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Fast Facts: Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals

September 22, 2015, 3:36 pm
From staff, track and series reports

Race details

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

(Complete history)
Year: Winner, hometown
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
(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
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.: Jonathan Davenport interviewed by Dave Argabright at the Hall of Fame.
1 p.m.: Exposition opens
3 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
4 p.m.: Music: Kimball Drifters
6 p.m.: Drivers meeting
6:45 p.m.: Hot laps
D-main: 12 laps; top four transfer to C-main
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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