The Hurricane nearly claims Knoxville! June 17th 2007 (Knoxville, IA) The historic Â½ mile located in Knoxville, IA has always been a favorite of Randy "The Hurricane" Hannagan. Ever since he started running Winged Sprints for a living he has ...
The Hurricane nearly claims Knoxville!
June 17th 2007 (Knoxville, IA) The historic ½ mile located in Knoxville, IA has always been a favorite of Randy "The Hurricane" Hannagan. Ever since he started running Winged Sprints for a living he has seemed to do really well at the track. Always a good qualifier and "A" main regular at the Knoxville Nationals, he had every reason to believe that last nights race was one he had a good chance for a top finish. Now add in that the race was being taped for next day airing on ESPN 2 and you give Hannagan even more motivation.
The evening started off with Hannagan setting the 13th quickest time and finishing 2nd in his heat qualifying him for the Dash draw. Hannagan would draw the 2 pill and start on the outside of the front row. At the drop of the green flag he took the lead heading into turn one on a rubber down race track and never looked back. In the feature from the pole Hannagan led from the outset of the race, and opened a couple of sizeable advantages that were negated each time by the caution flag. He kept his car glued to the bottom of the track as he searched for his first series win since 2001. He used strong restarts to maintain the lead in open racetrack, and got a little bottled up in traffic late in the event, giving McCarl the opening he needed on the high side of the track. Hannagan would lose the lead on the 19th lap but finish a strong 2nd in the PocketShot.Net #1X Maxim.
"We were good for 18 laps," said Hannagan, driver of the Penthouse Magazine Maxim. "I thought we would be good for 25. It's a little bit easier when you are running second to push the envelope, because all eyes are on the leader. Nonetheless coming home second is better than coming home third. I'm glad to be back running up front."
With his team gaining momentum, he is excited for when the series returns to Knoxville in August for the Knoxville Nationals.
"We have a good baseline for when we come back for the Nationals and that is what matters right now," noted the 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "It was good to run up front and get our sponsors some great exposure. Hopefully we'll get some dividends out of that."
Hannagan who won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event on March 24, 2001 at I-55 Raceway in Missouri, was close to winning at Knoxville last season as well. He quietly has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last month of the season, climbing to the 14th spot in points.
"It's a big curve for us this year having 25 guys versus the 15 we had last year," he shared. "It makes better racing for everyone all the way through. That is what we need right now, good racing and good attendance. We seem to be doing that here lately."