60th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores

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60th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores

Dates:

August 12-15, 2020

Current Champion:

David Gravel

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Pre-Entries

Happenings

Wednesday - Saturday:

8am – Knoxville Raceway Ticket Office Opens
8am - National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Opens with special fan forums each day
9am – 16th Annual Mini Nationals at Slideways Karting Center
10am – Trade Show in Grand Show Barn at Knoxville Raceway Opens
10am – Driver Apparel + Merchandise Village Opens
2pm – Pit Gates Open
5:30pm – Grandstand Gates Open
7:15pm – Hot Laps

 
Monday:

7pm – Front Row Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway
7pm – Outlaw Dirt Kart Nationals at English Creek Speedway

Tuesday:

4pm – KRCO Bus Ride “Bar Crawl” Departs Outside Ticket Office
7pm –Ultimate Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa
7pm – Knoxville Nationals Queen’s Contest in Dyer Hudson Hall
7pm – Outlaw Dirt Kart Nationals at English Creek Speedway
9pm - NOSville Nationals Official Kick-Off Party at Dingus Lounge, featuring live music by country singer Andy Velo

Wednesday, BRANDT Professional Agriculture Qualifying Night:  

9am – Rooftop Yoga at Bryan Clauson Suite Tower
10am – 5pm – Tony Stewart Foundation Event at Slideways
3pm – Great Southern Bank Kid Zone Opens featuring a Casey’s General Store Pizza Party with Brian Brown 
5:45pm – Brad Sweet Champion Pole Unveil on Midway
6pm –Winged Nation presented by Sage Fruit on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage
Post-Race: "The Boys" live music on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage 

Thursday, F.O.E. Qualifying Night:
9am – Rooftop Yoga at Bryan Clauson Suite Tower  
11am – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Members Only VIP Reception
3pm – Great Southern Bank Kid Zone Opens featuring a Kone Korner Ice Cream Party with Sheldon Haudenschild 
3pm - PA Posse Party at Peace Tree Brewing Company downtown 
6pm –Winged Nation presented by Sage Fruit on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage
Post – Races: CTRL+C live music on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage
Post – Races: 51st Annual Chicken Feed at West End of Grandstands 

Friday, FVP Preliminary Night:
9am –National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Golf Classic- Pella, IA
9am -- Rooftop Yoga at Bryan Clauson Suite Tower
11am – Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament in (big barn behind Turns 3&4)
3pm – Great Southern Bank Kid Zone Opens in Fan Zone 
Area featuring free face painting from 4-6pm and a KIDS ONLY Q&A with Tony Stewart and Donny Schatz 
4pm – Driver Autograph Session in tent by ticket office
6pm –Winged Nation presented by Sage Fruit on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage
Post – Races: After Shock Rock Tribute Band on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage

Saturday, NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores Finale:
9am – 4.10 Dash – Turn 4 Pit Gate 
11am – NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store Parade – Downtown Knoxville  
11:30am – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Charity Auction
1pm – Great Southern Bank Kid Zone Opens with free ballloon twisting from 3-6pm 
3pm – NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store Driver’s Meeting – Tent by Ticket Office - open to the public 
4pm - The Ralph Sheheen Show on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage 
6pm –Winged Nation presented by Sage Fruit on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage
Approx. 11pm – NOS Energy Drink Fan Finale Party with Tim Dugger Live on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage

Format

The Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store encompasses a four-day format unmatched in all of dirt track racing. The prestige of winning the event far outweighs the generous nearly $1 million purse, With points meaning everything, and every lap turned on the track meaning points, there is no time for a break at the "Granddaddy Of Them All" the Knoxville Nationals! 

Wednesday and Thursday Qualifying Nights

Order of Events: Hot laps, Qualifications, 5 Heats, C Main, B Main, 25 lap A Main.

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

Only the top 50 qualifiers each night make the heats, the rest are put in the last chance heats if needed 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 race winner, points go down by three for each position: 97, 94, 91, 88, etc.

Heats are inverted by 8. This sets up the best racing of the
week. Only the top four finishers go to A Main, fifth through eighth go to the B Main, finishing positions 9-10 go to the C Main.

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

B Main
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 Main
The A Main 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 combined points from Wednesday and Thursday are locked in to Saturday's Championship A Main, Teams 17th-26th in points are awarded the first 10 positions in the Saturday B Main. The rest of the field comes back for more racing on Friday.

Friday

Friday- FVP "Hard Knox" Events:
The top 4 finishers from the Hard Knox A-Main will earn the 21-24 starting spots in Saturday's A Main. This is where the term making the A Main the Hard Knox way comes from. Friday's event will consist of split field qualifying, 6 heats, C Main, two B Main's and the Hard Knox 25 lap A Main. 
*The Friday format may change if there are any weather related scheduling issues.

Saturday

Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store Finals

Events:

10 lap E Main, 12 lap D Main, 15 lap C Main, 22 lap B Main, and the 50 lap Knoxville Nationals Championship A Main.

The B, C, D, and E Main 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 top four finidhers from the B Main will earn the 17-20 starting spots in the 50 lap A Main.

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 Main:
  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 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

A Main:
  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

hard knox 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 and 2:
  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. $5,000
  6. $4,000    7. $3,000    8. $3,000    9. $3,000  10. $3,000
11. $3,000  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

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY:

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

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

Mr. Sprint Award:
1. $2,000    2. $1,250    3. $750

Pole Award Award:
$2,000

Rookie of the Year Award:
$1,000

E Main:
  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 Main:
  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. $800     14. $800     15. $800
16. $800      17. $800     18. $800     19. $800     20. $800
21. $800      22. $800     23. $800     24. $800

C Main:
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     23. $825     24. $825

B Main:
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

Championship A Main:
  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. $10,000     24. $10,000

TOTAL PURSE: $957,320

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
2016 - Jason Johnson 41, Jason Johnson Racing
2017 - Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart
2018 - Brad Sweet, 49, Kasey Kahne Racing
2019 - David Gravel, 41, Jason Johnson Racing