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SPEED SPORT Challenge

Dates:

August 11, 2017

Current Champion:

Kraig Kinser

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Pre-Entries

5H Cory Eliason - Selma, CA
8h Jason Kendrick - Perth, WA AUS
12 Lynton Jeffery - Prairie City, IA
17w Harli White - Lindsay, OK
18 Ian Madsen - Granger, IA
21 Brian Brown - Grain Valley, MO
21k Thomas Kennedy - Winnipeg, MB CAN
24 Terry McCarl - Altoona, IA
27 Greg Hodnett - Spring Grove, PA
35v Jamie Veal - Campbell, CA
41 Dominic Scelzi - Fresno, CA
49 Brad Sweet - Mooresville, NC
99 Skylar Gee - Leduc, Alberta CAN

Happenings

This event is held at the end of the Friday Night Hard Knox Qualifying program with bragging rights on the line for drivers who are ambassadors of sprint car racing around the globe!

The winner of the SPEED SPORT Challenge is also awarded a 25th starting spot in the Staurday Knoxville Nationals championship A Main if they have not already qualified for the race. 

Format

The 23rd annual SPEED SPORT Challenge field of cars is made up from American drivers that competed in one of the qualifying events held this past winter in Australia. Those events this past winter of 2016-2017 were:

December 26th Valvoline Speedway - Sydney, NSW
December 27th Perth Motorplex - Perth, WA
January 13-14 Scott Darley Challenge - Sydney, NSW
January 19-21 Grand Annual Classic - Premiere Speedway - Warrnambool, VIC

The rest of the field is made of up all International competitors who enter this years Knoxville Nationals.

The field is lined up by qualifying night point totals from the Wednesday and Thursday portion of the Knoxville Nationals with an invert of 14.

There are 15 American drivers who are eligible to enter in 2017, but they must also compete on Wednesday or Thursday to enter. Those 15 drivers are:

Brad Sweet
Kasey Kahne
Kyle Larson
Harli White
Brian Brown
Dominic Scelzi
Cory Eliason
Carson Macedo
Lucas Wolfe
Logan Schuchart
Kyle Hirst
Jason Johnson
Shane Stewart
Terry McCarl 
Greg Hodnett

Expected International drivers to compete are:
Jamie Veal
Kerry Madsen
Brooke Tatnell
Ian Madsen
James McFadden
Lynton Jeffrey
Scott Bogucki
Jason Kendrick
Thomas Kennedy 
Skylar Gee

Purse

SPEED SPORT Challenge purse                    
1. $10,000.00 2. $5,000.00 3. $3,000.00 4. $2,500.00 5. $2,000.00 6. $1,800.00 7. $1,700.00 8. $1,600.00 9. $1,500.00 10. $1,400.00 11. $1,300.00 12. $1,200.00 13. $1,100.00 14. $1,000.00 15. $1,000.00 16. $1,000.00 17. $625.00 18. $600.00 19. $600.00 20. $600.00

History

Past Challenge Winners

Year - Driver, Number, Hometown, Winners Prize
2016 - Kraig Kinser, 11K, Bloomington, IN - $10,000
2015 - Lynton Jeffrey, 12, Sydney, NSW, Aust. - $10,000
2014 - Daryn Pittman, 9, Owasso, OK - $10,000
2013 - Brooke Tatnell, 55, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. - $10,000
2012 - Donny Schatz, 15, Fargo, ND - $10,000
2011 - Lucas Wolfe, 5w, Mechanicsburg, PA - $10,000
2010 - Craig Dollansky, 7, Elk River, MN - $10,000
2009 - Lynton Jeffrey, 12, Prairie City, IA/Sydney, NSW, Aust. - $10,000
2008 - Kerry Madsen, 55, St. Mary's, NSW, Aust. - $10,000
2007 - Dean Jacobs, 7K, Wooster, OH - $10,000
2006 - Brooke Tatnell, 8, San Souci, NSW, Australia - $10,000
2005 - Daryn Pittman, 21, Owasso, OK, USA - $10,000
2004 - Daryn Pittman, 21, Owasso, OK, USA - $10,000
2003 - Travis Rilat, 29, Forney, TX, USA - $10,000
2002 - Donny Schatz, 15, Minot, ND, USA - $10,000
2001 - Donny Schatz, 15, Minot, ND, USA - $10,000
2000 - Danny Lasoski, 83, Dover, MO, USA - $10,000
1999 - Randy Hannagan, 1T, San Jose, CA, USA - $5,000
1998 - Skip Jackson, 55, Sydney, NSW, Aust. - $5,000
1997 - Skip Jackson, 55, Sydney, NSW, Aust. - $5,000
1996 - Danny Smith, Danville, IN, USA (Amer./Aust. Challenge Cup) $4,000
1995 - Skip Jackson, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (Amer./Aust. Challenge Cup) $4,000
1994 - Max Dumesny, Nelson, NSW, Aust. (Amer./Aust. Challenge Cup) $4,000

