56th Annual 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores

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56th Annual 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores

Dates:

August 10-13, 2016

Current Champion:

Donny Schatz

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Pre-Entries

O2 Mike Reinke - Howards Grove, WI
O5 Brad Loyet - Sunset Hills, MO
1 Sammy Swindell - Bartlett, TN
1A Jacob Allen - Hanover, PA
1AUS Kerry Madsen - St. Mary's, NSW, Aust.
1B TBA
1D Justin Henderson - Tea, SD
1H Dale Blaney - Hartford, OH
1s Logan Schuchart - Hanover, PA
1st Gary Taylor - Snohomish, WA
1X Chad Trout - Dover, PA (R)
1xx Don Droud Jr. - Lincoln, NE
1z Lucas Wolfe - Mechanicsburg, PA
2 Shane Stewart - Bixby, OK
2c Wayne Johnson - Oklahoma City, OK
2K Kevin Ingle - Huron, SD
2KS Craig Dollansky- Elk River, MN
2L Danny Lasoski - Dover, MO
2m Matt Moro - Polk City, IA
2x Parker Price-Miller - Kokomo, IN
3 Billy Alley - Bennet, NE
3G James McFadden - Alice Springs, NT, Aust.
3H James McFadden - Aust.
3K Tim Kaeding - San Jose, CA
4 Jon Agan - Knoxville, IA
4K Kody Kinser - Bloomington, IN
4s Danny Smith - Chillicothe,OH
5 David Gravel - Watertown, CT
5H Cory Eliason - Selma, CA (R)
5R Byron Reed - Monclova, OH
7 Paul McMahan - Nashville, TN
7D Dustin Selvage - Indianola, IA
7J Joe Swanson - Etna Green, IN
7M Kaley Gharst - Decatur, IL
7s Jason Sides - Bartlett, TN
7w Tasker Phillips - Pleasantville, IA
7x Terry McCarl - Altoona, IA
8M TJ Michael - Plano, TX (R)
9 Daryn Pittman - Owasso, OK
09 Matt Juhl - Sioux Falls, SD (R)
10 Dakota Hendrickson - Omaha, NE
10H Chad Kemenah - Alvada, OH
10v Rager Phillips - Pleasantville, IA
11N Randy Hannagan - Pittsboro, IN
12 Lynton Jeffrey - Prairie City, IA
12H Daniel Harding - Canning Vale, Perth, Aust. (R)
13 Clyde Knipp - California, MO (R)
13JT Mark Dobmeier - Grand Forks, ND
13v Seth Brahmer - Norfolk, NE
15 Donny Schatz - Fargo, ND
15B Bobby Mincer - Burlington, IA
15H Sam Hafertepe, Jr - Sunnyvale, TX
17 Josh Baughman - Odessa, TX
17A Austin McCarl -Altoona, IA
17B Bill Balog - Hartland, WI
17w Bryan Clauson - Noblesville, IN
18 Ian Madsen - St. Mary's, NSW, Aust.
18s Jason Solwold - Burlington, WA
18w Colby Copeland - Roseville, CA
19 Bob Weuve - Newton, IA
19M Brent Marks - Myerstown, PA
19P Paige Polyak - Tiffin, OH
20 AJ Moeller - Sioux City, IA
W20 Greg Wilson - Benton Ridge, OH
21 Brian Brown - Grain Valley, MO
21T Ray Allen Kulhanek - Conroe, TX
22 Tony Shilling - Knoxville, IA
23 Jimmy Light - West Springfield, PA
23C Tyler Courtney - Avon, IN
23s Trey Starks - Puyallup, PA
24 Rico Abreu - Rutherford, CA
26 Willie Croft - Roseville, CA
27 Greg Hodnett - Spring Grove, PA
28 Jonathan Cornell - Sedalia, MO
29 Danny Dietrich III - Gettysburg, PA
35 Kevin Hetrick - Gladstone, IL (R)
41 Jason Johnson - Eunice, LA
41x Dominic Scelzi - Fresno, CA (R)
44 Chris Martin - Ankeny, IA
45x Johnny Herrera - Albuquerque, NM
47 Jeff Swindell - Bartlett, TN
49 Brad Sweet - Mooresville, NC
49J Josh Schneiderman -
West Burlington, IA
51s Stevie Smith - Broken Arrow, OK
55 Brooke Tatnell - Sans Souci, NSW, Aust.
55L Aaron Reutzel - Clute, TX
56N Davey Heskin III - St. Michael, MN
55W Logan Wagner - Harrisonville, PA
57 Kyle Larson - Elk Grove, CA
68 Chase Johnson - Penngrove, CA (R)
70 Danny Holtgraver - Pittsburgh, PA
71 Jamie Veal - Warrnambool, Vic., Aust.
71A RJ Johnson - Tampa, FL
71M Dave Blaney - Concord, NC
75 Glen Saville - Razorback, NSW, Aust.
81 Lee Jacobs - Dalton, OH
82 Dusty Zomer - Sioux Falls, SD
83c Adam Cruea - Troy, OH (R)
84 Scott Bogucki - McLaren Vale, SA, Aust.
88N DJ Netto - Hanford, CA
95 Matt Covington - Glenpool, OK
96 Bronson Maeschen - Pleasantville, IA
97 Dean Jacobs - Wooster, OH
99 Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK

