The Final 61 Points from the 61st Edition of the Knoxville Nationals

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By MIKE MALLETT

In the snap of a finger, just like that the 61st edition of the Knoxville Nationals is complete. It was one of the strangest in recent memory with numerous surprises, twists and turns. It was definitely one for the ages and what keeps me going back to the event year after year.

As I do yearly, here are 61 notes, facts and tidbits from the 2022 edition.

Wednesday – Preliminary Night #1 (8/10/22)

1. Wayne Johnson scratched for the night and elected to head home after competing in the 360 Knoxville Nationals. Johnson is currently nursing a bad back and elected to forgo competition.




2. Garett Williamson also scratched his entry. The team was unable to get their 410 motor in time to compete after also running the 360 Nationals.

3. Riley Goodno was the first caution of the evening when he slowed in the third heat of the night.

4. Marcus Dumsney brought yellow after the opening lap of the final heat. Dumsney and David Gravel came together at the start causing Dumsney to get a left rear flat.

5. David Gravel finished fourth in the final heat. He was the only driver in the top 10 of time trials to transfer through the heats.

6. Gio Scelzi changed engines after finishing second in his heat race.

7. Clint Garner was running in a C-Main transfer position when he pulled off the speedway. The culprit was a faulty mag box.

8. Sawyer Phillips gave up the seventh starting spot in the B-Mian when he was forced back into the infield prior to the start of the race. The crew worked under the hood briefly before he returned to make a go of it from the back of the field.

9. Scott Bogucki’s night ended in the B-Main when the front nose wing collapsed on his No. 84.

10. Five drivers who qualified in the top 10 failed to make the A-Main on the night including Josh Schneiderman, Ayrton Gennetten, Phillips, Sheldon Haudenschild and Shane Golobic.

11. Brandon Wimmer’s motor expired in the feature. The team thought it was a problem with the valve cover gasket. It was not as the engine blew laying fluid down on the speedway in turns three and four in the feature.

12. Former Knoxville Raceway Champion Davey Heskin’s A-Main came to a close when he slowed with mechanical issues with only seven laps completed in the feature.

13. Lachlan McHugh ran in the top 10 for most of the A-Main until his car slowed dramatically with only a handful of laps remaining. He nursed the No. 101 to the infield and did not bring out a yellow. He finished a disappointing 20th.

14. Parker Price-Miller was the hard-charger advancing from 21st to 12th in the 25-lap feature.

15. The 50/50 on Wednesday night paid $7,617.

Thursday – Preliminary Night #2 (8/11/22)

16. There was one less car to qualify on the second night of action at the Knoxville Raceway with 50 cars in action.

17. Kerry Madsen had mechanical issues and scratched for the night after time-trials.

18. Jack Dover won his qualifying heat. His night ended there as he blew the motor. He blew a hole in the oil pan. He was credited with 24 in the feature.

19. Tyler Courtney and Austin McCarl were the only two drivers in the top 10 in time-trials to transfer from their heats directly into the feature. McCarl ended up being high point man.

20. Spencer Bayston’s No. 5 suffered mechanical issues during the B-Main. Bayston was just one out of the transfer spot when he pulled in. The team changed the power steering pump prior to the B-Main.

21. Brooke Tatnell ripped the left front wheel off of his No. 16 in the B-Main ending his Nationals.

22. Daryn Pittman, in only his 11th Sprint Car start of the season, raced his way into Saturday’s A-Main aboard Mike Heffner’s No 27. He won the B-Main and finished 12th.

23. Kyle Larson earned hard charger honors driving his No. 57 from the 22nd starting spot up to fifth in the A-Main.

24. Austin McCarl led all drivers with 477 points scored to take the pole for the finale. He was the first Iowa driver to earn the pole since his father Terry back in 2004.

25. The 50/50 on Thursday night paid $9,900.

Friday – Hard Knox Night (8/12/22)

26. Only three cars of 101 total scratched for the weekend at this point including Jack Dover, Adam Cruea and A.J.Moeller.

