KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 13, 2016) After three days of preliminary and qualifying events, Knoxville Nationals Championship night finally arrived playing in front of a packed house with beautiful weather conditions. It is sprint car racing’s global event with fans watching racing action on the internet on The Cushion and listening on the DIRTVision internet all over the world.
With the final four spots at stake for the main event, 24 drivers in each of four heat races drove hard for a chance to advance to the next heat and ultimately a coveted spot in the most prestigious sprint car race of them all.
Dave Blaney started fourth in the 15-lap C Main event. The Buckeye Bullet rode in third position for the first 10 laps and appeared to be in contention to make one of the top four transfer spots, but that evaporated when the caution came out with five laps remaining. On the restart, there was a three-wide race for third place. With the hammer down, Blaney raced hard but when the dust cleared, he was in fifth place. He finished one spot out of a transfer position.
A second Knoxville Nationals victory would have to wait another year.
“It was a disappointing end for all of us,” said team owner Dan Motter. “Everyone gave their best and Dave gave 110 percent. There is still the equivalent of a World Of Outlaws starting field on the outside looking in. It was very tough competition.
“We want to thank Rick Long and Jay Wood from Speedway Engines for their assistance at Knoxville. Also we enjoyed having Kenny Woodruff back with us for this event and the Capitani Classic.
“We have a break in our schedule now and our next event will be Sept. 9 at Port Royal Speedway, which begins a swing through Pennsylvania.”
Jason Johnson prevailed in a hard-fought battle with Donny Schatz to win the Knoxville Nationals. Schatz was second and Shane Stewart was third.
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