KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 10, 2000) - The following is a summary of quotes from Team Mopar driver Mark Kinser and Team Amoco Mopar pilot Dale Blaney on TNN's new 2001 18-race Pennzoil World of Outlaws broadcast schedule and the future of the ...
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 10, 2000) - The following is a summary of quotes from Team Mopar driver Mark Kinser and Team Amoco Mopar pilot Dale Blaney on TNN's new 2001 18-race Pennzoil World of Outlaws broadcast schedule and the future of the sport.
MARK KINSER, driver of the No. 5m Team Mopar Maxim
"(WoO President) Ted Johnson and (Knoxville Raceway Promoter) Ralph Capitani have done such a great job in this sport. When there is a conflict with the World of Outlaws and Knoxville, it seems like they can resolve it in about 32 seconds. It's pretty amazing. When you get two guys with a lot of power - and they have people on both ends that can back up what they say - they can just have a golf cart ride and be done with it. It's pretty amazing. When there is a conflict, it never seems to hurt anyone underneath them. The Knoxville Nationals is a great place to be.
THE 2001 TNN SCHEDULE; "I'm really excited about it. There are a lot of new tracks in there, like Lernerville (Speedway in Sarver, Pa.) that I thought should have been on the television schedule a long time ago. The Eagle Nationals (Eagle (Neb.) Raceway) will definitely be a nail biter because there is always a pass going on somewhere on that race track on almost every lap. The sprint cars are really growing by leaps and bounds and it seems each year we are putting two-or-three more (races) on our television schedule. Maybe we'll get to 20 or so in the future.
HOW IMPORTANT HAS TELEVISION BEEN? "It's so important that it's almost beyond words. I know I can go back five years ago and you wouldn't see any Amoco or Mopar sponsorships. There was maybe a Vivarin and maybe a STP car, but that was it. That was the only heavy hitter sponsorships we had out here. And they weren't really paying much. Now, corporate people are coming out here to see what we have to offer. With the television time increasing, the sponsorship dollars have increased as well. It allows for more sponsors for everybody."
DALE BLANEY, driver of the No. 93 Team Amoco Mopar Maxim
"In the last few years of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws, a few things jump out in my mind as great things. I'm quite excited about going back to Bristol (Motor Speedway in Tenn.) and it's two-day television show. The race at Lernerville will be really special. We have more television races, so it seems like TNN and the World of Outlaws are really dedicated to making this work. The races will be better and the crowds will continue to get better, so I'm real excited about next year.
WoO WEIGHT RULE ISSUE; "As far as a weight rule, it doesn't really matter to me. I'm going to be here, and I think everyone else is going to be here. So we'll just have to see what happens."