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.
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(7/29/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Brown & Kaeding (Ryan Northcote photo)
I can remember 2004 when Terry McCarl was a weekly competitor and there were a couple of nights where he just blew the field away and won features in dominating fashion. He was in a completely different gear than the rest of the field, and I just knew he was going to be up front at the Nationals that year. T-Mac was, and he went on to lead the first fifteen laps of the Nationals and finish fifth that year. I haven’t seen that kind of performance, or had that same feeling since then from a Knoxville Regular, until I saw Brian Brown this week. HOLY COW! Brian Brown was FAST in the 410 feature, and probably would have won the 360 feature if he didn’t have to pull in for the throttle sticking wide open in that race. Brown and his team have to be anxious for Nationals. I’m having a heckuva time trying to decide who to pick to win the 360 Nationals now. Brown or Shane Stewart? I’m giving the edge to Stewart, but only because he has won the race the past three years. It’s a toss up between these two guys and I will be shocked if anyone other than these two drivers wins.
View from the Stands (7/22/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Danny Lasoski (Danny Howk photo)
Danny Lasoski won his first race at Knoxville Raceway June 2, 1984, twenty-nine years later he gets win number 99 at the famed half-mile. Hard to believe someone is within grasp of 100 career wins here at Knoxville, but The Dude is going to pull it off at some point, another milestone in his already storied Hall of Fame career! Lasoski has struggled in 2013 to this point and if he is going to start peaking, now is the time to do it three weeks before the Nationals.
View from the Stands (7/8/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Twin 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.
View from the Stands (6/19/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
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. Continue reading →
View from the Stands (6/12/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
The 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.
View from the Stands (5/21/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
This 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. Continue reading →
View from the Stands (5/14/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
For 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.