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Wednesday August 10, 2011

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Brad Sweet Chad Kemenah Toni Lutar
Steve Kinser Jonathan Allard Johnny Herrera
Brian Ellenberger Center of main grandstands Chad Meyer
Austin Wheately Danny Smith Lucas Wolfe
Sammy Swindell Fred Rahmer Tim Shaffer
Bud Kaeding Bud Kaeding Bronson Maeschen
David Gravel Pit Venders Pit Venders
Ron Krysl Ryan Bunton Wade Nygaard
Sam Hafertepe Jr. Kevin Ingle Tyler Walker
Tony Bruce Jr. Bill Rose Donny Schatz
View of the pits Brady Bacon Jason Sides
Davey Heskin View of the pits Shane Stewart
View of the pits View of the pits View of the pits
Side view of Donny Schatz special paint scheme Mike Reinke Todd King
Austin McCarl Brian Dobesh Dustin Selvage
Jocko's Sprint Parts Fuel Vender Mike Houseman Jr.
Bruce White Rager Phillips Joey Moughan
Bill Rose Close up view of Donny Schatz side panel Don Droud Jr.
Mike Moore AJ Moeller Ryan Anderson
View of the pits Victory Lane & Hall of Fame Turn 1
Center of infield Center of infield Center of infield
Turns 3 & 4 View of the pits View of the pits
View of the pits Infield & Hall of Fame
Davey Heskin in Press Room Brad Sweet & Sammy Swindell in Press Room Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet
Sammy Swindell in Press Room Davey Heskin Brad Sweet in Press Room
Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet
Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet Sammy Swindell in Press Room Davey Heskin in Press Room
Brad Sweet in Press Room Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet

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Sammy Swindell & Steve Kinser Steve Kinser & Austin McCarl Shane Stewart
Davey Heskin & Sammy Swindell Sammy Swindell in victory lane Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet
Sammy Swindell & crew in victory lane

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Mark Dobmeir Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet Top 3: Sammy Swindell, Davey Heskin & Brad Sweet
Sammy Swindell Davey Heskin & Sammy Swindell

Results & Story by Bill Wright

Sammy Swindell Wins Duel with Davey Heskin To Claim Night #1 of the Knoxville Nationals!

by Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 10, 2011 – The "Experienced Veteran" vs. the "Young Gun" was on display on the opening night of the 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Wednesday. Sammy Swindell was running the Nationals before Davey Heskin was born, but the two put on a show that fans will remember for some time. In the end, it was Swindell in Victory Lane, grabbing win #47 at the famous half-mile. Swindell also emerged as the high-point getter with 490 points, and assured the Germantown, Tennessee driver of a starting spot close to the front for Saturday night’s championship event.

Heskin, from St. Michael, Minnesota had the crowd roaring when he shot out to the early lead from his starting spot outside of row one. Pole-sitter Joey Moughan gave chase and by lap five quick-timer, Brad Sweet, was up to third with fellow fourth row starter, Donny Schatz trailing.

Sweet shot under Moughan for the second spot with Schatz in tow on lap eight, but disaster struck for Schatz when his motor grenaded on the front stretch. Heskin led the restart ahead of Sweet, Moughan, Swindell and Brady Bacon. Sweet dove under Heskin to lead into turn two, but the youngster came back to pass him on the low side exiting turn four to maintain his lead.

As Heskin jetted away from his competition, Swindell went to work and gained second on the fourteenth lap. Heskin was shooting through traffic and putting some distance between himself and the pack when eighth running, David Gravel, shredded a left rear tire and collected Bacon with seventeen laps down.

That set up an eight lap duel between Heskin and Swindell, who was on the leader’s bumper. The two diced for four laps, before Swindell found some momentum on the high side exiting turn four to take the lead. On more slowdown came, when defending Nationals champion, Tim Shaffer, went up in smoke with two laps to go.

Heskin made a last bid for the lead, but would settle for second, as Swindell collected the win. Sweet trailed in third, ahead of Shane Stewart, who drove from 24th to fourth. Steve Kinser finished fifth, and Sam Hafertepe Jr., Austin McCarl, Fred Rahmer, Rager Phillips and Lynton Jeffrey rounded out the top ten.

"The top was a long ways, but (Heskin) wasn’t going to be up there," said Swindell in Victory Lane. "We went that direction. It was a good clean race, and he had me worried if I was going to make it or not. I just had to keep trucking."

Heskin spoke to a round of cheers from the crowd, and sealed a spot in Saturday’s championship race. "I kind of bobbled on the bottom that lap, and Sammy has been fast all year. Wow, that was pretty fun! We haven’t really struggled, but we blew a couple of motors this year. That’s what hurt us in points."

"We did well," said Sweet. "We’re filling in for Joey (Saldana) and want to do him proud. I thought we had a shot at it, but the big picture is we’re starting towards the front on Saturday night and we have a shot at it.

Ryan Anderson, Schatz, Ryan Bunton, Bryan Dobesh and Jeffrey picked up heat wins, while Hafertepe took the B main. Fifth quick qualifier, Chad Kemenah, looked to have a rear axle break in heat five, shooting him towards the wall and collecting Austen Wheatley in a hard crash. Neither driver was immediately transported, but Kemenah later went in complaining of dizziness.

The 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals continue Thursday night, August 11, as qualifying night #2 will be upon us. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 and tickets are still available at the box office, online at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com or by calling 641 842-5431!

410 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 9, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (4) 14.842; 2. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (3) 14.868; 3. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (10) 14.941; 4. 51, Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, PA (7) 15.001; 5. 63, Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH (5) 15.022; 6. 83x, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (13) 15.077; 7. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (32) 15.141; 8. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (1) 15.174; 9. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (31) 15.181; 10. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (14) 15.214; 11. 1J, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (28) 15.229; 12. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (38) 15.348; 13. 1w, Chad Meyer, Sioux Falls, SD (16) 15.380; 14. 29, Bud Kaeding, Campbell, CA (15) 15.383; 15. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (34) 15.390; 16. 5w, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (23) 15.400; 17. 57, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (36) 15.424; 18. 19K, Todd King, Sheboygan Falls, WI (6) 15.493; 19. 0, Jonathan Allard, Chico, CA (35) 15.497; 20. 69, Mike Moore, Des Moines, IA (8) 15.499; 21. 4x, Toni Lutar, White Rock, BC, Can. (9) 15.513; 22. 14x, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (2) 15.517; 23. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (20) 15.517; 24. 02, Mike Reinke, Howards Grove, WI (12) 15.537; 25. 89G, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (27) 15.559; 26. 7x, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (33) 15.559; 27. 17, Tyler Walker, Los Angeles, CA (43) 15.561; 28. 10, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (17) 15.613; 29. 45x, Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, NM (42) 15.642; 30. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (25) 15.688; 31. 18, Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS (44) 15.778; 32. 4, Danny Smith, Danville, IN (22) 15.797; 33. 6RX, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL (29) 15.806; 34. 2D, Bryan Dobesh, Sioux Falls, SD (37) 15.860; 35. 44w, Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, WA (18) 15.880; 36. 71R, Ryan Anderson, Deloit, IA (41) 15.882; 37. 9N, Wade Nygaard, Grand Forks, ND (30) 15.947; 38. 68, Mike Houseman Jr., Des Moines, IA (24) 15.991; 39. 20E, Brian Ellenberger, Butler, PA (45) 16.082; 40. 6R, Bill Rose, Plainfield, IN (40) 16.100; 41. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (39) 16.297; 42. 96AU, Bruce White, Merrylands West, NSW, Aust. (19) 16.514; 43. 20PK, Ron Krysl, Atkinson, NE (26) 17.542; 44. 2x, Josh Higday, Des Moines, IA (11) NT; 45. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (21) NT.

