Knoxville Nationals Thursday rained out, new schedule

Rain Pushes Back Knoxville Nationals Second Qualifying Night Knoxville, IA -- August 11, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer Wave after wave of rain Thursday rolled over Knoxville Raceway, finally forcing track officials to...

Rain Pushes Back Knoxville Nationals Second Qualifying Night

Knoxville, IA -- August 11, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer

Wave after wave of rain Thursday rolled over Knoxville Raceway, finally forcing track officials to postpone to Friday the second qualifying night for the 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals.

Time trials and four of five heat races had been completed after a nearly two-hour rain delay when the skies opened once again well after 11 p.m. local time. Originally, time trials were going to be carried over to Friday but Knoxville officials later decided to completely redraw and requalify, although Terry McCarl's single-lap record of 14.907 seconds -- one thousandth better than Joey Saldana's mark set in April -- will stand in the record books as the fastest lap in Knoxville history.

The revised program for Friday will include time trials, heat races and the C, B and A Features in addition to the Clean-O World Challenge Dash. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

The action originally scheduled to run on Friday has been pushed to noon on Saturday, when three scrambles and non-qualifier races will be run. Following those events, the grandstands will be cleared and the track prepared for Saturday night's normal action, televised live on SPEED Channel from 8 p.m. to Midnight local time.

"It's a positive that the heats are wiped out for most people," said Jason Meyers, a Mean 15 racer from the Outlaws who would have missed the transfer to the A-main after starting on the inside of the back row in the third heat. "In the heats tonight, not one car out of the last two rows made the feature. The B-main was scheduled to look like a Saturday night A-main."

Kraig Kinser was the third-fastest car in the wiped-out time trials, but he would have been relegated to the B-main had the rain not intervened.

"It could work out pretty good for us, but there's also a chance to wind up in the C-main, too," said Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind. "It's just pretty much what you make of it. We were pretty good. You just have to roll with the punches."

After completing the Nationals Saturday night, the series begins a swing to the West Coast Aug. 16 with a one-night show at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., before invading Billings Speedway on Aug.19-20 in Billings, Mont.; Grays Harbor Speedway Aug. 26-27 in Elma, Wash.; and Cottage Grove Speedway Aug. 30 in Cottage Grove, Ore.

KNOXVILLE NOTEBOOK

* Terry McCarl paced the 63 cars that went through time trials with a lap around the half-mile oval in 14.907 seconds at 120.769. It was enough to edge Joey Saldana's 14.908-second, 120.741-mph record run.

* Beginning at noon on Friday and ending at 3 p.m., fans at Knoxville can vote for the Best Appearing Car and the Best Appearing Crew at http://www.sprintcarxr.com in a contest presented by Hy-Vee. Each winning car and crew will collect $1,500 in cash and $3,500 in contingency sponsorship. The "Best Appearing" block party will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Hy-Vee parking lot across from Knoxville Raceway.

* There's no rest for the Outlaws after completing the Nationals. After completing the Nationals Saturday night, the series begins a swing to the West Coast Aug. 16 with a one-night show at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., before invading Billings Speedway on Aug.19-20 in Billings, Mont.; Grays Harbor Speedway Aug. 26-27 in Elma, Wash.; and Cottage Grove Speedway Aug. 30 in Cottage Grove, Ore.

* The Knoxville Nationals can be seen live from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern Saturday on SPEED Channel.

-woo-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser