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Track Historians at Sprint Car 101 Thursday Night!

10/14/2014 - Sprint Car 101 Forums set for Knoxville in Oct. and Algona in Nov. The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to announce its line-up of free and open-to-the-public Sprint Car 101 educational programs for the remainder of the year, which includes a bonus program in Algona, Iowa. The regularly-scheduled program will take place on Thursday, October 16 at 7pm, in Knoxville with an evening featuring “Knoxville Nationals: The First Fifty Years” book authors (and Knoxville Raceway Track Historians) Eric Arnold & Bob Wilson. The Sprint Car 101 ‘On the Road’ program will take place on Sunday, November 23, with an afternoon spotlighting North Central Iowa racing veteran and 2013 Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame inductee Norm ...
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Knoxville Raceway Award Banquet and Dinner Reservation Deadline Approaching!

10/10/2014 - Knoxville Raceway Award Banquet and Dinner Reservation Deadline Approaching! The 2014 Knoxville Raceway Award Banquet and Dinner will be held at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The reservation deadline of Wednesday, October 15 is quickly approaching. Join us for Awards, Food, Fun and Entertainment! The registration form is located under the "Entry Forms" section at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com. The "Entry Forms" section can be found under "Driver Info" on the homepage. Payment information is included on the form. You can also use this direct link: http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com/helper_pages/FileGet.aspx?id=321 You may also order tickets by calling 641 842-5431. Entrees this year include a choice of Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Marsala and Pork Loin. In addition, there ...
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Late Model Nationals Statistics Updated!

10/9/2014 - (Bill W) Historical statistics for the Late Model Nationals have been updated! Just visit the "Track History" section of the website and utilize the pull-down menu!
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New 410 Sprint Car Series Partners With Knoxville Raceway for Four Dates in 2015

10/8/2014 - Inside Line Promotions – WINDOM, Minn. (Oct. 8, 2014) – The new 410ci sprint series established by Tod Quiring of Big Game Treestands is pleased to announce the support of Knoxville Raceway for the 2015 season. The famed half-mile oval in Knoxville, Iowa, has selected four dates with the newly formed series, which was created to strengthen 410 sprint car racing in the Midwest. The four events at Knoxville Raceway will be part of the Knoxville Championship Cup Series. “Our region is extremely fortunate to have a class facility like Knoxville Raceway and the talented drivers who compete there weekly,” Quiring said. “I’ve had a vision for this series for several years. With the point fund of Knoxville Raceway and our ...
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God Bless Katie Davis

10/1/2014 - by Eric Arnold, Track Historian There are many things that make Knoxville Raceway great. One of the grandest of traditions is the singing of the National Anthem by hometown girl Katie Davis. Katie caught the ear of race director Ralph Capitani after singing at Knoxville high school basketball games in the winter, when she was in high school. Cappy invited Katie to sing at the races the next summer and to also make a recording on tape that the track could use. That tape recording of Katie was used too many nights to count in the 80’s and early 90’s. For the past 30 years we have heard that beautiful voice sing to begin several race nights ...
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Birkhofer Takes Knoxville Late Model Nationals on Final Turn and Takes Final Bow!

9/27/2014 - Birkhofer Takes Knoxville Late Model Nationals on Final Turn and Takes Final Bow! by Bob Wilson KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, September 27, 2014 – The Iowa boy, Brian Birkhofer, made a final lap pass of leader Scott Bloomquist to capture the 11th annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals. The winning pass came as those two front runners roared out of turn four heading toward the checkered flags. Birkhofer who had won the very first event in 2004 flew out of the turn passing Bloomquist and heading under the flag stand to win the $40,000 event. Bloomquist, who had led from lap 62 finished second and slowed his machine to a stop in turn two. At the victory stand ceremonies he ...
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Brian Birkhofer Puts Himself on the Pole With Late Model Nationals Prelim Win!

9/26/2014 - Brian Birkhofer Puts Himself on the Pole With Late Model Nationals Prelim Win! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, September 26, 2014 – Brian Birkhofer put himself on the pole for Saturday night’s championship at the 11th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. The Muscatine, Iowa native won his sixth career feature at the famous half-mile and accumulated 489 points, putting him up front for the $40,000 to win event. Rodney Sanders led Shannon Babb and Birkhofer on the first circuit of the 25-lap feature. Birkhofer quickly moved into second as the leaders settled in. Steve Francis used the low side to dive under Babb for third on lap six. At the ten lap mark, Sanders ...
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“Superman” Jonathan Davenport Claims First Career Win at Knoxville!

9/25/2014 - “Superman” Jonathan Davenport Claims First Career Win at Knoxville! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, September 25, 2014 – “Superman” Jonathan Davenport of Mount Airy, North Carolina picked up his first career feature at the famed Knoxville Raceway on Thursday night on night one of the 11th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. Davenport led the entire 25-lap distance, and pocketed $7,000 for his victory. Davenport led at the outset with Brian Birkhofer and Kent Robinson in tow. By lap six, defending Late Model Nationals champion, Darrell Lanigan was in third. The only slowdown of the event came with eight laps complete when debris on the track brought a caution. Davenport led Birkhofer, Lanigan, Robinson and ...
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Lucas Oil LM Knoxville Nationals 101: Know the Format

9/24/2014 - By Eric Arnold - Track Historian You know the drill when it comes to the weekly Knoxville Championship Cup Series, with numerous races throughout the season, but perhaps you’re a bit rusty on the Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals, which take place just once a year in Knoxville? Here’s a quick guide to the points, scoring, and format that make the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals so distinctive. The Thursday and Friday night qualifying races of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals are unique due to a higher car count than a typical race. Additionally, each team is able to compete both nights and use the highest point total of their two nights as their official score. To begin, the ...
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