Heat one (started), 10 laps, NT: 1. Ryan Anderson (1) 2. Tony Bruce Jr. (2) 3. Dustin Selvage (3) 4. Brad Sweet (8) / 5. Tim Shaffer (7) 6. Toni Lutar (4) 7. Bronson Maeschen (6) 8. Kevin Ingle (9) 9. Lucas Wolfe (5)

Heat two (started), 10 laps, 2:43.4: 1. Donny Schatz (8) 2. Joey Moughan (4) 3. Danny Smith (2) 4. Austin McCarl (6) / 5. Tyler Walker (3) 6. Shane Stewart (5) 7. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (7) 8. Wade Nygaard (1) 9. Bruce White (9)

Heat three (started), 10 laps, 2:42.6: 1. Ryan Bunton (2) 2. Rager Phillips (3) 3. Sammy Swindell (8) 4. Mike Houseman Jr. (1) / 5. Don Droud Jr. (7) 6. Jason Sides (4) 7. Chad Meyer (6) 8. Todd King (5) 9. Ron Krysl (9)

Heat four (started), 10 laps, 2:41.9: 1. Bryan Dobesh (2) 2. Johnny Herrera (3) 3. Steve Kinser (7) 4. Brian Ellenberger (1) / 5. Mike Reinke (4) 6. Fred Rahmer (8) 7. Jonathan Allard (5) 8. Bud Kaeding (6) DNS – Josh Higday

Heat five (started), 10 laps, NT: 1. Lynton Jeffrey (3) 2. David Gravel (4) 3. Davey Heskin (6) 4. Brady Bacon (7) / 5. Bill Rose (1) 6. Mike Moore (5) 7. Chad Kemenah (8) 8. Austen Wheatley (2) DNS - AJ Moeller

B main (started), 12 laps, 3:21.0: 1. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2) 2. Fred Rahmer (1) 3. Tim Shaffer (3) 4. Shane Stewart (9) / 5. Bronson Maeschen (4) 6. Bud Kaeding (6) 7. Don Droud Jr. (5) 8. Jonathan Allard (11) 9. Chad Meyer (7) 10. Tyler Walker (14) 11. Jason Sides (12) 12. Mike Moore (10) 13. Mike Reinke (15) 14. Toni Lutar (13) 15. Kevin Ingle (18) 16. Todd King (8) 17. Wade Nygaard (16) 18. Bill Rose (17) 19. Ron Krysl (19) 20. Bruce White (20) DNS - Chad Kemenah, Austen Wheatley, Lucas Wolfe, Josh Higday, AJ Moeller

A main (started), 25 laps, NT: 1. Sammy Swindell (6) 2. Davey Heskin (2) 3. Brad Sweet (8) 4. Shane Stewart (24) 5. Steve Kinser (5) 6. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (21) 7. Austin McCarl (3) 8. Fred Rahmer (22) 9. Rager Phillips (11) 10. Lynton Jeffrey (13) 11. Danny Smith (15) 12. Dustin Selvage (10) 13. Johnny Herrera (12) 14. Brian Ellenberger (20) 15. Ryan Anderson (18) 16. Joey Moughan (1) 17. Tony Bruce Jr. (14) 18. Ryan Bunton (16) 19. Mike Houseman Jr. (19) 20. Tim Shaffer (23) 21. Bryan Dobesh (17) 22. David Gravel (9) 23. Brady Bacon (4) 24. Donny Schatz (7). Lap Leaders: Heskin 1-20, S. Swindell 21-25.

Thursday August 11, 2011

Knoxville Nationals Event Trophys Cody Darrah Dale Blaney
Jason Meyers Russel Borland Greg Hodnett
Daryn Pittman Kaley Gharst Tim Kaeding
Randy Hannagan Brooke Tatnell Ben Gregg
Chris Shirek Ed Lynch Jr. Terry McCarl
Cap Henry Kerry Madsen Jason Solwold
Paul McMahan Danny Holtgraver Jack Dover
Marty Perovich Jac Haudenschild Lance Dewease
Brian Brown Brian Brown Brian Montieth
Jason Meyers Hauler Dusty Zomer Danny Heskin
Kevin Swindell Stevie Smith View of the pits
Bill Balog View of the pits Mark Johnson
Dustin Daggett View of the pits Mark Dobmeier
John Cressman Ian Madsen Seth Brahmer
Pit Venders View of the pits View of the pits
Billy Alley Scott Winters Ricky Logan
Greg Wilson Roger Crockett's Hauler Robbie Wolfgang
Roger Crockett Danny Lasoski Donavan Peterson
Wayne Johnson Bob Weauve View of the pits
Josh Schneiderman View of the pits Kenny Jacobs
Jason Johnson Kraig Kinser View of the pits

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Terry McCarl Kenny Jacobs Jason Meyers
Daryn Pittman Tim Kaeding Randy Hannagan
Brian Brown Brian Montieth Danny Lasoski
Robbie Wolfgang Robbie Wolfgang Mark Dobmeier & Jason Meyers
Mark Dobmeirer & Brian Brown Mark Dobmeier in Victory Lane Mark Dobmeier in Victory Lane
Top 3: Mark Dobmeier, Jason Meyers & Brian Brown Top 3: Mark Dobmeier, Jason Meyers & Brian Brown Mark Dobmeier in Victory Lane
Mark Dobmeier & crew in Victory Lane Mark Dobmeier Top 3: Mark Dobmeier, Jason Meyers & Brian Brown
Mark Dobmeier celebrates in Victory Lane

Results & Story by Bill Wright

Mark Dobmeier Claims Night #2 for the Knoxville Regulars at the Nationals!

by Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 11, 2011 – Mark Dobmeier won a battle with Jason Meyers to take night #2 of the 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals on Thursday night. The Grand Forks, North Dakota driver piloted the Lunstra/Dobmeier #13 machine by Meyers on lap 14 and never looked back for his eighth career win at the famous half-mile.

