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50 YEARS AGO TODAY: KENNY GRITZ WON THE KNOXVILLE NATIONALS!

8/16/2019 - Remembering Kenny Gritz by Eric Arnold On August 16, 1969 twenty-five year old driver Kenny Gritz of Lincoln, Nebraska won the Knoxville Nationals. Sixteen days later on September 1, Gritz would lose his life in an accident in a race at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds. It’s a tragic tale of a man who worked hard, and racing was the hobby he and his family were involved with. Although Gritz had a somewhat successful 1969 season leading up to the Knoxville Nationals, in no way was he considered a favorite to win the event. Gritz won the biggest super modified race in the world paying $3,000 for the win, in what some people think as the biggest upset in the ...
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David Gravel On Top of Sprint Car World with Triumph at 59th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey’s General Stores!

8/10/2019 - David Gravel On Top of Sprint Car World with Triumph at 59th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey’s General Stores! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 10, 2019) – In 2017, Connecticut’s David Gravel scored a perfect 500 score at the Knoxville Nationals and was the odds-on favorite heading into Saturday. That race ended for him with mechanical woes. Two years later, the Watertown, Connecticut, driver is the 59th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores champion! In 2016, Jason Johnson scored a remarkable victory in the same race, and Saturday night, the Jason Johnson Racing #41 team celebrated their second such win in a classic case of a team coming together at ...
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Lineups for Saturday's 59th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores

8/10/2019 - Saturday’s Lineups (Subject to Change) A MAIN (50 Laps) 1. 87 Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX) 41 David Gravel (Watertown, CT) 2. 12N Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, IN) 49X Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA) 3. 71P Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN) 49 Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA) 4. 7S Tim Kaeding (San Jose, CA) 13X Paul McMahan (Nashville, TN) 5. 19 Brent Marks (Myerstown, PA) 83 Daryn Pittman (Owasso, OK) 6. 44S Trey Starks (Puyallup, WA) 09 Matt Juhl (Tea, SD) 7. 26 Cory Eliason (Visalia, CA) 18 Ian Madsen (St. Marys, NSW, AU) 8. 17 Sheldon Haudenschild (Wooster, OH) 69K Lance Dewease (Fayetteville, PA) 9. B Main Transfer 1 B Main Transfer 2 10. B Main Transfer 3 B Main Transfer 4 11. 2M Kerry Madsen (St. Marys, NSW, AU) 1S Logan Schuchart (Hanover, PA) 12. 5 ...
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Kerry Madsen Wins, Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart and Dominic Scelzi Transfer to Saturday’s NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores Finale!

8/9/2019 - Kerry Madsen Wins, Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart and Dominic Scelzi Transfer to Saturday’s NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores Finale! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 9, 2019) – FVP “Hard Knox” Night lived up to its name Friday at Knoxville Raceway! Kerry Madsen prevailed in the event that saw the top four drivers lock themselves into Saturday night’s 59th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores $150,000 to win finale. Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart and Dominic Scelzi joined Madsen, and will start in spots 21-24 in Saturday’s main event. The 25-lap feature got off to a rocky start when Brian Brown suffered driveline issues and slowed on the backstretch. Several cars stacked ...
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David Gravel Prevails on Night #2 of NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores!

8/8/2019 - David Gravel Prevails on Night #2 of NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 8, 2019) – Another great night of racing ended at the Knoxville Raceway with Connecticut’s David Gravel in Victory Lane. The driver of the Jason Johnson Racing #41 will start next to Wednesday high-point driver Aaron Reutzel in Saturday’s $150,000 finale of the 59th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. Thursday’s Fraternal Order of Eagles Night #2 saw a lot of twists and turns! Quick qualifier Shane Stewart endured a scary crash in turn three of his heat race, but walked away. Unfortunately, he was done and will compete in Friday’s FVP “Hard ...
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Trey Starks Wins His First at Knoxville on Night #1 of NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores!

8/7/2019 - Trey Starks Wins His First at Knoxville on Night #1 of NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 7, 2019) – Trey Starks picked a great time to win his first ever main event at the Knoxville Raceway! The Puyallup, Washington native held off a strong field at Knoxville Raceway Wednesday to take home the $12,000 Brandt Professional Agriculture Night #1 of the 59th Annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. Aaron Reutzel found himself on top of the point standings, topping the 53-car field with 487 points, ahead of Tim Kaeding (466) and Paul McMahan (465). Mark Dobmeier shot out from the pole to lead early in the ...
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Brian Brown Leads Beaver Drill & Tool Jesse Hockett Mr. Sprint Car Point Standings!

