NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Keepin’ It Short – The Biggest Dirt Race Period

Knoxville, Iowa is most certainly not a megalopolis where the heads of marketing firms poll their target demographics to develop the next multi-million dollar advertising campaigns or make their homes in lofts that cost more than most 3,000 square foot homes across the country. Instead, it’s the epicenter of Sprint Car racing, especially for cars with wings on top of the roll cages. This weekend is the single biggest dirt race of the entire racing season and it is contested on the rich, black Iowa dirt of Knoxville Raceway.

There are many big races around the country for all different kinds of cars that run on dirt. The Dream, The Show-Me, The Super Nationals, The Kings Royal, The Chili Bowl, The Four-Crown, The Short Track Nationals, and the World Dirt Track Championship to name a few, but none of them compare to the Knoxville Nationals. The Nationals have been run since 1961 and have grown from a single day of racing that paid out a purse of $5,000 to a four day racing orgy that doles out a purse of $1,000,000.

The fastest cars on dirt started running Wednesday night at Knoxville and will compete through Saturday for the Championship of the Nationals. Thousands of fans will migrate to Knoxville to see the biggest names in winged Sprint Car racing along with drivers who have the dream of just running in the Nationals. Steve Kinser, the King of the Outlaws, has won the Nationals 12 times while Donny Schatz has owned the race over the last six years, taking home the big check in five of the six events. Kyle Larson, the latest phenomenon to burst onto the national racing scene took the win in the first night of the Nationals.

The history of Sprint Car racing is not only made at Knoxville every year, but it is also commemorated in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame that sits on the property next to the track. Tens of thousands of fans will parade through the museum this week during the Nationals and congregate in a massive throng to see the pure speed of the outlaw Sprint Cars. For fans of cars going fast and slinging dirt, the Knoxville Nationals is the biggest bucket list item there is, and it goes down this weekend.

*Whelen All-American National Points Race*

Keith Rocco gave his best effort to remain embroiled in the National Points race, but the best laid plans of Mice and Men do not always work out as they are planned. Rocco started the race at Waterford Saturday night with Doug Coby set to jump into the seat when the first caution flag flew. As the race started there was a pileup on the back straight that Rocco was able to avoid. He wheeled his car into the pits, the driver change occurred and Coby took up his place at the rear of the field. Coby made a charge to the front and took the win in place of Rocco who suffered a broken bone and dislocated wrist the previous weekend during practice at Thompson International. Unfortunately for Rocco, upon further review, the win was taken away and credited to Coby.

Apparently there is a line in the driver sub rule that says the driver who completes the first lap of the race will be credited with the points earned by the car. Sadly for Rocco, the caution occurred on the first lap and he pulled in before a lap was completed. The result of what was potentially a brilliant result to a plan to try and keep Rocco relevant in the National Title chase turned into a bizarre rule application that all but ends Rocco’s title hopes.

While Rocco was having a disappointing evening at Waterford, points’ leader Lee Pulliam was doing what he needed to do at Motor Mile Speedway. Maximum point double features saw Pulliam win both and add to his point total lead which is now 61 points over Rocco. Pulliam now has 17 wins and is 50 points shy of a perfect season. The second through ninth place drivers in the standings are only separated by 66 points, but they’re all looking up at Pulliam.

Position Name Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Total Points

1. Lee Pulliam 25 17 21 22 760
2. Keith Rocco 32 11 21 25 699
3. C.E. Falk III 24 13 20 22 687
4. Ted Christopher 37 6 29 32 681
5. Nate Monteith 23 88 16 19 674
6. Tim Brown 23 8 13 17 668
7. Ryan Preece 34 10 23 28 659
8. Deac McCaskill 21 13 19 21 647
9. Jason O’Brien 22 5 14 20 633
10. Wayne Helliwell 23 12 19 21 604

A driver’s best 18 results through Sept. 16 are counted toward their states and national point totals, and the champions are decided on overall point total. Once a driver reaches 18 starts, their total would increase incrementally as they replace some poorer runs with better results.

Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Race winners receive an additional five points. For example, if 20 cars are in the field, the winner receives 45 points, second place 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 35 points, second 28 and third, 26.