Money Won:

Brooke Tatnell, $34,700, AUS
Donny Schatz, $34,600, USA
Kerry Madsen, $29,325, AUS
Daryn Pittman, $27,600, USA
A.J. ”Skip” Jackson, $26,450, AUS
Lynton Jeffrey, $22,000, AUS
Danny Smith, $20,750, USA
Ricky Logan, $17,950, USA
Craig Dollansky, $17,375, USA
Lucas Wolfe, $15,000, USA
Shane Stewart, $12,675, USA
Danny Lasoski, $12,500, USA
Travis Rilat, $11,800, USA
Randy Hannagan, $11,100, USA
Jason Johnson, $11,100, USA
Max Dumesny, $10,500, AUS
Dean Jacobs, $10,000, USA
Joey Saldana, $ 9,625, USA
Brent Antill, $ 9,500, USA
Toni Lutar, $ 7,775, CAN
Paul McMahan, $ 6,700, USA
Brian Brown, $6,500, USA
Terry McCarl, $ 6,500, USA
Brad Furr, $ 6,000, USA
Troy Little, $ 5,700, AUS
Tommy Tarlton, $ 5,600, USA
Chad Kemenah, $ 5,200, USA
P.J. Chesson, $ 5,000, USA
Mark Dobmeier, $ 5,000, USA
Trevor Green, $ 4,900, AUS
Jonathan Allard, $ 4,800, USA
Peter Murphy, $ 4,100, AUS
Jason Sides, $ 4,100, USA
Jaymie Moyle, $ 3,500, AUS
Marty Perovich, $ 3,350, AUS
Garry Brazier, $ 3,000, AUS
Kurt Winker, $ 3,000, USA
Ian Madsen, $ 2,900, AUS
Chris Schmelzle, $ 2,725, CAN
Bruce White, $ 2,715, AUS
Jason Meyers, $ 2,600, USA
Jamie McDonald, $ 2,375, NZ
Stevie Walsh, $ 2,125, NZ
Sammy Swindell, $ 1,800, USA
Greg Wilson, $ 1,800, USA
Jeff Shepard, $ 1,700, USA
Billy Alley, $ 1,650, USA
Erin Crocker, $ 1,600, USA
Wayne Johnson, $ 1,600, USA
Corey Haigh, $ 1,200, NZ
Ryan Coniam, $ 1,100, CAN
Jack Pillon, $ 1,075, CAN
Adam West, $ 1,075, CAN
Bill Clarkson, Jr., $ 1,050, NZ
Ryan Farrell, $ 1,050, AUS
Tony Menard, $ 1,050, CAN
Bill Rose, $ 1,050, USA
Cody Darrah, $ 1,025, USA
Mitchell Dumesny, $ 1,025, AUS
Greg Hall, $ 1,025, AUS
David Murcott, $ 1,025, AUS
Tim Kaeding, $ 1,025, USA
Colin Entwisle, $ 600, NZ
Cody Geldart, $ 600, CAN
Christi Passmore, $ 600, USA
Jamie Veal, $ 575, AUS
Domain Ramsay, $ 550, AUS
Matthew Reed, $ 550, AUS
Paul Jeffrey, $ 545, AUS
Kerry Jones, $ 500, NZ
Joe Gaerte, $ 500, USA
Phil Gressman, $ 500, USA
Greg Hodnett, $ 0, USA

Summary:

USA, 39 drivers - $297,425
AUS, 21 drivers - $159,485
CAN, 7 drivers - $15,400
NZ, 6 drivers - $ 7,850

73 drivers - $480,160

Wins:

USA – 13
AUS – 8
CAN – 0
NZ - 0