Misfortune hit the pole-sitter for the main event, when Wayne Johnson had something break in his front end, sending him into the turn one wall before the green could be thrown. He was uninjured, but done.

Terry McCarl assumed the pole and led lap one, but Meyers took control on the next go-around. On lap three, McCarl and Stevie Smith made contact on the frontstretch sending McCarl spinning to the infield and leaving Smith with a torn up nose wing. Both would restart after brief repairs in the work area.

Meyers led Dobmeier, Brian Brown, Dale Blaney and Justin Henderson back to green flag racing. Both Dobmeier and Brown kept pace with the leader until a lap seven caution for Smith, who stopped with more nose wing problems in turn four.

The lead trio remained the same on the restart, with Henderson having overtaken Blaney for fourth. Lance Dewease and Craig Dollansky had moved into the top ten from deep in the pack. Dobmeier seemed to have the momentum to shoot by Meyers going down the backstretch on the restart, but checked up behind him and remained in pursuit, while Blaney and Dewease moved by Henderson into fourth and fifth.

On lap fourteen, Dobmeier squeezed by Meyers at the flagstand, and shortly thereafter, Billy Balog came to a stop in turn four. The final restart of the event saw Dobmeier leading Meyers, Brown, Blaney and Dewease with eleven laps to go. Dollansky shot by two cars on the restart to move into fifth, and two laps later, took fourth from Blaney. It would be for not in the end, as he retreated to seventeenth with an oil leak.

Dobmeier increased his lead in the final stages to win the cheers of the local faithful. Meyers maintained second ahead of Brown. Dewease and hard-charger, Jason Johnson completed the top five. Blaney, Brooke Tatnell, Kraig Kinser, Daryn Pittman and Henderson rounded out the top ten.

"We’ve probably got one of the hardest working teams out here," said Dobmeier in Victory Lane. "We’re just a group of guys who likes to have fun on the weekend, and that’s what we’re doing. I really should have got (Meyers) on the first restart there, but I hesitated. I had to relax there for a while and look for my spot and we took it."

Meyers thought his car worked well under green flag conditions, but was frustrated with the cautions periods. "I keep getting on wrong end of those yellow flags. Mark must have been good out there. After the week we had and me getting sick, the guys put a great racecar under me. These heats are really tough, and they gave me a great car."

"I want to congratulate Mark Dobmeier," said Brown. "That’s a heck of a run for us local guys. Jason’s a heck of a racer. I wasn’t that good at the end. I was cruising and decided to take third rather than stick it in the fence."

Cody Darrah set quick time over the 54-car field with a lap of 15.153 seconds. Dewease, Jason . Solwold, Kraig Kinser, Ricky Logan and Billy Alley won heat races. Cap Henry took the C main and Paul McMahan won the B main.

Dale Blaney was the top point getter on the night with 479, followed closely by Meyers. Both will start in row two of the championship event Saturday night behind pole-sitter Sammy Swindell and Brad Sweet.

Tomorrow night will be the Friday program for qualifiers outside of the top 50. In addition, the Premier Chevy Dealers World Challenge will be run, along with the First Annual Race of Champions. Both features pay $10,000 to the winner! Tickets are available at the box office, online at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com or by calling 641 842-5431

410 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 91, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA (2) 15.153; 2. 2, Dale Blaney, Fowler, OH (5) 15.350; 3. 27, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (13) 15.390; 4. 1zz, Jessica Zemken, Sprakers, NY (12) 15.434; 5. 83, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (46) 15.451; 6. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (47) 15.452; 7. 92, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (41) 15.455; 8. 39, Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA (10) 15.470; 9. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (52) 15.474; 10. 14, Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA (7) 15.509; 11. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (28) 15.513; 12. 22H, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (21) 15.523; 13. 55, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (33) 15.526; 14. 22, Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville, OH (4) 15.538; 15. 83JR, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (17) 15.558; 16. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (34) 15.576; 17. 1s, Kevin Swindell, Charlotte, NC (43) 15.582; 18. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (3) 15.584; 19. 1z, Stevie Smith, Broken Arrow, OK (42) 15.588; 20. 6M, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (50) 15.600; 21. 01, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (22) 15.601; 22. 35, Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD (18) 15.615; 23. 04, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (39) 15.624; 24. 91x, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (14) 15.628; 25. 59, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (26) 15.653; 26. 33, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (6) 15.654; 27. 28, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (36) 15.665; 28. 6, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (1) 15.698; 29. 17B, Bill Balog, Eau Claire, WI (53) 15.727; 30. 2M, Dustin Daggett, Portland, MI (25) 15.733; 31. 2B, Ben Gregg, Glendale, AZ (27) 15.775; 32. 55x, Jason Solwold, Mount Vernon, WA (44) 15.787; 33. 6H, Danny Heskin, St. Michael, MN (37) 15.798; 34. 23w, Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN (23) 15.833; 35. 11c, Roger Crockett, Medford, OR (40) 15.834; 36. 30c, Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA (50) 15.837; 37. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (45) 15.842; 38. 23, Seth Bergman, Snohomish, WA (35) 15.857; 39. 10P, Ricky Logan, Little Rock, AR (32) 15.859; 40. 7AB, Billy Alley, Bennet, NE (16) 15.888; 41. 7K, Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls, SD (38) 15.897; 42. 53, Jack Dover, Springfield, NE (48) 15.910; 43. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (9) 15.923; 44. 8, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (15) 16.131; 45. 19D, Donovan Peterson, Brookings, SD (11) 16.145; 46. 17x, Marty Perovich, Denham Court, NSW, Aust. (49) 16.210; 47. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (31) 16.270; 48. 21M, Brian Montieth, Phoenixville, PA (54) 16.280; 49. 56JC, Johnn Cressman, Sioux Falls, SD (29) 16.389; 50. 45, Mark Johnson, Des Moines, IA (19) 16.390; / 51. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (20) 16.490; 52. 1K, Chris Shirek, Thompson, ND (30) 16.791; 53. 23x, Russel Borland, Kewaskum, WI (8) 16.889; 54. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (24) NT.

