WOO: Schatz Claims Pole for 55th Annual FVP Knoxville Nationals

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Report by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman — TeeJay Crawford photo —

The present-day “King of Knoxville” is perched on his throne again, at least for now.

Based on combined points from both Wednesday and Thursday night’s qualifying programs, six-time and defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz has put his Tony Stewart Racing/Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance No. 15 sprinter on the pole for the 55th running of the FVP Knoxville Nationals on Saturday night.

Schatz has triumphed in the 50-lap, $150,000-to-win main event in eight of the past nine years, and finished second to Shane Stewart in Wednesday night’s qualifying feature. The Minot, N.D. native racked up 492 of a possible 500 points to top the 114-car field.

Joining Schatz on the front row will be the American Racing Custom Wheels/Keneric Racing No. 29 of the “Mad Man,” Kerry Madsen. The Australian, who competed in Thursday’s qualifying program, tied Schatz with 492 points, but lost out on the tiebreaker and will start second in search of his first-career Knoxville Nationals title.

Row two will feature a rookie and longtime veteran, as Destiny Motorsports’ David Gravel (485 points) and Motter Motorsports’ Joey Saldana (478 points) locked into the third and fourth starting positions.

Brad Sweet (476 points) is the highest of the Kasey Kahne Racing cars on the grid, rounding out the top five. Thursday night’s runner-up Danny Lasoski, Paul McMahan, Thursday winner Terry McCarl, Jason Johnson and Sheldon Haudenschild make up the rest of the top 10.

Positions 11-16 on the grid went to Dale Blaney, Wednesday night’s winner Shane Stewart, Lucas Wolfe, Brian Brown, Daryn Pittman and Rico Abreu.

Due to a scheduling conflict with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Motordrome (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday night, Abreu will not compete in the Knoxville Nationals A-Main — despite being the 16th and final driver to lock into his starting position on points. Abreu has, however, said that his car will compete on Saturday, with a driver yet to be determined.

Positions 17-20 will be determined through Friday night’s non-qualifiers program, with the top-four finishers from the A-main locking into the big show on Saturday. The 25th and final starting position will also potentially be determined on Friday night, with the highest-finishing non-qualifier from the SPEED SPORT World Challenge also getting a golden ticket to the Nationals — provided they finished on the podium in the 20-lap World Challenge A-main.

Positions 21-24 will be filled by the top four finishers from Saturday night’s Last Chance Showdown, preceding the main event.

 

