HAMMERDOWN! 100 HIGHLIGHTS BIGGEST
RACES OF 2001 - 12/11/01
- The first annual "HammerDown! Hundred" list of the 100 biggest
grass routes, open- wheel races of 2001 has been released. The Amoco Ultimate
Knoxville Nationals, not surprisingly, is the top rated race in the United
States. The annual, August, four-day gathering at the "Sprint Car Capitol
of the World", in Knoxville, Iowa earned the top honor for paying $125,000
to winner, Danny Lasoski after the richest sprint car race in the world.
Editor, Bobby Gerould says, "When I was
growing up, the Pacific Coast Open, the Nationals, and the Western World were
BIG races I always wanted to see. Everyone likes a big race, and we Americans
love lists. So why not a list of the biggest races?" The 'dream-schedule'
list is based primarily on the winners share of prize money. However, tradition,
pageantry, and media coverage also were factored in. Gerould adds, "while
certainly not scientific, the list of 100 races says allot about the state
of open-wheel racing. There were 22 races in 2001 that paid $20,000 or more
to the winner. The list points out big events that deserve to have TV and
radio coverage in the future, and I think the list brings more National light
to events like the Little 500, and the National Open, - races that every open-wheel
driver should want to win."
Earl Baltes, Historical Big One at Eldora
Speedway, in New Weston, Ohio, offering $100,000 to the winner was ranked
second, followed by Eldora's Kings Royal, the Little 500 in Anderson, IN.,
and the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, held annually at Lernerville Speedway
in Sarver, PA.
& Ohio Share Hotbed Status
12/11/01 - With ten races each in the HammerDown! Hundred list
of the biggest races of 2001, Ohio, and Iowa share status as the top racing
hotbeds in the United States. Led by events at the Eldora Speedway and Knoxville
Raceway, the Buckeye state, and the Hawkeye state were able to narrowly outdistance
Indiana, California, and Pennsylvania for the fictional, "Hotbed"
The HammerDown Hundred
highlights the traditionallly rich grass routes events that draw huge
crowds at racing facilities across the USA.
- Iowa - 10
- Ohio - 10
- California - 9
- Indiana - 9
- Pennsylvania - 9
- Illinois - 6
- Texas - 5
- Oklahoma - 4
- Kansas - 4
- Missouri - 4
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