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Profile On: Keoni Texeira!

8/20/2014 - Keoni Texeira #50 305 Sprint Car by Joanne Cram If anyone gets the long haul award for weekly racing at Knoxville Raceway, Keoni Texeira takes the cake with a 4,000 mile spread between home and Iowa. He is now living in southern Iowa so he can be close enough for weekly racing at Knoxville and other 305 tracks, but remains a Hawaii native. A sprint car racer from Hawaii? How does this happen? Most people don’t know that up until 2005, the island of Oahu had its own dirt track that raced open wheel karts, dirt track midgets, and sprints, so a Hawaiian sprint car racer isn’t all that unheard of. Keoni grew up on the island with ...
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KCCS Finals this Saturday!

8/19/2014 - (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 ...
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Knoxville Nationals: Inside the Numbers

8/12/2014 - by Eric Arnold – Track Historian The 54th Annual FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store is over. Every year adds another chapter into the history of sprint car racing. We saw everything from a driver winning his eighth Nationals, some of the usual suspects finishing in the top ten, to Cinderella stories of drivers making the Championship A-Main that we didn’t expect. 105 cars entered this year, up 3 cars from a year ago and the most since 107 cars in 2009. Breakdown by state is 15 from Iowa, 13 Pennsylvania, 11 Ohio, 10 California, 8 Indiana, 6 Australia, 6 Oklahoma, 5 Minnesota, 4 from Missouri, South Dakota, and Tennessee, 3 from Illinois, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Washington, 2 ...
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Donny Schatz Nearly Perfect in Eighth Knoxville Nationals Title!

8/9/2014 - Donny Schatz Nearly Perfect in Eighth Knoxville Nationals Title! by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 9, 2014 – For the eighth time, Donny Schatz leaves the Knoxville Raceway with the title of "Champion", taking the $150,000 win in the 54th annual FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores. Taking off from the pole, Schatz led Shane Stewart into the first turns. Slowing on Lap 3, Brian Brown took advantage of the restart to begin his chase for second. Searching the racing surface, Brown took the runner-up spot on Lap 12. Leading by 2.874 seconds at the Lap 25 break for fuel, the restart saw Schatz stalked by Brown as the green flew. Working the cushion, Brown kept pace, finally ...
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Daryn Pittman Pockets $10,000 in Speed Sport World Challenge!

8/9/2014 - Daryn Pittman Pockets $10,000 in Speed Sport World Challenge! by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 9, 2014 – For the third time, Daryn Pittman found Victory Lane in the Speed Sport World Challenge with a late race pass on Tim Kaeding. Coming from sixth, Pittman wasted little time getting to the runner-up spot. Chasing Tim Kaeding into traffic, Pittman closed the gap but would nearly see his afternoon end on Lap 7 with a slip exiting Turn 2 that nearly sent the Great Clips No. 9 into the wall. A quick recovery and Pittman was back in the mix as rubber came into play on the Knoxville surface. "I'm just glad I didn't stuff it into the back ...
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Engine Woes Can’t Stop Danny Lasoski at Knoxville!

8/9/2014 - Engine Woes Can’t Stop Danny Lasoski at Knoxville! by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 9, 2014 – The Friday Non-Qualifier program finally found its way to the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday afternoon with 48 drivers checking in and Danny Lasoski earning his 101st victory at the famed half-mile. Suffering engine problems after taking the checkered flag in his Heat Race, the crew for the No. 33 was able to complete repairs to get Lasoski out for the A-Feature, where "The Dude" gridded the field seventh. "It's a credit to my whole team. Mark Burch leads my team with Cody and Asa and I'm thankful for Paul Kistler for coming over and getting that thing fixed up. That just ...
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Shane Stewart Edges Kraig Kinser for Knoxville Prelim Victory!

8/8/2014 - Shane Stewart Edges Kraig Kinser for Knoxville Prelim Victory! by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 8, 2014 – The long wait by fans for the races originally scheduled for Wednesday night was well worth it as Shane Stewart worked past Kraig Kinser on the final lap to claim the Racingjunk.com Qualifying Night victory on Friday night of the 54th running of the FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores. "Man, my car was just so good from the get-go," said Stewart of his Larson/Marks No. 2. "These races are pretty short, so you can't really bide your time like you do on Saturday; especially with Dollansky, and of course the No. 15. Everyone knows how darn good he is ...
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Brown Continues Sprintweek Dominance on Night one of Knoxville Nationals!

