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Thursday Qualifiers on Friday 8-9-07

Todd King Kim Mock JD Johnson
Kenny Jacobs Robert Ballou Jack Dover
Randy Martin View of the pits Mark Amenda
Jac Haudenschild Jesse Hockett Jason Meyers
Brock Mayes Bronson Maeschen Brooke Tatnell
Jeff Shepard Calvin Landis Eric Baldaccini
Ed Lynch Jr. Garrett Ishii Ricky Logan
Terry McCarl Wayne Johnson Tayler Malsam
Dion Hindi Steve Kinser Steve Kinser
Chad Hillier Greg Wilson Travis Cram
Ben Gregg Jason Johnson Tony Bruce Jr.
Rob Chaney Rob Chaney Rob Chaney's Butlerbuilt Seat
View of the pits Steve Kinser's Hauler View of the pits
Neil Shepard Paul McMahn Tim Kaeding
Kerry Madsen Sam Hafertepe Jr. Nick Smith
View of the pits Ray Allen Kulhanek Clint Garner
Hall of Fame Jocko's Sprint Car Parts Butlerbuilt Seats
Butlerbuilt Seats Kear's Speedshop Hoosier Tires
Fuel Sales Mike Moore View of the pits
Stevie Smith's Hauler Stevie Smith Overhead view of the pits
Tech Area Overheard view of the pits One busy grader today!
View of the pits View of the pits View of the pits
Lynton Jeffrey Justin Henderson Josh Higday
View of the pits View of the pits View of the pits
Thursday "A" Main Trophy Center of infield Center of infield
Push trucks in turns 3 & 4 Turns 3 & 4 Turns 1 & 2
Outside of turn 1 Ricky Logan Dion Hindi
Terry McCarl Ed Lynch Jr. Garrett Ishii
Travis Cram Nick Smith Tayler Malsam
Rob Chaney Randy Martin Justin Henderson
Stevie Smith Travis Cram & Nick Smith Tayler Malsam & Tony Bruce Jr.
Chad Hillier Kaley Gharst Steve Kinser
Kerry Madsen, Jason Johnson & Nick Smith Kenny Jacobs Brooke Tatnell & Tony Bruce Jr.
Randy Martin Chad Hillier Steve Kinser
Ed Lynch Jr. Kerry Madsen Garrett Ishii & Tayler Malsam
Ed Lynch Jr. Brooke Tatnell Steve Kinser & Dion Hindi
Justin Henderson, Brook Tatnell & Tayler Malsam Travis Cram Calvin Landis
Kaley Gharst Ed Lynch Jr. Eric Baldaccini
Jason Johnson Garrett Ishii Steve Kinser
View of Thursday night crowd & turn 4 Rob Chaney Rick Logan
Chad Hillier Jumbotron Scoreboard Neil Shepard
Terry McCarl Doug & Justin Clark Wayne Johnson
Ray Allen Kulhanek Nick Smith Kenny Jacobs
Jason Johnson Randy Martin Brooke Tatnell
Garrett Ishii Justin Henderson Eric Baldaccini
Ben Gregg Don Droud Jr. Jack Dover
Clint Garner Jac Haudenschild Brock Mayes
Paul McMahan Don Droud Jr. JD Johnson
Jac Haudenschild Tim Kaeding Natalie Sather
Seth Brahmer Jac Haudenschild Natalie Sather
Seth Brahmer Clint Garner Jack Dover
Tim Kaeding Cars ready to push off

Mike Campbell Photos

Jeff Shepard (1) and Brooke Tatnell battle for the lead early in the feature at Knoxville. The top three finishers in the Thursday night qualifier race at Knoxville.. l to r:.Wayne Johnson (3rd), winner Jeff Shepard and 2nd Brooke Tatnell. Top three finishers at Knoxville Thursday night: Wayne Johnson (3rd), winner Jeff Shepard and 2nd Brooke Tatnell.

Results & Story Courtesy of Bill Wright

Knoxville Nationals Night one

50 cars

Paul McMahan (30th car out to time) set quick time on a fast track at 14.817 seconds.  Stevie Smith (1st car out) was second quick, followed by Travis Cram (10th), Bronson Maeschen (42nd), Dion Hindi (8th), Kenny Jacobs (22nd), Jason Meyers (48th), Terry McCarl (4th), Rob Chaney (5th) and Steve Kinser (13th).  Kim Mock failed to get a time in and scratched.

Heat one (started): 1. Brooke Tatnell 2w (6) 2. Joey Saldana 9E (8) 3. Seth Brahmer 13 (4) 4. McMahan 20 (10) / 5. Clint Garner 40 (3) 6. Justin Henderson D1 (7) 7. Brock Mayes 11B (5) 8. Garrett Ishii 71G (1) / 9. Jacobs 29 (9) 10. Mike Moore 69 (2)

For sprint car fans, the heats on the qualifying night of the Nationals can be the most exciting races of the season, and tonight didn't disappoint.  Tatnell got an outstanding jump and circled the two rows in front of him to take the lead on lap one of the 10 lapper.  Saldana made a surge using the bottom of the track, chasing the leader who used the high side.  McMahan improved his stock by gaining the final transfer from Garner with three to go.  Jacobs spent the last two laps trying in vain to catch Ishii for at least a spot in the B.

Heat two (started): 1. Lynton Jeffrey 12 (3) 2. Jeff Shepard z1 (6) 3. JD Johnson 98 (2) 4. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 15H (4) / 5. S. Smith 19s (10) 6. Kerry Madsen 11H (5) 7. Meyers 14 (9) 8. Jason Johnson 41 (8) / 9. Chad Hillier 5c (7) 10. Ray Allen Kulhanek 41K (1)

Kulhanek led lap one, but Jeffrey quickly took command on the second circuit.  Shepard was the man on the move, utilizing the low groove.  S. Smith ran out of time in his quest for fourth, in a heat that sent four stout drivers to the B.

