Knoxville Nationals: Wednesday Prelim report

The first night of the Knoxville Nationals could be classified as a new episode of the "Twilight Zone." The 83JR Dennis Roth owned HR Cattle Eagle of Tim Kaeding scored an electrifying preliminary win to take home the first place stake of ...

The first night of the Knoxville Nationals could be classified as a new episode of the "Twilight Zone." The 83JR Dennis Roth owned HR Cattle Eagle of Tim Kaeding scored an electrifying preliminary win to take home the first place stake of $12,000.

"I want to thank my crew and Dennis Roth" exclaimed an elated Kaeding. "These fans got to see a great show and I want to thank them for supporting us. That was fun man and I hope to do this on Saturday! Chad (Meyer 1W) missed the cushion and I went under him hoping to stick and it did."

The night began with a fast lap by the newly painted Hawaiian Tropic Maxim of Craig Dollansky. Dollansky sported a lap of 15.359 but failed to transfer from his heat. Eventually a strong run in the A Main put "the Crowd Pleaser" in a great position in qualifying points.

Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell, the dynamic duo of Knoxville lore, took some licks and made fantastic runs from the back that eventually ended in disappointment. Kinser, who charged hard from the B Main and from 24th to 11th in four laps in the A main, succumbed to a sour motor, no doubt from having to push his Quaker State Maxim all night.

Tomorrow will bring another day of qualifying action from Knoxville that will set the stage for a weekend that will be like no other Nationals. Many of the results of the top guns will have to be rectified in order for these teams to make the feature of the historic ½ mile.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tim Kaeding