KCCS Finals this Saturday!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
(Eric Arnold) The Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series Finals is this Saturday night and it is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in history with multiple drivers in each class still having a chance to win the Cup!
The 410 class is led by Australian Ian Madsen who is looking for his first championship. Ian would join his brother Kerry, the 2005 champion, as the first duo of brothers to win the championship. Madsen has won three features this year, including the last two KCCS events capped with the prestigious $5,000 to win Capitani Classic on August 3.
On Madsen’s heals is South Dakota’s Justin Henderson who is also looking to win his first KCCS championship. Henderson is only 88 points behind Madsen. Currently third in points is 7-time KCCS Champion Terry McCarl who is 104 points out, and fourth in points is 2-time KCCS Champion Brian Brown who trails Madsen by 114 points.
The KCCS point structure is;
100 points to show up.
Time Trials: 1. 40, 2. 35, 3. 30, and drops 5 points per position with 8th receiving 5.
Heat Race: 1. 20, 2. 18, 3. 16, and drops 2 points per position.
A-Main: 1. 200, 2. 190, 3. 180, 4. 170, 5. 160, 6. 150, 7. 140, 8. 130, 9. 120, 10. 110, 11. 100, 12. 95, 13. 90, 14. 85, dropping 5 points per position from there with 24th receiving 35 points.
Time Trial points are valuable with only the top 8 positions earning points, and with the top 10 positions in the A-Main dropping 10 points per position, every position is critical. A perfect night is 260 points (not including the 100 show up points), and the championship is very much up for grabs.
The 360 class Championship contenders is between two Knoxville hometown drivers, Joe Beaver and Jon Agan, who are both vying for their first KCCS Cup. Beaver holds a 116 point lead coming into the KCCS Finals and must have a good showing to secure his place in the record books as a Knoxville Champion.
The 305 class has the tightest battle of them all with 3 drivers in the hunt. J Kinder of Missouri is looking to win his first KCCS Championship and has a 20 point lead over veteran Steve Breazeale who was the 2010 champion. Saturday night Breazeale is making his final laps around the historic half-mile before hanging up his helmet and calling it a career. 2012 champion Matthew Stelzer of Nebraska is only 96 point out and is hoping for a good night to claim his second championship. 305 Rookie Kevin Hetrick is 206 points out and is mathematically still in the chase, but will need a perfect night for things to go his way.
The 410 KCCS Champion will earn $20,000 at the end of the season banquet, while the 360 champion earns $8,000 and the 305 champion $1,000.
It is going to be an action packed night at Knoxville Raceway this Saturday night to end our 61st season of weekly sprint car racing.
The Knoxville Raceway season will close in September with two major events! Coming up on September 19 and 20 is Monster Jam and September 25-27 will be the 11th annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals, with Donny Schatz racing on Thursday night the 25th! Visit www.knoxvilleraceway.com for more information.