Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and three-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series A-Feature winner Tony Stewart, 16-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Kasey Kahne and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie-of-the-year leader Kyle Larson will join race fans to compete in the second-annual Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular kart race in Knoxville, Iowa.
The race is part of the week’s Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup charity events, and pits more than 60 race fans who have generously donated to Kick-It against some of their favorite racing stars in an eight heat race, single-feature event.
All proceeds from the event go to Kick-It, a program of Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation that raises money for children’s cancer research. To date, the Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular has raised more than $20,000 through online donations.
The winner of each heat race will transfer to the 20-lap A-Main. All non-qualifiers have a last chance one-lap foot race to run their way in, with the top two starting ninth and 10th in the feature event. The four NASCAR drivers will start at the tail of the feature in an effort to beat the fans and have their name engraved on the trophy. Kyle Larson won the inaugural event last August.
The 2014 Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup events continue on Friday, August 8 at 11 a.m. with the inaugural Fan Fest at Young’s Field, featuring a “Legends of Sprint Car Racing” autograph session, Minnesota Mafia Kids Kick-It contest, silent auction, food and more. At noon, the third-annual kickball game begins, pitting the world’s greatest sprint car drivers going head-to-head in a seven-inning grassroots game. A live auction featuring a QRC go-kart, sheetmetal, vacation packages, and more will take place throughout the game. A full list of auction items can be found at www.facebook.com/knoxvillekickit.