Category Archives: Drivers

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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Interview with Keoni Texeira

View from the Stands (11/18/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Keoni Texeira at Knoxville Raceway with his 305 sprint car.

Keoni Texeira at Knoxville Raceway with his 305 sprint car.

On July 20th this past season Knoxville Raceway had its first driver entrant from the state of Hawaii, 30 year-old Keoni Texeira.  A native of Honolulu, he ended up moving to Moulton, Iowa this past year for work but he had a dream of racing himself.  Iowa is known as the “Field of Dreams” after all.  A chance meeting and making contacts with the right person one night and a deal fell into place for him to race a 305 sprint car a few times this season.  He raced three nights in 2013 where he qualified well each night, never worse than fourth, and finished eighth and 11th in his two features.  Night three on August 3rd he crashed in his heat race and was done for the season.  After a successful dirt racing career with over 20 wins back home in Hawaii, his local track closed, but he was determined to stay in racing somehow.

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WoO Season in Review

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

Daryn Pittman

Daryn Pittman

The World of Outlaws season has come to an end.  It was good to see some of our Knoxville Regulars make the trip to Charlotte for the World Finals.  Brian Brown had a good showing with a couple of top ten’s, Ian Madsen, Mark Dobmeier, Justin Henderson, and Wayne Johnson also made the trip.  The World Finals has turned into a big three day event where the dirt track racing world comes together in the center of the racing business industry.  I would even consider it the fifth “major” in sprint car racing with the four majors being the Knoxville Nationals, Eldora Kings Royal, Williams Grove National Open, and the Chico Gold Cup.  I ponied up to watch the DirtVision broadcast which I hadn’t done before and I was impressed with their live PPV coverage.

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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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Maeschen Champion & 100 for Lasoski

View from the Stands (8/27/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

IMG_2010Danny 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.

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Interviews with Maeschen and Madsen

View from the Stands (8/22/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Champion Cup Series 2013I 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.

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Season Championship Preview

View from the Stands (8/19/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

2013_Season ChampionshipThis 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.
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Super Schatz Wins Seventh Nationals

View from the Stands (8/11/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

1578SchatzSaldanaDonny 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.

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Friday Hard Knox Format Works Again!

View from the Stands (8/10/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Friday Top 4 (Serena Dalhamer photos)

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.

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