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

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

Dates:

August 11-14, 2021

Current Champion:

David Gravel

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Pre-Entries

*Updated 6/17/2021

1Z - Logan Wagner, Harrisonville, PA
21 - Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO

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 – 19th Annual Mini Nationals at Slideways Karting Center
10am – Trade Show in Skate Pit 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 – Knoxville Nationals Queen’s Contest in Dyer Hudson Hall
7pm – Outlaw Dirt Kart Nationals at English Creek Speedway
9pm - "Welcome to NOSville" 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
3pm – Great Southern Bank Kid Zone Opens featuring a Casey’s Pizza Party 
5:45pm – David Gravel Champion Pole Unveil on Midway
6pm – VFW 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, Qualifying Night:

9am – Rooftop Yoga at Bryan Clauson Suite Tower  
10am – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Members Only VIP Reception
3pm – Great Southern Bank Kid Zone Opens featuring a Jersey Freeze Ice Cream Party
6pm –VFW Winged Nation presented by Sage Fruit on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage
Post – Races: Damon Dotson Band live music on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage
Post – Races: 52nd Chicken Feed at West End of Grandstands 

Friday, FVP Preliminary Night:

9am -- Rooftop Yoga at Bryan Clauson Suite Tower
9am - National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Golf Classic in Pella
11am – Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament in Main Showbarn (far west end of midway)
3pm – Great Southern Bank Kid Zone Opens in Fan Zone 
Area featuring free face painting from 3-6pm
4pm – Driver Autograph Session in Main Showbarn 
6pm – VFW 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 Finale:
8:45am – 4.10 Dash – Turn 4 Pit Gate 
11am – NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s Parade – Downtown Knoxville  
12pm – 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 Driver’s Meeting in Main Showbarn - Open to the Public
4pm - SPEED SPORT Pre-Race Show on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage 
6pm – VFW Winged Nation presented by Sage Fruit on the Hercules Tires Entertainment Stage
1:30am – NOS Energy Drink Fan Finale Party in Turns 3&4 Barn 

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 finishers 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. $100
11. $100   12. $100   13. $100   14. $100  15. $100
16. $100     17. $100     18. $100    19. $100     20. $100

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. $200
  6. $200     7. $200     8. $200     9. $600   10. $550
11. $500   12. $475   13. $450   14. $425   15. $400
16. $375   17. $350   18. $325   19. $300   20. $200
21. $200   22. $200   23. $200   24. $200

B Mains 1 and 2:
  1. $400     2. $400      3. $400    4. $1,200     5. $1,100
  6. $1,000  7. $950      8. $900       9. $850    10. $825
11. $800   12. $775    13. $750     14. $725    15. $700
16. $675   17. $650    18. $625     19. $600    20. $575
21. $525   22. $500   23. $500   24. $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

Horsepower Inc Throwback Award:
1. $2,000   2. $1,000   3. $500 

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. $600
  6. $600      7. $800      8. $775      9. $750    10. $725
11. $700    12. $675    13. $650    14. $625    15. $600
16. $575    17. $550    18. $525    19. $500    20. $475
21. $450    22. $425    23. $400    24. $400   

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

A Main Lap-Leader Bonus: $1,000 per lap.  

TOTAL PURSE: $1,064,855

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

Lap Sponsors

1. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum 
2. Gary Phillips, Real Estate Appraiser
3. Three Seasons Lawn Care 
4. Chalk Stix Tortion Bars 
5. Port Royal Speedway
6. KRCO
7. Dennison Racing Tee's 
8. Golf Cars of Iowa
9. Prairie Meadows Casino & Hotel
10. DIRTCar Nationals
11. Winged Nation
12. K1 Race Gear
13. Marion County Fair Association 
14. JD Welding & Machine
15. GO SCHATZ! from Pella Motors 
16. Carman Trucking 
17. Nemesis Design Studio
18. I-80 Speedway
19. Smith Titanium
20. In Memory of Jay "J-Bird" Dehaai
21. Marlowe's Metal Fabricating
22. Capital Sign Co. 
23. Buckeye Hone Company
24. Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation
25. Roose Family
26. Elliott's Custom Trailers and Golf Carts
27. In Memory of Greg Hodnett
28. Premier Speedway, Warrnambool, Australia - Home of The Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic!
29. Jack Berry Racing Au
30. Celebrating Bobby Allen's 1990 victory - Drydene Performance Products 
31. In Memory of Francis Heid
32. Hauge Farms
33. Dave Heskin Sr./Curt Fast Memorial Lap 
34. SPEED SPORT
35. Progressions Salon & Day Spa
36. Four C's Construction
37. Bill "Dirt" and Steve Landers
38. In honor of Phil and Michelle Jordison Australia 
39. Brownells
40. DIRTVision
41. Jonestown KOA
42. Marlowe's Metal Fabricating
43. Schoenfeld Headers
44. In Memory of Don Swope 
45. XYZ Machining
46. In honor of Valentino from Moto GP
47. NOS Energy Drink
48. In Memory of Jerry Crabb
49. Sage Fruit Company
50. Casey's