Heat one (started), 10 laps, NT: 1. Lance Dewease (1) 2. Ben Gregg (2) 3. Wayne Johnson (4) 4. Mark Dobmeier (6) / 5. Danny Lasoski (3) 6. Craig Dollansky (7) 7. Ed Lynch Jr. (5) 8. Cody Darrah (8) / 9. Marty Perovich (10) 10. Robby Wolfgang (9)

Heat two (started), 10 laps, NT: 1. Jason Solwold (2) 2. Justin Henderson (4) 3. Ian Madsen (3) 4. Dale Blaney (8) / 5. Danny Holtgraver (1) 6. Kevin Swindell (5) 7. Kerry Madsen (7) 8. Randy Hannagan (6) / 9. Jack Dover (9) 10. Greg Wilson (10)

Heat three (started), 10 laps, 2:45.4: 1. Kraig Kinser (3) 2. Terry McCarl (6) 3. Daryn Pittman (8) 4. Seth Bergman (1) / 5. Danny Heskin (2) 6. Greg Hodnett (7) 7. Jason Johnson (5) 8. Brian Montieth (10) / 9. Josh Schneiderman (9) 10. Cap Henry (4)

Heat four (started), 10 laps, 2:46.6: 1. Ricky Logan (1) 2. Bill Balog (3) 3. Brian Brown (7) 4. Stevie Smith (5) / 5. Scott Winters (2) 6. Dusty Zomer (4) 7. Kenny Jacobs (6) 8. Jessica Zemken (8) / 9. Kaley Gharst (9) 10. Johnn Cressman (10)

Heat five (started), 10 laps, 2:48.0: 1. Billy Alley (1) 2. Jason Meyers (7) 3. Roger Crockett (2) 4. Brooke Tatnell (4) / 5. Jac Haudenschild (5) 6. Tim Kaeding (6) 7. Paul McMahan (8) 8. Dustin Daggett (3) / 9. Mark Johnson (10) 10. Donovan Peterson (9)

C main (started), 10 laps, 2:54.6: 1. Cap Henry (1) 2. Robby Wolfgang (2) / 3. Kaley Gharst (5) 4. Tasker Phillips (9) 5. Josh Schneiderman (4) 6. Chris Shirek (12) 7. Greg Wilson (8) 8. Mark Johnson (10) 9. Marty Perovich (7) 10. Russel Borland (11) 11. Jack Dover (3) 12. Donovan Peterson (6) DNS – John Cressman, Bob Weuve

B main (started), 12 laps, 3:35.9: 1. Paul McMahan (3) 2. Craig Dollansky (4) 3. Kerry Madsen (5) 4. Jason Johnson (12) / 5. Greg Hodnett (6) 6. Tim Kaeding (9) 7. Cody Darrah (1) 8. Kevin Swindell (11) 9. Jac Haudenschild (13) 10. Jessica Zemken (2) 11. Danny Lasoski (15) 12. Kenny Jacobs (8) 13. Dusty Zomer (14) 14. Randy Hannagan (7) 15. Brian Montieth (20) 16. Scott Winters (18) 17. Danny Holtgraver (19) 18. Ed Lynch Jr. (10) 19. Cap Henry (21) 20. Danny Heskin (17) 21. Robby Wolfgang (22) 22. Dustin Daggett (16)

A main (started), 25 laps, NT: 1. Mark Dobmeier (4) 2. Jason Meyers (5) 3. Brian Brown (6) 4. Lance Dewease (17) 5. Jason Johnson (24) 6. Dale Blaney (8) 7. Brooke Tatnell (10) 8. Kraig Kinser (12) 9. Daryn Pittman (7) 10. Justin Henderson (9) 11. Kerry Madsen (23) 12. Terry McCarl (3) 13. Stevie Smith (2) 14. Paul McMahan (21) 15. Ian Madsen (11) 16. Ben Gregg (14) 17. Craig Dollansky (22) 18. Jason Solwold (15) 19. Roger Crockett (16) 20. Billy Alley (20) 21. Seth Bergman (18) 22. Ricky Logan (19) 23. Bill Balog (13) DNS - 24. Wayne Johnson (1). Lap Leaders: T. McCarl 1, Meyers 2-13, Dobmeier 14-25

Friday August 12, 2011

Victory Lane & Hall of Fame Turns 1 & 2 Center of Infield
Center of Infield Center of Infield Lucas Wolfe in the Press Room
Jason Johnson in the Press Room Jason Sides in the Press Room Tim Shaffer in the Press Room
Lucas Wolf, Jason Johnson, Jason Sides & Tim Shaffer in the Press Room    

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Tasker Phillips flip in turn 1 Kevin Swindell celebrates in Victory Lane Kevin Swindell in Victory Larn
Kerry Madsen flip Kerry Madsen flip Tim Shaffer & Crew in Victory Lane
Tim Shaffer with Trophy Brooke Tatnell & Lynton Jeffrey Jason Johnson, Bruce White & Jonathan Allard
Lucas Wolfe celebrates in Victory Lane Top 3 in World Challenge: Lucas Wolfe, Jason Johnson & Jason Sides Top 3 in World Challenge: Lucas Wolfe, Jason Johnson & Jason Sides
     

Results & Story by Bill Wright

Kevin Swindell, Tim Shaffer and Lucas Wolfe Triumphant Friday at Knoxville

by Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 12, 2011 – It was another great night of racing at the Knoxville Raceway as the Friday night of the 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals produced three different winners. Kevin Swindell won the Friday night A main, claiming his third victory of the year at Knoxville. Tim Shaffer topped a wild 25-lap inaugural "Race of Champions", and Lucas Wolfe claimed the Premiere Chevy Dealers World Challenge to claim his first career Knoxville victory. However, it may have been Shane Stewart who stole the show in a pair of main events with charges from the rear.

Two semi-features won by Kenny Jacobs and Swindell set up the Friday night main event featuring drivers not in the top 50 in points heading into Saturday night’s championship event. Jacobs beat Swindell to the punch on the start from his pole position and led the first four laps.

Swindell recovered and was steady on the bottom in the non-stop 20-lap main event. He took the point on lap five. Lucas Wolfe, who started 11th and finished third in his non-qualifier, shot into third at the halfway point, moving by Chad Kemenah.

While Swindell cruised out front, Wolfe continued his move forward, and overtook Jacobs on lap 19. Behind Swindell, Wolfe and Jacobs at the finish, were Jac Haudenschild and Kemenah. Jonathan Allard, Brian Ellenberger, Roger Crockett, Danny Heskin and Scott Winters rounded out the top ten, and claimed starting spots in Saturday night’s C main. Swindell’s win paid $5,000.

"It’s frustrating to be in this race," said Swindell of his qualifying night struggles. "But it’s also nice to get a win here. We have a heck of a car, and I wish we were further up. I think my dad won this race a couple of years ago and said he was going to run the hell out of it until they told him not to come back. I think we’ll do the same."

A "Reverse Draw" occurred before the "Race of Champions". Competitors drew a number and gave it to a competitor. The result saw many of the top contenders sent to the back of the 21-car field. One big exception was Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer, who received the pole position pill from a young driver he often helps, Danny Holtgraver, from nearby Pittsburgh.

The event got off to a messy start when Kerry Madsen took a hard ride in turns one and two that ended his night. He was uninjured. Shaffer took off when the green flag fell for good, but many eyes were focused further back in the field.

