Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Sports

August 9, 2013

Gordon: “Knoxville means a lot to me.”

Knoxville — NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon was in Knoxville on Wednesday for the first night of the Nationals, but before that, he took part in a charity event to raise money to fight children's cancer. 

Gordon's children's foundation partnered with Kick-It on the event, in which go-kart drivers donated $200 each to participate in a race around Slideways with Gordon, and fellow driver Kyle Larson. The event was planned by Tony Stewart, who was injured late Monday night in Oskaloosa and could not participate. 

Gordon thanked Stewart for organizing the event. He was happy and elated with the results of the fund raiser. Prior to Gordon's arrival, Slideways co-owner Nate Van Haaften estimated that the event raised over $13,000 for the charity. Final figures were unavailable before our deadline. Van Haaften said some may have been disappointed that Stewart could not participate, but there was still a strong crowd for the event. The number of drivers registered to compete soared past the 50 scheduled for participation. 

Gordon said the racing community, especially the Sprint Car community, is known for having big hearts. For him as a driver, it is important to give back when he can. When asked about Stewart's accident, Gordon said you have to live your life.

“I doubt this will really change anything for (Stewart),” Gordon said. “He's a true racer. He's out there doing what he loves.” 

Coming back to Knoxville was an easy decision for Gordon. He remembers reaching the Nationals around 1989-90, but remembers that he did not do well in them. Nevertheless, reaching the Nationals was a career highlight for him. His appreciation for Sprint Cars, and Knoxville, remains strong. 

“I want to spend some time (in Knoxville),” Gordon said. He remembers the fun he had, watching the 360 Nationals last year. 

A kickball game was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Young's Park. Four kickball teams made of sprint car drivers, their wives and girlfriends, and the 10 go-karting qualifers will compete for Tony Stewart's Kick-It Cup trophy. Live and silent auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime items. For more information on Kick-It, visit www.kick-it.org.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • TC PP 24.jpg Slideshow: Twin Cedars at State Tournament The Twin Cedars Sabers won their opening game of the State Baseball Tournament on Saturday by a score of 7-0. Hundreds of Saber faithful also made the trip. The team hopes to have strong attendance again for the semi-final game on Thursday, July 31, at 2 p.m.

    July 28, 2014

  • Sabers.jpg Sabers complete perfect regular season

    The Twin Cedars Saber baseball team finishes the 2014 regular season with a perfect 29-0 record. Without a moment's hesitation, the team's focus goes to the postseason, and its new record of 0-0. 

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Saber seniors and parents.jpg Sabers dominate on Senior Night

    On a cold and cloudy Senior Night, the Twin Cedars Sabers baseball team continued its winning ways with a 15-0 victory over Cardinal, Eldon in four innings. 

    July 3, 2014 10 Photos

  • Panthers.jpg Panthers split with Newton

    The Knoxville Panther baseball team traveled to Newton Wednesday night and split a double-header with the Cardinals. 

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • trojan team with capitol.jpg A day at Principal Park Two of Marion County's finest baseball teams, Twin Cedars and Pleasantville, played and won games at Principal Park on Wednesday, June 25. The Trojans defeated Sigourney 16-1 and the Sabers beat Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 9-0.

    June 26, 2014

  • Kaden Loscher.jpg Knoxville drops two to Norwalk

    The Knoxville Panther baseball team lost both games of a double header at home Wednesday night to Norwalk, but the team remains at .500 on the season. 

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kinser cars.jpg Kinser exhibit opens tomorrow

    A few finishing touches need to be added, but the "Salute to Champions: Steve Kinser" exhibit is scheduled to open Friday, June 13, the day before the World of Outlaws returns to Knoxville. 

    June 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • baseball team.jpg Panther bats go crazy in Des Moines

    The Knoxville Panther baseball team bounced back in a big way Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Chariton Chargers 18-2 in under four complete innings. 

    June 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Night the Lights Went Out in Murray The Twin Cedars baseball team traveled to Murray on Thursday, May 29th to play in the Murray Tournament. The Sabers were leading Murray 2-1 in the second inning of the championship game when the lights went out. Unable to get the lights back on the g

    June 5, 2014

  • Coy Moore.jpg Sabers down Van Meter

    On one of the grandest stages in Iowa baseball Tuesday afternoon, the Twin Cedars Sabers moved up a class and defeated one of the toughest teams in high school ball. 

    June 3, 2014 1 Photo

Features
AP Video
New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Senate Confirms McDonald As VA Secretary Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Fish Oil Plant Blast Kills One Two Huge Fires Burning in Northern California Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Suspect Dead, Marshals and Cop Wounded in NYC Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Arts, Humanities Awards Handed Out at WH Former Va. Governor's Corruption Trial Begins Trial Begins Over OKC Bombing Video $15B Deal on Vets' Health Care Reached Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov.
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results