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Sammy Swindell Retires from Professional Racing Immediately!

8/25/2014 - From Inside Line Promotions Germantown, TN — (August 25, 2014) – Sammy Swindell has decided to retire from professional racing effective immediately. Swindell, who has driven for Big Game Motorsports the past four years of his 40-plus year career, isn’t planning to race again outside of the Chili Bowl Nationals. Here are his words to the fans: “After the last two weeks of our break from racing I have decided to retire from racing. I would like to still drive my midget at the Chili Bowl. I have been thinking a lot about this for the last three months. It has been a hard decision to make. I always knew when the time came to retire it would be clear. I’ve had a long and ...
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Darin Van Dee Claims 29th Annual Fall Enduro at Knoxville!

8/24/2014 - Darin Van Dee Claims 29th Annual Fall Enduro at Knoxville! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 24, 2014 – Darin Van Dee of Deep River took the 29th annual Fall Enduro at Knoxville Raceway Sunday night. In a race that went the full 200 laps, the win paid him $1,000 for his efforts. Van Dee inherited the lead when defending champion, Mike Goff, made a stop in the pits to change a right rear tire at about the 170 lap mark. Goff returned to finish second on the lead lap and earn $700. Troy DeJong of Bussey finished third worth $500. Seven red flag periods were encountered along the way for various reasons such as debris on the ...
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2014 Final Owner-Driver Standings

8/24/2014 - 2014 410 Owner Standings (Final) * - Perfect Attendance 1. *Nehring #18 – 3541 2. *TMAC Motorsports #24 – 3470 3. *BDS Motorsports #1 – 3456 4. Brian Brown Racing #21 – 3385 5. *Maxwell #56 – 3263 6. *Big Game Treestands #7 – 3259 7. *Ingalls #91 – 3211 8. *Vortex Racing #12 – 3063 9. *Maeschen Racing #96 – 2859 10. *Vermeer #55 – 2626 11. Lunstra/Dobmeier #13 – 2553 12. *Fluth #40 – 2544 13. *Williams #7K – 2382 14. *Sonner #47 – 2339 15. *Deuce Motorsports #49 – 2170 16. *RMJ Motorsports #71A – 2075 17. *Competition Technologies #4 – 1936 18. *K&SP Farms #7TAZ – 1932 19. Cole Wood Racing #17w – 1924 20. *VanderEcken #10 – 1897 21. *Moore #69 – 1833 22. L&J Enterprise #5J – 1742 23. Chris Martin Racing #44 – 1706 24. Saville #75 – 1474 25. ...
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Three Winners, Three Champions at Knoxville!

8/23/2014 - Three Winners, Three Champions at Knoxville! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, Knoxville, IA, August 23, 2014 – In the end, the point leaders in each division held off the rest of the field, but it wasn’t easy. Ian Madsen drove to a strong fourth place finish in the 410 A main won by Mark Dobmeier to take that championship. Joe Beaver won the 360 driver title with a sixth place finish in a race won by Matt Moro. The BDS Motorsports #1 team claimed the 360 owner’s title. J Kinder needed a motor borrowed from the L&J Automotive #5J team to charge from 19th to fifth to claim the 305 championship. Dustin Clark won that feature. In the 410 ...
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"An Evening with Jon Agan" set for Thursday at NSCHoF&M

8/21/2014 - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum will host its monthly Sprint Car 101: Third Thursday Series program on Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. with “An Evening with Jon Agan.” The program is free and open to the public, and it will take place on the second floor of the non-profit museum. It will also be streamed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/sprintcarhof. According to museum curator Tom Schmeh today, “Because of the season that Jon Agan is having this year, we’ve wanted him to be our special guest for a while now. But, his schedule with the Sprint Invaders Association has precluded it from happening until this coming Thursday night. The former regular with the All Star ...
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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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