View from the Stands (8/2/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Night one of the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals is in the books and what a show Danny Lasoski and Kyle Larson put on for us! On the start of the feature front row starters Danny Dietrich and Larson went low racing each other to the bottom, leaving the top open and Lasoski took advantage and raced by them both and came away with the lead. Larson would catch Lasoski in traffic and attempted a last lap slider going into turn three, but the veteran Lasoski stuck his 1m on the bottom coming off of turn four to win by a car length.
Lasoski timed tenth, and barely made it through his heat race finishing fourth and transferring after a hard fought battle with Dustin Selvage. That heat race set the tone for the feature, and the Dude is fifth in points and will start mid-pack on Saturday night. The feature was so good, and probably the most aggressive I’ve seen the Dude at Knoxville in a long time. Hopefully this gives him a confidence boost as well going into next week, because I desperately want to see him run 50 laps in that race.
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 (7/16/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Bronson Maeschen (Brandon Anderson photo)
Bronson Maeschen pulls into victory lane. (Brandon Anderson photo)
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.
View from the Stands (6/25/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
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.
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 →