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Fast Facts: Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals

September 22, 2014, 3:40 pm
From track, series and staff reports

Race details

Dates: Sept. 25-27 (complete $7,000-to-win programs Thursday and Friday; consolations and 100-lap main event Saturday).

Track: Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, slightly-banked half-mile black dirt oval.

Sanctioning body: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Purse: $195,650 ($40,000 to the winner of 100-lap finale with at least $2,500 to every starter)

Tickets: $85 for three-day general admission (visit knoxvilleraceway.com for other ticketing options).

Pay-per-view: Thursday and Friday at DirtonDirt.com; Saturday’s action will be taped for later telecast on NBC Sports and MavTV.

On the web: knoxvilleraceway.com or lucasdirt.com

Track phone: (641) 842-5431

Last year’s winner: Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky.

Notes: Iowa’s richest Dirt Late Model event. ... The Marion County Fairgrounds oval can seat more than 24,000 with 16,289 in the frontstretch grandstand. ... Last year’s winner Darrell Lanigan enters the event with 16 World of Outlaws victories on the 2014 season. … Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., swept last year’s preliminary nights, but is out this season with an undisclosed medical issue. … The event is part of the Lucas Oil tour’s ASi Crown Jewel Cup presented by DirtonDirt.com. … Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., has a 35-point advantage over Jimmy Owens in the Lucas Oil standings entering the Knoxville weekend. … Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., won the last series event at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway. … Bloomquist is the only two-time winner at Knoxville. … Iowa native Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., is the only driver to sweep all three nights, pulling off the feat in 2010. … Earl Pearson Jr. holds the Late Model track record (16.631 seconds). ... Casey's General Stores is the presenting sponsor.

Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals winners

(Complete history)
Year: Winner, hometown
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
(All non-qualifiers receive a minimum $100)
Saturday’s 100-lapper
1. $40,000
2. $20,000
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. $2,900
20. $2,800
21. $2,700
22. $2,600
23. $2,500
24. $2,500
25. $2,500
26. $2,500
27. $2,500
28. $2,500
29. $2,500
30. $2,500
(C- and B-main starters receive at least $400; D-main non-transfers receive $200)

Points system

Points system used for Thursday and Friday’s program; a driver’s best total from a single night (not combined points) determines lineups for Saturday (top 24 in points locked into A-main; next 18 in B-Main, next 18 in C-main, others to D-main):

Time trials: 200 points for quick time, 198 for second, etc.

Heat races: 100 points for winner, 97 for second, etc.

D-main: 42 points for first non-transfer (fifth), then 40 points for sixth, etc.

C-main: 92 points for first non-transfer (fifth), then 90 points for sixth, etc.

B-main: 138 points for first non-transfer (fifth), then 136 points for sixth, etc.

A-main: 200 points for winner, 198 for second, etc.

Event schedule

Thursday
1 p.m.: Exposition opens
2 p.m. Infield opens; also Stocksville Reunion with Donny Schatz at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.
6 p.m.: Drivers' meeting
6:45 p.m.: Hot laps
7:15 p.m.: Time trials (top 72 cars go to heat races)
Heat races: Six heats, 12 laps, eight-car inversion with 1-3 transferring to the A-main, 4-6 transferring to B-main, 7-9 to C-main and other finishers to D-main.
D-main: 10 laps; top four transfer to C-main
C-main: 12 laps; top four transfer to B-main
B-main: 15 laps; top six transfer to A-main
A-main: 25 laps, 24 cars, top 18 lined up by qualifying time with eight-car inversion.
Friday
11:30 a.m.: Jimmy Owens interviewed by Dave Argabright at the Hall of Fame.
1 p.m.: Exposition opens
1:30 p.m.: Dave Argabright’s book signing of Larry Moore autobiography.
2 p.m.: Infield opens
6 p.m.: Drivers meeting

6:45 p.m.: Hot laps
7:15 p.m.: Time trials (top 72 cars go to heat races)
Heat races: Six heats, 12 laps, eight-car inversion with 1-3 transferring to the A-main, 4-6 transferring to B-main, 7-9 to C-main and other finishers to D-main.
D-main: 10 laps; top four transfer to C-main
C-main: 12 laps; top four transfer to B-main
B-main: 15 laps; top six transfer to A-main
A-main: 25 laps, 24 cars, top 18 lined up by qualifying time with eight-car inversion.
Saturday
10 a.m.: Infield opens to spectators.
Noon: Benefit auction at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum
1 p.m.: Exposition opens
3 p.m.: Driver autographs in Dyer Hudson Hall; also Late Model 101: Eight Iowa Legends at the Hall of Fame
4 p.m.: Music: Kimball Drifters
6 p.m.: Drivers meeting
6:45 p.m.: Hot laps
C-main: 15 laps for 22 cars; top four transfer to B-main
B-main: 20 laps for 24 cars; top six transfer to A-main
A-main: 100 laps, 30 starters with top 24 lined up by points and remaining starters from B-main and provisionals.

 
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