Murcott looks to close KIDD program with great run

David Murcott looks to close KIDD program with great run in Kele World Challenge. Memphis, TN - When David Murcott got the word that he was chosen as the KIDD (Knoxville International Driver Development) program participant for 2002, he was ...

David Murcott looks to close KIDD program with great run in Kele World Challenge.

Memphis, TN - When David Murcott got the word that he was chosen as the KIDD (Knoxville International Driver Development) program participant for 2002, he was overwhelmed with excitement about the opportunity. The 31-year-old,who was raised in Devenport, Tasmania, spent this season racing at Knoxville Raceway in the KIDD #20 J&J that includes a Gaerte Engine, Sander Engineering components, Lev Wings, Pro Shocks, and Goodyear tires.

"This has been an unbelievable season," said Murcott, who is a 4-Time Tasmanian Title Winner and 2001 Warrnambool Title winner. "Before I came here, I had never driven a 410 sprint car or been on a half-mile track. The first time we qualified was with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws, and I was the first car to qualify. Talk about being nervous. We rolled around there pretty good and have just tried to get better each time we go out. I've settled in pretty good and am excited to be a part of the Nationals this week."

Following the Knoxville season, Murcott is planning on returning home to compete in Australia's World Series Sprintcars series beginning in November. Before that he has the biggest race of the year staring at him. By competing in the Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals, he will earn a spot in Friday night's Kele World Challenge.

"I'm going to try and treat it like another race, but I've never been in front of that many people before," continued Murcott. "This has been a great learning experience for me. I'm going to try and finish it with a bang and hope the next KIDD driver has as much fun as I did."

Applications for the 2003 KIDD program will be available at this week's Nationals, and completed applications must be received in the offices of the National Sprint Car Museum by the close of business on the last day of September, 2002. The KIDD 2003 Driver Announcement is Thursday, December 5, 2002, at the National Sprint Car Poll post-season awards reception at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind., during the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show.

RACE FACTS: Twenty drivers are expected to enter this year's Kele World Challenge and the lineup will be determined by qualifying points for the Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals. In order to qualify for the 16-lap race, an eligible driver must compete in the Nationals and earn points on either the Wednesday or Thursday qualification nights. The top 16 eligible drivers in the top 106 in points will then be inverted for the start of the Kele World Challenge race, with the remaining drivers tagging the dash lineup in order by points.

THE FIELD: 20 drivers are expected to enter the race including: Brent Antill (USA), PJ Chesson (USA), Max Dumesny (AUS), Brad Furr (USA), Jeff Hodgson (CAN), Skip Jackson (AUS), Lynton Jeffrey (AUS), Chad Kemenah (USA), Danny Lasoski (USA), Ricky Logan (USA), Kerry Madsen (AUS), David Murcott (AUS), Peter Murphy (AUS), Daryn Pittman (USA), Donny Schatz (USA), Jeff Shepard (USA), Danny Smith (USA), Brooke Tatnell (AUS), Tommy Tarlton (USA), Kurt Winker (USA)

EVENT HISTORY: Since 1994, drivers that have competed in both the Knoxville Nationals and Warrnambool Classic have been challenging to earn the title of "best world sprint car driver". Last year, the field was also opened to drivers that competed internationally in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA, the National Open in Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA, or South Pacific Championship at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand.

Last August Donny Schatz celebrated his 24th birthday by winning the Kele World Challenge at the Knoxville Nationals coming from his 14th starting position. Schatz was joined in the back of the field by 2000 Kele World Challenge winner and eventual Knoxville Nationals Champion, Danny Lasoski. Californian Tommy Tarlton took the early lead, but lap five it was evident that Schatz was the car to beat as he took the lead from Tarlton on the sixth lap and drove off. Tarlton spent the final laps of the race battling veteran Danny Smith. Smith ended up taking the spot driving the #2 Luxaire J&J and Tarlton held on to third.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Kerry Madsen , Chad Kemenah , Peter Murphy
Teams Williams