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Schatz Earns 7th Knoxville Nationals Title The Hard Way

Donny Schatz impressed even the most skeptical fan Saturday night as he ran into the A-Main from the B and rocketed to the top of the podium for his seventh Knoxville Nationals title in eight years. It looked like Brian Brown may get his first Nationals victory as he took like like a scared rabbit and dominated the first half of the race leading by as much as three seconds. But after the mandatory fuel stop on lap 24 Schatz, who was already in fifth place after starting 21st, started to methodically inch to the top and by lap 41 caught and passed Brown. Schatz said after a frustrating week he said running in the B-Main was an advantage for him. Brown added that you could quote “start the guy in Oskaloosa and he’s going to have a chance” unquote. Justin Henderson completed the podium with Paul McMahan in fourth and Chad Kemenah was fifth. Danny Dietrich earned Rookie of the Nationals, Kevin Swindell won the Jesse Hockett Mr. Sprint Car Award, while Justin Henderson won for best appearing car.


1. Donny Schatz
2. 21, Brian Brown
3. 1D, Justin Henderson
4. 51, Paul McMahan
5. 63, Chad Kemenah
6. 1KL, Kyle Larson
7. 71M, Joey Saldana
8. 33, Danny Lasoski
9. 11, Steve Kinser
10. 54, Cap Henry
11. Dusty Zomer
12. 39, Greg Hodnett
13. 49K, Brad Sweet
14. 9, Daryn Pittman
15. 4, Cody Darrah
16. 29, Kerry Madsen
17. 57, Shane Stewart
18. 11c, Roger Crockett
19. 55, Brooke Tatnell
20. 71s, Kevin Swindell
21. Ian Madsen
22. Lynton Jeffrey
23. 6, David Gravel
24. 59, Jac Haudenschild
25. 19s, Stevie Smith