The Late Model Knoxville Nationals (LMKN) was once again a successful event for us here at Knoxville Raceway. We celebrated our tenth anniversary of the event and it seems to grow in popularity and prestige each year within the Late Model community. To hear how grateful and honored all these teams and drivers are to get the opportunity to race at Knoxville Raceway is very humbling. The Late Model crowd loves Knoxville.
The format for the qualifying nights was interesting with the field being split into two groups for qualifying and heat races (Group A and Group B). 72 cars entered and the first 36 cars in the pill draw were put into group A, and the second 36 cars slated for group B. This made it more fair for time trials with the car drawing 50 or 60 not having to compete for points with the cars drawing 10 or less. The same amount of points were awarded for each set (winner received 200 points, 198, 196, etc.) The teams in Group A were put into their own set of heats, Group B in their own set of heats. Group A was then set for the inside row of the features, and Group B given the outside row. I thought this format worked well and was fair for everyone.