LOLMDS: Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals On Tap This Weekend

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The nation’s top dirt late model drivers will invade Knoxville, Iowa this weekend to tackle one of the most highly anticipated events of the season for the class.

The 13th annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores will take place at Knoxville Raceway this ThursdaySaturday, Sept. 15-17.

The preliminary activities on Thursday and Friday will feature a complete program of hot laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, heat races, D, C and B-Mains and a 25-lap, $7,000-to-win main event. Drivers will earn points in each of the two preliminary nights, with overall points determining the line-ups for Saturday night’s finale.

Saturday night’s program will include: hot laps, a D-Main, a C-Main, a B-Main, and the 100-lap, $40,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals main event.

Last year, Jared Landers claimed his first-career Late Model Knoxville Nationals championship, bolting to the lead on lap 92 and holding off a hard charging Josh Richards in the closing laps.

Jimmy Owens finished third, followed by Mike Marlar and Darrell Lanigan.

Landers’ participation in this year’s edition of the crown jewel race to defend his win is not yet known, having suffered injuries at Illinois’ Tri-City Speedway earlier in the summer that have kept him out of racing action.

In addition to the racing programs, numerous off-track activities will take place around the three-day event.

The exposition opens at 1:00 p.m. local time each day, with exhibits on the midway, behind the main grandstand. The Hall of Fame Auction will take place at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, behind turn two, on Saturday at noon.

A driver meet and greet session will also be held on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Dyer-Hudson Hall, off of the Midway. Last year, the event ran for over two hours as hundreds of fans lined up to meet, talk, and get pictures and autographs from the drivers.

CREDIT: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

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