Knoxville Nationals 1961-1969

The Amoco Knoxville Nationals began in 1961 as a Super Modified National Championship. Roy Robbins, a native of Louisville, KY, claimed the first race and was battling for the lead in 1962, but was caught up in an accident that allowed Jerry...

The Amoco Knoxville Nationals began in 1961 as a Super Modified National Championship. Roy Robbins, a native of Louisville, KY, claimed the first race and was battling for the lead in 1962, but was caught up in an accident that allowed Jerry Richert to claim the win. In 1963, Greg Weld began a victory parade for the family from Kansas City, MO, as his younger brother Kenny claimed the Knoxville title the next two years. Jay Woodside, also from Kansas City, won the sixth Knoxville Championship before Thad Dosher took advantage of broken wheel by leader Joe Saldana to claim the 1967 crown. Ray Lee Goodwin lead the entire 30-lap race in 1968 while Ken Gritz beat crowd favorite Jan Opperman to win the last Knoxville title of the 60's. The event produced eight winners in the first nine events and the winner's share grew from $1000 to $3000 by decade's end.

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