Defending champion Jay Drake enters Knoxville "NAPA 100"

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (May 12, 2001) - Jay Drake, winner of last year's "NAPA Hawkeye Hundred", has officially entered the June 1-2 "NAPA 100" United States Auto Club (USAC) Coors Light Silver Bullet Series race at the Knoxville Raceway. Drake...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (May 12, 2001) - Jay Drake, winner of last year's "NAPA Hawkeye Hundred", has officially entered the June 1-2 "NAPA 100" United States Auto Club (USAC) Coors Light Silver Bullet Series race at the Knoxville Raceway. Drake will wheel the Beaver Materials/WorldBestBuy.com Chevy-powered Stealth dirt championship car on the famous half-mile oval where he also captured last season's Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) Non- Winged World Championship tour event. Since last June, Drake has moved from his native Val Verde, Calif., to USAC's home city of Indianapolis.

Other entries have recently been received from drivers Paul White of Temple, Tex., Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind., Brad Fox of Avon, Ind., J.J. Yeley of Stilesville, Ind., and Donnie Beechler of Springfield, Ill. White won this year's USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series opener, the "Copper World Classic", at Phoenix. Yeley was runner-up to Drake in last year's "NAPA Hawkeye Hundred", while Fox finished a career-best fourth after a leading much of the ESPN2-televised race. Indianapolis 500 veteran Beechler is entered in a dirt champ car owned by Gary Stanton, who will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon, June 2.

Those seeking more information on the June 1-2 USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series "NAPA 100" are urged to call Knoxville Raceway at 641-842-5431, while those wanting information on that weekend's National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction banquet should call the museum at 641-842-6176. Both the ninth annual "Goodyear Masters Classic" 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for drivers age fifty and over on Friday, June 1, and the track's regular winged 410 c.i. sprints on Saturday, June 2, will compete at Knoxville in conjunction with the USAC events.

-T.J. Schmeh

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Series USAC
Drivers Donnie Beechler , Tony Elliott , Jay Drake , Paul White