Heat three (started): 1. Randy Martin 14m (4) 2. Wayne Johnson 14AJ (7) 3. Ed Lynch Jr. 2L (8) 4. Tony Bruce Jr. 18T (6) / 5. McCarl 24 (9) 6. Jesse Hockett 75J (2) 7. Cram 17G (10) 8. Robert Ballou 81x (1) / 9. Neil Shepherd 4N (5) 10. Josh Higday 2x (3)

Martin led flag to flag circling the front row made up of two USAC regulars.  On lap two, Shepherd came to a stop, bringing out the yellow.  Martin led Hockett, Higday, Ballou and W. Johnson back to green flag racing.  Higday's left side panel on the top wing blew off and lodged on Cram's hood.  Higday was done, but Cram wen to the work area to have the piece removed, and restarted.  W. Johnson stuck to the low side in picking off all but the leader.  Lynch followed on the high side in strong fashion, while Bruce held off McCarl for the last transfer.

Heat four (started): 1. Ben Gregg 22B (1) 2. Natalie Sather 94s (2) 3. Tim Kaeding 10K (4) 4. Don Droud Jr. 81 (5) / 5. Chaney 24H (7) 6. Maeschen 96 (9) 7. Tayler Malsam 26 (8) 8. Jack Dover 53 (6) / 9. Kaley Gharst 3 (3) DNS - Kim Mock 1m

Sather jumped out to an early lead.  On lap five, Gregg had a good run on the cushion to take over the point.  A lap later, Gharst went up in smoke, ending his night.  Gregg led Sather, Droud, Kaeding and Maeschen back to green flag racing.  Kaeding was able to get by Droud for third after the restart.

Heat five (started): 1. Greg Wilson w20 (2) 2. Brian Brown 21 (5) 3. Todd King 97 (1) 4. Kinser 11 (8) / 5. Jac Haudenschild 35 (4) 6. Calvin Landis 70 (6) 7. Nick Smith 15s (3) 8. Hindi 11D (9) / 9. Ricky Logan 10 (7) DNS - Eric Baldaccini B4

On the first try at green, N. Smith thought he had an angle to cut low into turn one, but caught the front nerf bar of Brown.  Brown was spun slightly from the contact, and collected Logan who flipped and was done, and Kinser, who tipped over.  Logan was done for the night, but Kinser returned.  Wilson led the duration of the heat, but the action was further back, where Kinser and Haudenschild were fighting tooth and nail for the final transfer.  At one point, it looked like Kinser would be stuffed into the backstretch wall, but with two to go he ducked under Haud coming out of two to take the final transfer spot for good.

C main (started): 1. Jacobs (1) 2. Hillier (3) / 3. Higday (4) 4. Shepherd (2) 5. Moore (5) 6. Kulhanek (6) DNS - Logan, Gharst, Baldaccini, Mock

Jacobs led flag to flag in the 8 lapper, pulling away by about 5 seconds.  Hillier had plenty of room between himself and Higday, who passed Shepherd for third on the last lap.

B main (started): 1. Cram (2) 2. S. Smith (1) 3. McCarl (6) 4. Hindi (4) / 5. J. Johnson (8) 6. Madsen (14) 7. Henderson (10) 8. Chaney (7) 9. Landis (11) 10. Maeschen (3) 11. Haudenschild (15) 12. Malsam (9) 13. Garner (17) 14. Dover (12) 15. Hillier (22) 16. Hockett (18) 17. K. Jacobs (21) 18. Ballou (20) 19. Ishii (19) 20. Mayes (13) 21. Meyers (5) 22. N. Smith (16)

Cram sailed in the star-studded 12-lap B.  McCarl was able to move into fourth on lap one, and won a steady battle with Hindi for third.  J. Johnson made a late charge but fell short of the final transfer.  Smith exited on lap five, and Meyers fell out on lap ten.

A main (started): 1. Shepard (1) 2. Tatnell (2) 3. W. Johnson (4) 4. Saldana (6) 5. McMahan (8) 6. Kinser (7) 7. Droud Jr. (3) 8. Kaeding (14) 9. Bruce Jr. (9) 10. McCarl (23) 11. Hafertepe Jr. (12) 12. S. Smith (22) 13. Lynch Jr. (5) 14. Brown (10) 15. Hindi (24) 16. Martin (13) 17. Cram (21) 18. Wilson (17) 19. Brahmer (11) 20. Sather (19) 21. JD Johnson (18) 22. King (20) 23. Jeffrey (15) 24. Gregg (16)

Tatnell jumped out to the early lead in the 25 lapper, followed by W. Johnson and Shepard.  S. Smith survived a jumbled start at the rear of the field to emerge sixteenth after lap one.  Shepard slowly gained on W. Johnson and gained the runner-up spot back at the halfway point.  Meanwhile, Droud was running well in fourth.  Saldana tried to track down Droud for 12 laps, but was denied until lap 16 or so, when he used the low side to fly by.  Tatnell received some pressure from Shepard in heavy lapped traffic, but on lap 23 was able to put three lapped cars between himself and second place.  Those cars were eliminated on lap 24, when Jeffrey came to a stop.  Tatnell led Shepard, W. Johnson, Saldana, Droud and McMahan back to the green, white, checker finish.  Shepard worked the bottom side of turns one and two to perfection on the restart, grabbing the lead and his second career Knoxville win.  W. Johnson held off the charges of Saldana for a podium finish, while McMahan shot by Droud for a top five.  McCarl was the hard-charger, moving forward 13 spots.

