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Knoxville Nationals 2013

If you are into short track dirt racing and/or World of Outlaws winged cars then you know all about the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville Iowa. It is arguable the most prestigious winged race in the country. I grew up just out side of Knoxville in Oskaloosa and often scraped up enough money to attend a regular weekly event but could never afford the Nationals. At that time it was pre-winged cars and they were called Modifieds. The Nationals is a week long affair and remains on my bucket list and I will get it done in the next couple of years.

There were some beautiful race cars ready to hit the dirt.

However, this year we were in Knoxville during the Nationals but conflicts prevented us from attending any of the races. We were fortunate enough to visit the Museum and stroll through shopping centers watching the crews prep the cars for the big night of racing. Yes, I did say shopping centers but I could have just as easily said city parks, office buildings or restaurants! As the photos in this post will attest to, the crews park there rolling garages where ever permitted, pull the race cars and tools out and go to work.

Who needs a pit pass? All you need to do is drive around Knoxville (most are located just outside the track), park your car and go for a walk. It is a strange site to see rows of 18 wheelers with race cars being rebuilt out front of a Goodwill Store. Although there are extremely expensive race cars and haulers it is very reminiscent of the old days when racers traveled the circuit and would go into the local Chevy dealer or hot rod shop to repair the race car for the next race.

2013 Race Winner Donny Schatz (his 7th); Tony Stewart Racing
If one top flight racing car is good, two is better. This is Donny Schatz’s back up race car for the Nationals. Tony Stewart provides good equipment to his drivers.
Tony Stewart Racing
Tony Stewart racing is not the only team with great equipment.
Informal garage area in Goodwill parking lot
World of Outlaws temporary pits
World of Outlaws #56
Knoxville Speedway prepped for the 2013 Nationals

Look for our next post when we will take you inside the Knoxville Speedway National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.

Knoxville Nationals Museum
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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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