Gordon Wins Knoxville Kart Race


All proceeds from the fourth annual event, which saw race fans donate to compete against the Cup drivers, went to Kick-It, a program and partner of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)


KNOXVILLE, Iowa - Jeff Gordon returned to Knoxville, Iowa, and won Thursday's Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular, an event that raised money for pediatric cancer research.

Gordon was joined by Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson, who each have ties to sprint car racing, to compete against fans at Slideways Karting Center just one mile north of Knoxville Raceway, where this week's 56th annual 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals is being held.

All proceeds from the fourth annual event, which saw race fans donate to compete against the Cup drivers, went to Kick-It, a partner of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation.

NASCARDriving a kart painted to look like the first sprint car he raced in 1985, Gordon became the first two-time winner of the event after battling Stewart in the final laps.

"That was amazing," Gordon said. "If you don't think we take this seriously, what you just saw was as competitive as it can get. That was so much fun. I think I got a blister, but it was all worth it.

"The most important thing is it's all for a great cause - pediatric cancer research. It's such an important aspect of what we do at the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation."

Gordon's win came the day after Shane Stewart drove a car with JGCF colors on it to the victory on the opening night of the Knoxville Nationals.

"We're fortunate to be involved with Shane," Gordon said. "He's a tremendous ambassador for us, primarily with Kick-It and pediatric cancer awareness. What he does on the track by winning and getting that car in front of a huge audience like that is special."

The Knoxville Nationals is one of Tony Stewart's favorite weeks of the year.

Tony Stewart"This is a big week for the four of us because we all have invested interest in sprint car racing," said Stewart, who owns the No. 15 sprint car driven by nine-time Knoxville Nationals champion Donny Schatz. "To come out to the biggest sprint car race of the year and get a chance to do an event like this for charity makes it an awesome week."

Larson, who co-owns the car driven by Shane Stewart, is competing in the Knoxville Nationals and is currently locked into the B-Main on Saturday night. Kasey Kahne's drivers, Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet, will start first and seventh, respectively, in the A-Main. Schatz will start fifth and Shane Stewart will roll off from the eighth position.

See Also: 2015 Story - Jeff Gordon: From Sprint Cars to Sprint Cup

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