From Bob Baker
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (August 5, 2011) – With wins in the preliminary mains on the opening night of the Arnold Motor Supply 360-cubic-inch Knoxville Nationals on Thursday at Knoxville Raceway, Lee Grosz of North Dakota and defending Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car” titlist Sammy Swindell of Tennessee are the early leaders in the 2011 Cox Design & Metal Fabrication Iowa Speed Week point standings. Friday was night two of the ten-night series of sprint car races in south central Iowa. Night number three is the finale of the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals and an All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) 410-cubic-inch sprint car program.
The unofficial top sixteen in the 2011 Cox Design Iowa Speed Week points after two nights is as follows: 1., Lee Grosz, Sammy Swindell, 50 points (tied); 3., Davey Heskin, Wayne Johnson, 49 points (tied); 5., Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart, 48 points (tied); 7., Jeff Swindell, Randy Hannagan, 47 points (tied); 9., Billy Alley, Ryan Anderson, 46 points (tied); 11., Derek Hagar, Justin Carver, 45 points (tied); 13., Dustin Selvage, David Gravel, 44 points (tied); 15., Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Tim Shaffer, 43 points (tied).
The Cox Design & Metal Fabrication Iowa Speedweek includes ten straight nights of sprint car racing between Knoxville Raceway and the Southern Iowa Speedway. The top three places pay $2,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively, with the winner declared the Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car” titlist. Past “Mr. Sprint Car” titlists include Ricky Logan (2002) of Arkansas, Shane Stewart (2003, ’04) of Oklahoma, Billy Alley (2005) of Nebraska, Jason Johnson (2006) of Louisiana, Wayne Johnson (2007, ‘08) of Oklahoma, Terry McCarl (2009) of Iowa, and Sammy Swindell (2010) of Tennessee.