Late Model Nationals Celebrates 10 Years

View From the Stands (9/23/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Late Model Knoxville Nationals Celebrates 10 Years

SixPackMovieWhen I was a kid what I knew about racing revolved around sprint cars, NASCAR, and the Indy 500.  That changed in 1982 when the movie Six Pack with Kenny Rogers came out in theatres and that introduced me to dirt late models.  Not only was that a good family movie that taught us right from wrong and good values (minus a few swear words and kids stripping cars for parts), it was a movie about racing, ON DIRT!  In 1985 my father brought me to see my first late model race at Knoxville and Billy Moyer won.  I liked the cars because they were so big and beastly looking, and FAST!  We didn’t see another late model race at Knoxville until 1994 when Steve Kosiski won a race in September that year.  When I became a teenager I started to learn more about the late model type cars and who some of the big name drivers were thanks National Speed Sport News. Then I started hearing stories from friends who went to the World 100 every year and they always talked about how great it was and the large crowds.

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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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KXV Night 2: Saldana Wins Quals & Pole, Brown Feature

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)

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.
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Gravel & McMahan Win, Stewart & Henderson Lead Points

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

Paul McMahan set quick time. (Serena Dalhamer photo)

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

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