Seven entries received for Midwest Masters at Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (February 12, 2003) - Ethanol-powered sprint car racing veteran Randy Droesher of Larchwood, Iowa, is one of seven early entrants for this year's Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for ...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (February 12, 2003) - Ethanol-powered sprint car racing veteran Randy Droesher of Larchwood, Iowa, is one of seven early entrants for this year's 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 Classic will take place on Friday, May 30, at the historic Knoxville Raceway during the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend. Droescher, who finished eleventh in 2002, will be wheeling his own Ethanol-sponsored Trostle chassis (frame #528) in the eleventh annual event. His engine will come from the respected Designing Performance workshop.

Joining Randy Droescher on the official entry list are 1998 race winner Jerry Crabb of Des Moines, Iowa, 2002 rookie-of-the-race Jim Payne of Bryan, Ohio, and 2001 Masters Classic runner-up Edd French of Keller, Texas. In addition, Tommy Scott of Springfield, Illinois, Oscar Smith of Dowagiac, Michigan, and "Big Al" Murie of Kansas City, Missouri, are all pre-entered. Crabb will pilot his own Ostrich Racing Engines/American Challenge sprint car, while Payne will drive his Houge-powered Competition Welding machine. French utilizes a Speed Specialties-equipped Avenger chassis sprint car.

Tommy Scott will campaign his potent Scott Performance Maxim, while Oscar Smith runs a Smith Motors/Stealth machine. "Big Al" Murie, who first drove at Knoxville in 1962, has entered himself in the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic, although his Missouri-based 360 c.i. sprinter has not yet been pre-entered. Murie will also be competing that weekend in the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship, which will be run on Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31.

In addition to the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic and the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship, the Kin Folks/Magic Muffler 410 c.i. Sprint Car Shootout will also be held at Knoxville on the weekend of May 30-31. 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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