Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop.
Even though it is called the Cox Design Iowa Sprint Week, it is actually 10 consecutive nights of Sprint Car racing held between two tracks in the area and it begins Thursday night at The Knoxville Raceway.
Thursday night is the first of three nights of the 23rd annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals. Thursday and Friday are qualifying nights where the entries are divided up with half of them running each night. The drivers accumulate points from time trials, heat races and features each night and those points are how they are lined up for the E, D, C, B and A Main races on Saturday night.
The A Main winner on Saturday night will take home $10,000 for the victory. Some of the big names set up for qualifying Thursday night are ‘Young Money’ Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, California, Danny Lasoski of Dover, Missouri, Jason Johnson of Eunice, Louisiana and Brad Sweet of Mooresville, North Carolina.
Larson recently won the Nascar Truck Series race at The Eldora Speedway I wrote about in last week’s Pit Stop.
Friday Night qualifiers include Terry McCarl of Altoona, Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, Tennessee, Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, and Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma. Stewart has won the 360 Nationals the last three years and is gunning for his fourth straight title.
Sunday night at Knoxville, they will be hosting the Second Annual Capitani Classic for the 410 Sprinters. This is named after legendary Knoxville Raceway General Manager, Ralph Capitani, who retired two years ago.
The next two nights of racing, head east on Highway 92 to The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa for the Musco Lighting Front Row Challenge presented by Casey’s General Stores and the Casey’s General Stores Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Company on Monday and Tuesday nights respectively. Both shows are promoted by Sprint Car racer Terry McCarl.