Goodyear Racing Knoxville Nationals recap

News From Around The World Of Goodyear Racing Pennzoil World of Outlaws: Goodyear tires were very much in evidence during the four-day Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Speedway in Knoxville, Iowa. The Super Bowl of sprint car racing attracted ...

News From Around The World Of Goodyear Racing

Pennzoil World of Outlaws: Goodyear tires were very much in evidence during the four-day Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Speedway in Knoxville, Iowa. The Super Bowl of sprint car racing attracted more than 140 cars to the famed half-mile dirt track and on Saturday, the night of the championship race, this city of about 7,700 residents had a temporary population of about 35,000.

Though it all, Goodyear teams attracted a great deal of attention.

Jac Haudenschild posted the fastest lap of the weekend in time trials and seemed a good bet for Wednesday's preliminary feature but misfortune, in the form of engine trouble, knocked him out of his heat race and forced him into an uphill battle for the remainder of the weekend.

Donny Schatz won Thursday's preliminary feature, pacing a Goodyear effort that filled four of the first five finishing positions. Mark Kinser finished third, Stevie Smith was fourth and Sammy Swindell finished fifth.

Schatz grabbed headlines again Friday when he blew away the competition in the Kele and Associates World Challenge Dash.

For Saturday's final, Schatz started on the pole position but his effort to win the big race was dashed when he crashed in the first corner on the first lap.

Still, Goodyear teams enjoyed solid finishes. Stevie Smith finished fourth and Tim Shaffer came in sixth.

Smith, who started seventh, said, "I think the tires were real good. I think we had the right tires on. The track was so much different from what it's been all year; we just kind of missed it."

Shaffer, who started 14th, said, "I couldn't hit the bottom as well as I wanted to early and I kind of struggled throughout the race. I had to stay at the top. It's kind of the long way around, but we were able to pass some cars running up there. Toward the end we kind of got low on fuel. It spit and sputtered and that might have helped out because I was able to run the bottom better."

-Goodyear Racing

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Jac Haudenschild