KNOXVILLE, IOWA (July 11, 2003) - In an effort to make it clear that traction control devices will not be welcome at this year's Casey's Night Before the Tournament and the Brodix Tournament of Champions, Knoxville Raceway officials...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (July 11, 2003) - In an effort to make it clear that traction control devices will not be welcome at this year's Casey's Night Before the Tournament and the Brodix Tournament of Champions, Knoxville Raceway officials and those from the other fourteen 360-cubic-inch sprint car sanctions involved have unanimously agreed to add the following to the published technical rules for the August 9 and 10 events:
27. Technology: No traction control devices of any kind allowed. This includes mechanical and electronic traction control devices. No wheel speed sensors permitted. No computer-operated or -controlled parts (such as fuel injections, fuel systems, etc.).
According to Knoxville director of racing Ralph Capitani, "This rule complements what is already covered under the previously-approved chassis rules-- 'No chassis/suspension cockpit-adjustable devices, excluding top wing slider, are allowed'. While we know that this relatively-new technology is difficult to detect, we also realize that it is important to try to eliminate both the added cost and the decreased competition that results from its use."
In other news today, it was announced that Zach Chappell of Talala, Oklahoma, Roger Crockett of Eugene, Oregon, Derek Drown of Amarillo, Texas, Terry Ledger of Omaha, Nebraska, and Rob Dietrick of Farmington, New York, have pre-entered the Brodix Tournament of Champions. Zach is the 2001 American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) champion and 2001 National 360 Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year", while Drown is the 2000 Route 66 Motor Speedway point champion and current ASCS Sooner Region competitior. Roger is the 1998 California Civil War Series titlist and the two-time defending champion of Fred Brownfield's Northern Sprint Tour (NST) in the Pacific Northwest. Rob is a contender for the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) title and he will be wrenched at Knoxville by 1999 Limaland ToC runner-up Jeff Haines and Jeff's dad Ron. Terry competes with the Eagle Sprint Touring Series (ESTS), which is the successor to the Nebraska Sprint Car Association (NSCA).
The fifth Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC), set for Sunday, August 10 at Knoxville Raceway, is a $4,000-to-win invitational for the top winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car racers in the country from a record fifteen different sanctioning bodies. The Casey's General Stores Night Before the Tournament on Saturday, August 9, is a separate $1,500-to-win invitational for the same 360 cars and stars. The Saturday night show will also feature the track's regular 410 c.i. sprint car division in their last tune-up before the 43rd annual Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals, presented by Visit Australia.
This year, an expected 72 competitors from fifteen sanctions will converge on the historic half-mile oval, all competing under one common set of rules utilizing the Brodix ASCS spec head. To date, forty-four racers from seventeen states have entered. Drivers must enter the Brodix ToC and have competed in a minimum of sixty-percent of their sanction's events by August 1st in order to even be eligible to compete. A maximum of ten invitations will then be issued from each affiliate's point standings, in order, from the point leader on down. The fifteen participating sanctions are: American Outlaw Action Series (AOAS), American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), ASCS-Gulf South, ASCS-Rocky Mountain, ASCS-Sooner, Empire Super Sprints (ESS), Eagle Sprint Touring Series (ESTS), Knoxville Raceway (KNOX), Montana Sprint Tour (MST), Northern Sprint Tour (NST), Sprint Invaders Association (SIA), Sprints On Dirt (SOD), United Racing Club (URC), WISSOTA Promoters Association (WISSOTA), and Winged Outlaw Warriors (WOW).