Tragic August in Speedway

Tragic August in Speedway

To lose a member of one’s family no matter the circumstance is devastating and the grief so hard to handle .The events during August which took the lives of three of Speedway’s family is hurting the hearts of every Speedway fan across the world. No matter the profile of the racers the loss opens up your heart and brings tears to the eyes of the strongest
From the highest profile driver to the local competitor the one thing they all share is their love of the sport.

It is impossible to find the words to express how one feels when we suffer such losses. Rest in peace does not seem to be enough. They are never lost to us, our memories remains strong and those memories can help ease to pain, a pain we all feel.

Carnie Fyfogle

Carnie Fyfogle

Carnie Fyfogle and his All American Outlaw #89

Carnie Fyfogle and his All American Outlaw #89

August 1st. Carnie Frylogle 66 from Maryland lost his life at Susquehanna Speedway Park in York Country. Frylogle was racing in the ALL American Outlaw Series at the track .The accident occurred on the last lap of the 20 lap feature event.
The All American Outlaw Series is not a high profile category, just a bunch of good old boys racing as it used to be. Carnie Frylogle has been racing since the moment he learnt to drive.

James"Jim"Campbell doing what he loved in his #31

James”Jim”Campbell doing what he loved in his #31

August 14 Williams Grove. James “Jim” Campbell lost his life during “Hot Laps”. James was one of the many in Speedway that make up the car numbers at the tracks and without these competitor Speedway would not the exciting sport we all enjoy . James “Jim “Campbell was 45.
Indy Car driver, 37 year old Justin Wilson passed away on Monday following injuries he received when he was struck in the head with debris from another competitor’s car during the Pocono Verizon Indy Car Series. Wilson left Formula one in 2003 and began his career in the Champ Car Series during the 2004 season. Wilson won four Champ Car races before the series was taken over by Indy Car. Wilson had a total of seven wins during his Indy Car career.

Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

Motor racing is one big family worldwide and during time of despair and tragedy they join as one to support the families of those affected .Our prayers, thoughts will always be with them.
Please also think about American Midget and Sprintcar driver Kevin Swindell who was seriously injured during the recent Knoxville Nationals and Australian Solo Speedway rider Darcy Ward .It will be a slow road to recovery for both Swindell and Ward.
Can we all continue to pray for all those families, their tears as they slide down their check is like  a river of memories of all the good times and we hope that it helps in some way with their healing. This message was posted by the All American Outlaws for all racers.Prayer for drivers

 

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Toby Bellbowen to race for Peter Murphy

Toby Bellbowen to race for Peter Murphy

Toby Bellbowen and Peter Murphy at Valvoline  Rampage Speedway Photos

Toby Bellbowen and Peter Murphy at Valvoline
Rampage Speedway Photos

One of Valvolines favorite sons is heading Stateside for a short racing campaign with the backing of expat Australian Peter Murphy. The younger of the Bellbowen boys will fire up the Peter Murphy; Dalton sponsored #11 for the first time in front of the Californian crowd at Silver Dollar Raceway, Chico. The Californian race crowds are sure to give the young Australian a huge cheer when he fires up the Murphy/Dalton.#11 and rolls onto the Silver Dollar Track.

Murphy/Dalton #11

Murphy/Dalton #11

BellBowen joins a host of Australians who have crossed the Pacific this year to challenge the Americans on their home clay.
The deal to race t short campaign in the Sates for Murphy came about during Peter’s visit last summer at Valvoline Raceway.
Australian drivers are welcomed with real respect whenever they hit the American tracks their reputations are boosted by the knowledge that there is no tougher place to learn your craft and race successfully than at Valvolines raceway in Granville , Down Under .
Toby Bellbowen’s USA schedule is as follows;
August 28 – Silver Dollar Raceway, Chico
August 29 – Ocean Speedway, Watsonville (55th Johnny Key Classic)
September 9 – Silver Dollar Raceway, Chico (360 Civil War Series)
September 11 & 12 – Silver Dollar Raceway, Chico (World of Outlaws Sprintcar Gold Cup)
September 18 – Kings Speedway, Hanford (King of Kings 360)
September 19 – Kings Speedway, Hanford (King of the West)
Talkingspeedway will keep you updated on all of Toby’s race results.

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Kinser stars in Michigan with the All Stars

The weekend of racing with the All Stars starts at 1-96 Speedway Michigan. The retiring Outlaws Legend Steve Kinser traveled to Michigan with his Bad Buggies TSR Team for three nights with the ASCoC.
Facing Kinser was the challenge to end the 5 race winning streak of Dale Blaney.The All Stars are a for formidable group of racers.

Victory for Kinser at 1-96 with the All Stars

Victory for Kinser at 1-96 with the All Stars

Kinser started the night perfectly with fast time during qualifying and top three finishers in his heat and the dash.
The King started out of position three and was gifted the top spot in the opening lap when pole sitter Dustin Dugget drove off the Speedway. You don’t offer up early chances to Kinser and expect not to pay the price .Out in front, that what the fans came to see, Kinser was in command.

Young “Hud”, Sheldon Haudenschild was up for the challenge but was not able to peg the veteran back; lapped traffic and four late race cautions were never going to be the advantage that Hudenschild needed

Kinser raced to the victory, his 37th career ASCoC win joining Danny Lasoski and Doug Wolfgan in a tie for the 12th position on the all time list of UNOH All Stars list winners.
Win 37 was extra special as it ended the 5 race winning streak of Dale Blaney.
Steve Kinser “ I just want to thank my entire crew” said Steve Kinser, “They gave me a great car here tonight and it was fantastic to drive. Even when we got caught up in traffic, we were able to drive right through it. Just a great night all together for us.”
1-96 Speedway result

:A-Main 1 – (35 Laps)
1. 11-Steve Kinser[3] ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[4] ; 3. 59-Danny Holtgraver[2] ; 4. 89-Cody Darrah[6] ; 5. 45-Tim Shaffer[9] ; 6. 1-Dale Blaney[12] ; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah[5] ; 8. 94-Ryan Smith[10] ; 9. 2M-Dustin Daggett[1] ; 10. W20-Greg Wilson[21] ; 11. 2L-Logan Forler[7] ; 12. 4-Danny Smith[20] ; 13. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[11] ; 14. 51-Roger Campbell[18] ; 15. 19-Joe Kubiniec[16] ; 16. 38-Jared Horstman[19] ; 17. 57X-Andrew Palker[15] ; 18. 16X-Ryan Ruhl[8] ; 19. 5T-Travis Philo[14] ; 20. 27-Shelby Bilton[22] ; 21. 25M-Ken Mackey[24] ; 22. 22-Cole Duncan[17] ; 23. 4K-Kody Kinser[13] ; 24. 4X-Craig Karazim[23]

Steve Kinser's car ready at Bulter

Steve Kinser’s car ready at Bulter

Night two of the Michigan tour was at Bulter Speedway and it looked like for 29 laps being a repeat of Kinser’s 1-9 win .Starting the night with his 1-96 form Kinser won his heat and the dash but the King would not be able to hold back the last lap charge by Caleb Griffith. This would be Caleb’s second UNON All Star win and his first All Start win in 2015 .The Ohio based racer collected a cool US$5,000 for his effort .
Caleb Griffith “ I’ve been watching Steve Kinser race since I was five or six years old” said Caleb Griffith, “To get around him like that for the win is pretty big. I think I’ve only been here (Butler Speedway) twice. We ran second the first time and we won here tonight. I love coming here.”
Bulter Speedway result

Griffith beats Kinser at Bulter

Griffith beats Kinser at Bulter

:A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
1. 33M-Caleb Griffith[3] ; 2. 11-Steve Kinser[1] ; 3. W20-Greg Wilson[4] ; 4. 89-Cody Darrah[6] ; 5. 9P-Parker Price-Miller[2] ; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer[8] ; 7. 16X-Ryan Ruhl[7] ; 8. 22-Cole Duncan[10] ; 9. 1-Dale Blaney[11] ; 10. 59-Danny Holtgraver[13] ; 11. 57X-Andrew Palker[15] ; 12. 5T-Travis Philo[12] ; 13. 94-Ryan Smith[17] ; 14. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[21] ; 15. 4-Danny Smith[18] ; 16. 12J-Tyler Moore[16] ; 17. 35R-Ronnie Blair[22] ; 18. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[9] ; 19. 10H-Chad Kemenah[14] ; 20. 51-Roger Campbell[20] ; 21. 4K-Kody Kinser[19] ; 22. 49-Tanner Thorson[23] ; 23. 6M-Max Stambaugh[24] ; 24. 38-Jared Horstman[5]

The final night of the Michigan 3 night swing at Millstream was washed out leaving a couple of unanswered questions . Could Kinser take his ASCoC 38th win and move to 11 in the all time list or would dale Blaney’s winning form return .

Millstream wshed out

Millstream wshed out

The next outing for the ALL Stars Circuit of Champions will be at Attica Raceway Park September 4th .

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Rain denies fans repeat Abreu-Clauson clash

Rain denies fans  a repeat Abreu and Clauson clash
Rain over Pennsylvania has denied race fans of the expected clash between Abreu and Clauson at the final show for the USAC and ARDC tour of Pennsylvania.Mother nature claimed another unwelcome win in 2015.

Rico Abreu after winning at Lincoln

Rico Abreu after winning at Lincoln

After the disappointments of Lincoln, Clauson and Jerry Coons Jr were on a mission to reverse their Lincoln results.
Kevin Thomas Jr leaves Lincoln just 10 points ahead of Tracy Hines with the defending Champion a further42 points adrift.
The next USAC event is scheduled for September 4-5 at Tri-City Speedway Granite City, Illinois for the 7th Annual Gold Crown Midget Nationals.
With only 5 races left to decide the National Honda Midget Title the “Gold Crown Nationals “ must be a points grabbing exercise for those chasing the Title .Abreu is on a roll and has his script is already in draft !

