Monthly Archives: March 2013

Season Preview

View from the Stands (3/26/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

The 2013 Knoxville Championship Cup Series season is shaping up to be one of the most competitive I can remember, especially in the 410 class. Many teams are coming into the season with experience. Some are brand new teams. And most of them have won races and have excellent equipment. With teams changing from Goodyear to Hoosier tires and harder-narrower tires than they have used before, it will be interesting to see who adapts the quickest to the new tire rules. Twin Features night is always a pivotal night in the points season, and this year it will pay full winnings for both features. Kudos to Brian Stickel and the Fair Board for that decision! The Capitani Classic event is just as important as twin features night and a lot can be gained or lost by making the A main as we saw last season. 2012 saw eight different winners in thirteen weekly shows in the 410 class, and it is hard to believe the competition is tougher in 2013, but it is. Continue reading

David Hesmer Returns in 2013

View from the Stands (3/18/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

It has been eight years since David Hesmer last raced at Knoxville Raceway, but he is going to make a return in 2013, in the 410 division. Hesmer is the most successful driver of all time in the Knoxville 360 class with 65 career wins (second is John Kearney at 23 wins), four 360 track championships in 1988, 1997, 1998, and 1999. He won his first track championship as a rookie. He also won the inaugural 360 Nationals in 1991 and again in 1997. David and his father Ken have both been inducted into the Knoxville Raceway track Hall of Fame in recent years for their accomplishments and service to the sport they love. But in 2013 Hesmer will once again pilot a familiar black #1 sprint car in the 410 class with car owner Bryan Sundby. So why and how is David Hesmer getting back into racing? I thought I would ask him. Continue reading