Happenings

2016 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores

Schedule of Events 

Wednesday - Saturday:

8am – Noon: Chamber Pancake Breakfast at National Guard Armory

8am – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Opens

9am – 14th Annual Mini Nationals at Slideways  

10am – Slideways Shuttle Service Begins

10am – Trade Show in Grand Show Barn at Knoxville Raceway Opens

10am – Driver Apparel + Merchandise Village Opens

12pm – Knoxville Community Shuttle Service Begins

12pm – Rotary Pie and Ice Cream Tent at Sprint Car Hall of Fame Opens

2pm – Pit Gates Open

4pm – Live Music at Dingus Lounge

5:30pm – Grandstand Gates Open

6-7pm – MRN’s Arctic Cat Winged Nation LIVE from the Fan Zone Stage

Post-Races: After Hours Party at Slideways

Monday:

7pm – Outlaw Dirt Kart Nationals at English Creek Speedway

Tuesday:

10am – Mini Golf Tournament at Slideways

7pm – Outlaw Dirt Kart Nationals at English Creek Speedway  

7pm: 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores Queen’s Contest at Dyer Hudson Hall

8pm: Jeff Gordon’s Kick-It for Children’s Cancer Charity Dunk Tank and Special Guest Bartender at Dingus Lounge

Wednesday “TBA Qualifying Night”:

11am – KRCO Inaugural Bus Ride – Departing from Knoxville Raceway

1:30 pm – Nationals Pedal Pull children’s tractor pull contest at National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum (sign-up begins at 1pm)

3pm -- Kid Zone Opens in Fan Zone Area

3pm – Iowa Beer Bus Opens

Thursday “Toyota Qualifying Night”:

11am – 1pm – Steve King Foundation Charity Luncheon in Hospitality Tent

11am – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Members Only VIP Reception with Donny Schatz and Dave Argabright

1pm  - Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular for Kick-It with Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson at Slideways Karting Center

3pm – Iowa Beer Bus Opens

3pm – Kid Zone Opens in Fan Zone Area

Post – Races: Lucas Beebe LIVE at the Fan Zone Stage

Post – Races: Annual Chicken Feed in the Fan Zone  

Fridy, FVP Preliminary Night and Speed Sport World Challenge:

8am – United Trailers National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Golf Classic- Knoxville Country Club

11am – Sammy Swindell Tribute hosted by “Winged Nation’s” Steve Post – Celebrate Community Church

1pm – Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup kickball game with Jeff Gordon at Young’s Park

3pm – Iowa Beer Bus Opens

3pm – Kid Zone Opens in Fan Zone Area

Post – Races: CTRL+C LIVE from the Fan Zone Stage

Saturday, 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores Finale:

8am – Craft & Vendor Show – Downtown Knoxville Square

10am – 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores Parade – Downtown Knoxville

Noon – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Charity Auction

Noon --  Iowa Beer Bus Opens

1pm –  Kid Zone Opens in Fan Zone Area

3pm – 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores Driver’s Meeting – West End of Dyer-Hudson Hall

3:30pm – Nashville Country Artist Pat Cooper live on the Fan Zone Stage

Format

The 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals encompasses a four-day format unmatched in all of dirt track racing, and is presented by Casey's General Store. The prestige of winning the event far outweighs the generous purse that exceeds $985,000. With points meaning everything, and every wheel turned on the track meaning points, there is no time for a break at the "Granddaddy of them all". Steve Kinser has stood atop the podium an unprecedented twelve times, and owner Karl Kinser has graced victory lane an amazing fourteen times with three different drivers.

Wednesday and Thursday Qualifying Nights

Order of Events: Hot laps, Qualifications, Last Chance Heats, 5 Heats, C feature, B feature, A feature.

Qualifications - 200 points are awarded for quick timer, 198 for second quick, 196 for third, etc.

Only the top 50 qualifiers make the heats, the rest are put in the last chance heats in which the first eight finishers will fill the back of that night's C feature (starting in the sixth row).  If there are ten or less cars not making the heats, they will line straight up by time starting in the sixth row.  The quickest will be given 50 points, the next 47, etc.