Wednesday Qualifiers on Friday 8-8-07

Jason Martin Gary Lee Maier Toni Lutar
View of the pits Brandon WimmerX Lance Dewease
Mark Smith Brian Carlson Brian Paulus
Jan Howard Shane Stewart Mark Dobmeier
Craig Dollansky's Hauler Randy Hannagan Ty Bartz
Jason Sides John Lambertz Craig Dollansky
Mike Deavers Dusty Zomer Billy Alley
Chad Kemenah Rob Eyler Jason Solwold
Davey Heskin Chris Schmelze Rager Phillips
Jack Potter View of the pits Jeremy Campbell
Greg Hodnett's Hauler Jonathan Allard TJ Stutts
Sean Michael Robert Bell Chad Blonde
View of the pits Bob Felmlee Greg Hodnett
Danny Smith View of the pits Fred Rahmer
TJ Winegardner Matt Wasmund Daryn Pittman
Bruce White Travis Rilat Donny Schatz
Scott Winters View of the pits Brian Brown
Brooke Tatnell Kerry Madsen Lucas Wolfe
Larry Pinegar III Dean Jacobs Overheard view of the pits
Overheard view of the pits Overheard view of the pits Overheard view of the pits
Overheard view of the pits Tech Area Victory Lane Stage
Center of infield Center of infield Center of infield
Dean Jacobs Tim Shaffer Jason Martin
Mark Dobmeier Lance Dewease Shane Stewart
Tim Shaffer Brian Carlson Jan Howard
Jeff Mitrisin Mark Smith Gary Lee Maier
Jan Howard Lance Dewease Brandon Wimmer
Jeff Mitrisin Billy Alley Chad Kemenah
Jason Solwold John Lambertz Jason Sides
Rager Phillips Randy Hannagan Jason Solwold
Chad Kemenah John Lambertz Jason Sides
Dusty Zomer Davey Heskin Craig Dollansky
Chris Schmelze Rob Eyler Ty Bartz
Jason Sides Chad Kemenah Larry Pinegar III
Skip Jackson Lucas Wolfe Bob Felmlee
Jeremy Campbell Jonathan Allard TJ Stutts
Greg Hodnett Tony Schilling Chad Blonde
Lucas Wolfe Bob Felmlee Jack Potter
TJ Stutts Danny Lasoski donny Schatz
Travis Rilat Bruce White Brent Antil & Bob Bennett
Greg Hodnett & Danny Smith Donny Schatz Ryan Farrell
Fred Rahmer & Matt Wasmund Travis Rilat Daryn Pittman
Bob Bennett Matt Wasmund Bob Weauve
Bruce White View of friday night crowd & turns 3 & 4 Danny Lasoski & Donny Schatz
Fred Rahmer crash    
 

Mike Campbell Photos

 
Dean Jacobs took the Factory Value Parts World Challenge at Knoxville Friday night. Danny Lasoski won the Friday night qualifier feature at Knoxville Skip Jackson gets caught up in a mess Friday at Knoxville. 5 of 5
Skip Jackson gets caught up in a mess Friday at Knoxville. 4 of 5 Skip Jackson gets caught up in a mess Friday at Knoxville. 3 of 5 Skip Jackson gets caught up in a mess Friday at Knoxville. 2 of 5
Skip Jackson gets caught up in a mess Friday at Knoxville. 1 of 5 Craig Dollanksy gets tangled up during his heat race at Knoxville. 5 of 5 Craig Dollanksy gets tangled up during his heat race at Knoxville. 4 of 5
Craig Dollanksy gets tangled up during his heat race at Knoxville. 3 of 5 Craig Dollanksy gets tangled up during his heat race at Knoxville. 2 of 5 Craig Dollanksy gets tangled up during his heat race at Knoxville. 1 of 5
Fred Rahmer gets into the wall prior to the racing action Friday at Knoxville 5 of 5 Fred Rahmer gets into the wall prior to the racing action Friday at Knoxville 4 of 5 Fred Rahmer gets into the wall prior to the racing action Friday at Knoxville 3 of 5
Fred Rahmer gets into the wall prior to the racing action Friday at Knoxville 2 of 5 Fred Rahmer gets into the wall prior to the racing action Friday at Knoxville 1 of 5  
 

Doug Johnson Photos

 
Dean Jacobs won the Factory Value Parts World Challenge on Friday night of the Knoxville Nationals Danny Lasoski won the preliminary feature during the Knoxville Nationals. Craig Dollansky #7 tries to run down Shane Stewart during Friday night's preliminary night at the 47th Annual Knoxville Nationals.
     

Results & Story Courtesy of Bill Wright

Knoxville Nationals Night Two

55 cars

Tim Shaffer (1st car out to time) set quick time at 15.000 seconds.  Jason Martin (2nd car out) was second quick, followed by Mark Smith (9th), Toni Lutar (5th), Donny Schatz (54th), Randy Hannagan (15th), Lance Dewease (8th), Brian Paulus (11th), Brandon Wimmer (6th) and Craig Dollansky (19th).  The track went away quickly, with early timers having a much larger advantage than night one, with the exception of Schatz.  Fred Rahmer got upside down in hot laps, ending his night early.  Robert Bell failed to get a time in.

Heat one (started): 1. Chad Blonde 5B (2) 2. Dusty Zomer 1z (3) 3. Greg Hodnett 22 (4) 4. Lucas Wolfe 5w (7) / 5. Shaffer 6 (10) 6. Jan Howard 4xx (1) 7. Billy Alley 55 (6) 8. Randy Hannagan 1x (9) / 9. Dean Jacobs 7K (8) 10. Rager Phillips 9 (5)

Blonde led flag to flag in the 10 lapper.  The top three pulled away, as Howard held the final transfer to the A down ealry.  Wolfe eventually dove under him as a part of a four-car battle with Shaffer and Alley.  The four were within five car lengths for much of the heat.  The top four finishers went to the A, next four to the B, and last two to the C.