Shane Stewart, who started 17th was making quick progress and was into the top ten by lap five. Kraig Kinser moved up from row five to take second from Lynton Jeffrey shortly thereafter. With ten laps down, Stewart was into sixth, and at the halfway point, Shaffer led Kinser, Jeffrey, Johnny Herrera and Holtgraver.

Stewart cracked the top five by lap fifteen, and the next circuit, he took fourth from Herrera. With seventeen laps in, Herrera went up in smoke while running fifth, and brought out the only caution of the night. It erased a 5.3 second lead for Shaffer, who now had Kinser, Jeffrey, Stewart and Jason Meyers, up from 14th, on his tail.

Stewart quickly disposed of Kinser and set his sights on the leader as the crowd moved to the edge of their seat. Shaffer was solid on the bottom and maintained his lead to take his fourth career win at Knoxville. He was paid $10,000. Stewart settled for second, followed by Kinser, Meyers and Sammy Swindell from 19th. Donny Schatz (from 21st), Jeffrey, Holtgraver, Greg Hodnett and Danny Lasoski rounded out the top ten.

"I figured someone was coming," said Shaffer of Stewart. "At Knoxville, you never know. Someone is always coming. You run as hard as you can and do the best you can. Danny Holtgraver gave us a good starting spot and that helped us a lot. We’re pretty excited about this motor we have in now."

The Premiere Chevy Dealers World Challenge topped off the card for the night. More carnage ensued when contact between Brooke Tatnell and Cody Darrah sent the latter upside down. Craig Dollansky and Sammy Swindell were collected in the incident, but both continued.

Lucas Wolfe shot out form his front row starting spot to lead the 20-lapper early on. Again all eyes were on the #57 of Shane Stewart who started 13th. By lap five, he was already into the top five, while Sammy Swindell recovered from the opening lap incident to climb to eighth by lap six.

At the halfway point, Wolfe’s lead was 4.2 seconds over Jason Sides, Stewart, Jeffrey and Ian Madsen. The lead trio remained the same with five to go. On lap 17, Jason Johnson took fourth from Jeffrey in a charge of his own. Stewart reeled in Sides in the non-stop event coming for the white flag and made the pass for second, but Wolfe was all alone to collect his first career Knoxville win worth $10,000.

"I had a good opportunity to start up front and have a clean racetrack ahead of me," said Wolfe. "We were able to get by lapped cars well. The World Challenge has been good to me the last two years. We’ve had disappointing Nationals, but this event has given us a good week. I’d like to thank everyone that puts it on. I’m always happy to come out here. It’s a place we deserve to be at. I wish we had ten Outlaw races here."

"Things worked well," said the popular Stewart. "You can’t get greedy. This is a sport that will kick you in the teeth at any time. I won’t have any trouble sleeping tonight, that’s for sure. Every time I’ve hit the track the last ten days, it’s been incredible."

"It hasn’t really happened for us," said the third running Sides of his Nationals run. "We made a motor change tonight, and that gave us some speed. I think Shane is one to watch for tomorrow. He may have one for them."

Johnson finished fourth ahead of Jeffrey. Sammy Swindell, Jason Meyers, Jonathan Allard, Ian Madsen and Brooke Tatnell rounded out the top ten.

Tomorrow a champion will be crowned at the 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals! The winner will be paid $150,000 out of the $1,000,000 purse! Don’t miss it! Tickets are available at the box office, online at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com or by calling 641 842-5431!

410 Results

Semi-Feature one (started), 15 laps, NT: 1. 22, Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville, OH (3) 2. 11c, Roger Crockett, Medford, OR (1) 3. 5w, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (11) 4. 33, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (9) 5. 6H, Danny Heskin, St. Michael, MN (12) 6. 44w, Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, WA (14) 7. 20E, Brian Ellenberger, Butler, PA (2) 8. 1K, Chris Shirek, Thompson, ND (18) 9. 69, Mike Moore, Des Moines, IA (7) 10. 17x, Marty Perovich, Denham Court, NSW, Aust. (17) 11. 4x, Toni Lutar, White Rock, BC, Can. (8) 12. 10P, Ricky Logan, Little Rock, AR (5) / 13. 9N, Wade Nygaard, Grand Forks, ND (13) 14. 45, Mark Johnson, Des Moines, IA (16) 15. 91x, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (10) 16. 7AB, Billy Alley, Bennet, NE (4) 17. 96AU, Bruce White, Merrylands West, NSW, Aust. (15) 18. 68, Mike Houseman Jr., Des Moines, IA (6) 19. DNS – Bob Weuve, Robby Wolfgang

Semi-Feature two (started), 15 laps, 4:11.4: 1. 1s, Kevin Swindell, Charlotte, NC (1) 2. 63, Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH (2) 3. 0, Jonathan Allard, Chico, CA (4) 4. 6M, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (3) 5. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (8) 6. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (6) 7. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (12) 8. 23w, Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN (11) 9. 02, Mike Reinke, Howards Grove, WI (7) 10. 23, Seth Bergman, Snohomish, WA (5) 11. 21M, Brian Montieth, Phoenixville, PA (15) 12. 19K, Todd King, Sheboygan Falls, WI (9) / 13. 6R, Bill Rose, Plainfield, IN (13) 14. 04, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (10) 15. 8, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (17) 16. 19D, Donovan Peterson, Brookings, SD (18) 17. 20PK, Ron Krysl, Atkinson, NE (16) 18. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (19) 19. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (14) 20. 23x, Russel Borland, Kewaskum, WI (20)

A main (started), 20 laps, 5:44.3: 1. Kevin Swindell (2) 2. Lucas Wolfe (5) 3. Kenny Jacobs (1) 4. Jac Haudenschild (8) 5. Chad Kemenah (4) 6. Jonathan Allard (6) 7. Brian Ellenberger (13) 8. Roger Crockett (3) 9. Danny Heskin (9) 10. Scott Winters (16) 11. Jason Sides (12) 12. Ed Lynch Jr. (10) 13. Danny Holtgraver (14) 14. Toni Lutar (21) 15. Mike Reinke (18) 16. Austen Wheatley (11) 17. Mike Moore (17) 18. Chris Shirek (15) 19. Todd King (24) 20. Brian Montieth (22) 21. Marty Perovich (19) 22. Danny Lasoski (7) 23. Ricky Logan (23) 24. Seth Bergman (20). Lap Leaders: Jacobs 1-4, K. Swindell 5-22.

