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WoO Season in Review

View from the Stands (11/11/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Daryn Pittman

Daryn Pittman

The World of Outlaws season has come to an end.  It was good to see some of our Knoxville Regulars make the trip to Charlotte for the World Finals.  Brian Brown had a good showing with a couple of top ten’s, Ian Madsen, Mark Dobmeier, Justin Henderson, and Wayne Johnson also made the trip.  The World Finals has turned into a big three day event where the dirt track racing world comes together in the center of the racing business industry.  I would even consider it the fifth “major” in sprint car racing with the four majors being the Knoxville Nationals, Eldora Kings Royal, Williams Grove National Open, and the Chico Gold Cup.  I ponied up to watch the DirtVision broadcast which I hadn’t done before and I was impressed with their live PPV coverage.

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WoO Point System

BLOG-View from the Stands (10/10/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

WoO_2013The World of Outlaws season is coming to a close now with only 3 nights of racing left.  Daryn Pittman has essentially wrapped up the title.  Mathematically Donny Schatz is still alive, but unless he wins the last 3 races and Pittman has a couple of 20th place finishes, it’s over.  Schatz has won 21 features and Pittman has won 8.  This has stirred up some controversy about the WoO point system, but I feel the point system is fine as is.  The season long battle is just that.  It should reward consistency over the long haul of 70 plus nights of racing.  Pittman has not won a feature event since July 23 at Rolling Wheels.  That is nearly 3 months and 22 races ago.  Ironically the WoO goes back to Rolling Wheels this Saturday night before the season ends at Charlotte.

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Late Model Knoxville Nationals

Late Model FinalView from the Stands (9/29/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

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.

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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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Knoxville Nationals Preview

2013 Knoxville Nationals Preview
(8/5/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

53rd Square TwitterThe 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.

 

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Knoxville Regulars Shine, 360 Notes, Blake Anderson

View from the Stands (6/19/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

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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.
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WoO Preview

View from the Stands (6/12/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

WoO_2013The 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.

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WoO in Review

View from the Stands (5/14/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

051113_Schatz_Dollansky_650x329For 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.

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