Heat two (started): 1. Jonathan Allard 0 (3) 2. Daryn Pittman 21x (2) 3. Jason Solwold R19 (6) 4. Bob Felmlee 6F (4) / 5. Dewease 25 (9) 6. Sean Michael 6N (8) 7. J. Martin 36 (10) 8. Matt Wasmund 4w (1) / 9. Brent Antill 1 (5) 10. Davey Heskin 56 (7)

Allard circumvented the front row for an immediate lead he would never relinquish ahead of Pittman, who had an extremely disappointing qualifying run.  Solwold was the man on the move, charging into third.  Dewease and Michael did well to move into fifth and sixth.

Heat three (started): 1. Bob Weuve 19 (1) 2. Jeremy Campbell 10c (4) 3. Danny Smith 4 (5) 4. Chad Kemenah 8K (6) / 5. Skip Jackson 2 (7) 6. M. Smith 55s (10) 7. Paulus 28 (9) 8. John Lambertz 12L (8) / 9. Larry Pinegar II 44 (3) 10. TJ Winegardner Jr. 11T (2)

Weuve led flag to flag.  Campbell and a persistent D. Smith swapped second several times in the waning laps in a good battle.  Winegardner exited on lap four.

Heat four (started): 1. Danny Lasoski 83 (6) 2. Jason Sides 7s (7) 3. Travis Rilat 29T (2) 4. Shane Stewart 1HD (8) / 5. Tony Shilling 47T (1) 6. Scott Winters R9 (3) 7. Lutar 4x (10) 8. Wimmer 7TW (9) / 9. Bob Bennett 3 (5) 10. Brian Carlson 18 (4)

Rilat took the point early.  Lasoski was in second on lap one and took the lead on lap three.  Carlson went up in smoke on lap nine while running eighth.  That alllowed Lutar and Wimmer a shot to make the B main.  Sides used the restart to pass Rilat for second.

Heat five (started): 1. Schatz 15 (10) 2. Jack Potter 15P (4) 3. Dollansky 7 (9) 4. Garry Lee Maier 11x (6) / 5. Mark Dobmeier 13L (7) 6. Jeff Mitrisin 47 (3) 7. Ryan Farrell 3s (5) 8. Chris Schmelzle 57c (1) / 9. Mike Deavers 72 (8) 10. TJ Stutts 39 (2)

The initial start was a jumbled mess and the result was contact in turn one, between Stutts, who started in row one, and Dollansky, who was trying to make a run from the tail.  Dollansky's crew made a number of repairs to return to action, while Stutts waited on the wrecker for what seemed an eternity before help arrived for him in the work area.  Both made it out to restart.  Potter rode the rim to lead early after inheriting the front row starting spot.  Schatz was in second by lap two, but didn't pass the smooth racelong leader until white flag lap.  Schatz and Dollansky became the only fifth row starters to finish in the top four of a heat on Friday.

C main (started): 1. D. Jacobs (1) 2. Deavers (2) / 3. Pinegar (8) 4. Antill (5) 5. Heskin (3) 6. Rob Eyler 81c (10) 7. Ty Bartz 75 (7) 8. Bruce White 96au (9) 9. Phillips (4) 10. Bennett (6) DNS - Carlson, Winegardner, Stutts, Robert Bell 71, Fred Rahmer 51

D. Jacobs dominated the 10 lapper.  Phillips trailed him most of the way, but spun on lap eight and took an easy tipover.  That handed the second transfer to the B to Deavers.

B main (started): 1. Shaffer (1) 2. Hannagan (5) 3. Wimmer (8) 4. J. Martin (2) / 5. Jackson (11) 6. Dobmeier (12) 7. Winters (15) 8. D. Jacobs (21) 9. Mitrisin (16) 10. Paulus (7) 11. M. Smith (3) 12. Alley (13) 13. Shilling (19) 14. Lutar (4) 15. Howard (17) 16. Farrell (14) 17. Lambertz (10) 18. Schmelzle (20) 19. Michael (9) 20. Wasmund (18) 21. Dewease (6) 22. Deavers (22)

A 10 car melee greeted the start of the B main.  A four-wide try at turn one wasn't going to work.  Among the cars involved were Dewease, Deavers, Alley, Dobmeier, Schmelzle, D. Jacobs, Lambertz, and Jackson, who got upside down hard.  Dewease also suffered some significant damage and didn't return.  Deavers also went pitside, but Jackson was able to make it back out after significant repairs.  Wimmer was black flagged under protest for jumping the start.  M. Smith was cruising along on the next try at green, when he spun and tipped over in turn four.  After repairing the top wing, he restarted at the tail.  Shaffer shot out to an early lead, and one lap was in the books when Farrell slowed and Wasmund could not avoid hitting him and getting upside down.  He was unhurt, but done.  The restart saw Shaffer leading J. Martin, Hannagan, Paulus and Michael.  Three more laps were in when Michael had a good run on Paulus on the backstretch, but was squeezed to the wall enough that contact between the two cars, flattened Michael's left rear tire.  After a couple more green flag laps, Michael retired.  Wimmer came back from his early black flag and was able to sail by Paulus for a transfer, and also passed J. Martin for third.  Jackson made a late run for the final transfer, but fell just short after his first lap flip.

A main (started): 1. Lasoski (1) 2. Schatz (8) 3. Solwold (3) 4. Kemenah (2) 5. Dollansky (7) 6. Pittman (18) 7. Wolfe (5) 8. Hodnett (11) 9. D. Smith (10) 10. Campbell (13) 11. Zomer (15) 12. Shaffer (21) 13. Wimmer (23) 14. Maier (9) 15. Rilat (19) 16. Hannagan (22) 17. Felmlee (12) 18. J. Martin (24) 19. Weuve (20) 20. Potter (14) 21. Blonde (17) 22. Stewart (6) 23. Sides (4) 24. Allard (16)

Lasoski shot out early in the 25 lapper and never looked back in the non-stop event, lapping all but the top seven.  Allard dropped out on the first lap.  Meanwhile, there was some good racing behind him, as Solwold and Kemenah battled for second, and Stewart entered the battle for third with Kemenah, and later Schatz, who was moving forward.  Stewart was in fourth on lap 21, when his powerplant went up in smoke.  Sides dropped out of a top ten run on lap 19.  Hannagan went up in smoke on lap 23 while running 12th.  Pittman was the hard-charger, passing 12 cars.  The win was Lasoski's 89th at Knoxville.

