KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 22, 2003) - Former Knoxville Nationals champion Sammy Swindell of Germantown, Tennessee, has accepted the first-ever "Knoxville Gold Rush Challenge" in order to claim $25,000 on Saturday, June 7. That is the date that the...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 22, 2003) - Former Knoxville Nationals champion Sammy Swindell of Germantown, Tennessee, has accepted the first-ever "Knoxville Gold Rush Challenge" in order to claim $25,000 on Saturday, June 7. That is the date that the famed half-mile dirt track is celebrating its 50th consecutive season of weekly racing with a 25-lap 410-cubic-inch sprint feature paying the winner $5,000. However, on that night, the 1983 Nationals champion Swindell has elected to start scratch on the feature field (25th) in order to win a special purse of $25,000 for himself!
According to Knoxville director of racing Ralph Capitani, "We offered the challenge of the golden anniversary bonus to Sammy Swindell because he's been a big part of the heritage of Knoxville Raceway in it's first fifty years. He has competed in more Knoxville Nationals than anyone else, 29 times in it's 42-year history, and he's one of the few active racers to have won it! Plus, he's fifth on our all-time win list! Finally, he's a guy that excites our fans, kind of like Earl Wagner when he raced here. You're either cheering for Sammy or you're cheering against him, but either way you're screamin'!"
Fans will benefit as the June 7 DeVore Motors Night will still feature the regular ten-dollar general admission price. Knoxville's weekly 410 c.i. sprint car racers will also benefit as the 25-lapper will pay $2,000 more to win than a regular feature purse. And the 360-cubic-inch sprint car division will also be in competition that evening.
Sammy Swindell, winner of this past weekend's O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series finale at Earl Baltes' Eldora Speedway, will be competing in the Dennis Roth-owned Ore-Cal/Beef Packers number 1 Eagle sprinter as he aims to claim the $25,000 golden anniversary bonus. For more information on the DeVore Motors 50th anniversary "Knoxville Gold Rush Challenge", individuals are urged to visit the track's web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com.