27. Cory Eliason lost a transfer position in his heat race after the muffler came off and he was disqualified.

28. Dustin Selvage qualified out of the C-Main to the B, but he was disqualified for not going to the scales following the event.

29. Chris Windom got a flat tire before the B-Main started. He was scheduled to start 15th in the second event.

30. Corey Day flipped on the opening lap of the A-Main. He caught the inside berm, backed into the wall and flopped over on to his wing. The team changed the rear bumper and he was able to continue.

31. The red flag for Day was the first caution of the entire night.

32. Brock Zearfoss and Aryton Gennetten got together battling for a transfer spot. Gennetten slammed the outside wall on the backstretch while Zearfoss spun and flew wildly through the air.

33. Spencer Bayston made an impressive save on lap 20 of the A-Main. Bayston rode the wall between turns one and two. He came down and continued on finishing in sixth.

34. Justin Henderson was the hard charger in the A-Main driving from 24th up to seventh.

35. Friday night’s 50/50 paid $9,900.

Saturday – Finale (8/13/22)

36. Justin Sanders won Best Appearing Car with his Kevin Swindell No. 39 ahead of Carson Macedo and Sheldon Haudenschild.

37. The crew for Gio Scelzi’s No. 18 won best appearing followed by Carson and Cole Macedo.

38. McKenna Haase took the Best Appearing Helmet award over Kyle Larson and Haudenschild.

39. Of the 17 cars scheduled for the E-Main, 16 took the green.

40. T.J. Stutts had his Knoxville Nationals come to an end in the E-Main when the rear-axle broke on his No. 11T. He hit the wall hard backwards in turn three.

41. Derek Hagar was in a transfer spot from the E-Main as he came off of four. Something let go and he just missed making the D-Main.

42. Clint Garner and Roger Crockett scratched from the D-Main.

43. Scott Bogucki’s Nationals ended in the D-Main. He was running third when his No. 84 slowed with problems.

44. Jake Bubak was the highest finishing car in the D-Main from the E-Man where he finished ninth.

45. Rusty Hickman finished in third in the D-Main before gaining the most of all transfers in the C-Main where he finished 14th.

46. Kyle Larson arrived after the D-Main at 9:09pm after qualifying for the pole earlier in the day at Richmond International Raceway with the NASCAR Cup Series.

47. Sawyer Phillips flipped at the start of the B-Main. He walked away.

48. Corey Day slammed the second turn wall in the B after contact with Spencer Bayston.

49. Corey Eliason’s Nationals run came to an end in 15th after he finished second in the C-Main.

50. The opening lap of the A-Main saw a scary crash involving J.J. Hickle and Parker Price-Miller. Price-Miller was transported to the hospital where it was later reported his fractured his back. No surgery is required, but he’ll need several weeks off to heal before returning.

51. Kyle Laron’s Nationals took a turn when he blew a right rear tire on lap 13. He went to the back and drove his way to sixth at the checkers.

52. Gio Scelzi took a ride in the middle of turns three and four on the restart. He wasn’t injured, but his night was over.

53. Justin Sanders’ impressive Nationals ended on lap 17 when he slowed. The culprit was believed to be the mag box.

54. Austin McCarl’s Nationals hopes ended on lap 37 when he got a right rear flat while he was running in the top five.

55. Like McCarl, Carson Macedo’s dreams were dashed on lap 39 when his right rear tire exploded.

56. Donny Schatz now trails Steve Kinser by one win. Schatz scored his 11th win on Saturday with Kinser the best of all-time at 12.

57. Tony Stewart has now won 12 Knoxville Nationals as a car owner. He has three wins with Danny Lasoski and nine with Donny Schatz. Stewart trails only Karl Kinser in the category who has 14.

58. Sheldon Haudenschild was the A-Main Hard Charger coming from 23rd to eighth.

59. Michael ‘Buddy’ Kofoid was Rookie of the Nationals worth $1,000.

60. Aaron Reutzel earned the Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car” Award worth $6,000.

61. The 50/50 for the finale paid a hefty $38,096.