IA (May 31) -- Al Hamilton, along with 26 friends and family members,
traveled from central Pennsylvania to Iowa's Knoxville Raceway to be
inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum. The famous
car owner also took along his #77 sprinter and driver Lance Dewease to
challenge the Knoxville regulars on their home track. When it was all
over, Hamilton not only had his induction plaque in hand, but also the
trophy from the night's feature race.
In a telephone conversation with Hoosier Open Wheel
Dirt Product Manager Neil Cowman, Hamilton related that the Knoxville
win was "the second biggest win of his career." The first
was winning the Williams Grove National Open last year for the first
time ever. Ironically, both wins came on Hoosier tiers which the team
switched to at the beginning of the 2002 season.
In the 20-lap feature, Dewease started 11th after
qualifying second in the field of 41 hopefuls. It took the talented
Hoosier-shod driver just eight laps to move into second place. By lap
17 he was in the lead charging to the finish line and the winner's
check in the amount of $3,000.
Hoosier Racing Tire wishes to congratulate all the new
inductees particularly Al Hamilton on his induction into the National
Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum. Congratulations also go out to Lance
Dewease for his amazing win on the historic occasion. Ironically, Doug
Wolfgang was also inducted into the Hall of Fame the same night.
Wolfgang was instrumental in Hoosier's early sprint tire program
before his retirement.
To learn more about the race, visit www.knoxvilleraceway.com.
Currently, Terry McCarl leads the Knoxville track's sprint car
standings. McCarl also competes on Hoosier tires.