Knoxville ToC news update 2003-06-24

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 24, 2003) - The Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) is again living up to its name as 8-time Empire Super Sprints (ESS) champion Mike Woodring of New York has entered this year's August 10th race at the...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 24, 2003) - The Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) is again living up to its name as 8-time Empire Super Sprints (ESS) champion Mike Woodring of New York has entered this year's August 10th race at the Knoxville Raceway, as has Indianapolis 500 veteran Roger Rager of the WISSOTA Promoters Association, and Indy Racing League (IRL) hopeful Erin Crocker of ESS. Minnesota's Rager is the 1999 WISSOTA champion and a two-time Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic winner, while Crocker of Massachusetts recently impressed Knoxville insiders with her performances in the two-day Advance Auto Parts 360 Nationals. Woodring, who was shaking down a new power-plant at the Knoxville 360 Nationals, is coming off a win last Friday with ESS at Granby, Quebec, Canada.

In addition, entries for the $4,000-to-win invitational for drivers of winged 360-cubic-inch sprint cars have been received this week from Knoxville regular Ed Ergenbright (with an Ostrich-powered Eagle?), fellow WISSOTA aces Dustin Lindquist and Alan Gilbertson, Eagle Sprint Touring Series (ESTS) racers Mike Chadd and Seth Brahmer, and Montana Sprint Tour (MST) chauffeurs Phil Dietz and Mason Hill.

According to Knoxville director of racing Ralph Capitani, "This will be the fifth year for the Brodix Tournament of Champions, and I feel the event has finally come of age. In the late Nineties, it was staged here and at Eldora and Limaland in consecutive years. Although the racing was always great, the fans didn't respond like we thought they would. Now, with the support from Brodix and the staging of it on the Sunday before our Ford Dealers of Iowa (410) Nationals, I think we've got a 'national championship' quality show on our hands-- and the people are starting to wake-up to its mass appeal. And I really like RPI grad Erin Crocker following in Becca Anderson's footsteps, who finished third in the Limaland ToC in '99. I just hope Shawna Wilskey of Freddy Brownfield's Northern Sprint Tour comes over to challenge Erin and the boys!"

This year, an expected 72 competitors from fifteen sanctions will converge on the oval, all competing under one common set of rules utilizing the Brodix ASCS spec head. To date, twenty-one racers from eleven 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).

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , Erin Crocker , Becca Anderson