Rioco Abreu and Tracy Hines both chasing Kevin Thomas Jr for the USAC title

Rioco Abreu and Tracy Hines both chasing Kevin Thomas Jr for the USAC title

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ARDC .has their next show on August 28 at Bridgeport

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Abreu beats Clauson to the cushion for win at Lincoln

Abreu beats Clauson to the cushion for win at Lincoln

Rico Abreu and #97

Rico Abreu and #97

With a stunning last corner steal from the cushion Rico Abreu scores back to back wins as USAC and ARDC continued their swing through Pennsylvania.
Clauson might feel he was a little stiff but Jerry Coons Jr was wrecked after car problems forced him from the race lead for the second time this season .A fuel nozzle broke four laps from the finish. Coons Jr had battled Clauson for the lead and looked a likely winner before bad luck returned to stop the Heffner #27

Coons before the Feature at Lincoln Pic -Heffner racing

Coons before the Feature at Lincoln
Pic -Heffner racing

Abreu was magic beating Clauson to cushion and the drag race to the flag ensured the Kunz #97 the top spot on the podium in successive races.
Abreu parked his Keith Kunz/Curb Agajanian Motorsports Toyota/Bullet in the front straight to amazing applause from a very loud and supportive Lincoln Speedway crowd.
Abreu stopped on the front stretch in front of a loud Lincoln Speedway crowd to celebrate his win in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
Over the last two races Abreu has put his defense of his National Honda Midget Title back on track and has closed in a the lead of teammate Kevin Thomas Jr

 

Rico Abreu “I knew he would hear me eventually up there, but I was making sure when I got to him that I would be gone fast enough. Bryan moved back down after he got Jerry, and I just got a couple really perfect laps up there where I didn’t get up too high and into any loose stuff. I knew it was tricky down low; we were having trouble keeping it where it needed to be. You could really hammer it up top there when it cleaned off and got wide, and that was about as fun as it gets at the end. He is a clean racer and left me just enough room for us to get through there. It’s awesome to be out here and have that crowd reaction; it makes this whole trip worthwhile to see these tracks and race in front of such great fans,” Abreu said.
Bryan Clauson “I guess sometimes you make the wrong decision and end up getting beat, and that’s pretty much how tonight went. I felt like I was working awfully hard up top to get by Jerry, so after I went by him, I guess I left the door open for him to get me. It was a lot of fun racing with Jerry, and it’s cool to come to a place like this and show them what midget racing is all about,” Clauson said.
Hines “I saw Rico go to the top, so I jumped up there too and it got us up to third. We got into that crash in the heat race, and had to play catch-up from there for the rest of the night. We probably left a little on the table with the car with replacing other parts and an issue with a bleeder during the B. We got it all fixed and ready, so it was a good run from there,” Hines said
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Alex Bright, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Brenden Bright, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 13. Steven Drevicki, 14. Nick Wean, 15. Christopher Bell, 16. Billy Pauch, Jr., 17. Ryan Watt, 18. Brett Arndt, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Ryan Greth, 21. Brett Wanner, 22. Tim Buckwalter, 23. Tony DiMattia. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Coons, Laps 14-15 Clauson, Laps 16-25 Coons, Laps 26-28 Clauson, Laps 29-30 Abreu.
HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas-630; 2-Hines-620; 3-Abreu-588; 4-Thorson-535; 5-Coons-526; 6-Bayston-519; 7-T.Thomas-506; 8-Bell-415; 9-Darren Hagen-321; 10-Chapple-237.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: August 20 – Newberrytown, Pennsylvania – Susquehanna Speedway Par

Pic and stats thanks to USAC Racing

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It’s done Madsen back in winners circle

It’s done Madsen back in winners circle

Madsen at Junction Speedway

Madsen at Junction Speedway

McCool Junction Nebraska is where Kerry Madsen’s luck finally changes .After 67 Outlaw shows without a race win his Knoxville form followed the St Marys racer to Junction Speedway .A solid early program saw Madsen make the Dash then transform that to pole alongside Schatz for the main event.
Many times this year Madsen had had the front row but has been unable to convert his efforts into race wins. During 2014 Madsen held top spot on the podium 6 times
Madsen drove into an early race lead, a lead he would maintain for the entire 30 laps. Schatz was the early challenger to Madsen but the only caution on lap 11 would offer Saldana the chance to do what many have failed to do, pass and keep his position over the 2014 defending WoO and nine times Knoxville Champion.

Kerry Madsen in the #29

Kerry Madsen in the #29

By lap 18 Madsen started to confront the traffic and Saldana took the opportunity to close on the #29 racecar.Was that monkey gonna hang on to Madsen or would he dispose of it quickly .Madsen was not going to be denied his maiden 2015 win and held onto his 1.30 second lead and crossed the stripe to the delight of all Kerry Madsen fans and his American Racing Custom Wheels team.
Kerry Madsen “We got on a roll last year and somehow we got off it,” Madsen said. “And the last month we have been working so hard to try to get our racecars better and we had a great week last week and tonight. You can just never feel complacent when you’re on the front row with Donny. I was pushing hard, there probably wasn’t really another line, but you’re just expecting some big slide job. So every lap you drive as hard as you can. Just great to get the result.”
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Joey Saldana and his Motter Motorsports team at Junction Speedway

Joey Saldana and his Motter Motorsports team at Junction Speedway

“I felt like we had a really good car, it just came up short,” Saldana said. “We’ll take it and move on to the next race. We’re a consistent car, we’ve just got to get a little bit better and a little out here is hard to do. We’ve just got to keep digging, doing what we’re doing
Donny Schatz “We were fast there at the end of the night and were able to get up to Joe,” said Schatz, who closed out the night with a third place finish. “It wasn’t our best performance in a long time but we’ll take it and lick our wounds and go on to the next one.”
A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [9]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15]; 9. 1M-Danny Lasoski [8]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [17]; 11. 44W-Austen Wheatley [10]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [14]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11]; 15. 7-David Gravel [12]; 16. 95-Matt Covington [13]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [18]; 18. 99T-Skylar Gee [19]; 19. 3A-Billy Alley [16]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart [+7]

The next schedule event for the Outlaws is River Cities Speedway, Grand Forks North Dakoto.

