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Fast Facts: 17th Lucas Oil Knoxville Nationals

September 14, 2021, 2:51 pm
By Robert Holman
DirtonDirt.com weekend editor

Dates: Sept. 16-18 ($7,000-to-win features Thursday and Friday and heats, consolations and $50,000-to-win main event Saturday)

Track: Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway (semi-banked, half-mile clay oval).

2021 purse: In excess of $287,000, the purse includes a record $50,000 to the 100-lap winner and at least $2,500 to all 30 starters.

Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Most recent winner: Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who won his second career Knoxville Nationals in 2019.

Tickets: Thursday and Friday adult general admission $30 (13-19 $20; 6-12 $15; 5-and-under free); Saturday $35 (13-19 $30; 6-12 $256; 5-and-under free). Add $5 for reserved seats. Pit passes: $50 each day.

On the web: knoxvilleraceway.com

Track phone: (641) 842-5431

Live streaming: MavTVPlus

Notes: After the 2020 event was cancelled because of pandemic restrictions, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to Knoxville for the Knoxville Lucas Oil Nationals. … The race, which is presented by Brandt Professional Agriculture, enjoys a purse increase to the winner’s share of Saturday’s finale for the first time since 2008. First place now pays $50,000, an increase of $10,000, while the runner-up’s share is increased from $20,000 to $25,000. Positions 19-22 have also received a purse increase. … There have been in 12 winners in 16 Knoxville Lucas Oil Nationals. … Jimmy Owens (2018-’19) of Newport, Tenn.; Mike Marlar (’16-’17) of Winfield, Tenn.; Scott Bloomquist (’05, ’09) of Mooresburg, Tenn.; and Brian Birkhofer (’04, ’14) of Muscatine, Iowa, are repeat winners. … Owens and Marlar are the only back-to-back winners. … Tennesseans have won six of 16 Knoxville Lucas Oil Nationals, including the last four. … The 2019 event drew 55 entries. … The record car count of 98 was set in 2004’s inaugural event. … Owens has led more feature laps (188) than any other driver in event history. Owens has logged laps at the front in seven of the 16 main events. … The 2006 edition, won by Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., produced the most lead changes (9). … The event’s oldest winner, Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., was 52 years and 11 months old when he won the Knoxville Nationals in 2010. … Bloomquist and Josh Richards have five top-five finishes, while Brian Birkhofer and Steve Francis had four apiece. … Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., has started 15 of 16 100-lappers, the most of any driver, with a best finish of fourth place three times (’08, ’14, ’17). Mars started the first 15, while he scratched from consolation race in 2019. … Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., holds the Late Model track record at 16.631 seconds. … To set Saturday’s lineups, drivers earn points through their time trials, heats and features on Thursday and Friday. Teams will take the highest point total of their two nights to set their starting positions for Saturday’s events. The top 24 cars in points are locked into the A-main starting in order by point totals, with the highest point total starting on the pole. Teams must qualify on Thursday. Teams that qualify Friday only can not start better than 15th on Saturday. … Saturday’s program includes two 15-lap B-mains and the 100-lap main event. … The Hoker Trucking Series and Malvern Bank Series co-sanction an invitation-only $4,000-to-win program Saturday. ... A driver autograph session is set for 3 p.m. Saturday in the main show barn. … Knoxville Raceway, originally a horse track, hosted its first automobile race in 1901. The track began hosting weekly events in 1954. … The facility has 24,172 seats, including 16,289 in the main grandstand.

Knoxville Nationals winners

(Complete race history)

Year: Winner, hometown
2020: no race
2019: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2018: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2017: Mike Marlar, Winfield, Tenn.
2016: Mike Marlar, Winfield, Tenn.
2015: Jared Landers, Batesville, Ark.
2014: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
2013: Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky.
2012: Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky.
2011: Don O’Neal, Martinsville, Ind.
2010: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
2009: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2008: Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y.
2007: Brady Smith, Solon Springs, Wis.
2006: Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill.
2005: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.

2004: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa

Weekend purses

Thursday and Friday features
1. $7,000
2. $4,000
3. $3,000
4. $2,000
5. $1,500
6. $1,000
7. $900
8. $800
9. $700
10. $600
11. $580
12. $560
13. $540
14. $520
15. $500
16. $490
17. $480
18. $470
19. $460
20. $450
21. $440
22. $430
23. $410
24. $400
(Drivers failing to transfer from B-main, $200)
Saturday feature
1. $50,000
2. $25,000
3. $10,000
4. $8,750
5. $7,500
6. $7,000
7. $6,500
8. $6,000
9. $5,500
10. $5,000
11. $4,500
12. $4,000
13. $3,500
14. $3,400
15. $3,300
16. $3,200
17. $3,100
18. $3,000
19. $3,000
20. $3,000
21. $3,000
22. $3,000
23.-30. $2,500

(Drivers failing to transfer from B-main positions 4-11, $500; drivers failing to transfer from B-main positions 12-24, $400)

Event schedule

(For camping and other details, visit knoxvilleraceway.com)
Thursday
8 a.m.: Ticket office opens
2:30 p.m.: Infield opens
5:30 p.m.: Suites and grandstands open
6 p.m.: Drivers' meeting
6: 45 p.m.: Hot laps
7:15 p.m.: Competition begins
- Time trials
- Heats (12 laps)
- B-mains (15 laps)
- Feature (25 laps)
Friday
8 a.m.: Ticket office opens
11 a.m.: Q&A w/Tim McCreadie in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum
2:30 p.m.: Infield opens
5:30 p.m.: Suites and grandstands open
6 p.m.: Drivers' meeting
6: 45 p.m.: Hot laps
7:15 p.m.: Competition begins
- Time trials
- Heats (12 laps)
- B-mains (15 laps)
- Feature (25 laps)
Saturday
8 a.m.: Ticket office opens
11:30 a.m.: Memorabilia auction at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum behind turn two
1 p.m.: Peace Tree Beer Garden opens for college football and draft beer
1:45 p.m.: Dirt Racing Outreach church service in main show barn
2:30 p.m.: Pits open
3 p.m.: Driver autograph session in the main show barn
5:30 p.m.: Suites and grandstands open
6 p.m.: Drivers' meeting
6: 45 p.m.: Hot laps
7:15 p.m.: Opening ceremonies followed by competition
- B-mains (15 laps)
- Knoxville Nationals (100 laps)

(Action includes a $4,000-to-win event for the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series)

Tickets

Thursday
General admission (20-and-up): $30
Students (13-19): $20
Children (6-12): $15 (children 5-and-under free)
(Reserved seating available for $5 more)
Pit pass: $50
Friday
General admission (20-and-up): $30
Students (13-19): $20
Children (6-12): $15 (children 5-and-under free)
(Reserved seating available for $5 more)
Pit pass: $50
Saturday
General admission (20-and-up): $35
Students (13-19): $30
Children (6-12): $25 (children 5-and-under free)
(Reserved seating available for $5 more)
Pit pass: $50
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