*ASA National Points Race*

Shelby Stroebel and Lance Gatlin did not run this past week which afforded other drivers the opportunity to gain ground on the regional point leaders. In the East and the West, the top point holders were both unseated from their perch atop the points. Dennis Queen jumped over Lance Gatlin to grab the point in the East Region with a 3.6050 point average. Gatlin still hasn’t lost a Late Model race this season but not running can’t help the cause.

In the west the same thing happened to Shelby Stroebel. Stroebel hasn’t run in two weeks while Matt Wallace has been having success at I-44 Lebanon. Wallace overtook Stroebel for the top spot in the West with an average of 3.7290. The problem for Wallace is that he is currently second in his track’s point battle. If Wallace doesn’t overtake Mike Slone to win his track championship he won’t be eligible to win the National Title because that is a requirement.

East Region Points

Position Name Point Average

1. Dennis Queen 3.6050
2. Lance Gatlin 3.5027
3. Taylor Coffman 3.3570
4. Wayne Webb 3.2052
5. Taylor Nesbitt 3.1822

Western Region Points

Position Name Point Average

1. Matt Wallace 3.7290
2. Shelby Stroebel 3.6429
3. Mike Slone 3.4778
4. Jim Vanzandt 3.2668
5. Brian Brown 2.9550

Throughout the season, drivers competing in the premiere divisions at eligible ASA Member Tracks are in the running for the 2012 ASA Member Track National Championship. In order to have a chance for the national title, a driver must first win their 2012 track championship.

Speednetdirect.com, for the fifth year in a row, will tabulate the National Championship standings. Using a proprietary formula that creates an average based on wins, finishing positions, number of cars passed, car counts and events. The driver who wins their track championship and has the highest average over the other ASA Member Track champions will win the 2012 ASA Member Track National Championship. Full standings are available at www.speednetdirect.com. Click on the ASA Member Track logo at the top of the page.