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Abreu finds the Path to victory lane at Path Valley

Abreu finds the Path to victory lane at Path Valley

Abreu and Bell at Path Valley USAC-Pic

Abreu and Bell at Path Valley
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Rico Abreu led home a Kunz/Toyota 1, 2, 3 at Path Valley when USAC and ARDC co sanctioned the Pennsylvania Midget Show.
In taking Midget win number four for the year Abreu dragged back points in his effort to retain his National Honda Midget Championship
Tracey Hines rolled into Path Valley Speedway Park in the Championship lead but departed after his 6th place finish saw his lead taken over by Kevin Thomas Jr.The rivalry between the four Kunz teammates ensure a hectic early pace.
Tracy Hines was the first to race into the lead but Thorson assumed the race lead before the end of the opening lap .Abreu quickly moved into second but most of the attention was on Christopher Bell as he charged from P 13 to 6th within the first three laps .The race suddenly turned into a battle between the Kunz teammate with them running top four in the field

Bell charged past teammate Thomas and began to chase after Thorson and Abreu. Trying to break the Toyota stranglehold on the race Bryan Clauson started too moved quickly but by lap 13 his race was done as he slowed with electrical problems .Clauson’s problem would benefit Abreu as he quickly disposed of Thorson on the restart and began to consolidate his leading position.
Now it was Thomas’s time to challenge and in the process both he and Thorson came together forcing the #67 to spin and bring out another caution. With Thorson restarting from the back.

The restart and Thomas charged up to Abreu and gained the lead with a huge slider on lap 19, his lead was brief as another caution was out for a back maker who had spun.
The restart with 11 laps to run had Abreu back in the lead and it was now Bell’s turn to mix up running order. Quickly putting Thomas behind him he started to breakdown Abreu’s lead.
Abreu and Bell would exchange the race lead until a further caution came out for a spinning 6th running Tyler Thomas.
Rico worked the lead from the restart and ran the last 5 laps unchallenged .Bell crossed .852 seconds behind with Kevin Thomas completing yet another podium sweep for the Kunz/Toyota /Curb/-Agajanian team. Christopher Bell had passed 11 cars during his chase of Abreu and for all his earlier problems Tanner Thorson would recover with a strong 9th place finish.

Driver interviews :

Rico Abreu “It’s awesome to be out here and be able to win in front of fans like these. I’ve been really looking forward to this week racing on dirt in Pennsylvania, so hopefully I can win a few and have fun. It’s great to race hard like that with your teammates. Being the leader the last half of that race, you’re just not sure where to go. Christopher was dive-bombing me, but I didn’t know exactly how he was running. After he passed me, he went straight to the top of three and four right before the caution came out, so I knew that’s where he was running. Races play out that way sometimes. They worked in my favor tonight,” Abreu said of his 12th career National Midget win, which tied him for 53rd all-time among the group of Gene Force, Bobby Grim, Danny Caruthers, Jeff Gordon, Ron Shuman, Russ Gamester, and Kyle Larson.

Rico get the latest track information from track owner Jack Winsett Path Valley -Pic

Rico get the latest track information from track owner Jack Winsett
Path Valley -Pic

Christopher Bell “I could really just go anywhere early in that race, and with some marbles in the middle of the track, they were going high and low so I just went through the middle. I found open lanes early and that helped get up through there. The yellows were so frustrating tonight. Just when I got my momentum or had a chance to pass for the lead and get away, there one would come. Hopefully they work out better for me next time,” Bell said.

Kevin Thomas Jr “I was searching early to find someplace to run, and then Bell railed me up high and I knew we had to get going. I showed Rico the top when I went by him, and the caution to put me back behind him hurt. I got a bad restart and lost that spot to Bell, and beyond that we were pretty close in speed. I hate saying it was a good points night, but we had a solid night, and our goal is to win a championship, ultimately. You have to take advantage of nights like these,” Thomas, Jr. said.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Jerry Coons, romJr., 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Billy Pauch, Jr., 8. Brenden Bright, 9. Tanner Thorson, 10. Steven Drevicki, 11. Ryan Greth, 12. Alex Bright, 13. Tim Buckwalter, 14. P.J. Gargiulo, 15. Brett Arndt, 16. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Tyler Thomas, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Nick Wean, 22. Bryan Clauson, 23. Jim Radney. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Thorson, Laps 14-30 Abreu.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas Jr.-573, 2-Hines-564, 3-Abreu-518, 4-Thorson-497, 5-Bayston-475, 6-Coons-472, 7-T.Thomas-462, 8-Bell-381, 9-Darren Hagen-321, 10-Dave Darland-222.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: August 19 – Abbottstown, Pennsylvania – Lincoln SpeedwayUSAC-Logo_400x400

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Month of money top earners

Month of money top earners

Schatz with his Knoxville trophy Pic credit Tony Stewart racing

Schatz with his Knoxville trophy
Pic credit Tony Stewart racing

Jeremy Elliott from pennlive.com reports the top money earners for the Sprintcar Month of Money. The list was compiled from all the big events, World of Outlaws, All Star Circuit of Champions and the National Sprint league. The 360 Nationals and all the local Central Pennsylvania.It’s not surprising that the top three in this list sit on top of the WoO standings after Knoxville.

