaumont) and Tony Norem (New Richmond and West Fargo).
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 Front Row Challenge and Ultimate Challenge programs, and returns to Knoxville for the 42nd annual Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals.