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Larson takes Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Opener

Larson takes Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Opener
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
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);

Points as of August 8, 2012:

1. Craig Dollansky: 477
2. Jonathan Allard: 475
3. Donny Schatz: 471
4. Joey Saldana: 471
5. Lucas Wolfe: 467
6. Kyle Larson: 458
7. Shane Stewart: 458
8. Paul McMahan: 453
9. Davey Heskin: 449
10. Brian Paulus: 440
11. Brooke Tatnell: 430
12. Dustin Selvage: 430
13. Jason Sides: 424
14. Justin Henderson: 416
15. Kerry Madsen: 412
16. Randy Hannagan: 411
17. Austin McCarl: 409
18. David Gravel: 409
19. Jeff Swindell: 407
20. A.J. Moeller: 406
21. Don Droud Jr.: 403
22. Fred Rahmer: 403
23. Chad Kemanah: 399
24. Ed Lynch Jr.: 396
25. Lee Sowell: 396
26. Steve Kinser: 396
27. Glen Saville: 390
28. Ryan Bunton: 388
29. Sam Hafertepe Jr.: 386
30. Mack Casey: 379
31. Mike Reinke: 373
32. Dustin Morgan: 365
33. Danny Holtgraver: 360
34. Lynton Jeffrey: 360
35. Brad Sweet: 358
36. Brady Bacon: 357
37. Kevin Swindell: 355
38. Seth Brahmer: 353
39. Jac Haudenschild: 320
40. Rager Phillips: 316
41. Trevor Reynolds: 314
42. Jarrod Schneiderman: 312
43. Austin Johnson: 310
44. Danny Smith: 300
45. Kevin Ingle: 291
46. Ron Krysl: 289
47. Critter Malone: 280
48. Cap Henry; 265