By Nick Graziano
KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 10, 2020 – Knoxville Raceway will host the biggest Sprint Car event of the year with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series this weekend on Aug. 13-15.
While it’s not the Knoxville Nationals, due to COVID-19 restrictions, “The One and Only” three-day event will still see a star-studded field of drivers compete for the largest purse of the year with a new unique format destined to thrill fans.
Significant importance has been placed on Thursday and Friday’s $10,000-to-win events, where drivers will need to accumulate points to secure a good starting spot for Saturday’s $50,000-to-win Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank. “The One and Only” will be a can’t miss historic event.
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If you can’t make it to the races, you can watch all three nights live on DIRTVision.
Here are the top storylines to follow this weekend:
DOMINATE LARSON: Kyle Larson, of Elk Grove, CA, enters “The One and Only” as a clear favorite. His last three trips to Knoxville Raceway resulted in victories – including his sweep of the World of Outlaws doubleheader in June. He also won the most recent World of Outlaws event at I-55 – his fifth Series win in 13 starts this season.
COOL UNDER PRESSURE: When the pressure is on and there’s history to be made at Knoxville Raceway, David Gravel, of Watertown, CT, has stepped up to the plate each time. He earned his first Knoxville Nationals title last year and then backed that up with a win at Knoxville in May when the World of Outlaws returned to racing for the first time after a two-month hiatus. Gravel is also the defending Capitani Classic winner.
And while he’s not in contention for the championship this year – due to missing a couple of races – Jason Johnson Racing is in contention for the team championship. They’re currently 38 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing for the lead. Gravel will be hunting for wins and points gains for JJR, with all three days paying full points.
POINTS DRIVERS: The World of Outlaws championship continues to be one of the fiercest in Series history with the top-five in points separated by only 80 points. With all three nights paying points and a unique format setting the field each night, the points standings could see a dramatic shift after the weekend.
Reigning champion and 2018 Knoxville Nationals winner Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, continues to lead the points with seven wins, so far, this season. He has five World of Outlaws wins at Knoxville and finished second at the last Series race there in June.
Ten-time Series champion and 10-time Knoxville Nationals winner Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, is second in points – 20 points behind Sweet. Schatz has 11 Series wins at Knoxville with the last coming in 2018. He’s currently three wins away from a career milestone of 300 Series wins.
Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, is tied with Schatz in points – also 20 points back from Sweet. He’s yet to win a World of Outlaws Feature at Knoxville but had an impressive run of 22nd to second at the Knoxville Nationals last year.
Last year’s Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, is fourth in points – 76 points behind Sweet. He’ll also be looking for his first Knoxville win with the Series. He’s been consistent in his sophomore, so far, finishing outside the top-10 only four times.
Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, is fifth in points – 80 points behind Sweet. The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver made big gains during the recent Ironman doubleheader, claiming his second win of the year at I-55 and then finishing second the next night. He, too, is looking for his first Series win at Knoxville.
360 NATIONALS CHAMP: Kerry Madsen, of St. Mary’s, NSW, AU, enters the week with a big Knoxville victory already. The 2005 Knoxville Raceway track champion claimed his first 360 Knoxville Nationals title last weekend. He’ll look to translate that momentum into a victory during “The One and Only” weekend.
Last year’s 360 Nationals champion James McFadden, of Warrnombool, VIC, AU, will make his long-awaited return to the Series this weekend in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 car. He earned a podium in the car at the beginning of the year but then got stuck in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WINLESS CHALLENGERS: Several of the top competitors coming into “The One and Only” have yet to win a World of Outlaws race at Knoxville Raceway.
Leading that group is 2013 Series champion Daryn Pittman, of Owasso, OK. He initially considered Knoxville to be a track he struggled at, but since joining Roth Motorsports last year, Pittman has been in contention to win each Knoxville event. He finished third at the Knoxville Nationals last year.
Rico Abreu, of St. Helena, CA, and two-time All Star Circuit of Champions title holder Aaron Reutzel, of Clute, TX, have both won at Knoxville Raceway this year, but are still searching for their first World of Outlaws win at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.”
Two-time Knoxville Raceway track champion Ian Madsen, of St. Mary’s, NSW, AU, will not only be looking for his first Knoxville win with the World of Outlaws, he’ll be looking for a redeeming victory. He lost long-time ride with KCP Racing last month but has found a new home in Guy Forbrook’s #5 car. He’s finished fourth and ninth in his first two races in the car at Knoxville.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
WHEN & WHERE
Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 13-15, at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA for The One and Only – including the Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank on Saturday. Event Info / Tickets
ABOUT THE TRACK
Knoxville Raceway is a semi-banked half-mile track
Track Record – 14.407 sec. set by Brooke Tatnell on May 6, 2006
1/2-MILE WINNERS IN 2020
There have been seven races on 1/2-mile tracks in 2020.
