NST: Knoxville Nationals notes 2006-08-10

KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- National Sprint Tour co-owner Lonny Parsons could be released on Friday from Geisinger Medical Center in Danville , Pa. Tim Shaffer, who drove the Parsons-owned Casey's General Stores ...

KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- National Sprint Tour co-owner Lonny Parsons could be released on Friday from Geisinger Medical Center in Danville , Pa.

Tim Shaffer, who drove the Parsons-owned Casey's General Stores #6 car until being injured at Knoxville Raceway in June, noted Parsons' injured lung has been healed.

Parsons, 65, was injured Aug. 5 at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove , Pa. when he was hit by a water truck while crossing into the infield.

"He has an irregular heartbeat," Shaffer said Thursday evening at Knoxville . "They should release him probably tomorrow. We've had a couple of crazy months."

No pressure: Kraig Kinser was behind the wheel of a green Quaker State #1K Maxim on Thursday. Kinser and Tim Kaeding were both entered in Thursday's qualifying program.

Kinser didn't show nervousness about driving a car that looks much like his dad's after not driving a Sprint car in about six months.

"No, not at all," Kraig said when asked about being nervous. "It's just another race. This is a car we brought on a third trailer. It just comes here and then goes back home."

Kraig liked the feeling of being back in the car.

"I feel pretty confident," he said. "I didn't know what it was going to be like. I sat in it, and got pumped up. It's good to have Quaker State on the car. I'm glad my dad was able to put a third car together. It's a stress on the two teams. Tim's running good, and dad's running pretty good."

New schemes: Various cars have special paint schemes this weekend at the Knoxville Nationals.

NST driver Brian Paulus and #28 car owner Dawne Pender take credit for starting the special paint scheme craze at Knoxville .

"We started it back in 2000 with the salad car," Pender said. "The first one was airbrushed, then the next year was graphics. When you can do graphics with a salad, it's unbelievable. We would like to have a sponsor to do something like that with again."

Paulus said the scheme was designed for the Nationals, but it could run again.

"When we first did the salad, it was going to be once," Paulus said. "But people demanded it, so we ran it more. Every year we're known to do something like this. Now a lot of others do it, too."

Another car with a different look was the #11H car driven by Kerry Madsen and crew chiefed by Sonny Kratzer. The usual orange and blue was replaced by a patriotic American flag and bald eagle scheme.

"It's just time to be patriotic," said Kratzer, who teamed with Shadow Graphics out of Indianapolis to do the work. "It took about two days to do it. We will use it in a couple of other places, like Hanford and probably one other place.

"There is a lot of talk about war, so I thought it was time to run this," added Kratzer, who spent four years in the Marine Corps. "Maybe the troops need a little support."

-credit: nst

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brian Paulus , Kraig Kinser , Tim Kaeding