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The Dude Wins 360 Nationals Opener

View from the Stands (8/2/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

23rd Annual Knoxville 360 Final_SmallNight 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.

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Maeschen wins, Sweet, Pittman, & The King

View from the Stands (7/16/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

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Bronson Maeschen (Brandon Anderson photo)

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Bronson Maeschen pulls into victory lane. (Brandon Anderson photo)

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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.

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Mid Season Report, Stats, Nationals Power Rankings

View from the Stands (6/25/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator

Wayne Johnson races with Davey Heskin and Dustin Selvage.

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.

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