2015 FVP Knoxville Nationals Points Standings (Top 16 locked into Saturday’s A-Main)

  1. #15 – Donny Schatz, 492
  2. #29 – Kerry Madsen, 492
  3. #7 – David Gravel, 485
  4. #71M – Joey Saldana, 478
  5. #49 – Brad Sweet, 476
  6. #2 – Danny Lasoski, 472
  7. #51 – Paul McMahan, 471
  8. #24 – Terry McCarl, 469
  9. #41 – Jason Johnson, 469
  10. #93H – Sheldon Haudenschild, 465
  11. #1B – Dale Blaney, 462
  12. #16 – Shane Stewart, 460
  13. #1Z – Lucas Wolfe, 459
  14. #21 – Brian Brown, 458
  15. #9 – Daryn Pittman, 457
  16. #24R – Rico Abreu, 456 (will fall to rear Sat. due to driver change)
  17. #12X – Wayne Johnson, 455
  18. #89 – Cody Darrah, 450
  19. #1 – Sammy Swindell, 448
  20. #1D – Justin Henderson, 445
  21. #7TAZ – Tasker Phillips, 445
  22. #40 – Clint Garner, 444
  23. #19S – Stevie Smith, 443
  24. #3G – James McFadden, 439
  25. #27 – Greg Hodnett, 439
  26. #W20 – Greg Wilson, 439
  27. #17W – Bryan Clauson, 435
  28. #18 – Ian Madsen, 431
  29. #29W – Danny Dietrich, 430
  30. #56 – Davey Heskin, 429
  31. #55 – Brooke Tatnell, 419
  32. #82 – Dusty Zomer, 416
  33. #19M – Brent Marks, 413
  34. #3A – Billy Alley, 411
  35. #95 – Matt Covington, 410
  36. #2LX – Ed Lynch Jr., 409
  37. #35AU – Jamie Veal, 408
  38. #22 – Tony Shilling, 404
  39. #45 – Tim Shaffer, 403
  40. #7S – Jason Sides, 403
  41. #71X – Tyler Courtney, 402
  42. #70 – Dean Jacobs, 401
  43. #29C – Willie Croft, 398
  44. #11K – Kraig Kinser, 394
  45. #O – Bud Kaeding, 393
  46. #11 – Steve Kinser, 390
  47. #81X – Lee Jacobs, 390
  48. #71A – RJ Johnson, 390
  49. #19 – Bob Weuve, 389
  50. #12 – Lynton Jeffrey, 385
  51. #4 – Dakota Hendrickson, 384
  52. #83 – Aaron Reutzel, 384
  53. #31C – Justyn Cox, 384
  54. #28 – Jonathan Cornell, 382
  55. #11N – Randy Hannagan, 381
  56. #1ST – Gary Taylor, 380
  57. #84 – Scott Bogucki, 377
  58. #9P – Parker Price-Miller, 377
  59. #21AU – Jordyn Brazier, 376
  60. #19P – Paige Polyak, 370
  61. #69 – Mike Moore, 369
  62. #17A – Austin McCarl, 365
  63. #49J – Josh Schneiderman, 362
  64. #7R – Roger Crockett, 360
  65. #17 – Josh Baughman, 356
  66. #17B – Bill Balog, 353
  67. #25 – Dylan Peterson, 351
  68. #7D – Dustin Selvage, 348
  69. #4R – Jon Agan, 340
  70. #9K – Kevin Thomas Jr., 340
  71. #3 – Tim Kaeding, 338
  72. #O1 – Christopher Bell, 336
  73. #13 – Mark Dobmeier, 331
  74. #44 – Chris Martin, 331
  75. #1A – Jacob Allen, 331
  76. #13X – Jac Haudenschild, 330
  77. #1S – Logan Schuchart, 326
  78. #10 – Matt Moro, 316
  79. #88N – DJ Netto, 314
  80. #5V – Colby Copeland, 312
  81. #23M – Lance Moss, 310
  82. #67H – Sam Hafertepe Jr., 307
  83. #2KS – Craig Dollansky, 304
  84. #35 – Skylar Prochaska, 303
  85. #55W – Logan Wagner, 301
  86. #93 – Glenndon Forsythe, 300
  87. #44W – Austen Wheatley, 298
  88. #20N – Hunter Schuerenberg, 297
  89. #17J – Joey Moughan, 295
  90. #2L – Logan Forler, 293
  91. #10H – Chad Kemenah, 287
  92. #1X – Don Droud Jr., 284
  93. #99 – Brady Bacon, 281
  94. #75 – Glen Saville, 275
  95. #47 – Jeff Swindell, 274
  96. #81 – Austin Johnson, 272
  97. #23 – Jimmy Light, 270
  98. #31B – Shane Golobic, 269
  99. #71 – Kevin Swindell, 267
  100. #20 – AJ Moeller, 263
  101. #15M – Bobby Mincer, 261
  102. #56B – Ryan Bernal, 255
  103. #7X – Kaley Gharst, 253
  104. #4S – Danny Smith, 236
  105. #O5 – Brad Loyet, 219
  106. #96AU – Bruce White, 217
  107. #1P – Curtis Evans, 215
  108. #96 – Bronson Maeschen, 212
  109. #55XM – Brandon Wimmer, 212
  110. #17M – Todd Mickelson, 210
  111. #2K – Kevin Ingle, 200
  112. #23B – Seth Bergman, 188

 

About the Writer

Jacob Seelman is the Managing Editor of Race Chaser Online and creator of the Motorsports Madness radio show, airing at 7 p.m. Eastern every Monday on the Performance Motorsports Network. Seelman grew up in the sport, watching his grandparents co-own the RaDiUs Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series team in the 1990s. He is currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and is also serving as the full-time tour announcer for both the United Sprint Car Series and the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series.

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