Monthly Archives: December 2013

Knoxville Knights: Chapter 2

Thank you to everyone who has given me feedback on chapter one of this story.  I hope you enjoy the second installment as well.  Feel free to e-mail your comments to me at  I appreciate the Knoxville Raceway for giving me this platform to experiment a bit.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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by Eric Arnold

Chapter 2: Winning Streak

After winning two races in a row at Knoxville car owner Steve Bennett and driver Andy Zook were riding high.  Since Bennett’s old friend Marion Graham came along with some sponsorship money, Steve had been able to get some new equipment.  He was also taking advantage of the opportunity to tinker around with some things at Marion’s steel fabrication factory to make some specialized parts, specifically new shocks he designed.  Steve’s sons Tony and Todd had picked up a new chassis the day before, and a new engine had arrived a few days prior to that.

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Get to know Russ Hall

View from the Stands (12/09/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Track Historian, Blogger, & Twitter Commentator

An interview with Russ Hall

Russ-Hall-of-Pleasant-Hill-was-very-happy-to-win-the-second-Sprint-Invader-20-lap-feature-at-the-34-RacewayLike most racers, Russ Hall comes from a racing family.  His grandfather was Bert Sonner, brother of Knoxville Raceway Hall of Famer Gil Sonner.  Bert was killed in a racing accident at Knoxville in 1974.  Russ is 33 years old, a husband, and a father of three children.  He has been racing a sprint car for seven seasons now, but growing up he raced go-karts and was the kid listening in the corner while the old guys talked in the race shop.  He has won two 360 features at Knoxville and has three career wins with the Sprint Invaders, and this year they won the Sprint Invaders series championship.  It was time to catch up with this guy after a successful 2013 season.

EA: When did you first start racing?
RH:  I began racing in go-karts when I was 8 years old in Des Moines at the fairgrounds in the dome.  I raced go-karts all the way through high school.

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