This Weekend’s Racing Schedule

Fri : Aug 10th – North Alabama Speedway ; Tuscumbia : AL – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Fri : Aug 10th – North Alabama Speedway ; Tuscumbia : AL – USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars
Fri : Aug 10th – Beebe Speedway ; Beebe : AR – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Ocean Speedway ; Watsonville : CA – USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Fri : Aug 10th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – Limited Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – SK Lights
Fri : Aug 10th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – SK Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Humboldt Speedway ; Humboldt : KS – USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoxville : IA – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Fri : Aug 10th – Plymouth Speedway ; Plymouth : IN – USAC Eastern Focus Midgets
Fri : Aug 10th – Plymouth Speedway ; Plymouth : IN – USAC Midwest Focus Midgets
Fri : Aug 10th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Kenny’s 100 Twin Stocks
Fri : Aug 10th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Fri : Aug 10th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Legends
Fri : Aug 10th – Plymouth Speedway ; Plymouth : IN – USAC Mopar D1 Stars
*Fri : Aug 10th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoville : IA – Winged 410 Sprint Cars*
Fri : Aug 10th – Florence Speedway ; Florence : KY – 30th Annual North/South 100 Lucas Oil Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Norway Speedway ; Norway : MI – ASA Midwest Tour Norway 125
Fri : Aug 10th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – Cornbelt Clash Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – USRA Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 10th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 10th – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Chemung Speedrome ; Chemung : NY – Race of Champions Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – King of the Carolina’s Qualifier
Fri : Aug 10th – Tri-County Motor Speedway ; Hudson : NC – UARA Stars Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Mod Lites
Fri : Aug 10th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 10th – Kawartha Speedway ; Fraserville : Ontario – OSCAAR Super Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Summer Fling 358 Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Summer Fling Sportsman
Fri : Aug 10th – Estevan Motor Speedway ; Estevan : Saskatchewan – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Estevan Motor Speedway ; Estevan : Saskatchewan – IMCA Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 10th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : Aug 10th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Stock
Fri : Aug 10th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Street Stock
Fri : Aug 10th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – 3rd Annual George Scheffler Memorial Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Fri : Aug 10th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – 3rd Annual George Scheffler Memorial Sprint Cars
Fri : Aug 10th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – 3rd Annual George Scheffler Memorial Street Stock
Sat : Aug 11th – Diamond Park Speedway ; Nashville : AR – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 305 Winged Sprints
Sat : Aug 4th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 600 Mini Sprints
Sat : Aug 4th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Santa Maria Speedway ; Santa Maria : CA – USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Sat : Aug 11th – Waterford Speedbowl ; Waterford : CT – MRS Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 11th – Gresham Motorsports Park ; Jefferson : GA – Outlaws
Sat : Aug 11th – Gresham Motorsports Park ; Jefferson : GA – Pro Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Gresham Motorsports Park ; Jefferson : GA – Trucks
Sat : Aug 11th – New Senoia Raceway ; Senoia : GA – Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Watermelon Capital Speedway ; Cordele : GA – Outlaw Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoxville : IA – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Sat : Aug 11th – Magic Valley Speedway ; Twin Falls : ID – Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Grundy County Speedway ; Morris : IL – USAC Eastern Focus Midgets
Sat : Aug 11th – Grundy County Speedway ; Morris : IL – USAC Midwest Focus Midgets
Sat : Aug 11th – Grundy County Speedway ; Morris : IL – USAC Mopar D1 Stars
Sat : Aug 11th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 11th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – 16th Annual Kenny’s Stock Championship
Sat : Aug 11th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Late Model Figure 8
Sat : Aug 11th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Sat : Aug 11th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Stock Cars
Sat : Aug 11th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Sport Mods
*Sat : Aug 11th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoville : IA – Winged 410 Sprint Cars*
Sat : Aug 11th – Florence Speedway ; Florence : KY – 30th Annual North/South 100 Lucas Oil Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Outlaws
Sat : Aug 11th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Strictly Stock
Sat : Aug 11th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – 17th Annual Cornett Tribute 20 Pure Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – ARCA Racing Series
Sat : Aug 11th – Hartford Motor Speedway ; Hartford : MI – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Sat : Aug 11th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Outlaw Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Super Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Pro Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USRA Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – ASA Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 11th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Road Warriors
Sat : Aug 11th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Chargers
Sat : Aug 11th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Faster Pastors
Sat : Aug 11th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Factory Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – B-Mods
Sat : Aug 11th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 11th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Tom Agen Memorial Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Late Models x2
Sat : Aug 11th – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – UARA Stars Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Street Stock
Sat : Aug 11th – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Scotia Speedworld ; Halifax : Nova Scotia – AC 250 Parts for Trucks Pro Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Cornbelt Clash Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – ARDC Midgets
Sat : Aug 11th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 9th Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial 410 Sprints
Sat : Aug 11th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 9th Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial 358 Sprints
Sat : Aug 11th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 9th Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial Thundercars
Sat : Aug 11th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – 4c Super Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 11th – Sanair Super Speedway ; Saint-Pie : Quebec – ACT Castrol Series
Sat : Aug 11th – Sanair Super Speedway ; Saint-Pie : Quebec – ACT Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Myrtle Beach Speedway ; Myrtle Beach : SC – CARS Pro Cup Series
Sat : Aug 11th – Clayhill Motorsports ; Atwood : TN – USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars
Sat : Aug 11th – Nashville Fairgrounds ; Nashville : TN – Ken Ten Pro Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 11th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Late Models
Sat : Aug 11th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : Aug 11th – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Street Stocks
Sun : Aug 12th – Spartan Speedway ; Mason : MI – Brian Heeney Memorial Slugfest #4 Modifieds
Sun : Aug 12th – Monett Speedway ; Monett : MO – USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Modifieds
Sun : Aug 12th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Super Late Model Racing Series
Sun : Aug 12th – White Mountain Motorsports Park ; North Woodstock : NH – PASS North Super Late Models
Mon : Aug 13th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Mon : Aug 13th – Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway ; Des Moines : IA – Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models
Tue : Aug 14th – Junction Motor Speedway ; McCool Junction : NE – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Tue : Aug 14th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – 40th Annual Carolina Clash Shrine 100 Late Models
Wed : Aug 15th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Outlaws
Wed : Aug 15th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Rebels
Wed : Aug 15th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Renegades
Wed : Aug 15th – Auto City Speedway ; Clio : MI – Jeg’s All Stars Pro Late Models
Wed : Aug 15th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Kalamazoo Klash XX
Wed : Aug 15th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Berlin Template Super Late Models
Wed : Aug 15th – Ogilvie Raceway ; Ogilvie : MN – USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Modifieds
Wed : Aug 15th – Millbridge Speedway ; Salisbury : NC – Mini Outlaws
Wed : Aug 15th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars
Wed : Aug 15th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Super Stocks
Thu : Aug 16th – Salina Speedway ; Salina : KS – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Thu : Aug 16th – Rice Lake Speedway ; Rice Lake : WI – USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Modifieds

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