8/5/2019 - (Bill W) Knoxville, IA, August 5, 2019 – Three second place finishes in a row have Grain Valley, Missouri’s Brian Brown atop the Beaver Drill & Tool Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car” Point Standings. Tonight, the action shifts to the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa and the $20,000 to win Sage Fruit Front Row Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Company. Beaver Drill & Tool Company of Kansas City is in their second year as title sponsor of the Beaver Drill & Tool Jesse Hockett Mr. Sprint Car Award. The Vielhauer family, well-known in the sprint car racing community are owners of Beaver Drill & Tool Co. Knoxville Raceway is adding prizes to the Beaver Drill and Tool Jesse Hockett Mr. Sprint Car ...
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David Gravel Earns Capitani Classic After Epic Battle with Brian Brown!

8/4/2019 - David Gravel Earns Capitani Classic After Epic Battle with Brian Brown! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 4, 2019) – Connecticut’s David Gravel claimed the $7,500 8th Annual Bell Helmets Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank Sunday night at the Knoxville Raceway, overcoming half a dozen lead changes in the 25-lap event. His exciting win came aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41, and was the fourth in his career at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.” There were seventy-seven cars signed in. Brian Brown earned the pole position by winning the $2,500 Ultimate Speedway Nationals at Valvoline Raceway in Parramatta, New South Wales, Pole Shuffle. Brown took the early lead in the main event, followed by Gravel and Brock ...
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James McFadden Wins Tug-of-War with Brian Brown to Win the MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank!

8/3/2019 - James McFadden Wins Tug-of-War with Brian Brown to Win the MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank! Evan Epperson Wins Pro Sprints Go by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 3, 2019) – The 29th Annual MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank will go down in history as one to remember! Australia’s James McFadden won a battle with Brian Brown that saw five lead changes to cash in on the $15,000 top prize. His win also earned him Rookie of the Year honors and a bonus $500 from sponsors Jetco and Pace Performance. In support action, Evan Epperson won his second career feature with the Pro Sprints presented by Pace Performance. The 25-lap main event saw ...
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My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals Championship Main Event Lineups!

8/3/2019 - Point Totals and Saturday's Championship Lineups! A MAIN - 25 Laps 1 9M James McFadden 495 2 12N Joey Saldana 493 3 21 Brian Brown 487 4 14 Paul McMahan 481 5 5 Dusty Zomer 479 6 87 Aaron Reutzel 477 7 2C Wayne Johnson 475 8 15H Sam Hafertepe Jr. 473 9 21K Thomas Kennedy 470 10 9 Ryan Giles 468 11 56N Davey Heskin 467 12 5H Colby Copeland 465 13 26 Cory Eliason 461 14 71P Parker Price-Miller 456 15 17W Harli White 456 16 83H Justin Henderson 452 17 4X Terry McCarl 452 18 27 Carson McCarl 451 19 09 Matt Juhl 449 20 4J Lee Grosz 449 B MAIN - 15 Laps 1 17A Austin McCarl 447 2 70 Calvin Landis 444 3 28 Scott Bogucki 444 4 44S Trey Starks 441 5 71 Gio Scelzi 435 6 40 Clint Garner 434 7 4 Jon Agan 433 8 33M Mason Daniel 432 9 52 Blake Hahn 432 10 44 Chris Martin 429 11 3 Ayrton Gennetten 429 12 17 Josh Baughman 426 13 2KS Jason Solwold 426 14 23D Devon Dobie 424 15 83 Rob Kubli 424 16 94 Jeff Swindell 422 17 99 Brady Bacon 421 18 1 Travis Rilat 419 19 15 Christian Bowman 419 20 75AU Kyle Bellm 414 C MAIN - 12 Laps 1 53D Jack Dover 414 2 3P Sawyer Phillips 414 3 11 Roger Crockett 410 4 17WX Shane Golobic 410 5 20 AJ Moeller 406 6 22K Kaleb Johnson 402 7 J2 John Carney II 402 8 41S Dominic Scelzi 400 9 47X Dylan Westbrook 399 10 76 Brad Comegys 398 11 55 McKenna Haase 398 12 18 Ryan Roberts 395 13 11X Sammy Swindell 395 14 1K Kelby Watt 389 15 88 Scottie McDonald 385 16 2M Matt Moro 384 17 5J Jamie Ball 384 18 5G Curt Michael 380 19 35L Cody Ledger 376 20 77X Alex Hill 366 D MAIN - 10 Laps 1 3B Spencer Bayston 356 2 66 Ricky Montgomery 355 3 45 Rusty Hickman 352 4 29 Willie Croft 349 5 18R Lance Moss 349 6 13V Seth Brahmer 348 7 7TAZ Tasker Phillips 341 8 81E Eric Bridger 341 9 23H Randy Hannagan 334 10 95 Matt Covington 332 11 33 Alan Zoutte 330 12 2D Dusty Ballenger 327 13 53 Joe Beaver 325 14 64C Casey Greubel 322 15 1CB Chelsea Blevins 321 16 37H Nicholas Howard 319 17 14M Jordon Mallett 319 18 22M Shawn Murray 315 19 W20 Greg Wilson 314 20 22 Ryan Leavitt 314 E MAIN - 8 Laps 1 2K Kevin Ingle 312 2 74 Brodie Tulloch 310 3 21P Robbie Price 309 4 85 Dustin Daggett 308 5 19 Rob Weuve 307 6 87H Matthew Howard 298 7 1A John Anderson 287 8 22G Bryan Grimes 276 9 41D Dan Henning 275 10 2X Tucker Doughty 269 11 24N Nathan Mills 266 12 07 Michael Bookout 249 13 51A Elliot ...
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James McFadden Wins Thriller on Night #2 of the MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank!

