View from the Stands (12/09/2013)
by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Track Historian, Blogger, & Twitter Commentator
An interview with Russ Hall
Like most racers, Russ Hall comes from a racing family. His grandfather was Bert Sonner, brother of Knoxville Raceway Hall of Famer Gil Sonner. Bert was killed in a racing accident at Knoxville in 1974. Russ is 33 years old, a husband, and a father of three children. He has been racing a sprint car for seven seasons now, but growing up he raced go-karts and was the kid listening in the corner while the old guys talked in the race shop. He has won two 360 features at Knoxville and has three career wins with the Sprint Invaders, and this year they won the Sprint Invaders series championship. It was time to catch up with this guy after a successful 2013 season.
EA: When did you first start racing?
RH: I began racing in go-karts when I was 8 years old in Des Moines at the fairgrounds in the dome. I raced go-karts all the way through high school.
View from the Stands (8/19/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
This Saturday night is the end of the season for our weekly Lucas Oil – Knoxville Championship Cup Series (KCCS) sprint cars! To celebrate the end of the season and the crowning of our track champions, Knoxville Raceway will have a cookout in the infield after the races, which means FREE food for everyone!!! So be sure to come to the pit area at the end of the night! (Sounds like there are a little over 2,000 burgers to be made, so food available until that runs out.)
The point race in the 410 class is a good one, and it will come down to the wire in the A-Main this Saturday night. Bronson Maeschen has a 59 point lead over Ian Madsen, and 66 points over Terry McCarl. With a maximum of 260 points up for grabs (140 quick time, 20 heat race win, 200 feature) the championship is up for grabs. *All teams get 100 points minimum for time trials, so basically 160 points up for grabs if everyone shows up. Continue reading →
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 (7/1/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Well, Mark Dobmeier certainly has something figured out since Guy Forbrook joined their team. Congrats to the Lunstra/Dobmeier #13 team for their performance. Has to be rewarding making that drive from Grand Forks and going home with a trophy, and they won again Sunday at Huset’s. They have timed eighth and sixth the past two weeks, which is a huge help considering they hadn’t timed in the top ten all season previously. Keep an eye on this team over the next month leading up to Nationals. Dobs just moved way up in my Nationals Power Rankings this week.
View from the Stands (6/10/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
The race for the 410 track championship at Knoxville Raceway this season has turned into the multicar race that I hoped and thought it would. Terry McCarl won a thriller this past week, but one more lap and he might not have been the winner. Dusty Zomer was on McCarl’s bumper at the finish line. Davey Heskin was on the move as well late and finished third. Early leader Sam Hafertepe Jr. pulled in midway after dropping out of the top five, and Ian Madsen held the lead for a few laps before being passed by McCarl. Continue reading →
View from the Stands (5/21/2013) by Eric Arnold, Knoxville Raceway Blogger & Twitter Commentator
Dustin Selvage started racing sprint cars at Knoxville Raceway in 2005 at seventeen years of age. With no previous experience in racing, Selvage decided to enter the 360 class. Racing is in his blood with his grandparents being former Knoxville Raceway promoters Ray and Naomi Grimes. Dustin was able to run a few races in 2005 and in the 2006 season finished twenty-third in points. Continue reading →