KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 15, 2003) - Three of the best sprint car drivers in the nation used the Advance Auto Parts 360 Knoxville Nationals weekend to enter the August 10th Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) at the Knoxville Raceway.
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 15, 2003) - Three of the best sprint car drivers in the nation used the Advance Auto Parts 360 Knoxville Nationals weekend to enter the August 10th Brodix Tournament of Champions (ToC) at the Knoxville Raceway. This week, entries for the $4,000-to-win invitational for drivers of winged 360-cubic-inch sprint cars have been received from Terry McCarl of Altoona and Texas-based American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) regulars Travis Rilat of Forney and Gary Wright of Hooks.
Last year, Rilat finished second to Knoxville Brodix ToC winner Josh Higday, while Wright did not qualify for the 30-car event. In this weekend's 360 Nationals, Rilat was again the bridesmaid (to winner Dennis Moore, Jr.) while Wright advanced from the C- to the B- to the A-Main. Four-time Knoxville Raceway 410 champion McCarl will be making his debut in the fifth-ever Brodix-sponsored invitational representing the Sprint Invaders Association (SIA), of which he is the current point leader.
According to coordinator Tom Schmeh, "The entry and eligibility rules for the Tournament are that such that we try to discourage 'cherry-picking' by 410-cubic-inch sprint car regulars. It is intended to be a good-paying invitational event for the best-of-the-best 360 racers in front of a large pre-Nationals crowd. Having said that, I can't fault guys like McCarl as they are playing by the rules and supporting the 360 sanctions on off-nights. At the end of the day, the fans will benefit by seeing the best of both worlds!"
Rilat has entered his Haulmark Trailers/F&J Construction-sponsored Eagle/Motor Mike sprinter, while Wright will be in his Southwest Express/Richwood Construction-sponsored Maxim/Salina machine. McCarl will wheel his wife Lori's Eagle/Wesmar sprint car, which is sponsored by Big Game Hunting Accessories, Country Builders Construction, Bosma Poultry, and Sander Engineering. This year, an expected 72 competitors from a record fifteen sanctions will converge on the historic Marion County Fairgrounds oval, all competing under one common set of rules utilizing the Brodix ASCS spec head. To date, eleven racers from seven states have entered the tourney.
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 at Knoxville. 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).