View from the Stands (9/5/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
The 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.
View from the Stands (8/27/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Danny Lasoski got his 100th career win at Knoxville. Unbelievable. I was ten years old in 1984 when he won his first race in the Derry 22 car, and I think I’ve seen all but one or two of his 100 wins in person. I used to hate it in the middle 90’s when he would win four, five, and six weeks in a row on a couple of occasions. But I look back now and have to respect and appreciate The Dude as one the best that I have seen drive a sprint car. He is a WoO champion, won the 2006 NST title, and four Knoxville Nationals. 100 wins is the cherry on top, and a record that will never be touched.
View from the Stands (8/22/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
I thought it would be appropriate to do an interview with the top two contenders leading up to the Knoxville Championship Cup Series Finals this Saturday night, Bronson Maeschen and Ian Madsen. These two men are ironically both 29 years old, but have taken two different roads to get to where they are today, and both are seeking history to etch their name in stone as a Knoxville Raceway Track Champion and the $20,000 check that comes with it.
View from the Stands (8/19/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
This Saturday night is the end of the season for our weekly Lucas Oil – Knoxville Championship Cup Series (KCCS) sprint cars! To celebrate the end of the season and the crowning of our track champions, Knoxville Raceway will have a cookout in the infield after the races, which means FREE food for everyone!!! So be sure to come to the pit area at the end of the night! (Sounds like there are a little over 2,000 burgers to be made, so food available until that runs out.)
The point race in the 410 class is a good one, and it will come down to the wire in the A-Main this Saturday night. Bronson Maeschen has a 59 point lead over Ian Madsen, and 66 points over Terry McCarl. With a maximum of 260 points up for grabs (140 quick time, 20 heat race win, 200 feature) the championship is up for grabs. *All teams get 100 points minimum for time trials, so basically 160 points up for grabs if everyone shows up. Continue reading →
View from the Stands (8/11/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator Donny Schatz… wow. From fourth in the B-Main, you win that, then start 21st in the A-Main and are leading by lap 40. Are you kidding me? The legend of Donny Schatz just grew even more. To win seven of the last eight Knoxville Nationals is mind blowing. Just call him Donny Knoxville, Super Schatz, or Sheriff Schatz. He should have a Superman logo on the front of his uniform.
View from the Stands (8/10/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Friday Top 4 (Serena Dalhamer photos)
Friday “Hard Knox” show was once again a success giving teams one last chance to come to Knoxville and do that they came here hoping to do, start the Saturday A-Main. Kyle Larson took advantage by dominating the feature and giving him the 17th starting spot, close enough to get to a top five possibly. Ohio drivers took spots two, three, four. Mopar engine man, Cap Henry was lucky to even get to the Nationals with not many funds to bring his car, find an engine, and needed help to tow their hauler back west, so big reward for his team. Chad Kemenah and Jac Haudenschild raced their way in as well. This new format sure beats the heck out of the old one.
View from the Stands (8/9/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Joey Saldana will be on the pole for Saturday championship race. (Serena Dalhamer photo)
Night two of the 53rd FVP Knoxville Nationals was a rollercoaster of a night for some, and a great performance from Brian Brown. It started off with the excitement of Robert Bell with new sticker tires on all four wheels, some extra cash from fans, he drew the number one pill, and he blew the engine in hot laps. I was bummed that we didn’t get to hear Robert Bell is “quick time” at the Nationals, because the crowd would have went crazy! Toug break for Sheldon Haudenschild as well as he was done for the night after contact with a car during hot laps. Continue reading →
View from the Stands (8/8/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Paul McMahan set quick time. (Serena Dalhamer photo)
Night one of the 53rd FVP Knoxville Nationals was a good one. Everyone wants to see someone besides Donny Schatz win on Saturday night, and we just might get that after his performance on Wednesday night
2013 Knoxville Nationals Preview
(8/5/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
The Knoxville Nationals is one of the hardest races to win, the most prestigious, and pays the most money, $150,000 to the winner! I study a lot of stats, data, prior year finishes, and try to account how their current season is progressing to come up with my power rankings and predictions. As I look into my crystal ball, this is how I break down the field.
View from the Stands (8/4/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Shane Stewart won his fifth 360 Nationals title, as expected. He and Paul Silva have the right combination for this event, and should be close next week for Knoxville Nationals. Hope they can get up front then as well.
The race behind Stewart was good, with Kevin Swindell, Kyle Larson, Brad Sweet, Wayne Johnson, Clint Garner, Jason Johnson, Danny Lasoski… all were swapping positions throughout the entire race. Larson was running eighth at halfway, and then all of a sudden he picked off cars quickly and moved into fifth by lap 20, and third on lap 24, and he and Kevin raced hard for second on the last restart.