Midwest Masters Classic news 2004-03-08

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (March 8, 2004) - The official entry forms have been mailed to forty prospective racers for the twelfth annual Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for drivers age fifty and over.

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (March 8, 2004) - The official entry forms have been mailed to forty prospective racers for the twelfth annual Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for drivers age fifty and over. The $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic will take place on Friday, June 4, at the legendary Knoxville Raceway during the fifteenth annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend. The entry packet for the popular 'Seniors Tour'-type sprint car competition is now available by e-mailing sprintcarhof@sprintcarhof.com.

In the eleven-year history of the event, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Rick Ferkel of Ohio continues to be the 'Master blaster' as he has won three Classics (1993, '94, '95), led the most laps (71, versus 26 for runner-up Billy Engelhart), won the most heat races (3, tied with Archie Ergenbright), and holds the Knoxville track record for the Classic's unique 22-lap distance (7:54.8 minutes in 1995). Billy Engelhart of Wisconsin (1996, '97) and Roger Rager of Minnesota (1999, 2001) have each won the race twice, whilst single victories have been scored by Jerry Crabb of Iowa (1998), Terry Pletch of Indiana (2000), Mike Peters of Kansas (2002), and defending champion Jimmy Sills of California.

The Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic will again honor three-time fast-timer John Bankston of Texas, who lost his life racing sprint cars in Ohio, with the annual John Bankston Memorial Quick-Qualifier Award. Cliff "Woody" Woodward of Missouri has also set fast time for the event on three occasions, while National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Larry Dickson and Lloyd Beckman, Mother Nature, Terry Pletch, and Jimmy Sills have been fastest in other years.

Former 'Rookie of the Race' honors have been awarded to Rick Ferkel (1993), Bob Anderson of Iowa (1994), Mike Brooks of Iowa (1995), Jerry Nemire of Ohio (1996), Clay Bontrager of Kansas (1997), Bobby Allen of Pennsylvania (1998), Roger Rager (1999), Terry Pletch (2000), Dan Oswalt of Kansas (2001), Jim Payne of Ohio (2002), and Jimmy Sills (2003). In all, 118 different participants from 23 states and two foreign countries (Australia, Canada) have run the Masters Classic during its history.

In addition to the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic, the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship and the Kin Folks 410 c.i. Sprint Car Shootout will also be held at Knoxville on the weekend of June 4-5. The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held on Saturday afternoon on the Marion County Fairgrounds. For more information on the midget and sprint car racing, visit the track's web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com. For more info on the induction weekend, visit www.sprintcarhof.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jerry Nemire , Jimmy Sills