By Bob Baker
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (July 31, 2011) – This year’s Knoxville Nationals Fan Fair forums and “Sixty Minutes in the Trostle Garage with…“ autograph sessions in the National Sprint Car Museum are taking shape as the August 10-13 Goodyear Knoxville Nationals near. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Bob Trostle and American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) racer Brady Bacon are the latest two to commit to sign autographs, while Knoxville regulars Danny Lasoski, Kevin Swindell, Robby Wolfgang, Davey Heskin, Terry McCarl, Austin McCarl, Mark Dobmeier, Josh Schneiderman, and Don Droud, Jr., are the latest to agree to participate in the Fan Fair.
According to museum curator Tom Schmeh, “We are very excited about this year’s Knoxville Nationals Fan Fair in the museum, as our moderators have done a great job in lining up their special guests. I would like to take this time to thank Dean Mills, Johnny Gibson, Larry Boos, David Mills, Bill Wright, Stacy Ervin, Greg Nicol, Gary Guehler and Bruce Ellis for moderating these live forums on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week. Then on Saturday, August 13, we have three great historical forums scheduled, hosted by Les Randall, Teresa Adrian and Bruce Boertje. Finally, we are thrilled that Bob Trostle is leading the way in signing autographs in his re-created garage in the museum again this year. We will have many drivers, including Brady Bacon, that will be meeting and greeting fans in the garage, for one hour at a time, from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day of the Goodyear Knoxville Nationals. We will release the ‘Trostle Garage’ autograph session schedule early next week.”
The current schedule for the sixth annual Knoxville Nationals Fan Fair, to be held in the first floor, east wing, of the Donald Lamberti National Sprint Car Museum is as follows:
Wednesday, August 10:
11 a.m. – “West Coast Sprint Car Racing” with host Dean Mills & special guests Jonathan Allard and others
1 p.m. – “World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Racing” with host Johnny Gibson (World Racing Group) & special guests
3 p.m. – “Sprint Car Racing: State of the Union” with host Larry Boos (Eldora Speedway) & Rex LeJeune (Attica Raceway Park), Jean Lynch (1987 North American Sprint Car Poll “Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award” recipient), Steve Sinclair (Interstate Racing Association), Bill Wright (Knoxville Raceway), Allan Holland (www.hoseheads.com) and others
Thursday, August 11:
11 a.m. – “International Sprint Car Racing” with host David Mills (Premier Speedway) & special guests
1 p.m. – “Meet the Knoxville Regulars” with host Bill Wright (Knoxville Raceway) & special guests: 1-1:30 p.m. – Danny Lasoski, Kevin Swindell, Robby Wolfgang; 1:30-2 p.m. – Davey Heskin, Terry McCarl, Austin McCarl; 2-2:30 p.m. – Mark Dobmeier, Josh Schneiderman, Don Droud Jr.
3 p.m. – “Women in Sprint Car Racing” with host Stacy Ervin (Knoxville Raceway) & special guests Janet Holbrook (C&H Motorsports), Misha Geisert (True Speed Communication), Kendra Jacobs (PRN “Winged Nation”), Haley Arnold (driver), Miranda Arnold (driver) and others
Friday, August 12:
11 a.m. – “Sprint Car Driver Safety Improvements: Past, Present & Future” with host Greg Nicol (Speedway Motors) & special guests Brian Butler (ButlerBuilt Seats), Jack Elam (J&J Chassis), and Jay Braxton (HANS)
1 p.m. – “Sprint Car Racing: An Historical Perspective” with host Gary Guehler (Texas Motor Speedway) & special guests
3 p.m. – “Meet the Posse” with host Bruce Ellis (Williams Grove Speedway) & special guests; presented by www.hoseheads.com
Saturday, August 13:
11 a.m. – “San Jose Speedway & the Hardtop Era” with host Les Randall
1 p.m. – “A.D. & ‘Jiggs’ Trowell Racing Memories/Devil’s Bowl Speedway History” with host Teresa Adrian
3 p.m. – “Lucky Louis LeCocq, 1892-1919” by Bruce Boertje
Those seeking further information on the Knoxville Nationals Fan Fair forums and “Sixty Minutes in the Trostle Garage with…“ autograph sessions in the National Sprint Car Museum during the 51st Goodyear Knoxville Nationals are urged to visit the museum’s web site at www.sprintcarhof.com.