World Challenge (started): 1. D. Jacobs (1) 2. Ricky Logan 10 (3) 3. Pittman (5) 4. Kerry Madsen 11H (4) 5. Schatz (11) 6. Brooke Tatnell 2w (6) 7. Dollansky (9) 8. Paul McMahan 20 (8) 9. Brian Brown 21 (7) 10. Lynton Jeffrey 12 (12) 11. Jackson (13) 12. Lutar (10) 13. Schmelzle (2) 14. White (14) 15. Farrell (15) 16. Stewart 11x (16)

D. Jacobs ran a steady race to take home a cool $10,000.  The track finally succombed to the ninety degree temperatures and wind as rubber formed about halfway through the 16 lapper.  Logan found it early, but was unable to make much ground despite a lap 10 caution for Farrell who did a complete 360 under the flagstand.  At the time, D. Jacobs led Logan, Madsen, Pittman and Tatnell.  Pittman was able to duck under Madsen, while the restart allowed Schatz to outduel Tatnell for fifth.

Non-Qualifiers/Scrambles Saturday Afternoon 8-11-07

Joey Saldana Wayne Johnson View of pits
View of pits> Steve Kinser Infield & Hall of Fame
Center of infield Front straight & turns 3 & 4 Inside main front entrance
Inside main front entrance Turns 1 & 2 Outside turn 1
Center of infield Shane Stewart Danny Smith
Tony Bruce Jr. Joey Saldana Work'n Woody
Tim Kaeding & Greg Hodnett Scrambles Trophies Doug Clark
Dean Jacobs Mark Dobmeier Seth Brahmer
Justin Henderson Greg Hodnett Jason Johnson
Shane Stewart Tony Bruce Jr. Greg Wilson
Jason Johnson Brian Brown Skip Jackson
Bob Felmlee Gary Lee Maeier Jack Potter
Brandon Wimmer Chad Kemenah Work'n Woody
Lance Dewease Mark Dobmeier Jason Johnson is taken to the hospital
Randy Hannagan Joey Saldana Steve Kinser
Brooke Tatnell Craig Dollansky Terry McCarl
Paul McMahan Tim Shaffer Donny Schatz
 

Doug Johnson Photos

 
Terry McCarl (C) won the A scramble, Shane Stewart (B) won the B scramble and Lance Dewease won the C scramble Sat. afternoon during the Knoxville Nationals. Craig Dollansky talks with Tim Shaffer prior to Sat. afternoon's action Kerry Madsen won the non-qualifier A feature Sat. afternoon during the 47th Annual Knoxville Nationals.
     
     

Results & Story Courtesy of Bill Wright

Knoxville Nationals Non-qualifiers/Scrambles

75 cars

C Scramble (started): 1. Lance Dewease 25 (1) 2. Greg Wilson w20 (2) 3. Mark Dobmeier 13L (4) 4. Dean Jacobs 7K (5) 5. Justin Henderson D1 (6) 6. Bob Felmlee 6F (7) 7. Seth Brahmer 13 (9) 8. Skip Jackson 2 (8) 9. Jack Potter 15P (3) DNS - Jason Johnson 41

J. Johnson shelled a driveline in hot laps and was taken in to the hospital with foot and toe injuries.  Dewease left the rest behind in the 8 lapper, shortened due to daytime conditions.  He improved his stock, as he came in 10th in points in the C, and left starting outside row two.  20 points were awarded to scramble winners, 18 to second place, and so on.  One point was added for every car passed.  Those points were added to points accumulated on qualifying nights and that determined Saturday night's starting order.

B Scramble (started): 1. Shane Stewart 1HD (4) 2. Tim Kaeding 10K (1) 3. Greg Hodnett 22 (3) 4. Garry Lee Maier 11x (2) 5. Danny Smith 4 (5) 6. Tony Bruce Jr. 18T (7) 7. Randy Hannagan 1x (9) 8. Brian Brown 21 (6) 9. Chad Kemenah 8K (10) 10. Brandon Wimmer 7TW (8)

Kaeding led early, using the low side of the speedway.  Stewart tried a higher groove and made it work to take a lap seven lead.  D. Smith held off Bruce Jr. in a battle for fifth.

A Scramble (started): 1. Terry McCarl 24 (1) 2. Brooke Tatnell 2w (2) 3. Steve Kinser 11 (4) 4. Tim Shaffer 6 (5) 5. Craig Dollansky 7 (7) 6. Wayne Johnson 14AJ (3) 7. Paul McMahan 20 (9) 8. Donny Schatz 15 (10) 9. Joey Saldana 9E (8) 10. Stevie Smith 19s (6)

McCarl led flag to flag in this one.  Tatnell held off Kinser after a good battle, with Kinser using a higher groove and daytime experience to knock on the door.

Non-qualifiers

Heat one (started): 1. Kerry Madsen 11H (3) 2. Jason Meyers 14 (2) 3. Kenny Jacobs 29 (1) 4. Davey Heskin 56 (6) / 5. Chad Hillier 5c (4) 6. Scott Winters R9 (5) 7. Matt Wasmund 4w (8) 8. TJ Winegardner 11T (9) 9. Neil Shepherd 4N (7)

K. Jacobs jumped out to an early lead, but Madsen used a middle groove to slingshot around on lap four of the 6 lapper.  Meyers was able to work around K. Jacobs on the last lap for second, while Heskin snatched the final transfer from Hillier on the white flag lap.

