Category Archives: View from the Stands

Maeschen wins, Sweet, Pittman, & The King

View from the Stands (7/16/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

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Bronson Maeschen (Brandon Anderson photo)

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Bronson Maeschen pulls into victory lane. (Brandon Anderson photo)

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Selvage and Maeschen race for the lead. (Brandon Anderson photo)

Bronson Maeschen…. 410 point leader!  Bronson has matured as a driver, a very good driver, and after six top fives, finishing second twice this season, and almost winning last week, he wins the feature this week and it works out he has a fifty point lead over Ian Madsen, and 115 point lead over third place Terry McCarl.  If Maeschen wins the title, he would be the first resident of Marion County to win the Knoxville track championship since Mike Brooks in 1980, and I believe Earl Wagner is the only other Marion County driver to do that.  Bronson has been consistent all season.  He has seven top five’s, nine top ten’s, and two quick times.  If Bronson just keeps doing what he has done all season, I think he gets it done. With only four more weekly races left, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch!  I asked him what he thought of being the point leader in the pits afterwards and he said, “I guess the target is on my back now huh.”  Good answer.  Being the point leader doesn’t mean much until the end of the season.

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410 Twin Features Report

View from the Stands (7/8/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

2013-07-06 116Twin features night is always pivotal for the track championship, and that was proved to be the case again this year.  Ian Madsen came into the night with a 188 point lead over Bronson Maeschen and at the end of the night Madsen retained the point lead, but it is now a slim 27 points over Maeschen with Terry McCarl lurking 47 points back.  Last week I said I had this feeling T-Mac was going to find a way to pull this out, and it’s looking more like it. Over the course of a whole season, Terry has always been the man and has seven track championships to back that up. Somehow, someway, I think he wins it in the end. But boy would I like to see someone new like Ian or Bronson win it.

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Dobmeier Wins Again & 360 Twin Features

View from the Stands (7/1/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

2013-06-30 052Well, Mark Dobmeier certainly has something figured out since Guy Forbrook joined their team. Congrats to the Lunstra/Dobmeier #13 team for their performance.  Has to be rewarding making that drive from Grand Forks and going home with a trophy, and they won again Sunday at Huset’s. They have timed eighth and sixth the past two weeks, which is a huge help considering they hadn’t timed in the top ten all season previously.  Keep an eye on this team over the next month leading up to Nationals. Dobs just moved way up in my Nationals Power Rankings this week.

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Mid Season Report, Stats, Nationals Power Rankings

View from the Stands (6/25/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Wayne Johnson races with Davey Heskin and Dustin Selvage.

Wayne Johnson races with Davey Heskin and Dustin Selvage.

This past Saturday night we finally had good weather and the sun was out all day long. The track was ready to go right at 6:45 and widened out quickly which made for slower time trial laps, but better heat racing.  You can tell the Nationals are getting closer, as more drivers are coming to visit and get some laps around the big half-mile.

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Knoxville Regulars Shine, 360 Notes, Blake Anderson

View from the Stands (6/19/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

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Donny Schatz on his way to win number 7 this season.

Well Donny Schatz did it again. He will be the man to beat at the Knoxville Nationals.  I’m not sure if anyone can beat him other than “lady luck” right now. Brian Brown is close to having Schatz’ number at Knoxville. Brown was leading and was pulling away at one point, but Schatz was closing a bit in lapped traffic, and if a lapped car hadn’t suddenly slowed and been in his way I think Brown might have been able to beat Schatz.
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WoO Preview

View from the Stands (6/12/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

WoO_2013The World of Outlaws series comes to Knoxville this Saturday night. This will be the last time we see the Outlaws at Knoxville until August 7-10 for the Nationals. We will likely see a few Outlaws show up for the Capitani Classic on August 4 however. At the May 11 Outlaws event Donny Schatz walked away with the win and he has since been getting better on the tour and is currently third in the point standings and rising. In the past ten WoO events Schatz has the best average finish at 5.0, while point leader Daryn Pittman has an average of 6.8, and Paul McMahon at 7.1. I look for Schatz to be the favorite this weekend and at the Nationals.

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Knoxville beats Mother Nature, Stats, Hesmer Done

View from the Stands (6/10/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Terry McCarl

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The race for the 410 track championship at Knoxville Raceway this season has turned into the multicar race that I hoped and thought it would. Terry McCarl won a thriller this past week, but one more lap and he might not have been the winner. Dusty Zomer was on McCarl’s bumper at the finish line.  Davey Heskin was on the move as well late and finished third. Early leader Sam Hafertepe Jr. pulled in midway after dropping out of the top five, and Ian Madsen held the lead for a few laps before being passed by McCarl.
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An Interview with Dustin Selvage

View from the Stands (5/21/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Dustin Selvage 2013Dustin Selvage started racing sprint cars at Knoxville Raceway in 2005 at seventeen years of age. With no previous experience in racing, Selvage decided to enter the 360 class. Racing is in his blood with his grandparents being former Knoxville Raceway promoters Ray and Naomi Grimes. Dustin was able to run a few races in 2005 and in the 2006 season finished twenty-third in points. Continue reading

KXV Weekly Racing Heats Up!

View from the Stands (5/21/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Champion Cup Series 2013This past week at Knoxville Raceway I saw some of the best racing I’ve seen in quite a while in the 360 and 410 features. The 360 field welcomed ASCS invaders Jason Johnson, Jeff Swindell, Tony Bruce Jr., and Logan Forler, who all had an open night in their schedules. Jason Johnson and Brian Brown raced both 410 and 360 classes, so it was a stacked field and a nice 360 Nationals preview.
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WoO in Review

View from the Stands (5/14/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

051113_Schatz_Dollansky_650x329For the past decade the Mayor of Knoxville Raceway has been Donny Schatz, and he showed again this past Saturday that to win at Knoxville, you have to go through him. Believe it or not, Schatz’ win was only his sixth career World of Outlaws feature win at the historic half-mile. He has been nearly perfect at the Nationals over the past decade, but hasn’t parked his #15 in victory lane for a WoO win at Knoxville since May 2, 2009.

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