Monthly Archives: September 2013

Late Model Knoxville Nationals

Late Model FinalView from the Stands (9/29/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

The Late Model Knoxville Nationals (LMKN) was once again a successful event for us here at Knoxville Raceway.  We celebrated our tenth anniversary of the event and it seems to grow in popularity and prestige each year within the Late Model community.  To hear how grateful and honored all these teams and drivers are to get the opportunity to race at Knoxville Raceway is very humbling.  The Late Model crowd loves Knoxville.

The format for the qualifying nights was interesting with the field being split into two groups for qualifying and heat races (Group A and Group B).  72 cars entered and the first 36 cars in the pill draw were put into group A, and the second  36 cars slated for group B.  This made it more fair for time trials with the car drawing 50 or 60 not having to compete for points with the cars drawing 10 or less. The same amount of points were awarded for each set (winner received 200 points, 198, 196, etc.)  The teams in Group A were put into their own set of heats, Group B in their own set of heats.  Group A was then set for the inside row of the features, and Group B given the outside row.  I thought this format worked well and was fair for everyone.

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Late Model Nationals Celebrates 10 Years

View From the Stands (9/23/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Late Model Knoxville Nationals Celebrates 10 Years

SixPackMovieWhen I was a kid what I knew about racing revolved around sprint cars, NASCAR, and the Indy 500.  That changed in 1982 when the movie Six Pack with Kenny Rogers came out in theatres and that introduced me to dirt late models.  Not only was that a good family movie that taught us right from wrong and good values (minus a few swear words and kids stripping cars for parts), it was a movie about racing, ON DIRT!  In 1985 my father brought me to see my first late model race at Knoxville and Billy Moyer won.  I liked the cars because they were so big and beastly looking, and FAST!  We didn’t see another late model race at Knoxville until 1994 when Steve Kosiski won a race in September that year.  When I became a teenager I started to learn more about the late model type cars and who some of the big name drivers were thanks National Speed Sport News. Then I started hearing stories from friends who went to the World 100 every year and they always talked about how great it was and the large crowds.

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360 & 305 Season Review & Stats

View from the Stands (9/11/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

2013-05-11 079The 360 class always displays some good racing. Clint Garner won the championship for the fifth consecutive year. His stats are impressive with 5 wins, 4 second place finishes, 12 top five’s, 13 top ten’s (out of 14 features), 2 heat wins, and 1 quick time.  Most of the season Joe Beaver and Nate Van Haaften were there challenging but the breaks didn’t go their way to overcome one of the most successful 360 drivers in Knoxville Raceway history.

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410 Season Review & Stats

View from the Stands (9/5/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

2013-08-09_FridayThe 2013 season started off with a rain out unfortunately for the fourth time in six years.  Those damn April showers.  May wasn’t much better with two rain outs, but we dodged the rain a few nights to get the shows in.  My faith in the swirling vortex of winged sprint cars thwarting off rain was restored this season.  Many nights I looked at the radar thinking it looked bad for Knoxville, only to see storms break up as they approached and miss us.  

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