The Knoxville Nationals are over, so now what?

Mike Hess (1H), Andrew Felker (11A), Terry Babb (88), and Darren Hagen (3) (Serena Dalhamer photo)
Aaron Pierce. - Bill Miller Photo
Must See Racing sprints at Anderson and Winchester might get your heart pumping this weekend. – Bill Miller Photo

By T.J. Buffenbarger


Knoxville, Iowa has gone back to being its normal self after being invaded by race fans from all over the globe.  After the height of the FVP Knoxville Nationals it is natural to have a bit of a lull the week after.  Even Knoxville Raceway takes a week of to give the employees, fans, and race teams a break for a week before finishing their season off next week.   While the end of Nationals does mark a point where summer dwindles into fall, there are still a lot of great racing events and story lines to look forward to over the next two weeks.


Here are three races that could help assist you in getting over the Knoxville hangover…


Must See Racing visits the high banks of Anderson and Winchester before going to Berlin Raceway.  If you have not seen the winged sprint cars on the high banks of Winchester Speedway this would be a great opportunity to do so.  The added bonus of having it paired with Anderson Speedway in close proximity on Saturday should make for a great two day weekend of racing.


Mike Hess (1H), Andrew Felker (11A), Terry Babb (88), and Darren Hagen (3) (Serena Dalhamer photo)
Midget cars, corn, Angell Park Speedway, why not?  (Serena Dalhamer photo)

Cornfest at Angell Park Speedway is one of the more fun midget car events of the year.  Great racing and food at an icon of Midget Car racing is a great way to get over the Knoxville hangover.  Then again depending on how you spend your Cornfest you might have another one to get over after this weekend.


Kokomo Sprint Car Smack Down II is quickly becoming a destination race for the non-wing sprint car fan.  Kokomo Speedway is one of the best race tracks in the world.  Three days of incredible non-wing action at Kokomo may ruin the rest of your season because not many things can compare to the action seen during the Smack Down.


On top of all of those events the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series has a rare Friday/Sunday combination at River Cities Speedway and Nodak Speedway.  Donny Schatz has Daryn Pittman’s point lead with the Outlaws down to 67 points after Tuesday night’s event at Junction Motor Speedway.   Now that “Donny Knoxville” is done with winning the Nationals again the championship is the next goal in site.


If none of these are close check out our event list and find a race somewhere near you to help break out out of post-Nationals despair.




  • Jimmy McCune and the team have parted ways after last weekend’s Must See Racing event at Salem Speedway.  McCune will race this weekend for veteran super modified car owner Howie Lane at the ISMA Super Modified program at Delaware Speedway on Friday and Saturday.
  • Wayne Johnson will return to the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals this season driving his own equipment. Johnson indicated during the Knoxville Nationals he will bring his own car out to Canada this season instead of driving for another team.