Last Chance Heats (for drivers out of the top 50 in Qual.) – 50 points awarded to the winner, 47 for 2nd, etc.

Heats - 100 points are awarded for the heat winner, points go down by three: 97, 94, 91, 88, etc.

Heats are inverted (8). This sets up the best racing of the
week. Top four finishers go to A, next four to B, last two to C.

C feature
 Top four finishers go to back of the B. Fifth place is worth 92 pts., 6th is 90, etc.

B feature
The top four finishers transfer to the tail of the A. The B awards 142 points for fifth, 140 for sixth and so on by twos.

A feature
The A feature points are the same as time trials: 200, 198, 196 etc. This explains how a driver can not make the A, but if he timed well may have more points than someone who did make the A.  The invert for the A main is eight.

First tie breaker is finish position in respective main event. Next tie breaker is rank in time trial. The third tie breaker is pill draw. Other tie breaking criteria may be implemented if needed.

A perfect score (quick time, heat win, feature win) is 500.

The top 16 in points from Wed. and Thurs. are locked in to Saturday's program, however there is more racing to do on Friday.

Friday

Friday Events:
The top 4 finishers from the A-Main move into spots 17-20 in Saturday's A-Main. Friday's event will consist of qualifying, heats, C if needed, two B-Mains and A-Main as well as the Speed Sport Knoxville World Challenge.

SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge
This is an international invitational event. The lineup is inverted according to points accrued on Wednesday and Thursday. The top finishing driver among the top three in the World Challenge is eligible for a position in Saturday night's main event.

Saturday

5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store Finals

Events:

E feature, D feature, C feature, B feature, 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals Championship feature.

The B, C, D, and E feature will take the top four finishers to the tail of the next event (if there are scratches, there may be more taken for a particular event).

Purse

Knoxville Nationals Purse Breakdown

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY:

Heats:
1. $150    2. $125    3. $100    4. $90    5. $80   6. $70            7. $60     8. $50      9. $50     10. $50

C Feature:
1. $150      2. $150       3. $150      4. $150      5. $250
6. $200      7.$175        8. $150      9. $140    10. $130 
11. $120   12. $110     13. $110    14. $100   15. $100
16. $90    17. $80       18. $70      19. $60     20. $50

B Feature:
1. $200       2. $200       3. $200      4. $200       5. $600    
6. $550      7. $500       8. $475      9. $450    10. $425    
11. $400   12. $375    13. $350    14. $325    15. $300
16. $275  17. $260    18. $250    19. $240    20. $225
21. $200   22. $200      23. $200    24. $200

A Feature:
1. $12,000     2. $10,000    3. $7,000      4. $6,000    
5. $5,000       6. $4,000      7. $3,500      8. $2,500
9. $2,000      10. $1,750    11. $1,500   12. $1,400
13. $1,300    14. $1,250    15. $1,200   16. $1,150
17. $1,100    18. $1,050    19. $1,000    20. $1,000
21. $1,000    22. $1,000    23. $1,000    24. $1,000

FRIDAY:

C Main:
1. $200      2. $200      3. $200     4. $200        5. $600
6. $550      7. $500      8. $475    9. $450      10. $425
11. $400   12. $375    13. $350   14. $325     15. $300
16. $275  17. $260    18. $250   19. $240      20. $225
21. $200   22. $200    23. $200   24. $200

B Mains:
1. $400       2. $400      3. $1,200    4. $1,100     5. $1,000
6. $950       7. $900     8. $850       9. $825       10. $800
11. $775    12. $750    13. $725     14. $700      15. $675
16. $650    17. $625    18. $600     19. $575      20. $550
21. $525    22. $500

A Main:
1. $4,000      2. $4,000    3. $4,000      4. $4,000    5. $3,000
6. $3,000      7. $3,000    8. $3,000      9. $5,000  10. $4,000
11. $3000   12. $2,500  13. $2,400    14. $2,300  15. $2,200 16. $2,100  17. $2,000  18. $1,900    19. $1,800  20. $1,700 21. $1,600  22. $1,500  23. $1,400   24. $1,300

Speed Sport Knoxville World Challenge:
  1. $10,000   2. $5,000       3. $3,000      4. $2,500
  5. $2,000     6. $1,800       7. $1,700      8. $1,600
 9. $1,500     10. $1,400    11. $1,300    12. $1,200
13. $1,100    14. $1,000    15. $1,000    16. $1,000
17. $625       18. $600      19. $600       20. $600

SATURDAY:

