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Wild, Bazaar, Crazy…Saturday’s Races At Knoxville Had It All

Posted: Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 5:56 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Derek Cardwell

It was truly one of the wildest nights at the Knoxville Raceway in recent memory Saturday night. Ian Madsen came in with a seemingly comfortable 188 point lead…after the night was over he had nearly given it all away with two bad finishes in the 410 Twin Features Night. The first 410 A was won by Justin Henderson…driving the Brian Sundby owned car for the first time. He powered around Brian Brown in the late stages to earn the win. The second 410 A saw both NASCAR Nationwide Driver Kyle Larson and California Driver Rico Abreu challenge for the win. Larson would end up on the hook after crashing in turn two with four laps to go. That left Mark Dobmeier and Bronson Maeschen to fight it out, and Dobmeier won by just over a car length. Unofficially Madsen had just a 27 point lead over Maeschen. The 360 A-Main was the most bazaar race of the night. It took nearly an hour to run 18 laps because of many yellows and red flags. It got so bad that officials called for a fuel stop with three laps to go. After all the dust and craziness settled, Clint Garner won and opened up what is becoming an insurmountable 196 point lead due to Nate Van Haaften and Joe Beaver’s bad luck. Van Haaften crashed on the first lap and Beaver had to pit for a tire and was able to make it back to sixth.