8/7/2014 - Brown Continues Sprintweek Dominance on Night one of Knoxville Nationals! by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 7, 2014 – After rains washed out Wednesday night at the Knoxville Raceway, the skies finally gave a sigh of relief as Thursday's Lucas Oil Qualifying Night opened up the 54th running of the FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store with Brian Brown scoring his third victory of the week during Southern Iowa Sprintweek. In Victory Lane, Brown explained that he was running out of tear-offs and was signaling to his crew on a Lap 19 red, "Their answer was let's just get the lead, and not worry about the tear-offs." Going after Sam Hafertepe, Jr. for the lead on the restart, ...
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Updated Schedule for 54th FVP Knoxville Nationals

8/7/2014 - Thursday night we will run the Thursday night show as originally scheduled at 7:15pm. The Wednesday show will be run on Friday night at 7:15pm. The Friday show will be run on Saturday afternoon, start time to be determined. All times, formats, and schedules are subject to change. The format will change to the top 50 in overall points being locked into the Saturday A, B, C-Main's while 51st in points and below will compete on Saturday afternoon.
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Rain Claims FVP Knoxville Nationals Opener

8/6/2014 - Rain Claims FVP Knoxville Nationals Opener KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 6, 2014) - Due to unrelenting rainfall at the Knoxville Raceway, the opening of the 54th FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store on Wednesday, August 6 has been postponed. Thursday, August 7 will feature a double-header with the Wednesday night portion getting underway at 7:15 P.M. (CT) and the Thursday program to follow. Pits open for unloading and draw begins at 2 p.m. for all drivers.
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Kick-It Charity Back in Knoxville, Raising Money for Kids!

8/5/2014 - Kick-It Charity Back in Knoxville, Raising Money for Kids! by Joanne Cram The third annual Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup and second annual Weld Racing Go Kart Spectacular are just around the corner! These events continue to grow in popularity as a Knoxville Nationals “must do’s”. This year’s events will be held on Wednesday, August 6th, and Friday, August 8th. The history of these events is short, but have taken off in success at a rapid rate. The charity, Kick-It For Children’s Cancer, is a program of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Kick-It allows an avenue for a friendly, yet fiercely competitive kick ball game to take place, and raise money for children’s cancer research. ...
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Winged Outlaw Dirt Karts- The Road to Knoxville

8/4/2014 - Winged Outlaw Dirt Karts- The Road to Knoxville by Joanne Cram With over thirteen current Knoxville sprint car drivers to date climbing the ranks from English Creek Speedway to Knoxville Raceway, the Winged Outlaw Dirt Kart may be the place to start if your dreams include racing the Sprint Car Capitol of the World. The great thing about Winged Outlaw Dirt Karts, is that you can start working towards your dreams at almost any age! A Winged Outlaw Dirt Kart is different than a standard “flat style” go kart. The differences between the two are pretty dynamic; the Winged Outlaw Dirt Kart has a sprint car-style cage, making it look like a winged sprint car. Traditional go karts ...
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Ian Madsen Victorious in 3rd Annual Capitani Classic at Knoxville!

8/3/2014 - Ian Madsen Victorious in 3rd Annual Capitani Classic at Knoxville! by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 3, 2014 – The third annual Capitani Classic found its third winner, and first from Australia as Ian Madsen led start-to-finish for his sixth win of the season, and fifth overall at the Knoxville Raceway. Rolling from the pole, Madsen had to reclaim an early Justin Henderson lead and outrun his brother, Kerry Madsen. Asked about starting on the pole, Madsen replied, "I never imagined it in this world. I was so angry after qualifying; I thought we had messed up a good chance at having a really good night. I couldn't believe it when I found out I was on the front row." Henderson ...
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Finally! Brian Brown wins the Arnold Motor Supply Knoxville 360 Nationals!

