The stage doesn’t get any bigger.
World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint car biggest event, the Goodyear Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, is set for four grueling nights as Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz have each mastered the Nationals in the past, combining for 16 Nationals titles.
This Wednesday night, Kinser and Schatz will once again hit the track. Kinser, driver of the TSR No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim, has a record 12 Knoxville Nationals championships, and Schatz, who will race the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J, has four Knoxville titles.
The Nationals begin with the first of two qualifying nights. Each car entered will collect points throughout a qualifying program. Every time the car hits the track, points are awarded. The goal is 500 points, which can be obtained only by turning the fastest lap in qualifying, winning a heat race and winning the preliminary feature. Kinser and Schatz will both be in the opening-night field, each eyeing a return trip to victory lane. Following Thursday’s program, the drivers will be ranked by points accumulated, and the driver with the most points accumulated earns the pole position for Saturday night’s 50-lap A-Main.
The names of more than 1,000 fans will appear on each car. The cars filled up with names so fast that TSR has added more for Saturday’s finale. Fans who want a chance at their names being placed on the car can visit www.tonystewartracing.com/knoxville2011. Entries will only be taken until 10 a.m. (EDT) Friday. The final names will be added to the cars on Saturday afternoon at the team’s transporters.
All the action will be carried live on DIRTVision.com. SPEED delayed broadcast of Saturday night’s finale will air Sunday, Sept. 4 at noon EDT.