Well the time has come !
In just a couple of days time, Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, USA stops the world with the running of the 53rd FVP Knoxville Nationals.
The Action kicks off this Wednesday 7th August at the famed “Sprint Car Capital of The World”.
Knoxville Raceway is a semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval of glorious high quality black clay. It is renowned as the best track on the planet. The track is located at the north edge of Knoxville on SR 14 (located on the Marion County Fairgrounds). Click on the following link for the map: http://tinyurl.com/kg4u3p6
The long standing track record of 14.407 seconds was established by Australian Brooke Tatnell way back on May 6, 2006.
Wednesday’s opening night sees the commencement of action with qualifying and heats.
Thursday will see the second grouping compete for their qualifying and heats. Both nights will see an A and B Feature to conclude the evening.
Friday night will carry over the new format trialled in 2012 where the top 4 finishers from the A-Main move into P17 to P20 in Saturday Night’s Championship Final. Friday night will also consist of qualifying, more heats and a D,C,B and A-Main. Also on the Friday program is the SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge – an International Invitational Event where racers must have completed in nominated Blue Ribbon events in Australia, Canada and New Zealand over the last 12 months. This is the very fitting Finale event for the night.
No surprises for guessing what Saturday is all about !
An E,D,C, B and of course Championship Final decider will be run, resulting in the determination of the 53rd Annual FVP Knoxville Nationals Champion.
Who will it be?
Donny Schatz has won an incredible six of the past seven Knoxville Nationals titles; an event that pays $150,000 to the winner.
Can Schatz win his seventh crown? He’s leading the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series with 13 victories, five of which came in July alone, and he charged from 13th to second on Saturday night in the Ironman at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. He also won both World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events earlier this season at Knoxville.
Other in-form Drivers include Darryn Pitman who leads the World of Outlaws points score going into the running of the Nationals, Paul McMahan, Craig Dollansky, David Gravel and Kerry Madsen. But having said that, the 2013 competition at the World’s biggest Sprint Car Event is just that – WORLD CLASS !
Any one of 50 Drivers has an equal chance of winning, and then those outside that are not far off the mark either. It’s all about good prep, good driving, staying out of trouble, a bit of luck and car set-up – the Team that gets it right for the last 10 laps wins !
RACE TICKETS and THE NATIONAL SPRINT CAR HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
Tickets for the 53rd FVP Knoxville Nationals can be purchased by visiting www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com
And don’t forget if you are lucky enough to get to the Nationals, visiting the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum (NSCHoF&M) is an absolute MUST !
The four storey NSCHoF&M complex is located on turn 2 of the famed Knoxville Raceway. Executive Director Bob Baker , Museum Curator Tom Schmeh and the dozens of Team Members are responsible for this unique non-profit facility – undoubtedly the best of its type in the entire World. It’s all about showcasing history as well as the present and maintaining the Dream of Sprint Car Racing.
This year the NSCHoF&M has put together and almighty Salute to Champion display featuring Mario Andretti. The display features seven cars that the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee drove during his illustrious career and will run through until December 31.
Visit the following two links for more background on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum:
If you can’t make it to the racetrack you have a couple of options:
LISTEN LIVE: Listen live as the Voice of the Outlaws, Johnny Gibson, calls the action at all World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events on the DIRT Radio Network. Visit DIRTVision.com for more information.
WATCH LIVE: Live Internet Pay-Per-View coverage will be available through http://thecushion.com/
Turn 2 Media who produce “the cushion” live video streaming have been doing Knoxville the past 4 years. In the past due to TV rights, the Final Night has not been possible to bring to the public via this medium. Well this year all that changes and “the cushion” is the only place you will catch the 53rd FVP Knoxville Nationals Live. You can buy any race night individually or receive a 20% discount by packaging all 4 nights of action.
Visit http://thecushion.com/ for more details – use the “Live Video” option up the top RHS of the webpage.
Blue Skies and Green Lights ! – LET’S GO RACING