Donny Schatz heads the Month of Money list with earning of US$219.00 followed by Shane Stewart with US$137,200 and Knoxville runner up Aussie Kerry Madsen with US$109.550.

The 35 top earner for the Month of money includes three other Australians Lynton Jeffrey with UA$31, 625, Ian Madsen US$22,150 and Jamie Veal US$18,375.Sounds like a lot of loot, but to prepare and run a Sprintcar team is massively expensive and without the help of their local supporters and sponsors it would not be possible.

Shane Stewart

Shane Stewart

With most the big sponsorship dollars generally being soaked up by high profile sports the support of Speedway across the world is often is left to locally based business .Speedway generate massive interest , creates jobs , helps local economies to grow while providing entertainment at super value .

Next time you visit a Speedway please support the local business that support your favorite race driver .

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen

The top 35 in the Month of Money list :
Donny Schatz US$219,350,Shane Stewart US$137,200,Kerry Madsen US$109,550,Brad Sweet US$85,300,Danny Lasoski US$67.600,Dale Blaney US$61,275, Terry McCarl US$56,800,Greg Hodnett US$55,800,Danny Dietrich US$54,110,Daryn Pittman US$49,725,Joey Saldana US$48,200,Brian Brown US$41,225,Paul McMahan US$39,290,Sammy Swindell US$37,500,Jason Johnson US$37,125,Lucas Wolfe US$38,990,Cody Darrah US$33,810,Bryan Clauson US$33,170,Stevie Smith US$31,640,Lynron Jeffrey US$31,625,David Gravel US$31,540,Brent Marks US$31,200,Rico Abreu US$27,980,Dusty Zomer US$27,150,Sheldon Haudenschild US$23,840,Ian Madsen US$22,150,Tim Shaffer US$19,950,Wayne Johnson US$18,800,Jamie Veal US$18,375,Chad Kemenah US$17,950,Greg Wilson US$17,100, Kraig Kinser US$16,100,Tasker Phillip US$15,750,Aron Ott US$15,700

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Madsen denied as Schatz knocks off his 9th Knoxville National

Madsen denied as Schatz knocks off his 9th Knoxville National

Donny Schatz wins Knoxville for the ninth time  -Knoxville Pic

Donny Schatz wins Knoxville for the ninth time -Knoxville Pic

After 4 gassed up days it all came down to the 50 Lap Final. On the way to the final, some hard luck for Aussie James McFadden when he smoked another engine while contending for a transfer from the B main.
Kevin Swindell is still in hospital after his crash earlier in the week ,Swindell is expected to undergo another operation on Monday after which will be a long road back to full recovery .Takingspeedway.com wishes Kevin all the best for his recovery

But it’s all about the Final and right from the start the question was posed can Donny Schatz taken out his 9th Title in 10 year. From the moment the Knoxville flagman, Doug Green released his grasp on the green flag Schatz was well and truly on the way .Jumping the Aussie Kerry Madsen at the start Schatz started to prepare the foundation for his 9th Knoxville National Title. Madsen chased hard early closing in on the tail of the Bad Boy Buggies #15 but unable to gain the vital pass.

With Schatz wheeling out in front Madsen now had to deal with a fast arriving Lasoski in the Go Muddy.com #2.
The Go Muddy.com no 2 was working the Knoxville cushion over and started to trade second with Madsen. Lap 16 and Jason Johnson’s #41 shredded his left rear tire and the yellow comes out.

The caution offered the chasers their first real opportunity to threaten the reigning Champ but as we have come to expect the Champ from Fargo North Dakota was right up to the challenge leaving Madsen and Lasoski to their personal battle .Lap 25 and the “Dude” made second his as the race reach the half way point and the fuel stop.

Terry McCarl at fuel stop

Terry McCarl at fuel stop

After the 5 minute fuel stop Schatz took on the high side of the track and started to gap Lasoski as Madsen gained momentum forcing Lasoski to defend his 2nd position. Both Madsen and the forth place Sweet worked high on the cushion with the “Dude” stuck on the bottom. By lap 32, both Madsen and Sweet had passed the GO Muddy.com #2, Madsen around the top and Sweet through on the bottom.

After dealing with Lasoski , Madsen now had the threat of Brad Sweet to take his attention from chasing down Schatz. The gap between Schatz and Madsen had squeezed out to 2.204 second before the red came out to cover Pau McMahan who slipped the cushion on lap 35.
Schatz was back on the pace quickly leaving Madsen and Sweet at it for second .It was a hot battle between the two with them disputing second , their pace kept them within striking distance of the #15.

