Category Archives: View from the Stands

May 11 WoO Preview

View from the Stands (5/6/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

WoO_2013If you have the racing blues due to the bad weather like I do, at least this coming Saturday, May 11 the World of Outlaws will be at Knoxville Raceway!  The Outlaws are headlined by five time series champion Donny Schatz and twenty time champion Steve Kinser.

Schatz is off to a slow start by his standards currently sitting third in the series point standings, but has two wins.  His first ten races he had an average finish of 9.3, and his last nine that has lowered to 6.7.  Once Schatz and crew chief Ricky Warner dial-in the new Hoosier tires they will tough to beat as usual.  Schatz is the defending and five time champion of the Knoxville Nationals and will be the favorite on May 11.  Season Stats: Wins-2, Top five-7, Top ten-13, Avg, finish-8.7.

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Season Opener Notes

View from the Stands (4/30/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Social Media Commentator

Champion Cup Series 2013The 60th Knoxville Raceway season opener saw 33-410’s, 28-360’s, and 21-305’s for a total of 82 cars drive through the pit gate, a healthy car count to start the season.

410 Class:
Brian Brown went out thirteenth in the qualifying order and established quick time with a lap of 15.039.  Ian Madsen was second quick despite going out thirtieth in the order.  Dustin Selvage won the first heat with Mark Dobmeier on his tail.  Brian Brown had moved from sixth to second when his car seemed to have come out of gear and he stopped in turn two. Continue reading

Season Preview

View from the Stands (3/26/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

The 2013 Knoxville Championship Cup Series season is shaping up to be one of the most competitive I can remember, especially in the 410 class. Many teams are coming into the season with experience. Some are brand new teams. And most of them have won races and have excellent equipment. With teams changing from Goodyear to Hoosier tires and harder-narrower tires than they have used before, it will be interesting to see who adapts the quickest to the new tire rules. Twin Features night is always a pivotal night in the points season, and this year it will pay full winnings for both features. Kudos to Brian Stickel and the Fair Board for that decision! The Capitani Classic event is just as important as twin features night and a lot can be gained or lost by making the A main as we saw last season. 2012 saw eight different winners in thirteen weekly shows in the 410 class, and it is hard to believe the competition is tougher in 2013, but it is. Continue reading

David Hesmer Returns in 2013

View from the Stands (3/18/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

It has been eight years since David Hesmer last raced at Knoxville Raceway, but he is going to make a return in 2013, in the 410 division. Hesmer is the most successful driver of all time in the Knoxville 360 class with 65 career wins (second is John Kearney at 23 wins), four 360 track championships in 1988, 1997, 1998, and 1999. He won his first track championship as a rookie. He also won the inaugural 360 Nationals in 1991 and again in 1997. David and his father Ken have both been inducted into the Knoxville Raceway track Hall of Fame in recent years for their accomplishments and service to the sport they love. But in 2013 Hesmer will once again pilot a familiar black #1 sprint car in the 410 class with car owner Bryan Sundby. So why and how is David Hesmer getting back into racing? I thought I would ask him. Continue reading

2013 World of Outlaws Preview

View from the Stands (2/21/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

It looks like we have a good field of cars this year in the World of Outlaws with twelve full time teams traveling. I don’t see anyone competing with the clear favorite Donny Schatz, especially now that the series is back to Hoosier tires this season. The five time champion will likely make it six in 2013. But the race behind the #15 car should be an interesting one as I see no clear cut team who is above the others. Continue reading