Knoxville Police Department was not called to any major disturbance or fight during this year’s nationals, that’s according to Chief Dan Losada who says generally speaking, the crowd was well behaved and cooperative.
Over 23,000 fans packed the stands at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday night, all hoping to see something spectacular, and many hoping to see an underdog win the 50th annual Knoxville Nationals, and they got just that as Tim Shaffer passed four time defending champion Donny Schatz to take the white flag and held on to win his first ever Knoxville Nationals.
For many sprint car fans, Knoxville Raceway Track Announcer Tony Bokhoven is an integral part of their experience at the Knoxville Nationals, as he narrates the stories of the driver’s chasing the shot at being a part of racing history.
8:25pm…..TONIGHT’S RACES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TO SATURDAY…..Hot Laps will start at Noon Saturday…There will be no scramble races and the World Challenge race will be the final race of the session…..Championship night will run as scheduled Saturday night ….KNIA/KRLS and kniakrls.com will have live coverage of both sessions on Saturday starting at 11:45am Saturday afternoon with the non qualifier races and World Challenge …Live Trackside will air from 5:30-6:30pm then flag to flag coverage of championship night including the 50 lap A Main will start at 7:30pm Central time…Hope you will join us if you can’t be here
While thousands of race fans are having fun in the sprint car capital of the world this week, the Knoxville Police Department is working hard to make sure everyone is kept safe.
1983 Knoxville Nationals champion Slammin Sammy Swindell continued his hot streak at Knoxville this year, leading all 25 laps of the A Main winning night two of the 50th annual Good Year Knoxville Nationals.
Here are the official driver point standings after the two qualifying nights…Top 20 locked into Saturday;s A Main…21-40 in B Main…41-50 in C Main….51-100 in non qualifiers races Friday night to fill remainder of C Main on down