Madsen had to work hard to keep Sweet behind and both were hoping the coming traffic would offer one final chance to jump the #15. Lap 48 and the final chance was opening up with Schatz appearing to be boxed in the lapped traffic.
Not often does Schatz fall in traffic and this was not going to be one of those day , with the finishing line in sight the might of the Bad Boys Buggies/TSR/Chevrolet Performance #15 would not be denied and the World of Outlaws Champion would become a 9 times Knoxville Champion .Kerry Madsen with all the aggression, determination that fans have come to expect crossed the stripe 1.363 sec behind the #15. Brad Sweet in the Kasey Kahne Racing and the Ollie’s Bargain Barn Outlet #49.

The Knoxville Nationals is the Sprintcar Title they all want, the performance of the Tony Stewart/Donny Schatz partnership continually ticks every box, and every race meeting making the task of their competition almost impossible .The constancy of this team is unmatched in modern motor sport. While they have many critics, most with little knowledge their performance speaks loud and clear.
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Donny Schatz

Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart

Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart

: “It’s not the traffic that was bothering me. It was the restarts. It’s my job to get through traffic. If I can’t then I’m probably going to lose my job. The past couple weeks, seem like people get a run on you and can slide you, so you just had to do something different. One time I’d go to the bottom, one time I’d go to the top and keep mixing it up, but it’s hard to do that without mixing yourself up.

The boss was here tonight. Can’t thank him [Tony Stewart] enough for all the support to allow us to be with Bad Boy Buggies, Chevrolet Performance, and all our marketing partners to do what we love to do.”
Kerry Madsen :

Kerry Madsen 2nd at Knoxville 2015 Knoxville Pic

Kerry Madsen 2nd at Knoxville 2015
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“I tried as hard as possible to get it done. I got behind him in dirty air and was just was jumping around on the cushion like an idiot, but I wasn’t going to leave anything on the table,” said Madsen. “I thought it was on there. I thought I had a quicker car and I just apologize for not getting the job done but he didn’t make a mistake the last 15 laps. I was ready to pounce, but it didn’t happen.”
Brad Sweet: “I tell you what this is a huge step in the right direction for Kasey Kahne Racing and the Ollie’s Bargain Barn Outlet. The car was really good. We hit on some stuff at the Front Row Challenge and we carried some momentum into here and when the time to hit it right in the A-Main was right, we hit it. I really didn’t want to see those yellows because I really felt like we were more maneuverable than the guys in front of us, but hats off to Donny. He makes it really hard to win this race.”

.A main (started), 50 Laps, NT: 1. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (1); 2. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (2); 3. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (5); 4. 16, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (12); 5. 71m, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (4); 6. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (14); 7. 9, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (15); 8. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (6); 9. 1z, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (13); 10. Greg Hodnett (23); 11. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (8); 12. 17w, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN (16); 13. 7, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (3); 14. 93H, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (10); 15. 29w, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (17); 16. Cody Darrah (22); 17. 19M, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (18); 18. 1B, Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH (11); 19. Sammy Swindell (21); 20. 3A, Billy Alley, Bennet, NE (19); 21. 51, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (7); 22. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (9); 23. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (24); 24. Wayne Johnson (20); 25. 24R, Trevor Canales, Roseville, CA (25). Lap Leader: Schatz 1-50. Hard-charger: Hodnett

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B main (started), 22 Laps, NT: 1. 12x, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (1); 2. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (3); 3. 89, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA (2); 4. 27, Greg Hodnett, Spring Grove, PA (9) / 5. 45, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (17); 6. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (5); 7. 1D, Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD (4); 8. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (10); 9. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (11); 10. 19s, Stevie Smith, Broken Arrow, OK (7); 11. 2KS, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (15); 12. 35AU, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Aust. (14); 13. 7D, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (19); 14. 10H, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (12); 15. Kraig Kinser (22); 16. 01, Christopher Bell, Norman, OK (16); 17. Aaron Reutzel (23); 18. 55W, Logan Wagner, Harrisonville, PA (20); 19. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (13); 20. 3G, James McFadden, Brisbane, QLD, Aust. (8); 21. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (6); 22. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (24); 23. Bill Balog (21); 24. 82, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (18)

Wayne Johnson B Main winner

Wayne Johnson B Main winner

C main (started), 15 Laps, NT: 1. 17B, Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI (5); 2. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (1); 3. 83, Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX (3); 4. 67H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (4) / 5. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN (6); 6. 13x, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (9); 7. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (12); 8. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (19); 9. 3, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (13); 10. 1a, Jacob Allen, Hanover, PA (7); 11. 44w, Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, WA (11); 12. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (18); 13. Brady Bacon (22); 14. 88N, DJ Netto, Hanford, CA (15); 15. 95, Matt Covington, Glenpool, OK (20); 16. Josh Baughman (21); 17. 9P, Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN (8); 18. Jon Agan (23); 19. 1x, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (16); 20. 56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (2); 21. 1s, Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA (14); 22. 70, Dean Jacobs, Wooster, OH (10); 23. Tony Shilling (24); 24. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (17)                                  No image of BillBlog

