Monday Night (Preview) Review: ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals on deck!

Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa will be the main focus of the sprint car world for the next two weeks; which will host such events as the ASCS Knoxville 360 Nationals, USAC Non-Wing Nationals, and the 51st Annual Knoxville Nationals featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Chad Layton is a recent winner in central Pennsylvania; grabbing a victory at the Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania – Rick Rarer Photo

This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 4th, 5th, and 6th, the best 360ci sprint car drivers in the country, a long with a large group of regular 410 competitors such as Daryn Pittman, Sammy Swindell, and Danny Lasoski, will take to the famed Knoxville Raceway half-mile in search for the $10,000 ASCS Knoxville 360 Nationals payday. Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma, will be in search of his second consecutive title; as he was the winner in last year’s event. Wayne Johnson is the most recent winner with the premiere 360 series in the country; sweeping the ASCS National Tour action at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California. Jason Johnson, a Louisiana native, picked up a weekend sweep two weeks ago with the series at the Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon; making two consecutive ASCS National Tour weekend sweeps.

On another exciting Knoxville note, on Saturday night, the 410 sprint cars will also be making an appearance at Knoxville Raceway,which will be sanctioned by the All-Star Circuit of Champions, to co-headline the 360 nationals finale. The All-Stars are currently pouncing their way through the upper midwest; following the ‘Great Plains’ portion of their 2011 schedule. ‘America’s Series’ will first make a stop on Wednesday night at the Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, North Dakota, before heading to the Knoxville half-mile on Saturday.

Knoxville will then lose the wings on Sunday evening and welcome the greatest non-wing sprint car drivers in the world to compete for the USAC Non-Wing Knoxville Nationals on August 7th. California native and former USAC Silver Crown Series Champion, Bud Kaeding, is the defending non-wing nationals champion. The USAC National Sprint Cars will actually be in competition on Friday evening, August 5th, at the Eagle Raceway in Lincoln, Nebraska. Levi Jones of Tony Stewart Racing is currently on top the National points standings. Chris Windom, who recently made some “winged” sprint car starts this past weekend, is currently 2nd in the point standings.

Jason Meyers of Clovis, California, who currently holds a 52 point advantage over Donny Schatz in the current World of Outlaws point standings, recently grabbed his 50th career win with the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt.’ The victory came at Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, this past Saturday over fellow World of Outlaws stars Steve Kinser and Lucas Wolfe; who is still in search of his first series win.  Meyers and the rest of the World of Outlaws, including Friday night’s WoO winner at Brockville-Ontario Speedway, Paul McMahan, will now head back to the midwest to face-off at Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, Indiana, and I-55 Raceway, just south of St.Louis, MO, on Friday and Saturday.  I-55 Raceway will host the longest race on the 2011 World of Outlaws schedule this Saturday, August 6th, known as the fifty-five lap- Ironman 55.

Paul McMahan in action at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania.  He was also the winner at Brockville Ontario Speedway this past weekend with the World of Outlaws – Rick Rarer Photo.

Fremont-Attica Sprint Title action will also return to the racing surface this weekend; with events at Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway included on the weekend schedule. Dean Jacobs still holds the point lead in the Ohio based series over Byron Reed and Bryan Sebetto.

King of the West Series action will have two stops this weekend; including visits to the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California, and Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford, California. Tim Kaeding still sits on top of the KWS standings; holding a 73 point advantage over Evan Suggs- a KWS winner at Ocean Speedway already this season.

Tomorrow night’s write up will feature central Pennsylvania’s weekend events – which include the URC sanctioned Rislones 360 Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.

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