Fast Facts: Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals
Dates: Sept. 24-26 (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.
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Purse: Total weekend purse of $271,510 with 100-lap purse of $195,650 ($40,000 to the winner with at least $2,500 to every starter)
Tickets: $100 for three-day reserved seats (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: Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa
Notes: Knoxville hosts 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 Brian Birkhofer, who also won in 2004, hasn’t competed since last September’s $40,000 victory. … The event is part of the Lucas Oil tour’s ASi Crown Jewel Cup presented by DirtonDirt.com and Bad Boy Moyers TV Race Challenge. … Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., holds a commanding series points lead and has a series-high 11 series victories. … Birkhofer and Scott Bloomquist are the only two-time winners 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
2004: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
(C- and B-main starters receive at least $400; D-main non-transfers receive $200)
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.