Heat two (started): 1. Brock Mayes 11B (5) 2. Tayler Malsam 26 (1) 3. John Lambertz 12L (3) 4. Jesse Hockett 75J (4) / 5. Todd King 97 (2) 6. Kim Mock 1m (8) 7. Larry Pinegar II 44 (6) 8. Rager Phillips 9 (7) DNS - Ben Gregg 22B

Gregg dumped his sprinter on the frontstretch in hot laps, ending his day.  He was uninjured.  Malsam grabbed the early lead, but was soon under pressure from Mayes.  The pair exchanged the lead twice in the last three laps, with Mayes coming out on top in the most entertaining race for the lead on the day.

Heat three (started): 1. Jac Haudenschild 35 (4) 2. Lynton Jeffrey 12 (1) 3. Chad Blonde 5B (2) 4. Kaley Gharst 3 (7) / 5. Clint Garner 40 (5) 6. JD Johnson 98 (3) 7. Chris Schmelzle 57c (8) 8. Brent Antill 1 (6) 9. Ty Bartz 75 (9)

Jeffrey led lap one, but was quickly overcome by Haudenschild, who drove away from the field.  Gharst grabbed the fourth and final transfer to the A at the halfway point.

Heat four (started): 1. Jonathan Allard 0 (1) 2. Billy Alley 55 (3) 3. Travis Rilat 29T (2) 4. Ryan Farrell 3s (5) / 5. Rob Eyler 81c (9) 6. Mike Moore 69 (8) 7. Tony Shilling 47T (6) 8. Garrett Ishii 71G (7) 9. Jack Dover  53 (4)

Dover led until he exited on lap four with mechanical problems.  Allard assumed the lead from there.

Heat five (started): 1. Jeff Mitrisin 47 (5) 2. Calvin Landis 70 (1) 3. Sean Michael 6N (2) 4. Bob Weuve 19 (3) / 5. Jan Howard 4xx (6) 6. Mike Deavers 72 (4) 7. Bob Bennett 3 (7) 8. Ray Allen Kulhanek 41K (8) 9. Robert Bell 71 (9)

Landis led early.  Mitrisin was set up on a rail though, and flew by the top four runners, taking the point from Landis on lap four.

B main (started): 1. Winters (6) 2. Hillier (1) 3. Garner (3) 4. King (2) / 5. Howard (5) 6. JD Johnson (8) 7. Mock (7) 8. M. Moore (9) 9. Shilling (14) 10. Pinegar (12) 11. Deavers (10) 12. Wasmund (11) 13. Schmelzle (13) 14. Winegardner (16) 15. Bennett (15) 16. Phillips (17) 17. Kulhanek (20) 18. Antill (18) 19. Ishii (19) 20. Eyler (4)

Hillier shot out to an early lead in the 10 lapper.  On lap three, Eyler suffered a flat right rear, surendering fifth.  On the restart, Hillier led Winters, Garner, King and Howard.  Winters pressured the leader until he found the high line around on lap nine.

A main (started): 1. Madsen (1) 2. Allard (4) 3. Mayes (2) 4. Haudenschild (3) 5. Meyers (6) 6. Malsam (7) 7. Mitrisin (5) 8. Alley (9) 9. K. Jacobs (11) 10. Lambertz (12) 11. Farrell (19) 12. Heskin (16) 13. Rilat (14) 14. Winters (21) 15. Hockett (17) 16. Garner (23) 17. King (24) 18. Hillier (22) 19. Weuve (20) 20. Landis (10) 21. Jeffrey (8) 22. Gharst (18) 23. Michael (15) 24. Blonde (13)

Madsen rode the rail to lead the 15 lapper for the duration.  A pair of cautions slowed the proceedings.  On lap eight, Landis came to a stp while running ninth.  He would continue.  On lap twelve, Michael spun, bringing another yellow.  Meyers and Haudenschild exchanged fourth a couple of times in an otherwise uneventful feature.

Saturday Evening 8-11-07

Mike Campbell Photos

Donny Schatz took the 47th Super Clean Knoxville Nationals Rob Chaney's crew won the Best Dressed Award at the Knoxville Nationals Brandon Wimmer (7) and Chad Kemenah get together after a slide job gone bad at the Knoxville Nationals.
Brandon Wimmer (7) and Chad Kemenah get together after a slide job gone bad at the Knoxville Nationals. Brandon Wimmer (7) and Chad Kemenah get together after a slide job gone bad at the Knoxville Nationals. Brandon Wimmer (7) and Chad Kemenah get together after a slide job gone bad at the Knoxville Nationals.
Brandon Wimmer (7) and Chad Kemenah get together after a slide job gone bad at the Knoxville Nationals. Brandon Wimmer (7) and Chad Kemenah get together after a slide job gone bad at the Knoxville Nationals.

SteveHardin.Com Photos

47th Annual Knoxville Nationals Trophies Center of Infield Center of Infield
Center of Infield Steve Kinser Center of Infield & Hall of Fame
Turns 1 & 2 Turms 3 & 4 View of the pits

Doug Johnson Photos

Craig Dollansky and Paul McMahan battle for the runner - up position during Sat. night's main event at the Knoxville Nationals. Craig Dollansky and Paul McMahan battle for the runner - up position during Sat. night's main event at the Knoxville Nationals. Donny Schatz celebrates his second Knoxville Nationals title.
Wayne Johnson won Iowa Speedweek title presented by Bruce Cox of Cox Design & Fabrication

Results & Story Courtesy of Bill Wright

8/11/07

47th Annual Knoxville Nationals Final

93 cars

E main (started): 1. Chris Schmelzle 57c (2) 2. Matt Wasmund 4w (1) / 3. Rager Phillips 9 (5) 4. TJ Winegardner Jr. 11T (3) 5. Brent Antill 1 (6) 6. Garrett Ishii 71G (7) 7. Ray Allen Kulhanek 41K (8) 8. Ben Gregg 22B (10) 9. Jack Dover 53 (12) 10. Robert Bell 71 (13) 11. Neil Shepherd 4N (9) 12. Ty Bartz 75 (11) 13. Bob Bennett 3 (4)

Schmelzle led flag to flag in the 10 lapper on a narrow track.  Phillips seemed to be faster than Wasmund, but couldn't find a spot to get around him despite a lap seven stoppage for Shepherd.

