KNOXVILLE, IOWA (OCT. 6, 2001) - A trio of Canadians and a trio of Australians have already qualified for next year's $10,000-to-win Kele World Challenge at the Knoxville Nationals by competing recently in either the Gold Cup Race of ...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (OCT. 6, 2001) - A trio of Canadians and a trio of Australians have already qualified for next year's $10,000-to-win Kele World Challenge at the Knoxville Nationals by competing recently in either the Gold Cup Race of Champions at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., or the National Open at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penna. Those drivers that are now eligible to compete for the August 9th Kele World Challenge crown are Australians Peter Murphy, Anthony "Skip" Jackson and Lynton Jeffrey, and Canadians Bob Duncan, Jeff Hodgson and Toni Lutar.
Murphy, Duncan, Hodgson and Lutar competed in the West Coast's premier winged 410-cubic-inch sprint car event, while Jackson and Jeffrey raced in the East Coast's rich classic in late September. According to Roger Johnson of Kele O.E.M., "It's especially gratifying to see the drivers from western Canada qualify for our dash while competing at Chico. I wish we could lure more eastern Canadians to the Grove, but I realize that most of the sprint car racers in Ontario and Quebec have 360 c.i. engines."
The final two qualifiers for the ninth annual international challenge will take place in late January and early February in Australia and New Zealand, respectively. The thirtieth annual Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be run on January 26-27 at the Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. It will be followed one week later, on February 2, by the South Pacific Championship at the Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. It is expected that many American sprint car racers, including several from the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series and the All Star Circuit of Champions, will head 'Down Under' in order to qualify for the prestigious and popular Friday night finale of the Knoxville National Sprint Car Championships. All participants in the final two qualifiers will be eligible to compete for the Kele World Challenge at Knoxville.
The Kele World Challenge is a joint venture between the Knoxville Raceway, Kele O.E.M. and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. Proud partners include the Premier, Silver Dollar, Western Springs, and Williams Grove dirt tracks.
- T. J. Schmeh