8/2/2014 - Finally! Brian Brown wins the Arnold Motor Supply Knoxville 360 Nationals! by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 2, 2014 – A loud scream of satisfaction echoed across the grounds of the Knoxville Raceway as Brian Brown finally marked the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals off his bucket list in his fifteenth attempt at the $10,000 to win event. Brown's fifteenth 360cid Sprint Car victory at the Knoxville Raceway, the FVP No. 21 led start-to-finish in the 25 lap championship event. "Man this feels good. I'm just thankful for everybody on this team," said Brown. "I'm almost out of breath, but this one's pretty cool." Asked about having to change his line through traffic, Brown replied, "The car felt good up ...
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Sammy Swindell Swings Into Knoxville Victory Lane!

8/1/2014 - Sammy Swindell Swings Into Knoxville Victory Lane! by Bryan Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 1, 2014 – For the fourth time in his career, Sammy Swindell visited Victory Lane in 360cid competition at the Knoxville Raceway; winning night two of the 24th annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals with a borrowed Al Parker Racing Engine under the hood. Challenged in the closing laps by the Sioux Falls Ford No. 13, Mark Dobmeier ran the cushion to pull even with Swindell. "When you're out front, you don't really know," said Swindell of the race for the lead. "They said Brown was running the bottom pretty good and I made some good runs there but I was just kind of conserving my ...
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Heskin Holds on for 360 Nationals Prelim Victory!

7/31/2014 - Heskin Holds on for 360 Nationals Prelim Victory! by Brian Hulbert/Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, July 31, 2014 – After several small rain delays, the 24th annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals kicked off Thursday night with Davey Heskin taking his first 360cid Sprint Car victory at the Knoxville Raceway over the hard charging Jason Johnson. "It was a fast track tonight, we were just balls to the wall out there," said a nearly breathless Davey Heskin in Victory Lane. "We've had a mediocre season so far. I feel like so to park it here…even on a prelim night…it's really special." Jumping to the lead on the start, Heskin found the tail of the field on Lap 8. Moving to second ...
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10 days of Great Fun and Racing Begins at Knoxville Raceway

7/31/2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Stickel, Knoxville Raceway GM bstickel@knoxvilleraceway.com (641) 842-5431 KNOXVILLE, Iowa - NASCAR stars, small town fun and the best racing anywhere in the world starts today. The 10-day Sprint Car race fans dream is here. The 54th annual FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store will run August 6th through August 9th. Kicking off the events is the 360 Arnold Motor Supply Nationals. The 360's get underway tonight and will run through Saturday evening. Sunday night the 410's will take to the track for the 3rd annual Capitani Classic. The best drivers are expected to turn out for the final tune up preparing for the Nationals later next week. Before the 54th edition of the Nationals can ...
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360 Knoxville Nationals Ready to Take the Green Flag

7/30/2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Contact: Brian Stickel, Knoxville Raceway GM bstickel@knoxvilleraceway.com (641) 842-5431 KNOXVILLE, Iowa - July 30, 2014 Starting tomorrow, fans will see the best 360 sprint car drivers from all over the world converge on the historic Marion County Fairgrounds and the Knoxville Raceway. The Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals will be held this Thursday, July 31st through Saturday, August 2nd. The field of 102 cars will be split into two qualifying nights earning points every time they hit the track. The top points drivers from the qualifying nights will fill out the field. Points acquired from the qualifying night events will determine how the lineups are set for the 24th annual 360 Nationals. The field is very deep this ...
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Ian Madsen Holds Off Field in Marathon at Knoxville!

7/26/2014 - Ian Madsen Holds Off Field in Marathon at Knoxville! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, July 26, 2014 – Ian Madsen was victorious for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career at the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night in the 410 feature. A roller coaster A main saw just fifteen competitors cross the checkers at the finish. In the 360 class, Justin Henderson won for the second time this season, padding the BDS Motorsports #1 owner’s point lead in that class. Before a lap could be completed in the 410 A main, Austen Wheatley flipped after contact from another car. Danny Lasoski spun to avoid the incident. Wheatley was o.k., and Lasoski restarted at ...
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Impact Signs Installs New Video Board!

7/25/2014 - For Immediate Release Contact: Brian Stickel, Knoxville Raceway GM/Promoter Cell: 641-891-9933, Office: 641-842-5431 bstickel@knoxvilleraceway.com Impact Signs Installs New Video Board! Knoxville, Iowa – There will be a new addition ready for the Knoxville Nationals this year that race fans have been wanting for a long time - a bigger and better video screen! Thanks to a new major marketing partnership between Knoxville Raceway and Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, a new screen is being put into place in time for next week’s Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals. “We are excited for this new partnership with Impact,” said Brian Stickel. “Impact has given us great products in the past and we look forward to this partnership in the future. This new screen is a significant ...
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54th FVP Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey's General Store Qualifying Nights

7/23/2014 - WEDNESDAY 8/6/2014 0 Bud Kaeding - Campbell, CA 1 Sammy Swindell - Bartlett, TN 1a Jacob Allen - Brownsburg, IN 1D Justin Henderson - Sioux Falls, SD 2 Shane Stewart - Avon, IN 2K Kevin Ingle - Huron, SD 4J Lee Grosz - Harwood, ND (Rookie) 4s Danny Smith - Chillicothe, OH 4x Dakota Hendrickson - Omaha, NE (Rookie) 05 Brad Loyet - Oakville, MO 5J Jamie Ball - Knoxville, IA (Rookie) 5v Colby Copeland - Roseville, CA (Rookie) 7 Craig Dollansky - Windom, MN 7s Jason Sides - Bartlett, TN 7TAZ Tasker Phillips - Knoxville, IA 7x Critter Malone - Pittsboro, IN 9 Daryn Pittman - Owasso, OK 9W Jac Haudenschild - Wooster, OH 11N Randy Hannagan - Pittsboro, IN 12 Lynton Jeffrey - Prairie City, IA 12P TJ Peterson - Des Moines, IA 13 Mark Dobmeier - Grand Forks, ND 15 ...
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24th Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals Qualifying Nights

7/23/2014 - 360 THURSDAY 1 Justin Henderson - Tea, SD 1J Danny Jennings - Norman, OK 1M Danny Lasoski - Higginsville, MO 2K Kevin Ingle - Huron, SD 2M Matt Moro - Polk City, IA 3 Nate Van Haaften - Otley, IA 3H Brandon Hanks - Burlison, TN 3P Sawyer Phillips - Knoxville, IA 4 Jon Agan - Knoxville, IA 4J Lee Grosz - Harwood, ND 05 Brad Loyet - Oakville, MO 5J Jamie Ball - Knoxville, IA 7k Dustin Selvage - Indianola, IA 09 Matt Juhl - Sioux Falls, SD 9JR Derek Hagar - Marion, AR 10H Danny Holtgraver - Pittsburgh, PA 10v Calvin Landis - Knoxville, IA 14R Andy Gregg - Placerville, CA (Rookie) 17w Cole Wood - Auburn, CA 18 Tony Bruce, Jr. - Owasso, OK 20 Casey Friedrichsen - Arthur, IA 20K Thomas Kennedy - Winnipeg, MB, CAN 21x Ryan Kitchen - ...
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13 Entered in 54th FVP Knoxville Nationals Queen Contest!

7/23/2014 - Eric Arnold) Knoxville, Iowa - The 54th FVP Knoxville Nationals Queen Contest will be held on Tuesday night August 5 at 7:00pm in the Dyer-Hudson Hall on the Marion County Fairgrounds. This year’s Contest will be co-hosted by 1996 Knoxville Nationals Queen, Kendra Jacobs and announcer Kyle Luetters. This year marks the 40th year that a Knoxville Nationals Queen will be crowned. 13 contestants will vie for the crown. This year’s Queen Candidates are; Mallory Adams (Des Moines), Cheyenne Boyd (Knoxville), Alexandra Buzzo (Morgantown, WV), Jordyn Combs (Tipton, MO), Tabitha Fisher (Colfax), Morgan Kemenah (Burgoon, OH), Ally McClure (Bloomfield), Kirstie Priester (Rimersburg, PA), Mackenzie Roney (Herculameum, MO), Kayla Timm (Roseland, NE), Kila Timm (Roseland, NE), Delaney Woodruff (Knoxville), ...
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