D main (started): 1. Ryan Farrell 3s (1) 2. Travis Rilat 29T (3) / 3. Jesse Hockett 75J (5) 4. Scott Winters R9 (4) 5. Sean Michael 6N (13) 6. Chad Hillier 5c (8) 7. Calvin Landis 70 (10) 8. Lynton Jeffrey 12 (11) 9. Kim Mock 1m (16) 10. Larry Pinegar II 44 (19) 11. Mike Moore 69 (17) 12. Mike Deavers 72 (20) 13. Davey Heskin 56 (2) 14. Jan Howard 4xx (15) 15. Schmelzle (21) 16. Bob Weuve 19 (9) 17. Todd King 97 (7) 18. Tony Shilling 47T (18) 19. Clint Garner 40 (6) 20. Chad Blonde 5B (14) 21. Kaley Gharst 3 (12) DNS - Wasmund

Farrell led the first lap of 12.  Gharst went up in smoke on the second go-around, ending his night.  Howard's flat right rear on lap three slowed things again.  On that restart, Landis hit the cone sending him to the tail and setting up a restart with Farrell ahead of Heskin, Rilat, Winters and Hockett.  Five more laps were in the books when Garner flipped badly in turn four.  He was unhurt.  At the same time, Heskin, who was running in the second and final transfer, went to the pit area to repair a torsion arm.  Rilat assumed that spot and moved on to the C.

C main (started): 1. Lance Dewease 25 (4) 2. Justin Henderson D1 (6) / 3. Kerry Madsen 11H (11) 4. Jason Myers 14 (15) 5. Dean Jacobs 7K (3) 6. Jac Haudenschild 35 (12) 7. Greg Wilson w20 (5) 8. Jason Johnson 41 (9) 9. Jonathan Allard 0 (10) 10. Bob Felmlee 6F (7) 11. Seth Brahmer 13 (1) 12. Brock Mayes 11B (13) 13. Rilat (20) 14. Jeff Mitrisin 47 (17) 15. Billy Alley 55 (16) 16. Kenny Jacobs 29 (19) 17. John Lambertz 12L (18) 18. Farrell (21) 19. Tayler Malsam 26 (14) 20. Jack Potter 15P (8) 21. Mark Dobmeier 13L (2) DNS - Skip Jackson 2

Dobmeier had the 15 lapper in command ahead of Dewease until something broke on his car and he flipped hard into the turn one wall on lap seven.  He was unhurt.  Dewease assumed the lead in front of Henderson, D. Jacobs, Wilson and Felmlee.  The top two remained the same, while Madsen could climb only as high as third, ahead of fellow hard-charger, Meyers.

B main (started): 1. Randy Hannagan 1x (1) 2. Shane Stewart 1HD (3) 3. Brian Brown 21 (10) 4. Tim Kaeding 10K (8) / 5. Daryn Pittman 21x (18) 6. Henderson (22) 7. Dewease (21) 8. Greg Hodnett 22 (6) 9. Danny Smith 4 (7) 10. Garry Lee Maier 11x (9) 11. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 15H (14) 12. Mark Smith 55s (13) 13. Dusty Zomer 1z (17) 14. Bronson Maeschen 96 (12) 15. Jeremy Campbell 10c (11) 16. Brian Paulus 28 (20) 17. Chad Kemenah 8K (2) 18. Brandon Wimmer 7TW (5) 19. Tony Bruce Jr. 18T (4) 20. Rob Chaney 24H (15) 21. Randy Martin 14m (16) 22. Toni Lutar 4x (19)

Hannagan led the 22 lapper throughout, but there was plenty of action behind him.  Stewart and Kemenah battled for second, with Kemenah holding down the spot early and Wimmer in fourth.  That was the order on lap 16, when Lutar spun with rear-end problems and R. Martin and Chaney exited.  Stewart was able to get under Kemenah with another lap complete and a Bruce stoppage slowing things again.  On lap 18, Wimmer tried to pass Kemenah and crashed both cars out of a transfer with the ill-fated slidejob.  Kaeding and Brown moved into the two final transfers, with Brown taking third on the restart.  Good runs from Pittman (18th to 5th), Henderson (22nd to 6th) and Dewease (21st to 7th) fell just short.

A main (started): 1. Donny Schatz 15 (1) 2. Joey Saldana 9E (8) 3. Terry McCarl 24 (6) 4. Craig Dollansky 7 (4) 5. Paul McMahan 20 (2) 6. Steve Kinser 11 (3) 7. Brooke Tatnell 2w (7) 8. Tim Shaffer 6 (5) 9. Jason Solwold R19 (14) 10. Jeff Shepard z1 (11) 11. Wayne Johnson 14AJ (9) 12. Danny Lasoski 83 (12) 13. Brown (23) 14. Lucas Wolfe 5w (15) 15. Hannagan (21) 16. Jason Sides 7s (13) 17. Dion Hindi 11D (19) 18. Don Droud Jr. 81 (20) 19. Ed Lynch Jr. 2L (17) 20. Jason Martin 36 (18) 21. Travis Cram 17G (16) 22. Stevie Smith 19s (10) 23. Stewart (22) 24. Kaeding (24)

Schatz shot out to the first lap lead in the 30 lapper.  On lap two, Cram got sideways and Kaeding had nowhere to go, crashing hard.  He was unhurt, but done.  Cram returned.  The red flag negated a pass for second by Dollansky and a pass for fourth by McCarl.  The restart saw Schatz ahead of McMahan, Dollansky, Kinser and McCarl.  Schatz pulled away agin until a lap 8 ignition problem for Stewart.  That restart saw Schatz ahead of McMahan, McCarl who had slid in front of Dollansky for third, and Saldana.  McCarl slid in front of McMahan on that restart, but couldn't run down Schatz who was entering lapped traffic on lap 13, when another slowdown occured when Cram hit the turn three wall.  By that time, Saldana had taken third from McMahan.  Only one more lap was in the books when the last stoppage came (an open red) for the flipping J. Martin.  He was unhurt.  Schatz had no peer on the restart as McCarl chased him in vain.  Eventually, Saldana was able to move into second, while Dollansky moved by for third.  McCarl came back on the final circuit to join the two-time winner and Saldana on the podium.  Brown was the hard-charger, moving up 10 spots.  The Best Dressed Crew was Chaney's followed by McMahan's and Bruce's.  W. Johnson was named Mr. Southern Iowa Speedweek Sprintcar.

Mike Campbell Photos

Doug Wolfgang Autograph Session Justin Henderson Sam Hafertepe Jr.
Paul McMahan Steve Kinser Brian Brown
Jesse Hockett Jason Meyers Jac Haudenschild
Randy Martin Robert Ballou Kim Mock
Kaley Garst Kerry Madsen Crew Tim Kaeding
Paul McMahan & Jimmy Carr Paul McMahan & Jimmy Carr Rob Chaney & Lance Dewease
Ben Gregg Greg Wilson Tayler Malsam
Ed Lynch Jr. Jeff Sheppard Jac Haudenschild
Kenny Jacobs Kenny Jacobs Lynton Jeffrey
Joey Saldana Steve Kinser Kasey Kahne
Travis Cram Stevie Smith Steve Kinser
Kerry Madsen Ed Lynch Jr. Tayler Malsam
Rob Chaney Justin Henderson Brooke Tatnell
Kenny Jacobs Paul McMahan Michael Moore
Jac Haudenschild Tim Kaeding Natalie Sather
Tim Kaeding Sam Hafertepe Jr. Bronson Maeschen
Greg Wilson Brian Brown Jeff Sheppard
Sam Hafertepe Jr. Jesse Hockett Robert Ballou
Terry McCarl Chad Hillier Tony Bruce
Dion Hindi Kaley Gharst Ricky Logag n
Steve Kinser Jason Johnson Ben Greg
Brooke Tatnell Wayne Johnson Kenny Jacobs
Randy Martin Tim Kaeding Don Droud Jr.
Lynton Jeffrey Jeff Sheppard Garret Ishii & Seith Brahmer
Steve Kinser Crash Steve Kinser Crash Steve Kinser Crash
Steve Kinser Crash Steve Kinser Crash Steve Kinser Crash
Brooke Tatnell Jeff Sheppard Thurs Top 3: Sheppard, Tatnell & W. Johnson
Chad Kemenah's Best Appearing Crew Chad Kemenah Dusty Zomer
Shane Stewart Dean Jacobs Tim Shaffer
Donny Schatz Donny Schatz Daryn Pittman
Jonathan Allard Jeremy Campbell Lucas Wolfe
Tony Schilling Jason Soldwold Craig Dollansky
Jason Sides Randy Hannagan Brian Paulus
Brandon Wimmer Brandon Martin Danny Lasoski
Danny Smith Greg Hodnett Fred Rahmer
Chad Blonde Sean Michael Tim Shaffer
Brandon Martin Jason Solwold Craig Dollansky
Chad Kemenah Danny Lasoski Fred Rahmer
Lance Dewease Brian Paulus Shane Stewart
Randy Hannagan Jason Sides Dusty Zomer
Lucas Wolfe Greg Hodnett Donny Schatz
Craig Dollansky Crash Craig Dollansky Crash Craig Dollansky Crash
Craig Dollansky Crash Skip Jackson Crash Skip Jackson Crash
Skip Jackson Crash Skip Jackson Crash Skip Jackson Crash
Danny Lasoski, Wed "A" Main winner Danny Lasoski in Victory Lane Wed night Dean Jacobs, winner of the Factory Value Parts World Challenge
Mark Dobmeier Jason Johnson Dean Jacobs
Justin Henderson Greg Wilson Dean Jacobs
Jason Johnson Danny Smith Brandon Wimmer
Greg Hodnett Chad Kemenah Tony Bruce
Shane Stewart Tim Kaeding Tim Kaeding
Shane Stewart Shane Stewart Greg Hodnett
Craig Dollansky Paul McMahan- Joey Saldana
Wayne Johnson Brook Tatnell Donny Schatz
Terry McCarl Steve Kinser Tim Shaffer
Craig Dollansky Steve Kinser Lance Dewease & Greg Wilson
Tim Kaeding & Shane Stewart Brooke Tatnell & Steve Kinser "A" Scramble Top 3: McCarl, Tatnell & Kinser
Jac Haudenschild Kerry Madsen "A" winner Saturday afternoon Donny Schatz in Press Room
Stevie & Steve Smtih Danny Lasoski Danny Lasoski & crew
Jason Sides Kerry Madsen Hac Haudenschild
Rob Chaney Gary Lee Maier Jeff Shepard
Donny Schatz Tony Bruce Donny Schatz
Wayne Johnson Donny Schatz Tim Schaffer
Danny Lasoski Jason Solwold Travis Cram
2007 Nationals Podium: Donny Schatz, Terry McCarl & Joey Saldana Donny Schatz in Victory Lane Terry McCarl & Donny Schatz

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