Q20 Race of Champions, 25 laps, NT: 1. 83x, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (1) 2. 57, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (17) 3. 6, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (9) 4. 14, Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA (14) 5. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (19) 6. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (21) 7. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (3) 8. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (7) 9. 39, Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA (10) 10. Danny Lasoski (15) 11. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (16) 12. 55, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (20) 13. Chris Shirek (2) 14. 17B, Bill Balog, Eau Claire, WI (13) 15. 45x, Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, NM (4) 16. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (18) 17. Wade Nygaard (11) 18. Jonathan Allard (6) 19. Brian Montieth (5) 20. Billy Alley (8) 21. 92, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (12). Lap Leader: Shaffer 1-25.

Premiere Chevy Dealers World Challenge, 20 laps, 5:55.5: 1. Lucas Wolfe (2) 2. Stewart (13) 3. Jason Sides (4) 4. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (11) 5. Lynton Jeffrey (9) 6. Sammy Swindell (16) 7. Jason Meyers (15) 8. Jonathan Allard (6) 9. 28, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (7) 10. 59, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (10) 11. Toni Lutar (3) 12. Marty Perovich (17) 13. Bruce White (1) 14. Ricky Logan (5) 15. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (12) 16. 91, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA (8) DNS - Kerry Madsen. Lap Leader: Wolfe 1-20.

Kevin Swindell, Tim Shaffer and Lucas Wolfe Triumphant Friday at Knoxville!

by Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 12, 2011 – It was another great night of racing at the Knoxville Raceway as the Friday night of the 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals produced three different winners. Kevin Swindell won the Friday night A main, claiming his third victory of the year at Knoxville. Tim Shaffer topped a wild 25-lap inaugural "Race of Champions", and Lucas Wolfe claimed the Premiere Chevy Dealers World Challenge to claim his first career Knoxville victory. However, it may have been Shane Stewart who stole the show in a pair of main events with charges from the rear.

Two semi-features won by Kenny Jacobs and Swindell set up the Friday night main event featuring drivers not in the top 50 in points heading into Saturday night’s championship event. Jacobs beat Swindell to the punch on the start from his pole position and led the first four laps.

Swindell recovered and was steady on the bottom in the non-stop 20-lap main event. He took the point on lap five. Lucas Wolfe, who started 11th and finished third in his non-qualifier, shot into third at the halfway point, moving by Chad Kemenah.

While Swindell cruised out front, Wolfe continued his move forward, and overtook Jacobs on lap 19. Behind Swindell, Wolfe and Jacobs at the finish, were Jac Haudenschild and Kemenah. Jonathan Allard, Brian Ellenberger, Roger Crockett, Danny Heskin and Scott Winters rounded out the top ten, and claimed starting spots in Saturday night’s C main. Swindell’s win paid $5,000.

"It’s frustrating to be in this race," said Swindell of his qualifying night struggles. "But it’s also nice to get a win here. We have a heck of a car, and I wish we were further up. I think my dad won this race a couple of years ago and said he was going to run the hell out of it until they told him not to come back. I think we’ll do the same."

A "Reverse Draw" occurred before the "Race of Champions". Competitors drew a number and gave it to a competitor. The result saw many of the top contenders sent to the back of the 21-car field. One big exception was Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer, who received the pole position pill from a young driver he often helps, Danny Holtgraver, from nearby Pittsburgh.

The event got off to a messy start when Kerry Madsen took a hard ride in turns one and two that ended his night. He was uninjured. Shaffer took off when the green flag fell for good, but many eyes were focused further back in the field.

Shane Stewart, who started 17th was making quick progress and was into the top ten by lap five. Kraig Kinser moved up from row five to take second from Lynton Jeffrey shortly thereafter. With ten laps down, Stewart was into sixth, and at the halfway point, Shaffer led Kinser, Jeffrey, Johnny Herrera and Holtgraver.

Stewart cracked the top five by lap fifteen, and the next circuit, he took fourth from Herrera. With seventeen laps in, Herrera went up in smoke while running fifth, and brought out the only caution of the night. It erased a 5.3 second lead for Shaffer, who now had Kinser, Jeffrey, Stewart and Jason Meyers, up from 14th, on his tail.

Stewart quickly disposed of Kinser and set his sights on the leader as the crowd moved to the edge of their seat. Shaffer was solid on the bottom and maintained his lead to take his fourth career win at Knoxville. He was paid $10,000. Stewart settled for second, followed by Kinser, Meyers and Sammy Swindell from 19th. Donny Schatz (from 21st), Jeffrey, Holtgraver, Greg Hodnett and Danny Lasoski rounded out the top ten.

"I figured someone was coming," said Shaffer of Stewart. "At Knoxville, you never know. Someone is always coming. You run as hard as you can and do the best you can. Danny Holtgraver gave us a good starting spot and that helped us a lot. We’re pretty excited about this motor we have in now."

The Premiere Chevy Dealers World Challenge topped off the card for the night. More carnage ensued when contact between Brooke Tatnell and Cody Darrah sent the latter upside down. Craig Dollansky and Sammy Swindell were collected in the incident, but both continued.

Lucas Wolfe shot out form his front row starting spot to lead the 20-lapper early on. Again all eyes were on the #57 of Shane Stewart who started 13th. By lap five, he was already into the top five, while Sammy Swindell recovered from the opening lap incident to climb to eighth by lap six.

At the halfway point, Wolfe’s lead was 4.2 seconds over Jason Sides, Stewart, Jeffrey and Ian Madsen. The lead trio remained the same with five to go. On lap 17, Jason Johnson took fourth from Jeffrey in a charge of his own. Stewart reeled in Sides in the non-stop event coming for the white flag and made the pass for second, but Wolfe was all alone to collect his first career Knoxville win worth $10,000.

"I had a good opportunity to start up front and have a clean racetrack ahead of me," said Wolfe. "We were able to get by lapped cars well. The World Challenge has been good to me the last two years. We’ve had disappointing Nationals, but this event has given us a good week. I’d like to thank everyone that puts it on. I’m always happy to come out here. It’s a place we deserve to be at. I wish we had ten Outlaw races here."

"Things worked well," said the popular Stewart. "You can’t get greedy. This is a sport that will kick you in the teeth at any time. I won’t have any trouble sleeping tonight, that’s for sure. Every time I’ve hit the track the last ten days, it’s been incredible."

"It hasn’t really happened for us," said the third running Sides of his Nationals run. "We made a motor change tonight, and that gave us some speed. I think Shane is one to watch for tomorrow. He may have one for them."

Johnson finished fourth ahead of Jeffrey. Sammy Swindell, Jason Meyers, Jonathan Allard, Ian Madsen and Brooke Tatnell rounded out the top ten.

Tomorrow a champion will be crowned at the 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals! The winner will be paid $150,000 out of the $1,000,000 purse! Don’t miss it! Tickets are available at the box office, online at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com or by calling 641 842-5431!

