15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals

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15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals

Dates:

Tentative September 13-15, 2018

Current Champion:

Mike Marlar

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Pre-Entries

Happenings

In Depth with a Driver
Don O'Neal will sit down with Dave Argabright for an in-depth question and answer session at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum's second floor on Friday at 11am. 

Hall of Fame Auction

The auction will be held at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum behind turn two on Saturday at 12 noon. Items will include driver and team donated items. It's lots of fun, and the monies raised are shared with the National Dirt Late Model Museum.
 
Meet the Drivers
A meet and greet session will be held on Saturday at 3pm in the Dyer-Hudson Hall off the Midway. Last year, the free event ran for over two hours as hundreds of fans lined up to meet, talk and get pictures and autographs from the drivers. Fans are encouraged to bring their favorite apparel and photos for the drivers to autograph! 
 
Fan and Trade Show
Free of charge, the fan and trade show will run from 1pm to 7pm each day with exhibits on the Midway behind the main grandstands.







    
 
  

 

Format

Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY QUALIFYING NIGHTS

Order of Events: Hot laps, Time Trials, 6 Heats, D Main, C Main, B Main, A Main.

The field of cars is split into two groups (Group A and Group B). For example if 60 cars are entered, each group will have 30 cars. 

Heat Races: The first group of cars will be placed into Heat Races 1, 2 and 3.  The second group is placed into Heat Race 4, 5 and 6. Heat Races are 12 laps in length with an invert of 8 cars by time trial. The top 4 finishers transfer to the A Main, positions 5-8 to the B Main, 9-12 to the C Main, all others to the D Main.

The two groups are combined into the D, C, B, and A Main with Group A making up the inside rows and Group B making up the outside rows.
 
D Main 10 laps
C Main 12 laps
B Main 15 laps
A Main 25 laps, Invert 8

The top four finishers of the D, C, and B Mains will transfer to the back of the next event. 

Qualifying Night Points System:
Time Trials: 200 points are awarded for quick time, 198 for second quick, 196 for third, dropping two points per position.

Heat Races are awarded 100 for first, 97, 94, dropping three points per position.

The A Main points are the same as time trials: 200, 198, 196 etc.

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

Teams will take the highest point total of their two nights to set their starting positions for the Saturday Championship Events. The top 24 cars in points are locked into the A Main starting in order by point totals, highest point total starts on the pole. Teams must qualify on Thursday. Teams that qualify Friday only can not start better than 15th on Saturday.

SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
D Main 12 laps (if needed)
C Main 15 laps
B Main 20 laps
A Main 100 laps

The D and C 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). The B Main will take the top 6 cars to the tail of the A Main to make up the 30 car starting field.

Purse

2017 $271,510 Total Purse

Thursday and Friday Prelim Purse = $37,930 per night

A-Feature: 1. $7,000 2. $4,000 3. $3,000 4. $2,000 5. $1,500 6. $1,000 7. $900 8. $800 9. $700 10. $600 11. $580 12. $560 13. $540 14. $520 15. $500 16. $490 17. $480 18. $470 19. $460 20. $450 21. $440 22. $430 23. $410 24. $400

B-Feature: 1-6. Transfer + $100 7-24. $200

C-Feature: 1-4. Transfer + $100 5. $200 6. $190 7. $180 8. $170 9. $160 10. $150 11. $140 12. $130 13. $120 14. $110 15-22. $100

D-Feature: 1-4 Transfer + $100 5. $150 6. $140 7. $130 8. $120 9. $110 10 - end $100

Saturday Purse: $195,650

Late Model Championship: 1. $40,000 2. $20,000 3. $10,000 4. $8,750 5. $7,500 6. $7,000 7. $6,500 8. $6,000 9. $5,500 10. $5,000 11. $4,500 12. $4,000 13. $3,500 14. $3,400 15. $3,300 16. $3,200 17. $3,100 18. $3,000 19. $2,900 20. $2,800 21. $2,700 22. $2,600 23. $2,500 24. $2,500 25. $2,500 26. $2,500 27. $2,500 28. $2,500 29. $2,500 30. $2,500 = $175,250

B-Feature: 1-6. Transfer + $200 7-14. $500 15-24. $400 = $9,200

C-Feature: 1-4. Transfer + $100 5-22. $400 = $7,600.

D-Feature (if needed): 1-4. Transfer + $100 5-20. $200 = $3,600

History

Past Knoxville Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals Winners

Year - Driver, Number, Hometown
2016 - Mike Marlar, 157, Winfield, Tennessee 
2015 - Jared Landers, 777, Batesville, AR
2014 - Brian Birkhofer, 15B, Muscatine, IA
2013 - Darrell Lanigan, 29x, Union, KY
2012 - Steve Francis, 15, Ashland, KY
2011 - Don O'Neal, 71, Martinsville, IN
2010 - Billy Moyer, 21, Batesville, AR
2009 - Scott Bloomquist, 0, Mooresburg, TN
2008 - Tim McCreadie, 39, Watertown, NY
2007 - Brady Smith, 2, Solon Springs, WI
2006 - Brian Shirley, 3s, Chatham, IL
2005 - Scott Bloomquist, 0, Mooresburg, TN
2004 - Brian Birkhofer, 15B, Muscatine, IA