8/2/2019 - James McFadden Wins Thriller on Night #2 of the MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 2, 2019) – Four-time Australian World Series Sprintcars titlist James McFadden won a barnburner on Iowa Corn Districts 5 and 9 Night #2 of the MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank on Saturday night. McFadden, now residing in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, took home $3,000 for his first career win at Knoxville, as well as with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #9M. He also locked himself into Saturday night’s main event pole position alongside Joey Saldana (complete lineups below). Blake Hahn brushed the turn one wall after ...
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Ryan Giles Wins One for the Home Team on Night #1 of the MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank!

8/1/2019 - Ryan Giles Wins One for the Home Team on Night #1 of the MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank! by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 1, 2019) – Knoxville regular Ryan Giles led wire to wire on Dingus Lounge Qualifying Night #1 of the 29th Annual MyPlace Hotels Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank. The Grimes, Iowa native’s ninth career win at Knoxville and first with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MavTV earned him $3,000. Dusty Zomer was the high point earner for the night heading into Saturday’s finale, followed by Aaron Reutzel and Wayne Johnson (points below results). Giles early lead in the 20-lapper came ahead of Thomas Kennedy, Rob Kubli, ...
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Gio Scelzi is Youngest 410 Knoxville Winner with All Star Drubbing!

7/27/2019 - Gio Scelzi is Youngest 410 Knoxville Winner with All Star Drubbing! Cory Eliason Captures His First Knoxville 360 Win by Bill Wright KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 27, 2019) – Gio Scelzi, who was already the youngest ever winner with the World of Outlaws and at Williams Grove Speedway, added the Knoxville Raceway to his list on Saturday. At 17 years and eight months, he became the track’s youngest 410 sprint car winner with a $5,000 triumph with the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions on Weiler Night. The win came aboard Bernie Stuebgen’s Indy Race Parts #71, and came six days earlier than the late Danny Young’s previous record victory in 1988. Cory Eliason topped a non-stop 360 feature ...
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Fraternal Order of Eagles Enters Dirt Track Racing with Sponsorship of Knoxville Nationals Thursday Qualifying Night

7/25/2019 - The Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E), an international non-profit organization, will be the sponsor of Thursday, August 8, qualifying night of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store. This will mark the first time F.O.E has promoted itself via grassroots, dirt track racing. The F.O.E is dedicated to raising money for charities across the country through social events like the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store. One hundred percent of the $10 million raised annually by Eagles goes directly to individuals and communities who are in need. “Iowa and racing are two things at the heart of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and its members, so we're tremendously excited to be a part ...
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