Best Appearing Crew:
1. $500     2. $250     3. $150

Best Appearing Car:
1. $500     2. $250     3. $150

E Feature:
1. $600         2. $600       3. $600      4. $600       5. $800
6. $775        7. $750       8. $725      9. $700     10. $675
11. $650     12. $625      13. $600    14. $575    15. $550
16. $475    17. $450      18. $425    19. $400     20. $375
21. $350     22. $325

D Feature:
1. $800        2. $800       3. $800       4. $800       5. $1,200
6. $1,100     7. $1,000    8. $950       9. $900      10. $850
11. $825     12. $800     13. $775     14. $750     15. $725
16. $700     17. $675     18. $650     19. $625     20. $600
21. $575     22. $550

C Feature:
1. $1,000     2. $1,000     3. $1,000     4. $1,000     5. $2,000
6. $1,750     7. $1,500     8. $1,400     9. $1,300   10. $1,250 11. $1,225  12. $1,200  13. $1,175   14. $1,150   15. $1,125 16. $1,100  17. $1,050  18. $1,000   19. $950      20. $900
21. $850     22. $825

B Feature:
1. $1,000       2. $1,000     3. $1,000    4. $1,000    5. $8,000
6. $7,000       7. $6,000     8. $5,000    9. $4,000  10. $3,500 11. $3,000   12. $2,500   13. $2,250  14. $2,000  15. $1,750 16. $1,500   17. $1,450   18. $1,400  19. $1,350  20. $1,300
21. $1,250   22. $1,200   23. $1,150  24. $1,100

A Feature:
1. $150,000      2. $75,000    3. $37,500      4. $26,000
5. $21,000        6. $20,000    7. $19,000      8. $18,000
9. $17,000      10. $16,000   11. $15,000   12. $14,000
13. $13,000    14. $12,000   15. $11,000   16. $10,500
17. $10,000    18. $10,000   19. $10,000   20. $10,000
21. $10,000     22. $10,000   23. $9,500     24. $9,500
25. $9,500

History

Past Knoxville Nationals Winners


Year - Driver, Number, Owner
1961 - Roy Robbins, 37, O. J. Huffman
1962 - Jerry Richert Sr., 69, Ted Ready
1963 - Greg Weld, 92, Taylor “Pappy” Weld
1964 - Kenny Weld, 94, Taylor “Pappy” Weld
1965 - Kenny Weld, 94, Taylor “Pappy” Weld
1966 - Jay Woodside, 9, Ted Hall
1967 - Thad Dosher, 74, Jack Cunningham
1968 - Ray Lee Goodwin, 24, Swenson/Williams
1969 - Ken Gritz, 12, Larry Snyder
1970 - Joe Saldana, 2, C&L Racing
1971 - Jan Opperman, 6, Cahill Racing
1972 - Kenny Weld, 29, Bob Weikert
1973 - Kenny Weld, 29, Bob Weikert
1974 - Dick Gaines, 71, Karl Kinser
1975 - Eddie Leavitt, 40, Ricke/Hill
1976 - Eddie Leavitt, 4J, Galden Inc.
1977 - Doug Wolfgang, 20, Bob Trostle
1978 - Doug Wolfgang, 4x, Speedway Motors
1979 - Ron Shuman, 75A, Gary Stanton
1980 - Steve Kinser, 20, Bob Trostle/Karl Kinser
1981 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1982 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1983 - Sammy Swindell, 1, Raymond Beadle
1984 - Doug Wolfgang, 29, Bob Weikert
1985 - Doug Wolfgang, 29, Bob Weikert
1986 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1987 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1988 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1989 - Doug Wolfgang, 8D, D.P. Motorsports
1990 - Bobby Allen, 1a, Allen Enterprises
1991 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1992 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1993 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1994 - Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser
1995 - Steve Kinser, 11, Steve Kinser
1996 - Mark Kinser, 5m, Karl Kinser
1997 - Dave Blaney, 10, Blaney/Hylton
1998 - Danny Lasoski, 83, Dennis Roth
1999 - Mark Kinser, 5m, Karl Kinser
2000 - Mark Kinser, 5m, Karl Kinser
2001 - Danny Lasoski, 20L, Tony Stewart
2002 - Steve Kinser, 11, Steve Kinser
2003 - Danny Lasoski, 20, Tony Stewart
2004 - Danny Lasoski, 20, Tony Stewart
2005 - Kraig Kinser, 11K, Steve Kinser
2006 - Donny Schatz, 15, Schatz Motorsports
2007 - Donny Schatz, 15, Schatz Motorsports
2008 - Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart
2009 - Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart
2010 - Tim Shaffer, 83, Call/Holbrook Motorsports
2011 - Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart
2012 - Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart
2013 - Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart
2014 - Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart
2015 - Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart