Aussie Sprint Car Drivers are set to invade the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa in a just a few short few days time. This year a total of 10 Australian Drivers have nominated for the 52nd Knoxville Nationals. With 2 days to go before racing kicks off, there is a chance that a few more Aussie nominations may be received, but at this point it seems unlikely. The standing record for the number of Aussies competing at the Nationals was back in 2010 when 12 Drivers nominated.
This year the following Australian Drivers have made the haul to Knoxville:
- #12 Lynton Jeffrey
- #17M Marty Perovich
- #29 Kerry Madsen
- #35 Jamie Veal
- #47AU Trevor Reynolds
- #55 Ian Madsen
- #55M James McFadden
- #71 Domain Ramsay
- #75 Glen Saville
- #96 Bruce White
At this point Knoxville Nationals regular Brooke Tatnell has not nominated. He participated in the 360 Nationals at Knoxville last weekend where he ended up coming 12th. He also ran the Sunday 5th Aug 410 race meet (1st Annual Capitani Classic) at Knoxville where he set fast time (15.520 sec) but registered 20th in the Feature after starting from P10 in a total pool of 67 cars that turned up to race.
As part of the 410 Nationals Weekend, the “Knoxville World Challenge” is run as the finale race on Friday night. This prestigious race is an international invitational event, pays $10,000 to win, and involves Drivers that have qualified through racing in specific events in Australia, Canada (in past seasons but apparently not for 2012 TBC) and New Zealand over the previous 12 months. One of the Qualifying Races in Australia is the Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic in Warrnambool Victoria – virtually all Drivers above have participated in the Grand Annual Classic and so will be looking forward to racing in the World Challenge.
The concept of the World Challenge was co-founded in 1994 by Tom Schmeh (then Executive Director of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame), Jon Evans (Australian Speedway Media Mogul), Ralph Capitani (then Knoxville Raceway Race Director and Promoter) and Ian Sheppard (then Premier Speedway , Warrnambool Race Director). This dedicated race was established to encourage Teams from across the ocean to participate in each Country’s biggest International Events. Apart from the handsome $10,000 to win, the World Challenge is a points-paying round of Iowa Speedweek (Aug 2-11)
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