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Wednesday August 8th

Knoxville Scoreboard Craig Dollansky Paul McMahan
Fred Rahmer's Hauler Fred Rahmer Lee Sowell
Lucas Wolfe Trevor Reynolds Kerry Madsen's Hauler
Vender Row Kerry Madsen Casey Mack
Brady Bacon Vender Row Kerry Madsen
Jac Haudenschild Kevin Swindell Jonathan Allard
Sam Hafertepe Jr. Ryan Bunton View of the pits
Back of Justin Henderson's Hauler Justin Henderson's Hauler Justin Henderson
Randy Hannagan Davey Heskin Cap Henry
View of the pits Dustin Morgan Ron Krysl
Joey Saldana Mike Reiner Brad Sweet
Chad Kemenah Kyle Larson Kyle Larson
Brian Paulus Ed Lynch Jr. Danny Smith
Steve Kinser Steve Kinser Critter Malone
Seth Brahmer Austin Johnson Randy Hannagan
Chad Kemenah View of the pits Danny Holtgraver
View of the pits View of the pits View of the pits
Donnie Schatz Tony Stewart & Brad Sweet AJ Moeller
Jerrod Schiederman Victory Lane Stage View of the pits
Outside turn 1 Front straight & turns 1 & 2 Center of infield
View of the pits View of the pits View of the pits
Front straight & turns 3 & 4 Outside Dyer Hudson Hall Outside Dyer Hudson Hall
Top 3: Kyle Larson, Davey Heskin & Donnie Schatz Davey Heskin in the Press Room Kyle Larson in the Press Room
Kyle Larason in the Press Room Donnie Schatz in the Press Room Top 3: Kyle Larson, Davey Heskin & Donnie Schatz
Donnie Schatz in the Press Room Kyle Larson in the Press Room Top 3: Kyle Larson, Davey Heskin & Donnie Schatz
Top 3: Kyle Larson, Davey Heskin & Donnie Schatz Top 3: Kyle Larson, Davey Heskin & Donnie Schatz Top 3: Kyle Larson, Davey Heskin & Donnie Schatz
Push off area Flag man Doug Clark Push off area
turns 1 & 2 Center of infield

Mike Campbell Photos

Kyle Larson celebrates win Jeff Gordon & Kasey Kahne Jeff Gordon & Kasey Kahne
Jeff Gordon & Kasey Kahne Jeff Gordon interviewed by Dave Reif Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon & Kyle Larson

Thursday August 9th

Stevie Smith

Stevie Smith's hauler

Jason Meyers
Lance Dewease

Lance Dewease

Joey Moughan
Stevie Smith's back up Fisher Moter

Josh Hodges

Greg Hodnett
Dale Blaney

Jack Dover

Logan Schuhart
Chris Shirek

Brian Sebetho

Johnny Herrera
Sammy Swindell

Sammy Swindell

Roger Crockett
Cody Darrah

Scott Winters

Tony Bruce Jr.
Tyler Walker

Jim Moughan

Jamie Veal
View of the pits

Greg Hodnett

View of the pits
Bronson Maeschen

James McFadden

Domain Ramsay
Tech Inspection area

Tech Inspection area

Sammy Swindell
Ian Madsen

Bill Rose

View of the pits
Geoff Dodge

Brian Brown

View of the pits
Wayne Johnson

Sammy Swindell's hauler

View of the pits
View of the pits

Trey Starks

Daryn Pittman
View of the pits

Ian Madsen

Geoff Ensign
TJ Peterson

Kaley Gharst

View of the pits
Sheldon Haudenschild

Danny Lasoski

Domain Ramsay
View of the pits

Kevin Ramey's nose wing

View of the pits
Pit gate

View of main grandstands from the west end of pits

View of the pits
Dusty Zomer

View of the pits

Mark Dobmeier
Tim Kaeding

Kraig Kinser

Mike Moore
Tim Shaffer

Marty Perovich

Greg Wilson
Caleb Helms

Robert Bell

Victory Lane & Hall of Fame
View of the pits

Front strait & turns 1 & 2

Center of infield
Center of infield

View of the pits

Front straight & turns 3 & 4
Overhead view of behind main granstands

Overhead view of behind main granstands

Overhead view of behind main granstands
Turns 1 & 2

Overhead view of behind main granstands

Inside main front entrance
Overhead view of behind main granstands

Flag in turn 1

Jason Meyers in the press room
Jason Meyers in the press room

 

Tim Shaffer in the press room
Tim Shaffer & Jason Meyers in the press room

Tim Shaffer in press room

Top 3: Jason Meyers, Tim Shaffer & Kraig Kinser in press room
Top 3: Jason Meyers, Tim Shaffer & Kraig Kinser in press room

Kraig Kinser in press room

 
 

Mike Campbell Photos

 
Cody Darrah

Dale Blaney

Tim Shaffer
Tim Shaffer in Victory Lane

Top 3: Jason Meyers, Tim Shaffer & Kraig Kinser

Jason Meyers hoists big trophy
     

Friday August 10th

View of turn 3 View of front straight Steve Kinser
Steve Kinser Steve Kinser Casey Mack
Fred Rahmer Tony Bruce Jr. Trevor Reynolds
Randy Hannagan Mike Reinke Bronson Maeschen
Pit Venders Goodyear Tire Vender Goodyear Tire Vender
Lee Sowell Ryan Bunton Jonathan Allard
View of the pits Craig Dollansky Danny Lasoski
Brad Sweet Dale Blaney Brian Sebetto
View of the pits Cody Darrah Critter Malone
Center of main grandstands Sam Hafertepe Jr. Ron Krysl
Ed Lynch Jr. Brady Bacon Dustin Morgan
View of the pits Cap Henry Sammy Swindell's hauler
Jack Dover Johnny Herrera James McFadden
View of the pits Jim Moughan Scott Winters
Scott Winters View of the pits Sammy Swindell
Jamie Veal View of the pits Justin Henderson & hauler
Tyler Walker Wayne Johnson Danny Smith
Greg Wilson's hauler View of the pits Greg Wilson
View of the pits Center of infield Center of infield
View of the pits Victory Lane Stage Center of infield
Center of infield Center of infield Turns 3 & 4
Turns 1 & 2 Justin Henderson in the Press Room Justin Henderson in the Press Room
Donnie Schatz in the Press Room Donnie Schatz in the Press Room Dale Blaney in the Press Room
Dale Blaney in the Press Room Justin Henderson in the Press Room Justin Henderson, Donnie Schatz & Dale Blaney in the Press Room
Justin Henderson, Donnie Schatz & Dale Blaney in the Press Room Justin Henderson, Donnie Schatz & Dale Blaney in the Press Room Justin Henderson, Donnie Schatz & Dale Blaney in the Press Room
 

Mike Campbell Photos

 
Steve Kinser Randy Hannagan Kerry Madsen
Brad Sweet Cody Darrah Tyler Walker
David Gravel & Justin Henderson Justin Henderson celebrates in Victory Lane Justin Henderson celebrates in Victory Lane
Justin Henderson in Victory Lane Donnie Schatz in Victory Lane Donnie Schatz in Victory Lane
     

Saturday August 11th

Drivers Meeting Outside of turn 1 Turns 1 & 2
Center of infield Center of infield Center of infield
Center of infield View of the pits View of the pits
View of the pits Victory Lane Stage & Hall of Fame View of the pits
View of the pits View of the pits View of the pits
Turns 1 & 2 Front straight & turns 3 & 4 Knoxville Push Truck's
Nationals Event Trophies

Mike Campbell Photos

Donnie Schatz & Stevie fight it out early Donnie Schatz celebrate victory on his wing Donnie Schatz kisses the big trophy in Victory Lane
Kyle Larson was the 52nd Annual Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Best Appearing Car, Sam Hafertepe Jr. Best Dressed Crew, Brian Sebetto
Dusty Zomer flip sequence 1 Dusty Zomer flip sequence 2 Dusty Zomer flip sequence 3
Dusty Zomer flip sequence 4 Dusty Zomer flip sequence 5 Steve Kinser & Kevin Swindell
East end of Main front Grandstands 2012 Queens Court: Queen, Haley Arnold, Sedalia, MO, 1st Runner-Up, LaNay Walker, Delaven, MN, 2nd Runner-Up, Jenna Arends, Conrad, IA, Miss Congeniality, Courtney Kolpin, Ames, IA Center of Main Front Straight Grandstands
Dale Blaney & Kyle Larson David Gravel & Mark Dobmeier Donnie Schats & Stevie Smith
Cody Darrah & Donne Schatz

Misc Photos from Walkin' around Knoxville

Sprint Car Simulators Sprint Car Simulators Queens Court: Queen, Haley Arnold, Sedalia, MO, 1st Runner-Up, LaNay Walker, Delaven, MN, 2nd Runner-Up, Jenna Arends, Conrad, IA, Miss Congeniality, Courtney Kolpin, Ames, IA
Entrance to Trade Show Justin Zoch, Editor of Flat-Out Magazine Front entrance at Trade Show
Trade Show Trade Show Trade Show
Trade Show Pancake breakfast dining area at Trade Show Trade Show
Trade Show Trade Show Trade Show
Trade Show Trade Show Trade Show
Trade Show Trade Show Trade Show
Outside pit gate, west end of grandstands Arctic Cat display Chevy Disply
Iowa Corn display World of Outlaws Merchandise Trailer Golf Cart parking area outside ticket office
Event trophies in Press Room at Dyer Hudson Hall Event trophies in Press Room at Dyer Hudson Hall Press Room at Dyer Hudson Hall
Venders on Ave. of Champions Ave. of Champions Sprint Car Simulators
Donnie Schatz Show car Marty Perovich Danny Smith
Cars outside turn 3 Cars outside turn 3 Brian Paulus
Cars outside turn 3 Ryan Bunton Danny Holtgraver
Cars outside turn 3 Jason Meyers Jonathan Allard
Craig Dollansky's Hauler Randy Hannagan Paul McMahan
Kevin Swindell Cars outside turn 3 Cars outside turn 3
Cars outside turn 3 Sam Hafertepe Jr.'s Hauler Same Hafertep Jr.
Brady Bacon Cars outside turn 3 Cars outside turn 3
Hauler on their way to pit gate Knoxville Pella Motors Pace Truck Outside of pit shack
Pit Shack Welcome to Knoxville Sprint Car on a pole at Campground
North Campground North Campground Looking south on Hwy 14 from North Campground
North Campground Hy-Vee Hy-Vee parking lot
Hy-Vee parking lot, I got mine reserved for Life! Hy-Ve parking lot Venders in Hy-Vee lot
Hy-Vee lot Venders in Hy-Vee lot View from edge of Hy-Vee lot
Edge of Hy-Vee lot at O'Reilly's Edge of Hy-Vee lot at O'Reilly's Looking north on HWY 14 toward Hall of Fame
Looking North on Hwy 14 toward Hall of Fame Godfather Pizza truck in corner of Hy-Vee Parking lot Main front entrance
Sammy Swindell's Merchandise trailer in Dingus lot Venders on edge of Hy-Vee lot Main front entrance
Godfathers Pizza trailer in corner of Hy-Vee lot Northcote Meats BBQ on edge of Hy-Vee lot Venders on edge of Hy-Vee lot
Hy-Vee lot Two Brother Lemonade on edge of Hy-Vee lot Main front entrance
Main front entrance KNIA-KRLS Big Red Radio at front entrance Outside front entrance
Outside front entrance Dingus Lounge Sammy Swindell's Merchandise trailer at Dingus lot
Outside fron entrance Dingus Lounge animal corral Outside front gate
Down Under Grill Outside front gate Outside front gate
Inside front gate Front entrance KNIA-KRLS Big Red radio at front entrance
Outside front entrance Outside front entrance Outside front entrance
Outside front entrance Vender at O'Reilly Auto Parts lot O'Reilly Auto Parts
Crazy Lady's Cafe Knoxville Raceway wall in turns 1 & 2 Knoxville Raceway wall in turns 1 & 2
Knoxville Raceway wall in turns 1 & 2 Knoxville Raceway wall in turns 1 & 2 Donnie Schatz Merchandise trailer near Casey's General Store
View looking South on Hwy 14. Casey's General Store Hall Fame Museum
Vender's near Casey's General Store Knoxville Wall of Fame Eddei Leavitt Memorial at Knoxville Wall of Fame
Knoxville Wall of Fame Knoxville Wall of Fame Knoxville Wall of Fame
Outside turn 2 Outside turn 2 Outside Hall of Fame Museum
Studio 92 across from Hall of Fame Rotary Club Pie & Icecream tent next to Hall of Fame Rotary Club Pie & Icecream tent next to Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Museum Hall of Fame Raffle Car Hall of Fame Museum
Hall of Fame Museum The Rib Shack Mr. C's Family Restaurant
Outside of Hall of Fame Outside of turn 2 on Hwy 14 Inside front entrance
Venders inside front entrance Venders inside front entrance Venders inside front entrance
Venders inside front entrance Goodyear Tire display Eldora-Knoxville Merchandise trailer
Stock Car on display Joey Saldan Merchandise trailer Back of main grandstands
Joey Saldans Show Car Chevy display tent Levi Jones Show Car
Venders inside front gate Inside front gate Outside Skate Pit
Ave. of Champions World of Outlaws trailer Terry McCarl & Daryn Pittman's Merchandise trailer
Dennison's Racing Tee's Venders inside front gate Venders on Ave. of Champions
Venders on Ave. of Champions Brian Brown's Show Car Ave. of Champions
"A" Main Line-Up T-Shirt trailer Venders on Ave. of Champions Venders on Ave. of Champions
KnoxvilleRaceGear.Com booth Dennison's Racing Tee's trailer Outside Ticket Office
KnoxvilleRaceGear.Com booth Ave. of Champions Ticket Office
Main front ticket entrance RacingJunk.Com booth Ave. of Champions
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce booth MRN Winged Nation Stage Dyer-Hudson Hall Press Room
Venders on Ave. of Champions Ave. of Champions Pizza Hut Booth
Sprint Car Simulators Sprint Car Jewelery booth Arctic Cat display tent
Arctic Cat display tent Arctic Cat display tent Ave. of Champions
Donnie Schats Show Car trailer Donnie Schats Show Car trailer Venders on Ave. of Champions
Pit Shack Weld Wheels booth West end of Ave. of Champions
Pit Shack West end of Ave. of Champions Outside of Trade Show
Donnie Schatz Show Car trailer Ave. of Champions Racing2Cure.Org booth
Hospitality Tent Steve King Foundation booth Racing2Cure.Org booth
Venders on East end of Ave. of Champions Overhead view of Midway Overhead view of Midway
Overhead view of Midway Overhead view of Midway Overhead view of front entrance
Overhead of front entrance Overhead view of outside turn 1 View of turns 1 & 2 & Hall of Fame
View of turns 1 & 2 & Hall of Fame Diagonal view of track from turn 1 Overheaad view of front entrance
Victory Lane Stage & Center of infield Hall of Fame Victory Lane Stage & Center of infield
Center of Infield View of the Pits Event Trophies on Victory Lane Stage
Cars ready to push off Outside front gate Center of Main Grandstands
Center of Infield Track is being re-prepped for the Friday Night Feature Greg Wilson's hauler at Newton Hotel
Wicked Storm Front moving in Wednesday afternoon Wicked Storm Front moving in Wednesday afternoon Cars in old Pamida lot
Geoff Dodge Teams at old Pamida lot Tim Kaeding
Donnie Schatz Kraig Kinser Chad Kemenah
Kraig Kinser Teams at old Pamida lot David Gravel
Teams at old Pamida lot Taso's Steak House on edge of Knoville Square Donnie Schatz Show Car with Promo Models
Armorall Booth STP Booth Ave. of Champions
Stars & Stripes tent Weld Wheels booth Sprint Car Simulator next to Trade Show
Late Model Simulator next to Trade Show Danny Lasoski Danny Lasoski
Marty Perovich Cars outside turn 3 Tim Shaffer
Tim Shaffer Jason Meyers Cars outside turn 3
Cars outside turn 3 Cars outside turn 3 Brian Sebetto
James McFadden Austin McCarl & Kaley Gharst Terry McCarl
Back straight ticket gate Under back straight grandstands Consession stands under back straight grandstands
Turn 2 & Hall of Fame Turns 1 & 2 Center of Infield from back straight
Center of Infield from back straight Center of Infield from back straight View of turn 4
Turns 3 & 4 Hall of Fame Museum My Brick in the wall at the entrance of Hall of Fame Museum 1992
Donnie Schatz Merchandise trailer Steve & Kraig Kinser's Merchandise Knoxville Wall in turns 1 & 2
Tony Stewart Racing Merchandise trailer View from edge of Hy-Vee parking lot Speed Sport News booth
Doug Auld at the Sprint Car & Midget Magazine booth Venders on Ave. of Champions FVP.Com boot on Ave. of Champions
JD Cormack at the "A" Main Line Up T-Shirt trailer Sucks to be this guy! What part of you can't park here all day did you not understand moron? Overhead view of main front entrance
Center of Infield Hall of Fame Museum Front straight & turn 4
Queens Court Float Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center Slideways Karting Center
Slideways Karting Center Venders on the edge of the Hy-Vee lot Venders on the edge of the Hy-Vee lot
Edge of the Hy-Vee lot Outside of front gate Outside of front gate
Outside of front gate Dingus Lounge Outside of front gate
Outside of front gate Animal Coral at Dingus Lounge Animal Coral at Dingus Lounge
Outside of front gate Outside of front gate Outside of front gate
Inside of front gate World of Outlaws trailer Ave. of Champions
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce booth Steve King Foundation booth RaceFans4Freedom.Com booth
Stevie Smith Merchandise booth Stevie Smith Merchandise booth Sprint Car Simulators
Sprint Car Simulators Ave. of Champions Donny Schatz Show Car
STP Booth West end of Ave. of Champions Pit Shack
Pit Gate Turn 4 Front Straight
Marion County Cattleman's Association BBQ tent outside the Skate Pit at front entrance Marion County Cattleman's Association BBQ tent outside the Skate Pit at front entrance  
     

 

Larson takes Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Opener

 Bryan Hulbert - Knoxville, Iowa (August 8, 2012) Kyle Larson has already proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is among the best drivers in the nation. Putting an exclamation point on his young career the Elk Grove, California racer grabbed the rain delayed opening night win of the 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals.  

"We were really good in clean air there. It’s such a big deal and we’ve never really been out front like that in clean air and the car was really operating once I got out front" commented Larson in victory lane.  

Asked about the race in general Larson replied, "Those restarts were getting me kind of nervous. I could see the 15 inching up on the board every time. I didn’t like that but I just had to make sure I got a clean restart and got through one and two nice and make sure I didn’t blow a left rear tire cause I was worried about that a lot." 

Taking off third, the Abreu Vineyard No. 1k would settle in behind Jason Sides, Randy Hannagan, and early leader Davey Heskin. Holding off several challenges from Brian Paulus, Larson would focus his attention on Jason Sides.  

Running away at the front of the field, the back of the field was in sight by lap seventeen as Heskin tempted fate with daring three wide passes. Holding a fair amount of breathing room, the Deluxe Crates No. 56 continued his march around the back markers as the battle on track turned to fifth.  

In pursuit of Brian Paulus, four time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz would work low on the Tear-Off Appeal No. 28 with Paulus able to hold on to the fifth spot.  

Coming around to complete lap twelve, the caution would fly as the No. 02 of Mike Reinke slowed to a stop on the high side of turn four. As the caution flew for Reinke, a puff of smoke and flash of flames would send the No. 1x of Randy Hannagan out of the runner up spot and into the pits. Hannagan would be joined by Kerry Madsen as both drivers saw engines expiring. Reinke would be scored twenty-fourth with Madsen twenty-third, and Hannagan twenty-second.  

Retaking the green Davey Heskin would see the top spot taken away as Jason Sides pulled off the slide job in turns one and two. With Sides pulling to an immediate advantage, Kyle Larson worked by Heskin for the runner up spot.  

Working to complete lap fourteen, Jason Sides would see his night come an abrupt end as the left-rear tire exploded midway thought turns one and two, whipping Sides around before sending the Wetherington Tractor Service No. 7s flipping.  

Able to restart after a visit to the work area, Sides would ultimately see his night end two laps later; coming to a stop inside turns three and four. Jason would be scored twentieth.  

Assuming the race lead, Larson would be trailed by Heskin, Paulus, Schatz, and Lucas Wolfe with four laps to run. Taking away second on the restart, Paulus would begin reeling in Larson until mechanical problems saw the No. 28 slowing and the caution waving with one lap to run.  

Taking the green for the final time, Kyle Larson would go unchallenged for the preliminary night victory with Davey Heskin holding off several late race charges from Donny Schatz for second. Racing into the nights feature from the B-Main, Craig Dollansky would finish an impressive fourth with Lucas Wolfe round out the top five.  Brooke Tatnell finished sixth with Shane Stewart, who also transferred from the B-Main, taking seventh. Joey Saldana was eighth with Dustin Selvage and Jonathan Allard making up the top ten.  

Racing continues at the 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Thursday with hot laps and qualifying scheduled to begin at 7:15pm. For more information on the 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals and Knoxville Raceway log onto www.knoxvilleraceway.com.  

52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals

Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA

August 8, 2012

Car Count: 48

410 RESULTS 

Time Trial, 2 laps,  1. 9, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (28), 14.715;   2. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (10), 14.768;  3. 0, Jonathan Allard, Chico, CA (22), 14.813;  4. 13x, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (2), 14.832;  5. 82, Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD (12), 14.847;  6. 89G, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (13), 14.851;  7. 57, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (3), 14.88;  8. 51, Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, PA (8), 14.891;  9. 5w, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (31), 14.901;  10. 63, Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH (20), 14.905;  11. 28, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (32), 14.94;  12. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (11), 14.948;  13. 6R, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL (4), 14.958;  14. 2x, Dustin Morgan, Tulsa, OK (15), 14.97;  15. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (48), 14.97;  16. 26, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (27), 14.981;  17. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (19), 14.987;  18. 13v, Seth Brahmer, Wisner, NE (6), 15.002;  19. 1K, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (5), 15.005;  20. 1x, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (16), 15.017;  21. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (38), 15.023;  22. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (36), 15.024;  23. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aus (17), 15.027;  24. 59, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (30), 15.067;  25. 7x, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (1), 15.093;  26. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (23), 15.106;  27. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (24), 15.124;  28. 81, Austin Johnson, Shakopee, MN (14), 15.132;  29. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (25), 15.135;  30. 71, Kevin Swindell, Charlotte, NC (21), 15.157;  31. 98, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aus (43), 15.175;  32. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (26), 15.182;  33. 7K, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (46), 15.195;  34. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (9), 15.224;  35. 2s, Lee Sowell, Lake Cormorant, MS (35), 15.228;  36. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (34), 15.23;  37. 8, Casey Mack, East Grand Forks, ND (45), 15.231;  38. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust (42), 15.273;  39. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (39), 15.276;  41. 9P, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (47), 15.311;  42. 88, Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (37), 15.49;  43. 47AU, Trevor Reynolds, Perth, WA, Aust. (33), 15.593;  44. 4D, Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH (44), 15.635;  45. 7c, Critter Malone, Speedway, IN (7), 15.714;  46. 20PK, Ron Krysl, Atkinson, NE (29), 16.22;  47. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (41), 16.247;  48. 54, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (40), No Time;  

Heat 1, 10 laps, No Time:  1. Brooke Tatnell (2);  2. Don Droud Jr. (1);   3. Brian Paulus (6);  4. Davey Heskin (4);  5. Danny Holtgraver (3);   6. Joey Saldana (8);  7. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (5);  8. David Gravel (7);   9. Rager Phillips (9);  10. Ron Krysl (10);  

Heat 2, 10 laps, No Time:  1. AJ Moeller (2);  2. Donny Schatz (6);   3. Jason Sides (5);  4. Casey Mack (1);  5. Lynton Jeffrey (4);  6. Craig Dollansky (8);  7. Shane Stewart (7);  8. Brady Bacon (3);  9. Jarrod Schneiderman (9);  10. Kevin Ingle (10);  

Heat 3, 10 laps, No Time:  1. Kerry Madsen (4);  2. Jonathan Allard (8);   3. Glen Saville (1);  4. Jeff Swindell (2);  5. Ryan Bunton (6);  6. Fred Rahmer (7);  7. Trevor Reynolds (9);  8. Seth Brahmer (5);  9. Austin Johnson (3);  10. Cap Henry (10);  

Heat 4, 10 laps, No Time:  1. Ed Lynch Jr. (1);  2. Austin McCarl (2);   3. Kyle Larson (5);  4. Lucas Wolfe (7);  5. Brad Sweet (3);  6. Paul McMahan (8);  7. Danny Smith (9);  8. Dustin Morgan (6);  9. Jac Haudenschild (4);  

Heat 5, 10 laps, No Time:  1. Lee Sowell (2);  2. Mike Reinke (1);   3. Dustin Selvage (4);  4. Randy Hannagan (5);  5. Steve Kinser (6);   6. Kevin Swindell (3);  7. Justin Henderson (8);  8. Chad Kemenah (7);   9. Critter Malone (9);  

C Feature, 10 laps, No Time:  1. Rager Phillips (3);  2. Jarrod Schneiderman (4);  3. Kevin Ingle (7);  4. Ron Krysl (6);  5. Critter Malone (5);  6. Jac Haudenschild (1);  7. Austin Johnson (2);  8. Cap Henry (8);  

B Feature, 12 laps, No Time:  1. Joey Saldana (1);  2. Craig Dollansky (2);  3. Shane Stewart (6);  4. Paul McMahan (3);  5. Justin Henderson (4);   6. David Gravel (5);  7. Chad Kemenah (8);  8. Steve Kinser (11);   9. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (12);  10. Fred Rahmer (7);  11. Brady Bacon (16);   12. Kevin Swindell (18);  13. Brad Sweet (17);  14. Ryan Bunton (9);   15. Danny Holtgraver (15);  16. Rager Phillips (21);  17. Jarrod Schneiderman (22);  18. Trevor Reynolds (19);  19. Lynton Jeffrey (14);   20. Dustin Morgan (10);  21. Kevin Ingle (23);  22. Seth Brahmer (13);   23. Ron Krysl (24);  24. Danny Smith (20);  

A Feature, 25 laps, No Time:  1. Kyle Larson (3);  2. Davey Heskin (1);   3. Donny Schatz (5);  4. Craig Dollansky (22);  5. Lucas Wolfe (7);   6. Brooke Tatnell (11);  7. Shane Stewart (23);  8. Joey Saldana (21);   9. Dustin Selvage (10);  10. Jonathan Allard (8);  11. Jeff Swindell (13);  12. Austin McCarl (14);  13. Don Droud Jr. (16);  14. Paul McMahan (24);  15. Ed Lynch Jr. (20);  16. Glen Saville (18);  17. AJ Moeller (12);   18. Brian Paulus (6);  19. Lee Sowell (15);  20. Jason Sides (4);   21. Casey Mack (17);  22. Randy Hannagan (2);  23. Kerry Madsen (9);   24. Mike Reinke (19);

It's Meyers on Night Two in Knoxville

Bryan Hulbert / Bill Wright - Knoxville, Iowa (August 9, 2012) Despite
begin out the racing for nearly four months, defending STP World of
Outlaws Champion Jason Meyers stood in victory lane on night two of
the 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals.

With the crowd screaming in approval, the driver of the Tarlton and
Sons No. 21m let out his own ecstatic yell to begin his post-race
interview.

"Feels awesome, love it. I tell you what you know there is nothing
that makes me happier than making others happy and for Tom Tarlton and
Tommy Tarlton to take a chance on me, giving me this chance and
everybody that’s supporting us I know that Tommy, Guy, and everyone
back home they told me they weren’t come out here this week but I
think maybe they might have to get on a plane and come hang out."

Starting the feature third, Meyers would chase Mark Dobmeier and Greg
Hodnett into turns one and two. Taking the early advantage, the No.
13v would set sail as the fight to be in the top five heated up with
Sammy Swindell on the hammer. Taking fourth with a high side pass,
Swindell’s run would end on lap twenty-one with a broken drive-line.
Swindell would be scored twenty-third.

Working towards the tail end of the field, the leaders would see clear
track as the caution waved with eighteen laps to run when second
running Greg Hodnett rolled to a stop exiting turn four.

Back underway Danny Lasoski found all roads blocked with the spinning
No. 55 of Ian Madsen. Flipping on the back straight-a-way, the Zemco
No. 1m would be done with a twenty-third place finish. Ian Madsen
would rejoin the field after having to change the right rear tire.

Still at eighteen laps remaining Jason Meyers would waste no time
taking off into the race lead with a low line pass on Dobmeier.

Battling for third, sixth starting Stevie Smith would work past the
MVT No. 11k of Kraig Kinser. Getting the run on Dobmeier for the
runner up spot, Smith’s run would stall as the No. 13v held the
position.

Working past the halfway point of the night’s 25 lap feature event,
Jason Meyers would continue to lead with Dobmeier second and Smith
third. Battling from fifteenth, Tim Schaffer would run fourth with
Kraig Kinser falling back to fifth before the caution waved with ten
laps remaining for the No. 91 of Dusty Zomer.

Battling into the night’s feature via the B-Main, twenty-second
starting Zomer was tenth when his left rear tire exploded entering
turn one, sending Zomer into the wall. Dusty would be scored
twenty-first.

Back underway for the final ten laps, the C.H. Motorsports No.83 of
Tim Shaffer carried a huge run to the bottom line for the pass on
Stevie Smith. Not to be outdone, the No. 19 of Smith would take to the
high line, bolting by Shaffer and Dobmeier for second only to see Tim
Shaffer racing back by for the runner up spot with Kraig Kinser in
tow.

With the back once again in sight, Tim Shaffer was within three car
lengths of Jason Meyer as the field crossed the stripe with two laps
to run. Inching closer and closer, Shaffer would go for the lead only
to be held up by a lapped car allowing Jason Meyers to race to his
third career win at the famed Knoxville Raceway.

Tim Shaffer would take second with Kraig Kinser rounding out the
podium. Stevie Smith would settle for forth with Lance Dewease
climbing from ninth to round out the top five. Mark Dobmeier would end
up sixth with Jason Johnson seventh. Racing in from the B-Main, Tim
Kaeding fought from twenty-first to eighth with Brian Brown and Johnny
Herrera rounding out the top ten.

The 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals continues with gates opening at
7:15pm for the Speed Sport News Friday Night Qualifier. For more
information on the 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals log onto
www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

Drama Abounds as Henderson Triumphs at Knoxville Friday Night

Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright - Knoxville, Iowa (August 10, 2012) Finding himself mired deep in the B-Feature on Saturday, Justin Henderson took advantage of the new Friday night format at the Knoxville Nationals with drama filled race to the win.  Donny Schatz took his third career Speed Sport World Challenge to top off an exciting night at Knoxville.  

"It’s been a roller coaster of a week. I’m so excited I can’t even talk right now" commented Henderson. "This new format threw us for a loop tonight. We didn’t know what to think about it. It’s not all bad I guess since we would have been starting eleventh in the B-Main under normal circumstances, so to come out here and win this race is kind of a historic night."  

Firing from the sixth position, the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 82 watched as Cody Darrah capitalized on an outside front row starting position to lead the way.  

After falling back to the runner up spot on the start David Gravel was quick to get back in contention for the win, battling to the inside line before taking it up to the fence to grab the lead from Darrah on lap four. Battling back on the berm, Darrah would set in as Dale Blaney waited for his chance.  

Slowing for a caution on lap nine, Danny Lasoski saw his gamble go south as "The Dude" suffered a flat right rear tire. Able to limp around to the work area, the Zemco No. 1z would restart at the tail of the field as Gravel led the field to the green with Darrah, Blaney, Holtgraver, and Justin Henderson making up the top five.  

Planting the right rear on the cushion, Henderson would jump two spots to third with more on the way only to see the caution lights blink on with fourteen laps remaining as Jeff Swindell spun to a stop in turn three. Swindell would continue.  

On the move with the green flag waving, Justin Henderson continued to utilize the top side, taking away the runner up spot with eleven laps to run. Fading back to fifth in the midpoint of the race, Dale Blaney would make his way back into the top three on lap sixteen as the battle for the lead shaped up.  

Henderson to the top, Gravel to the bottom, and slower cars approaching would see the top two drivers swapping lines as Henderson dropped to the middle of the track; forcing Gravel to take to the cushion as the pair took the battle three wide with the back markers. Tripping the cushion, Gravel would lose some ground but not enough to drop the No. 89g out of the battle as Gravel worked back side by side for the race lead.  

With only four spots holding the key to Saturday’s $150,000 to win feature event, the battles for the final transfer spots were a sight to behold as Dale Blaney worked on some insurance with the pass on Cody Darrah for third. Sitting on the bubble, the No. 4 would see his night almost for not as Kerry Madsen fired into fourth with the white flag waving.  

Battling into turns one and two for the final spot into Saturday’s big show, the battle for the lead worked off turn four with Justin Henderson taking the win. David Gravel crossed the line second with Dale Blaney rounding out the podium. Seeing his night going away, Cody Darrah put his K.K.R. No. 4 back into the show in the final two turns of the nights feature making Kerry Madsen the first driver outside the transfer in fifth.  

Chad Kemanah would climb from sixteenth to sixth with Terry McCarl seventh. Dustin Zomer took eighth after starting fourteenth with Steve Kinser ninth and Danny Holtgraver fading to ultimately round out the top ten.

Donny Schatz served notice for Saturday night with a dominating performance in the Speed Sport World Challenge!  The win was the Fargo, North Dakota driver’s third World Challenge triumph, paid him $10,000 and was the fourteenth feature win in his Knoxville career.  

Sammy Swindell led the 20-lap feature early in the going.  A tangle that eliminated top five runners Kyle Larson and Shane Stewart slowed things with two laps in the books.  Swindell led Jason Johnson, Daryn Pittman, Paul McMahan and Jason Meyers back to green flag racing.  

Schatz advanced from eighth to third with a blazing restart before Jonathan Allard came to a stop in turn four to bring out the last caution with five laps down.   Schatz shot by Johnson and set his sights on Swindell, making the winning pass to complete lap seven.  He would cruise the rest of the way and won by 2.8 seconds at the checkers.  

"That’s an awesome racecar right there," said Schatz in Victory Lane. "These guys have worked their tails off to get the thing this good, and it’s the most fun car I’ve ever driven.  Tomorrow is a new day.   Tomorrow doesn’t really matter.  My hat’s off to the guys who prepare this track.  That’s not easy to do."

The 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals concludes Saturday August 11, 2012 with racing scheduled to get underway at 8pm. For more information on the 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals and all events at the Knoxville Raceway log onto www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

410 RESULTS

Time Trials (Qualifying Order, 1 lap): 1. 89G, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (7), 15.126;  2. 4, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA (8), 15.252;  3. 2, Dale Blaney, Fowler, OH (59), 15.254;  4. 17M, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (10), 15.263;   5. 35AU, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Aust. (5), 15.314;  6. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (29), 15.319;  7. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (21), 15.328;  8. 63, Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH (42), 15.356;  9. 23w, Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN (17), 15.373;  10. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (3), 15.385;  11. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (25), 15.411;  12. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (14), 15.454;  13. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (31), 15.455;  14. 6R, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL (38), 15.465;  15. 82, Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD (27), 15.468;  16. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (4), 15.471;  17. 26, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (6), 15.494;   18. 59, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (11), 15.494;  19. 55x, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (22), 15.496;  20. 7K, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (20), 15.501;   21. 1z, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (54), 15.504;  22. 55xm, James McFadden, Brisbane, QLD, Aust. (30), 15.546;  23. 77x, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (19), 15.547;  24. 24H, Bryan Sebetto, Fremont, OH (63), 15.572;  25. 8, Casey Mack, East Grand Forks, ND (15), 15.583;  26. 9P, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (43), 15.587;  27. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (9), 15.602;  28. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (49), 15.606;  29. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (50), 15.611;  30. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (1), 15.634;  31. 6x, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (13), 15.636;  32. 71, Kevin Swindell, Charlotte, NC (60), 15.639;   33. 54, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (51), 15.645;  34. 91, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (67), 15.678;  35. 18, Tony Bruce Jr., Owasso, OK (26), 15.683;  36. 1s, Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA (44), 15.686;  37. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (58), 15.699;  38. 1x, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (36), 15.713;  39. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (57), 15.732;  40. 6, Bill Rose, Plainfield, IN (16), 15.746;  41. 40, Caleb Helms, Findlay, OH (47), 15.768;  42. 2s, Lee Sowell, Lake Cormorant, MS (40), 15.793;  43. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (52), 15.795;  44. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (65), 15.8;  45. 88, Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (28), 15.822;  46. 2x, Dustin Morgan, Tulsa, OK (55), 15.823;  47. 51, Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, PA (24), 15.825;  48. 81, Austin Johnson, Shakopee, MN (61), 15.831;  49. 53D, Jack Dover, Springfield, NE (46), 15.844;  50. 10, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (56), 15.846;  51. 02, Mike Reinke, Howards Grove, WI (33), 15.873;  52. 66, Geoff Dodge, Speedway, IN (2), 15.879;  53. 35, Tyler Walker, Hermosa Beach, CA (23), 15.975;  54. 4D, Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH (64), 16.042;  55. 71AU, Domain Ramsay, Newtown, VIC, Aust. (34), 16.047;  56. 13v, Seth Brahmer, Wisner, NE (41), 16.048;  57. 45x, Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, NM (45), 16.089;  58. 7c, Critter Malone, Speedway, IN (12), 16.116;  59. 1m, Jim Moughan Jr., Springfield, IL (35), 16.212;  60. 1T, Chris Shirek, Thompson, ND (53), 16.259;  61. 47AU, Trevor Reynolds, Perth, WA, Aust. (32), 16.31;  62. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust. (37), 16.321;  63. 71B, Robert Bell, Colfax, IA (18), 16.399;  64. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (39), 16.516;   65. 74x, Josh Hodges, Tijeras, NM (62), 16.567;  66. 20PK, Ron Krysl, Atkinson, NE (66), 17.122;  67. 12P, TJ Peterson, Des Moines, IA (48), 17.278. 

Heat one (started), 8 laps, NT:  1. David Gravel (4);  2. Justin Henderson (2); / 3. Chad Kemenah (3);  4. Logan Schuchart (6);  5. Don Droud Jr. (5);  6. James McFadden (1);  7. Tasker Phillips (7);  8. Sheldon Haudenschild (8);  9. Johnny Herrera (9);  10. Kevin Ingle (10) 

Heat two (started), 8 laps, NT: 1. Wayne Johnson (1);  2. Cody Darrah (4); / 3. Josh Schneiderman (2);  4. Brad Sweet (6);  5. Scott Winters (3);   6. Austin McCarl (5);  7. Mike Reinke (8);  8. Ed Lynch Jr. (7);  9. Josh Hodges (10);  10. Critter Malone (9);  

Heat three (started), 8 laps, 2:10.1: 1. Dale Blaney (4);  2. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2); / 3. Steve Kinser (3);  4. Kaley Gharst (5);  5. Randy Hannagan (6);  6. Geoff Dodge (8);  7. Bryan Sebetto (1);  8. Jim Moughan Jr. (9);  9. Jarrod Schneiderman (7);  10. Ron Krysl (10)  

Heat four (started), 8 laps, 2:08.9: 1. Jac Haudenschild (2);  2. Danny Holtgraver (3); / 3. Casey Mack (1);  4. Kevin Swindell (5);  5. Brady Bacon (6);  6. Tyler Walker (8);  7. Joey Moughan (4);  8. Chris Shirek (9);  9. Dustin Morgan (7);  10. TJ Peterson (10)  

Heat five (started), 8 laps, 2:11.5: 1. Terry McCarl (3);  2. Rager Phillips (1); / 3. Trey Starks (2);  4. Danny Smith (8);  5. Jamie Veal (4);   6. Cap Henry (5);  7. Fred Rahmer (7);  8. Bill Rose (6);  9. Trevor Reynolds (9)  

Heat six (started), 8 laps, 2:12.2: 1. Jeff Swindell (2);  2. Dusty Zomer (5); / 3. Lynton Jeffrey (3);  4. Bronson Maeschen (4);  5. Glen Saville (9);  6. Caleb Helms (6);  7. AJ Moeller (1);  8. Austin Johnson (7);   9. Domain Ramsay (8)  

Heat seven (started), 8 laps, 2:12.2: 1. Danny Lasoski (2);  2. Kerry Madsen (1); / 3. Greg Wilson (4);  4. Ryan Bunton (3);  5. Jack Dover (7);   6. Tony Bruce Jr. (5);  7. Seth Brahmer (8);  8. Lee Sowell (6);  9. Robert Bell (9)  

B main #1 (started), 12 laps, 3:24.3: 1. Steve Kinser (3);  2. Kevin Swindell (7); / 3. Greg Wilson (2);  4. Joey Moughan (1);  5. Brady Bacon (9);   6. Don Droud Jr. (6);  7. Josh Schneiderman (4);  8. Logan Schuchart (8);   9. Jarrod Schneiderman (11);  10. Danny Smith (14);  11. Chris Shirek (16);  12. Robert Bell (15);  13. Bryan Sebetto (5);  14. Austin Johnson (12);  15. Lee Sowell (10);  16. Ron Krysl (17);  17. Mike Reinke (13) DNS - Johnny Herrera  

B main #2 (started), 12 laps, NT: 1. Chad Kemenah (2);  2. Cap Henry (7); / 3. Brad Sweet (8);  4. Jack Dover (12);  5. Lynton Jeffrey (3);  6. Trey Starks (4);  7. Casey Mack (5);  8. Austin McCarl (6);  9. Dustin Morgan (11);  10. Kevin Ingle (15);  11. Trevor Reynolds (16);  12. TJ Peterson (17);  13. Domain Ramsay (14);  14. Bill Rose (9);  15. Critter Malone (13);  16. Jamie Veal (1);  17. Tasker Phillips (10); DNS - Geoff Dodge   

B main #3 (started), 12 laps, NT: 1. Bronson Maeschen (1);  2. James McFadden (4); / 3. Tony Bruce Jr. (7);  4. Ryan Bunton (3);  5. Randy Hannagan (8);  6. Scott Winters (2);  7. Tyler Walker (13);  8. Fred Rahmer (11);   9. Kaley Gharst (6);  10. AJ Moeller (5);  11. Caleb Helms (9);  12. Glen Saville (14);  13. Jim Moughan Jr. (15);  14. Ed Lynch Jr. (10);  15. Seth Brahmer (12);  16. Josh Hodges (16);  DNS - Sheldon Haudenschild   

A main (started), 25 laps, NT: 1. Justin Henderson (6);  2. David Gravel (1);  3. Dale Blaney (3);  4. Cody Darrah (2);  5. Kerry Madsen (13);  6. Chad Kemenah (16);  7. Terry McCarl (5);  8. Dusty Zomer (14);   9. Steve Kinser (15);  10. Danny Holtgraver (4);  11. Bronson Maeschen (17);  12. Kevin Swindell (18);  13. Wayne Johnson (11);  14. Scott Winters (24);  15. Danny Lasoski (10);  16. Jamie Veal (22);  17. Rager Phillips (12);  18. Jac Haudenschild (8);  19. Cap Henry (19);  20. James McFadden (20);  21. Greg Wilson (23);  22. Jeff Swindell (9);  23. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (7);  24. Joey Moughan (21). Lap Leaders: Darrah 1-4, Gravel 5-20, Henderson 21-25.  

Speed Sport World Challenge, 20 laps, NT: 1. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (10); 2. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (1);  3. 21m, Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA (9);  4. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (12);  5. 83, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (13);  6. Kerry Madsen (15);  7. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (2);  8. James McFadden (17);  9. 27, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (4);  10. 5w, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (8);  11. 1AU, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (14);   12. David Gravel (18);  13. Jamie Veal (16);  14. Lynton Jeffrey (20);   15. Danny Smith (23);  16. Trevor Reynolds (21);  17. Domain Ramsay (22);   18. 55, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (7);  19. 13x, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (3);  20. Glen Saville (19);  21.0,  Jonathan Allard, Chico, CA (11);  22. 57, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (5);  23. 1K, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (6) DNS – 17x, Marty Perovich, Denham Court, NSW, Aust.

Donny Schatz Holds on for Sixth Nationals Championship 

Bryan Hulbert / Bill Wright - Knoxville, Iowa (August 11, 2012) Donny Schatz served notice Friday night that he was going to be the driver to beat and for the sixth time in the past seven years, the STP No. 15 rolled into victory lane at the Goodyear Knoxville Nationals.  

Asked if the sixth time felt as good as the first time, Schatz exhaustingly replied, "I think it was the hardest one to win." Pausing for a moment, the six time Nationals Champion continued, "Man I burned the tires off of it. I just couldn’t get myself feeling very good and I knew someone would be coming those last few laps. It was everything I could do to keep it going forward. Last night was a lot of fun, tonight was a lot harder but it feels great."  

Rolling off fifth, Schatz would jump to third on the start as Stevie Smith took off into the lead with Jonathan Allard setting into the runner up spot.  

Working the high line of the Knoxville Raceway, the top three began to motor away as the battle on the track shaped up for seventh as Kraig Kinser began to work on Joey Saldana. Holding the spot on the high side, Kinser would finally make the move a few laps later.  

Back to the front of the field, Schatz would begin to make his march to the front. Taking the runner up spot off the bottom of turn four on lap six, the STP No. 15 would drop Jonathan Allard to third quickly followed by the Big Game Tree Stands No. 7 of Craig Dollansky who made the pass for the show position on lap eight.  

Working into slower traffic at the tenth round, Stevie Smith would begin to feel the pressure form Schatz. Pulling even with Smith on the low line with thirty-nine laps to go, the "Black Bandit" would hold on to the top spot. With slower traffic looming, Schatz would seize his opportunity the following lap, pulling off the slide job on Smith exiting turn four.  

Less than five laps from the mid-way pit stop, Dollansky would continue to march his way back to the front of the field. Falling back to fourth after starting outside the front row, "The Crowd Pleaser" would utilize the slide job to take the runner up spot.  

Working into the mix after spending much of the first half riding fifth, Brian Brown would begin making strides with the pass for third on Stevie Smith just three laps prior to the mid race break.

Racing amongst the back markers, the caution would finally wave as the midway break gave crews 5 min. to make any changes necessary.    

Back to green, Donny Schatz would quickly stretch his lead to over 2.5 seconds. Moving into the final twenty laps, Schatz would lead with Dollansky, Brown, and Meyers with Smith making up the top five.  

With the tail of the field approaching, the caution would bring clean track to the leaders as the No. 1k of Kyle Larson stopped with a flat on lap thirty-four.  Larson would rejoin the race despite not changing a broken right rear shock.    

Back on the hammer, Craig Dollansky would make a bid for the lead. Diving to the berm, Dollansky’s run would stall leaving the door wide open for Brian Brown. Taking a huge run to the bottom groove entering turn three, the Casey’s General Store No.21 would exit turn four with the runner up spot and only thirteen laps to run.  

Slashing his disadvantage from 1.5 seconds to only sixth-tenths the Grain Valley, Missouri driver would bring the fans to their feet; pulling to the back bumper of the TSR No. 15 with only ten laps on the scoreboard.  