410 Results

Semi-Feature one (started), 15 laps, NT: 1. 22, Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville, OH (3) 2. 11c, Roger Crockett, Medford, OR (1) 3. 5w, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (11) 4. 33, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (9) 5. 6H, Danny Heskin, St. Michael, MN (12) 6. 44w, Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, WA (14) 7. 20E, Brian Ellenberger, Butler, PA (2) 8. 1K, Chris Shirek, Thompson, ND (18) 9. 69, Mike Moore, Des Moines, IA (7) 10. 17x, Marty Perovich, Denham Court, NSW, Aust. (17) 11. 4x, Toni Lutar, White Rock, BC, Can. (8) 12. 10P, Ricky Logan, Little Rock, AR (5) / 13. 9N, Wade Nygaard, Grand Forks, ND (13) 14. 45, Mark Johnson, Des Moines, IA (16) 15. 91x, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (10) 16. 7AB, Billy Alley, Bennet, NE (4) 17. 96AU, Bruce White, Merrylands West, NSW, Aust. (15) 18. 68, Mike Houseman Jr., Des Moines, IA (6) 19. DNS – Bob Weuve, Robby Wolfgang

Semi-Feature two (started), 15 laps, 4:11.4: 1. 1s, Kevin Swindell, Charlotte, NC (1) 2. 63, Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH (2) 3. 0, Jonathan Allard, Chico, CA (4) 4. 6M, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (3) 5. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (8) 6. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (6) 7. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (12) 8. 23w, Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN (11) 9. 02, Mike Reinke, Howards Grove, WI (7) 10. 23, Seth Bergman, Snohomish, WA (5) 11. 21M, Brian Montieth, Phoenixville, PA (15) 12. 19K, Todd King, Sheboygan Falls, WI (9) / 13. 6R, Bill Rose, Plainfield, IN (13) 14. 04, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (10) 15. 8, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (17) 16. 19D, Donovan Peterson, Brookings, SD (18) 17. 20PK, Ron Krysl, Atkinson, NE (16) 18. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (19) 19. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (14) 20. 23x, Russel Borland, Kewaskum, WI (20)

A main (started), 20 laps, 5:44.3: 1. Kevin Swindell (2) 2. Lucas Wolfe (5) 3. Kenny Jacobs (1) 4. Jac Haudenschild (8) 5. Chad Kemenah (4) 6. Jonathan Allard (6) 7. Brian Ellenberger (13) 8. Roger Crockett (3) 9. Danny Heskin (9) 10. Scott Winters (16) 11. Jason Sides (12) 12. Ed Lynch Jr. (10) 13. Danny Holtgraver (14) 14. Toni Lutar (21) 15. Mike Reinke (18) 16. Austen Wheatley (11) 17. Mike Moore (17) 18. Chris Shirek (15) 19. Todd King (24) 20. Brian Montieth (22) 21. Marty Perovich (19) 22. Danny Lasoski (7) 23. Ricky Logan (23) 24. Seth Bergman (20). Lap Leaders: Jacobs 1-4, K. Swindell 5-22.

Q20 Race of Champions, 25 laps, NT: 1. 83x, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (1) 2. 57, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (17) 3. 6, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (9) 4. 14, Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA (14) 5. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (19) 6. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (21) 7. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (3) 8. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (7) 9. 39, Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA (10) 10. Danny Lasoski (15) 11. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (16) 12. 55, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (20) 13. Chris Shirek (2) 14. 17B, Bill Balog, Eau Claire, WI (13) 15. 45x, Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, NM (4) 16. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (18) 17. Wade Nygaard (11) 18. Jonathan Allard (6) 19. Brian Montieth (5) 20. Billy Alley (8) 21. 92, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (12). Lap Leader: Shaffer 1-25.

Premiere Chevy Dealers World Challenge, 20 laps, 5:55.5: 1. Lucas Wolfe (2) 2. Stewart (13) 3. Jason Sides (4) 4. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (11) 5. Lynton Jeffrey (9) 6. Sammy Swindell (16) 7. Jason Meyers (15) 8. Jonathan Allard (6) 9. 28, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (7) 10. 59, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (10) 11. Toni Lutar (3) 12. Marty Perovich (17) 13. Bruce White (1) 14. Ricky Logan (5) 15. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (12) 16. 91, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA (8) DNS - Kerry Madsen. Lap Leader: Wolfe 1-20.

Saturday August 13, 2011

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Results & Story by Bill Wright

Donny Schatz Triumphs for Fifth Knoxville Nationals Title

by Bill Wright

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 12, 2011 – Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota grabbed his fifth Knoxville Nationals title on Saturday night. The Tony Stewart Racing #15 was flawless after starting fifteenth in the 50-lap main event. The win paid Schatz $150,000, and was his mind-numbing tenth finish of either first or second in the last twelve years at the biggest event in sprint car racing. All have come with J&J Chassis and Ron Shaver Engines.

Before the field could get a lap in the books, 18 year old, Austin McCarl, hopped the turn one cushion and took a nasty ride. He was uninjured. Once the event went green, pole-sitter and high point man for the week, Sammy Swindell, led lap one. Outside row one starter, Brad Sweet, shot to the fore on the next go around and held the lead through four laps, when Davey Heskin came to a stop in turn four.

The restart saw Sweet leading Swindell, Jason Meyers, Dale Blaney and Daryn Pittman back to green. Swindell pressured Sweet and shot under him to lead lap six. Schatz was on the move from his starting spot inside row eight. He took fifth from Pittman on lap seven, and fourth from Blaney on the next circuit.

Schatz would cruise by Meyers for third before the red flag came out with fourteen laps down for Kerry Madsen, who got upside down on the backstretch. That set up the restart of the event, with Swindell leading Sweet, Schatz, Meyers and Pittman. The lead trio went three-wide for the lead when the race went back green. Schatz was able to sneak by the leaders to grab the point. A lap later, Sweet worked past Swindell for second. Pittman began to gain momentum as well, and snatched third from Swindell on lap 19, before capturing second from Sweet on lap 20.

The mandatory open red flag period came with 27 laps down. After teams were allowed to make changes to their cars, Schatz led Pittman, Swindell, Sweet and Meyers back to green. Shane Stewart restarted sixth after starting 17th, and other hard-chargers included Tim Shaffer, who was eighth after starting 19th, and Lance Dewease, who was up to ninth from 24th.

Pittman continued his good run and shot around Schatz in another three-wide battle for the lead. It was short-lived, however, as Schatz used the low side to jet back by and pull away. By lap 32, Stewart was by Meyers and Sweet to fourth. Meyers retired while running sixth shortly, thereafter.

Swindell would take second back from Pittman and begin his pursuit of the leader. Stewart would make the same charge he had made all week long, grabbing third from Pittman on lap 41, and second from Swindell on lap 48. He was gaining on the leader, but simply ran out of laps, as Schatz crossed the line as Nationals champion.