Volusia Speedway Park: Donny Schatz won on Feb. 7, Brad Sweet won on Feb. 8 and Logan Schuchart won on Feb. 9
Knoxville Raceway: David Gravel won on May 8, Kyle Larson won on June 12 and June 13
Terre Haute Action Track: Logan Schuchart won on July 12
Williams Grove Speedway: Shane Stewart won on July 24 and David Gravel won on July 25
KNOXVILLE RACEWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2020 – David Gravel on May 8, Kyle Larson on June 12 & June 13
2019 – Brian Brown on June 14, Brad Sweet on June 15, David Gravel on Aug. 10
2018 – Donny Schatz on June 29, David Gravel on June 30, Brad Sweet on Aug. 11
2017 – Brad Sweet on June 9, Donny Schatz on June 10
2016 – Terry McCarl on June 10, Donny Schatz on June 11
2015 – Donny Schatz on June 13
2014 – Brad Sweet on June 14
2013 – Donny Schatz on May 11, Donny Schatz on June 15
2012 – Sammy Swindell on April 28, Kerry Madsen on June 9
2011 – Sammy Swindell on June 11
2010 – Brooke Tatnell on June 3, Jac Haudenschild on June 4
2009 – Donny Schatz on May 2, Terry McCarl on June 27
2008 – Donny Schatz on May 3, Shane Stewart on June 6, Donny Schatz on June 7
2007 – Donny Schatz on April 28, Terry McCarl on June 16
2006 – Joey Saldana on June 23, Donny Schatz on Oct. 7
2005 – Kraig Kinser on June 24, Steve Kinser on April 30
2004 – Craig Dollansky on June 26, Mark Kinser on May 1
2003 – Danny Lasoski on April 26, Danny Lasoski on July 5
2002 – Steve Kinser on April 26, Danny Lasoski on June 29
2001 – Danny Lasoski on April 28, Stevie Smith on June 30, Jason Meyers on July 16
2000 – Danny Lasoski on April 29, Stevie Smith on July 1, Steve Kinser on July 19
1999 – Sammy Swindell on May 1, Danny Lasoski on July 3, Danny Lasoski on July 21
1998 – Jac Haudenschild on May 2, Jac Haudenschild on July 4, Jac Haudenschild on July 22
1997 – Mark Kinser on April 26, Jac Haudenschild on July 5, Mark Kinser on July 23
1996 – Mark Kinser on April 27, Mark Kinser on June 22, Mark Kinser on July 24
1995 – Mark Kinser on May 6, Mark Kinser on June 24, Steve Kinser on July 19, Mark Kinser on Sept. 27
1994 – Dave Blaney on April 29, Steve Kinser on June 25, Steve Kinser on July 20, Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 23
1993 – Danny Lasoski on April 30, Mark Kinser on June 27, Stevie Smith on Sept. 24
1992 – Sammy Swindell on April 26, Steve Kinser on June 20, Steve Kinser on July 22, Steve Kinser on Sept. 26
1991 – Steve Kinser on April 27, Doug Wolfgang on June 22, Steve Kinser on July 24
1990 – Doug Wolfgang on April 29, Steve Kinser on June 23, Sammy Swindell on July 25
1989 – Sammy Swindell on April 29, Doug Wolfgang on June 24
1988 – Steve Kinser on April 30, Steve Kinser on June 22
1987 – Steve Kinser on April 25, Steve Kinser on June 22
1986 – Sammy Swindell on April 26, Steve Kinser on June 25, Steve Kinser on July 23
1985 – Sammy Swindell on April 28, Doug Wolfgang on Oct. 6
1984 – Sammy Swindell on July 25
1983 – Sammy Swindell on April 16, Sammy Swindell on July 27, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 16
1982 – Doug Wolfgang on April 17, Danny Smith on July 21
1981 – Steve Kinser on April 18, Doug Wolfgang on May 22, Sammy Swindell on May 23, Sammy Swindell on July 22, Doug Wolfgang on Sept. 12
1980 – Steve Kinser on April 19, Steve Kinser on April 20, Doug Wolfgang on May 31, Tim Green on Sept. 20
1979 – Sammy Swindell on April 21
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