Slipping up slightly in turn two, Brown would see his disadvantage jump back to over 1.5 seconds as both drivers neither lost nor gain on lap nine with Schatz and Brown both slamming the cushion on the exit of turn two.  

Back on the heels of traffic with seven laps to run, Donny Schatz would have his hands full with Brian Brown again closing in. Working top to bottom on the Knoxville Raceway, the FVP No. 21 was back in the hunt as the leaders raced to five to go.  

Held up by Cody Darrah with three laps remaining, Schatz would be forced out of the groove causing the four time World of Outlaws Championship to fry the tires; allowing Brown to close within two car lengths as the green flag waved to signify the final two laps.  

Jumping the cushion, the chance at victory looked to be gone for Brown as Donny Schatz raced under the white flag but as Brown exited turn two for the final time the run was on for the race lead. Into the final two turns, Brown shot high as Schatz dove low. Reeling in Schatz, Brown would dive off the top for the pass at the line but as the checkered flag flew it was Donny Schatz taking his sixth Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Championship by 0.117 seconds.  

Taking his best finish at the Knoxville Nationals, Brian Brown crossed second with Craig Dollansky holding on the round out the podium.  

Charging into the top five on lap twenty-three, Kraig Kinser would climb from ninth to fourth with Jason Meyers settling for fifth. Shane Stewart would mount another impressive Knoxville charge coming from thirteenth to sixth with Stevie Smith crossing the line seventh. Lance Dewease was eighth followed by Tim Kaeding with Davey Heskin, who raced into the show from the B-Main, charging from twenty-second to round out the top ten.  

Knoxville locals Mark Dobmeier and Heskin were the local stars of the B main event, taking first and second.  A hard battle was fought between third place, Brian Paulus, fourth place and final transfer, Jason Sides, and Sammy Swindell who missed the main event.  Swindell and Steve Kinser, who finished tenth in the B main failed to make the championship event.  It was the first time without either in the event since 1975.  Kinser had qualified for 34 straight.  

Jac Haudenschild won the C main, Tyler Walker took the D main and Bill Rose claimed the E main.  Dusty Zomer took a hard ride in the B main before a lap could be completed.   He was uninjured.  Kyle Larson, who finished 16th in the main event, was named Rookie of the Nationals.  Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Rudeen Racing won "Best Appearing Car", while Bryan Sebetto’s crew was named "Best Dressed".

Join us back here at the Knoxville Raceway on August 25 for Wal-Mart Season Championship Night! Log onto www.knoxvilleraceway.com for more information!

52nd Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Results

E main (started), 10 laps, 2:38.6: 1. 6, Bill Rose, Plainfield, IL (2);  2. 2L, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (3);  3. 7c, Critter Malone, Speedway, IN (4);  4. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (7);  5. 66, Geoff Dodge, Colorado Springs, CO (9); / 6. 10, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (8);  7. 74x, Josh Hodges, Tijeras, NM (6);  8. 20PK, Ron Krysl, Atkinson, NE (1);  9. 13v, Seth Brahmer, Wisner, NE (5) DNS – 2s, Lee Sowell, Nesbit, MS, 13v, Seth Brahmer, Wisner, NE, 81, Austin Johnson, Shakopee, MN, 02, Mike Reinke, Howards Grove, WI, 45x, Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, NM

D main (started), 12 laps, NT:  1. 35, Tyler Walker, Hermosa Beach, CA (2);   2. 1s, Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA (3);  3. 8, Casey Mack, East Grand Forks, MN (1);  4. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (4); / 5. 6x, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (8);  6. 2x, Dustin Morgan, Owasso, OK (5);  7. 4D, Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH (7);  8. 88, Jarrod Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (6);  9. 47AU, Trevor Reynolds, Perth, WA, Aust. (11);  10. Geoff Dodge (22);  11. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (10);  12. 40, Caleb Helms, Findlay, OH (14);  13. Ed Lynch Jr. (21);   14. 1T, Chris Shirek, Thompson, ND (12);  15. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust. (15);  16. Bill Rose (18);  17. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (9);  18. 71B, Robert Bell, Colfax, IA (13);  19. Tasker Phillips (23);   20. Critter Malone (20);  21. 1m, Jim Moughan Jr., Springfield, IL (19);   22. 24H, Bryan Sebetto, Fremont, OH (16);  23. 71AU, Domain Ramsay, Geelong, VIC, Aust. (17); DNS – 12P, TJ Peterson, Des Moines, IA, 51, Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, PA

C main (started), 15 laps, NT: 1. 59, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (4);   2. 1z, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (1);  3. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (9);   4. 55xm, James McFadden, Brisbane, QLD, Aust. (6); / 5. 35AU, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Aust. (2);  6. 53D, Jack Dover, Springfield, NE (11);  7. 54, Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH (3);  8. 1x, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (15);  9. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (5);  10. 7K, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (8);   11. Tyler Walker (19);  12. 47, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (18);  13. Logan Schuchart (22);  14. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (20);   15. 18, Tony Bruce Jr., Owasso, OK (12);  16. 55x, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (17);  17. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (16);  18. Austin McCarl (23);   19. Casey Mack (21);  20. 26, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (7);  21. 17M, Joey Moughan, Springfield, NE (10);  22. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (13);   23. 6R, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL (14);  DNS – 9P, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA

B main (started), 22 laps, 6:26.8: 1. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (2);   2. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (1);  3. 28, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (4);  4. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (10); / 5. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (6);  6. 83, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (7);  7. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (5);  8. 71, Kevin Swindell, Germantown, TN (18);  9. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (11);  10. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (15);  11. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (17);  12. 98, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (8);  13. 63, Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH (12);  14. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (13);  15. 77x, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (19);  16. James McFadden (24);  17. Danny Lasoski (22);  18. 23w, Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN (20);  19. D4, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (16);  20. 39, Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA (3);  21. Brad Sweet (23);  22. 7x, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (9);  23. Jac Haudenschild (21);  24. 91, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (14);

52nd Annual Knoxville Nationals Championship (started), 50 laps, NT: 1. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (5);  2. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (4);  3. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (2);  4. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (9);   5. 21m, Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA (7);  6. 57, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (13);   7. 19, Stevie Smith, Broken Arrow, OK (1);  8. 30c, Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA (15);  9. 83JR, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (8);  10. Davey Heskin (22);  11. 9, Joey Saldana, Bloomington, IN (6);  12. Mark Dobmeier (21);   13. 0, Jonathan Allard, Chico, CA (3);  14. 82, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (17);  15. 27, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (14);  16. 1K, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (12);  17. 2, Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH (19);  18. 55, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (11);  19. 5w, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (10);  20. Jason Sides (24);  21. 4, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA (20);  22. 89G, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (18);  23. 13x, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (16);  24. Brian Paulus (23). Lap Leaders: S. Smith 1-13, Schatz 14-50. Hard-charger: Heskin.

 

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