"We raced hard, and raced smart," said Schatz in Victory Lane. "I had an awesome racecar to drive. This is an amazing group of guys. I was able to move all over the racetrack. We were just going to put some new tires on at the halfway point and keep going. It was good enough to win, and that’s all you can ask for."

"This is a heck of a back-up engine," said Schatz, who lost his primary on his qualifying night. "I felt a little bit awkward beforehand, but it felt awesome all night long."

Stewart settled for second in Paul Silva’s #57 and earned $75,000. "I have to thank all my fans. I don’t know what to say. My car always seems to be coming on late in the race…I can’t even say that, because I felt I was competitive the whole 50 laps. I saw the white flag come out, and I thought they had to be kidding me. That 50 laps went so quick!"

Schatz was complimentary of Stewart’s run as well. "You know what is cooler than this? The kid in the #57 came from 17th to 2nd, not once, not twice, but three times. He’s a hell of a racer. I’m glad I’m standing in front of him tonight. Thank God it was only 50 (laps)."

"I was trying to conserve and make it," said Swindell who earned $37,500 for third in the Big Game Treestands #1. "I just missed it (in turn three) and stayed parked there for an hour and let Shane by."

Shaffer made a late run to fourth ahead of Pittman. Mark Dobmeier was sixth, and Brian Brown, Sweet, Dewease and Craig Dollansky rounded out the top ten.

In preliminary action, Bruce White led the 10-lap distance to win the E main. Jason Sides took the 12-lap D main, and Brown Maeschen won the 15-lap C.

Often one of the best races of the Nationals, the 22-lap B main saw plenty of drama. Stevie Smith led the four transfers to the A main by capturing the win. Kraig Kinser finished second, but lost a motor on the last lap. He had it changed for the A. Don Droud Jr. ran a strong third (from 15th), and Lance Dewease grabbed the fourth and final transfer from row five.

Two young drivers saw heartbreak in the event. Brady Bacon, who was named "Rookie of the Nationals" suffered a flat tire while running second in the late stages. Rager Phillips was running third taking the white flag but coasted across the finish line fourteenth with mechanical problems.

Jac Haudenschild’s night ended in C main hot laps when his rear axle broke and he flipped in turn two. Jonathan Allard and Brian Ellenberger flipped in the C main. B main flip victims were Cody Darrah, and Joey Moughan who was collected in the fray. No drivers were injured.

Tomorrow a champion will be crowned at the 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals! The winner will be paid $150,000 out of the $1,000,000 purse! Don’t miss it! Tickets are available at the box office, online at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com or by calling 641 842-5431!

51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Results

E main (started), 10 laps, 2:38.6: 1. 96AU, Bruce White, Merrylands West, NSW, Aust. (2) 2. 19D, Donovan Peterson, Brookings, SD (1) 3. 22H, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (8) 4. 7K, Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls, SD (7) 5. 68, Mike Houseman Jr., Des Moines, IA (3) 6. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (6) 7. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (5) 8. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (4) DNS – 7AB, Billy Alley, Bennet, NE, 20PK, Ron Krysl, Atkinson, NE, 23x, Russel Borland, Kewaskum, WI

D main (started), 12 laps, 3:15.7: 1. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (1) 2. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (3) 3. 44w, Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, WA (4) 4. 91x, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (12) 5. 33, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (8) 6. 02, Mike Reinke, Howards Grove, WI (5) 7. 04, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (13) 8. 1K, Chris Shirek, Thompson, ND (6) 9. Robby Wolfgang (19) 10. Randy Hannagan (27) 11. 69, Mike Moore, Des Moines, IA (7) 12. 19K, Todd King, Sheboygan Falls, WI (9) 13. 8, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (15) 14. 45, Mark Johnson, Des Moines, IA (10) 15. Tasker Phillips (20) 16. Bruce White (14) 17. Donovan Peterson (16) 18. 9N, Wade Nygaard, Grand Forks, ND (11) 19. Mike Houseman Jr. (18) DQ – 4x, Toni Lutar, White Horse, BC, Can. (2, crossed 2nd – no scales) DNS – Kevin Ingle, Bob Weuve

C main (started), 15 laps, NT: 1. 1J, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (2) 2. 83JR, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (4) / 3. 55x, Jason Solwold, Mount Vernon, WA (3) 4. 18, Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS (1) 5. 17B, Bill Balog, Eau Claire, WI (7) 6. 5w, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (10) 7. 1s, Kevin Swindell, Charlotte, NC (11) 8. 63, Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH (15) 9. 23w, Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN (18) 10. 22, Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville, OH (13) 11. Jason Sides (21) 12. 11c, Roger Crockett, Medford, OR (16) 13. 29, Bud Kaeding, Campbell, CA (9) 14. Austen Wheatley (22) 15. 1w, Chad Meyer, Sioux Falls, SD (8) 16. 6H, Danny Heskin, St. Michael, MN (19) 17. 71R, Ryan Anderson, Deloit, IA (5) 18. 2D, Bryan Dobesh, Sioux Falls, SD (6) 19. 20E, Brian Ellenberger, Butler, PA (17) 20. Danny Holtgraver (20) 21. 0, Jonathan Allard, Chico, CA (14) DNS – 6RX, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL, 6M, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH.

B main (started), 22 laps, NT: 1. 1z, Stevie Smith, Broken Arrow, OK (3) 2. 6, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (2) 3. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (15) 4. 30c, Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA (9) / 5. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (8) 6. 39, Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA (14) 7. 4, Danny Smith, Danville, IN (16) 8. 89G, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (18) 9. 45x, Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, NM (12) 10. 2B, Ben Gregg, Glendale, AZ (19) 11. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (5) 12. 01, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (17) 13. Bronson Maeschen (21) 14. 10, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (6) 15. 1zz, Jessica Zemken, Sprakers, NY (20) 16. 59, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust,. (4) 17. 28, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (13) 18. 7x, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (10) 19. 35, Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD (1) 20. Tim Kaeding (22) 21. 14x, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (7) 22. 91, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA (11)

A main (started), 50 laps, NT: 1. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (13) 2. 57, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (17) 3. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (1) 4. 83x, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (19) 5. 27, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (5) 6. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (7) 7. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (6) 8. 9, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (2) 9. Lance Dewease (24) 10. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (18) 11. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (20) 12. 83, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (16) 13. Stevie Smith (21) 14. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (11) 15. 55, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (14) 16. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (8) 17. Don Droud Jr. (23) 18. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (10) 19. Kraig Kinser (22) 20. 2, Dale Blaney, Fowler, OH (3) 21. 51, Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, PA (9) 22. 14, Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA (4) 23. 92, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (15) 24. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (12). Lap Leaders: S. Swindell 1, Sweet 2-5, S. Swindell 6-14, Schatz 15-27, Pittman 28, Schatz 29-50.

 

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