D main (started), 12 Laps, NT: 1. 17, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (2); 2. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (1); 3. 4R, Jon Agan, Knoxville, IA (3); 4. 22, Tony Shilling, Knoxville, IA (6) / 5. 47, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (9); 6. 0, Bud Kaeding, Campbell, CA (4); 7. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (7); 8. 11N, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (10); 9. 81x, Lee Jacobs, Dalton, OH (14); 10. 31B, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (12); 11. Dylan Peterson (22); 12. 2LX, Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA (17); 13. 7x, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (15); 14. 28, Jonathan Cornell, Sedalia, MO (8); 15. Josh Schneiderman (21); 16. 21AU, Jordyn Brazier, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (11); 17. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (13); 18. 4, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE (16); 19. Jimmy Light (18); 20. Bob Weuve (20); 21. 71x, Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (5); 22. Hunter Schuerenberg (19); 23. 2L, Logan Forler, Boise, ID (24); 24. 5v, Colby Copeland, Roseville, CA (23) DNS – 9K, Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL

Jos Baughman D Main winner

Jos Baughman D Main winner

E main (started), 10 Laps, NT: 1. 23, Jimmy Light, West Springfield, PA (1); 2. 20N, Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, MO (2); 3. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (4); 4. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (17); 5. 25, Dylan Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD (5) / 6. 15m, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (8); 7. 4s, Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH (11); 8. 35, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (12); 9. 69, Mike Moore, Des Moines, IA (7); 10. 81, Austin Johnson, Pleasant Hill, IA (9); 11. 93, Glenndon Forsythe, York, PA (13); 12. 23M, Lance Moss, Cherryville, NC (6); 13. 17M, Todd Mickelson, Minot, ND (15); 14. 29c, Willie Croft, Roseville, CA (3); 15. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (18); 16. 1P, Curtis Evans, Norborne, MO (14); 17. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust. (10); 18. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (16) DNS – 17J, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL, 55KM, Brandon Wimmer, Fairmount, IN, 96AU, Bruce White, Merrylands, NSW, Aust., 84, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Aust., 31c, Justyn Cox, Clarksburg, CA, 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA, 7R, Roger Crockett, Medford, OR, 56B, Ryan Bernal, Hollister, CA

Jimmy Light E Main wunner

Jimmy Light E Main wunner

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Terry McCarl wins Knoxville night two

 Terry McCarl wins Knoxville night two

Terry McCarl claims night two at Knoxville

Terry McCarl claims night two at Knoxville

Two nights into the 55th running of the Knoxville Nationals and some will be happy with their position other have plenty of hard work ahead. McCarl was classy starting out of position nine T Mac started his move forward early and by lap 6 had driven into the top 5.after taking advantage of the bottom of the clay.

Early on it was Lasoski who took the lead and it was left to McCarl to chase Jason Johnson down for thenumber 2 spot .McCarl closed onto the back of the Priority Aviation No. 41 entry but Johnson would hold his ground. McCarl tried to make the pass on laps 11 and 12 but it  lap 13 that saw McCarl pass into the runner up position
A red for Brooke Tatnell on lap 14 and the restart was just what McCarl needed , single file to the to the starters green and McCarl runs high and job done by turn three on lap 15 and McCarl goes into the race lead

.At the post race interview McCarl was asked about his pass on the Dude, McCarl “, “Well, I just knew what he was doing on those restarts, and what he did to Jason. He was eating that top up, and I hadn’t been to the top. We had a start, gave me a chance to practice it, and on the other restart I perfected it a little better, and I think he missed it a little bit.”
Lasoski held his runner up position to the flag with Jason Johnson claiming the final podium. The podium was Johnson’s third World of Outlaw podium since his return from injury.

Lasoski at the press interview “, “We got good points, just got beat by a good driver, and a good car, that’s all you can say. He had a good pace, and a lot of times, it’s better to be running second. He did what he had to do, and he just got beat.”

Jason Johnson at the press interviews “I tell you what; these Priority Aviation guys have been working their tails off this week. I just can’t say enough about this race team. Phillip and Cole have done a great job. We have a great group of supporters here, and to be on the podium on a prelim night; we’re pretty pleased,” said Johnson who will start ninth in Saturday’s feature event.

Night two Podium at Kn

Night two Podium at Kn

Kerry Madsen moved from 7th to finish fourth and in the process gained points that will see him start alongside Donny Schatz in the Saturday feature. James McFadden also had a good run coming from 13th to finish 7th
Early in the night  Kevin Swindell was involved in a nasty crash with Ed Lynch during the first heat .Kevin Swindell flipped hard into the outside wall and came to rest on the clay. There was a delay as the crash crew removed Swindell from the #71 and placed him on a backboard.

Kevin Swindell #71

Kevin Swindell #71

Sammy and Amy Swindell released the following statement.
“Our son Kevin was racing tonight at Knoxville Raceway, when he was involved in an accident at the start of his heat race.”Kevin was airlifted to Des Moines Mercy Hospital following the accident where he is currently undergoing tests and treatment.
A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Terry McCarl (9); 2. Danny Lasoski (1); 3. Jason Johnson (2); 4. Kerry Madsen (7); 5. Brian Brown (23); 6. Joey Saldana (5); 7. James McFadden (13); 8. Lucas Wolfe (3); 9. Stevie Smith (11); 10. Brad Sweet (8); 11. Dusty Zomer (16); 12. Danny Dietrich (12); 13. Dean Jacobs (17); 14. Steve Kinser (20); 15. Dale Blaney (6); 16. Greg Wilson (22); 17. Clint Garner (21); 18. Billy Alley (15); 19. Randy Hannagan (19); 20. Ed Lynch Jr. (14); 21. RJ Johnson (18); 22. Brooke Tatnell (10); 23. Sammy Swindell (4); 24. Tim Shaffer (24). Lap Leaders: Lasoski 1-14, T. McCarl 15-25. Hard-charger: Brown.

