Money Won for the 59th Annual Knoxville Nationals – DTD Exclusive

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By NEAL WILT

KNOXVILLE, IA – The second week of August will find the largest purse race in short track racing. It is the Knoxville Nationals. Other races may pay more for first, i.e. the Kings Royal at $175,000 to win, but no race pays more to its competitors throughout the field then the Knoxville Nationals.

David Gravel won the Knoxville Nationals for the first time, claimed his Preliminary Night feature, in addition the Jason Johnson Racing Team won best appearing crew and car for a total of $163,125.

Coming down the white flap lap in the 50-lap Knoxville Nationals A-Main, Hanover PA’s Logan Schuchart found himself in the third place, he was able to get past Daryn Pittman, and in turn brought home a $75,000 second place pay day. Couple that with his second-place finish in the Hard Knox Friday night show, Schuchart’s Shark Racing team banked $79,455.

For Owasso, Okla., native Daryn Pittman getting passed on the last lap, was a difference of $37,500 for finishing in third instead of second. A 10th place finish on his Preliminary night allowed the driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83 to win $39,530.



Several months ago, James McFadden received a call from Kasey Kahne to be his substitute driver while he recovers from injuries suffered at the Williams Grove Speedway. McFadden made the most of it during the Knoxville Nationals. McFadden, who won the Mr. Sprint Car award for the best overall finishes in the 10 days of racing in Southern Iowa, placed second on his preliminary night, third in the B-Main and raced his way to eighth finishing spot in the 50-lap main event to win a total of $31,100.

2018 Knoxville Nationals winner Brad Sweet didn’t make the most noise racing around the ½ mile black clay oval in Marion County, but was consistent. His second-place finish in his Preliminary night and sixth place finish in Saturday’s main event banked $30,150 for the Grass Valley, Calif., driver.

All Star Circuit of Champions point leader Aaron Reutzel, of Clute, Texas, had a consistent Knoxville Nationals. Reutzel claimed the Sprintcarunlimited.com pole award worth $2,000 and had a pair of fifth place finishes in both his Preliminary night and the Saturday Night main-event. In addition, he garnered second place in the Mr. Sprint Car contest. That earned him $29,375.

Running a second car out of the Jason Sides stable, San Jose, Calif., driver Tim Kaeding made the most of his Knoxville Nationals. A strong time trial lap, in addition with a consistent finish of 10th on his Preliminary night locked him into the A-Main. From there he raced to a fourth-place finish. Total money won for the Sides Motorsports driver $28,030.
Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild has been one of the most consistent drivers on the World of Outlaw’s circuit over the last month. He dominated the Iron Man in Pevely, MO, earlier this month. When Little Haud got to Knoxville the consistency was still there. He finished third on his Preliminary night and seventh in Saturday night’s A-Main event. That banked him $26,090.

Puyallup, Washington’s Trey Starks travels to the Knoxville Raceway each week to race a team with owners based out of Central PA and North Carolina. The sole reason for this, to get racier for the Knoxville Nationals. Starks used that experience to claim his first career Knoxville Raceway win and lock his car into the Knoxville Nationals. His nineteenth place Saturday night finish translated to total earnings of $22,090.

Cory Eliason won a total of $19,840 to round out the top ten in money won. That was made up of a fourth on his Preliminary night that locked him into the Saturday Night A-Main. On Saturday he garnered 13th place.

Below is the remaining money won by the 109 competitors that competed at the Knoxville Raceway:
1. David Gravel $163,125,
2. Logan Schuchart $79,455,
3. Daryn Pittman $39,530,
4. James McFadden $31,100,
5. Brad Sweet $30,150,
6. Aaron Reutzel $29,375,
7. Tim Kaeding $28,030,
8. Sheldon Haudenschild $26,090,
9. Trey Starks $22,090,
10. Cory Eliason $19,840,
11. Donny Schatz $19,770,
12. Kerry Madsen $19,580,
13. Gio Scelzi $18,670,
14. Shane Stewart $18,180,
15. Rico Abreu $16,125,
16. Joey Saldana $16,125,
17. Carson Macedo $15,090,
18. Dominic Scelzi $14,155,
19. Brent Marks $14,100,
20. Tim Shaffer $13,780,
21. Mark Dobmeier $13,100,
22. Parker Price-Miller $13,090,
23. Ian Madsen $12,420,
24. Matt Juhl $12,340,
25. Paul McMahan $12,090,
26. Lance Dewease $10,875,
27. Austin McCarl $10,325,
28. Kraig Kinser $7,250,
29. Brock Zearfoos $7,150,
30. Tasker Phillips $6,700,
31. Scott Bogucki $6,380,
32. Spencer Bayston $6,290,
33. Carson McCarl $6,125,
34. Chad Kemenah $6,100,
35. Tanner Thorson $5,950,
36. Tyler Courtney $5,750,
37. Sammy Swindell $5,670,
38. Brian Brown $5,530,
39. Bill Balog $5,050,
40. Thomas Kennedy $4,775,
41. Josh Baughman $4,760,
42. Jacob Allen $4,750,
43. Terry McCarl $4,670,
44. Cale Thomas $4,610,
45. Hunter Schuerenberg $4,520,
46. Sam Hafertepe Jr. $4,510,
47. Lynton Jeffrey $3,900,
48. Skylar Prochaska $3,830,
49. Jason Solwold $3,725,
50. Jason Sides $3,525,
51. Rusty Hickman $3,335,
52. Mason Daniel $3,325,
53. Travis Rilet $3,310,
54. Shane Golobic $3,275,
55. Harli White $3,250,
56. Jeff Swindell $3,075,
57. Brooke Tatnell $3,075,
58. Justin Henderson $2,960,
59. Brady Bacon $2,955,
60. Sye Lynch $2,950,
61. Davey Heskin $2,885,
62. Skylar Gee $2,825,
63. Justin Peck $2,775,
64. Greg Wilson $2,725,
65. Craig Dollansky $2,700,
66. Jac Haudenschild $2,650,
67. Joey Moughan $2,640,
68. Anthony Macri $2,620,
69. Josh Schneiderman $2,610,
70. Kevin Thomas Jr. $2,335,
71. Ryan Roberts $2,290,
72. Chris Martin $2,225,
73. Chase Johnson $2,210,
74. Robbie Price $2,200,
75. Marcus Dumesny $2,150,
76. Wayne Johnson $2,100,
77. Caleb Helms $2,090,
78. Willie Croft $2,075,
79. AJ Moeller $2,000,
80. RJ Johnson $2,000,
81. Cale Conley $1,970,
82. Sawyer Phillips $1,885,
83. Don Droud Jr. $1,835,
84. Jake Bubak $1,775,
85. Jamie Ball $1,650,
86. Brian Paulus $1,635,
87. Derek Hager $1,620,
88. Scotty Thiel $1,575,
89. Brodie Tulloch $1,525,
90. Bobby Mincer $1,500,
91. Glen Saville $1,450,
92. Tom Harris $1,275,
93. Joe Simbro $1,250,
94. John Garvin $1,175,
95. Chase Wanner $1,125,
96. Clint Garner $1,090,
97. Paige Polyak $1,090,
98. Kevin Ingle $1,040,
99. Freddie Rahmer $1,000,
100. Adam Cruea $910,
101. Danny Dietrich $670,
102. Kyle Larson $610,
103. Roger Crockett $500,
104. Matt Moro $350,
105. Jack Dover $280,
106. Lance Moss $275,
107. TJ Stutts $270,
108. Andrew Scheuerle $250,
109. Zach Hampton $130

The total payout for the 2019 edition of the Knoxville Nationals was $951,445.