A Main Lineup for Saturday (first 8 rows)

1. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND
2. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.
3. 7, David Gravel, Watertown, CT
4. 71m, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN
5. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA
6. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO
7. 51, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN
8. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA
9. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA
10. 93H, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH
11. 1B, Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH
12. 16, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK
13. 1z, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA
14. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO
15. 9, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK
16. 24R, Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA

B Main Lineup for Saturday (first five rows)

1. 12x, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA
2. 89, Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA
3. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN
4. 1D, Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD
5. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA
6. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD
7. 19s, Stevie Smith, Broken Arrow, OK
8. 3G, James McFadden, Brisbane, QLD, Aust.
9. 27, Greg Hodnett, Spring Grove, PA
10. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH

Combined Points for Wednesday and Thursday

1 15 Donny Schatz 492
2 29 Kerry Madsen 492
3 7 David Gravel 485
4 71M Joey Saldana 478
5 49 Brad Sweet 476
6 2 Danny Lasoski 472
7 51 Paul McMahan 471
8 24 Terry McCarl 469
9 41 Jason Johnson 469
10 93H Sheldon Haudenschild 465
11 1B Dale Blaney 462
12 16 Shane Stewart 460
13 1Z Lucas Wolfe 459
14 21 Brian Brown 458
15 9 Daryn Pittman 457
16 24R Rico Abreu 456
17 12X Wayne Johnson 455
18 89 Cody Darrah 450
19 1 Sammy Swindell 448
20 1D Justin Henderson 445
21 7TAZ Tasker Phillips 445
22 40 Clint Garner 444
23 19S Stevie Smith 443
24 3G James McFadden 439
25 27 Greg Hodnett 439
26 W20 Greg Wilson 439
27 17W Bryan Clauson 435
28 18 Ian Madsen 431
29 29W Danny Dietrich 430
30 56 Davey Heskin 429
31 55 Brooke Tatnell 419
32 82 Dusty Zomer 416
33 19M Brent Marks 413
34 3A Billy Alley 411
35 95 Matt Covington 410
36 2LX Ed Lynch Jr. 409
37 35AU Jamie Veal 408
38 22 Tony Shilling 404
39 45 Tim Shaffer 403
40 7S Jason Sides 403
41 71X Tyler Courtney 402
42 70 Dean Jacobs 401
43 29C Willie Croft 398
44 11K Kraig Kinser 394
45 O Bud Kaeding 393
46 11 Steve Kinser 390
47 81X Lee Jacobs 390
48 71A RJ Johnson 390
49 19 Bob Weuve 389
50 12 Lynton Jeffrey 385
51 4 Dakota Hendrickson 384
52 83 Aaron Reutzel 384
53 31C Justyn Cox 384
54 28 Jonathan Cornell 382
55 11N Randy Hannagan 381
56 1ST Gary Taylor 380
57 84 Scott Bogucki 377
58 9P Parker Price-Miller 377
59 21AU Jordyn Brazier 376
60 19P Paige Polyak 370
61 69 Mike Moore 369
62 17A Austin McCarl 365
63 49J Josh Schneiderman 362
64 7R Roger Crockett 360
65 17 Josh Baughman 356
66 17B Bill Balog 353
67 25 Dylan Peterson 351
68 7D Dustin Selvage 348
69 4R Jon Agan 340
70 9K Kevin Thomas Jr. 340
71 3 Tim Kaeding 338
72 O1 Christopher Bell 336
73 13 Mark Dobmeier 331
74 44 Chris Martin 331
75 1A Jacob Allen 331
76 13X Jac Haudenschild 330
77 1S Logan Schuchart 326
78 10 Matt Moro 316
79 88N DJ Netto 314
80 5V Colby Copeland 312
81 23M Lance Moss 310
82 67H Sam Hafertepe Jr. 307
83 2KS Craig Dollansky 304
84 35 Skylar Prochaska 303
85 55W Logan Wagner 301
86 93 Glenndon Forsythe 300
87 44W Austen Wheatley 298
88 20N Hunter Schuerenberg 297
89 17J Joey Moughan 295
90 2L Logan Forler 293
91 10H Chad Kemenah 287
92 1X Don Droud Jr. 284
93 99 Brady Bacon 281
94 75 Glen Saville 275
95 47 Jeff Swindell 274
96 81 Austin Johnson 272
97 23 Jimmy Light 270
98 31B Shane Golobic 269
99 71 Kevin Swindell 267
100 20 AJ Moeller 263
101 15M Bobby Mincer 261
102 56B Ryan Bernal 255
103 7X Kaley Gharst 253
104 4S Danny Smith 236
105 O5 Brad Loyet 219
106 96AU Bruce White 217
107 1P Curtis Evans 215
108 96 Bronson Maeschen 212
109 55XM Brandon Wimmer 212
110 17M Todd Mickelson 210
111 2K Kevin Ingle 200
112 23B Seth Bergman 188

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