From KnoxvilleRaceway.comThe 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals encompasses a four-day format unmatched in all of dirt track racing, and is presented by Casey's General Store. The prestige of winning the event far outweighs the generous purse that is nearly $1,000,000. With points meaning everything, and every wheel turned on the track meaning points, there is no time for a break at the "Granddaddy of them all". Steve Kinser has stood atop the podium an unprecedented twelve times, and owner Karl Kinser has graced victory lane an amazing fourteen times with three different drivers.


Order of Events: Hot laps, Qualifications, Last Chance Heats, 5 Heats, C feature, B feature, A feature.

Qualifications - 200 points are awarded for quick timer, 198 for second quick, 196 for third, etc.

Only the top 50 qualifiers make the heats, the rest are put in the last chance heats in which the first eight finishers will fill the back of that night's C feature (starting in the sixth row). If there are ten or less cars not making the heats, they will line straight up by time starting in the sixth row. The quickest will be given 50 points, the next 47, etc.

Last Chance Heats (for drivers out of the top 50 in Qual.) – 50 points awarded to the winner, 47 for 2nd, etc.

Heats - 100 points are awarded for the heat winner, points go down by three: 97, 94, 91, 88, etc.

Heats are inverted (8). This sets up the best racing of the
week. Top four finishers go to A, next four to B, last two to C.

C feature
Top four finishers go to back of the B. Fifth place is worth 92 pts., 6th is 90, etc.

B feature
The top four finishers transfer to the tail of the A. The B awards 142 points for fifth, 140 for sixth and so on by twos.

A feature
The A feature points are the same as time trials: 200, 198, 196 etc. This explains how a driver can not make the A, but if he timed well may have more points than someone who did make the A. The invert for the A main is eight.

First tie breaker is finish position in respective main event. Next tie breaker is rank in time trial. The third tie breaker is pill draw. Other tie breaking criteria may be implemented if needed.

A perfect score (quick time, heat win, feature win) is 500.

The top 16 in points from Wed. and Thurs. are locked in to Saturday's program, however there is more racing to do on Friday.


Friday Events:
The top 4 finishers from the A-Main move into spots 17-20 in Saturday's A-Main. Friday's event will consist of qualifying, heats, C if needed, two B-Mains and A-Main as well as the Speed Sport Knoxville World Challenge.

SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge
This is an international invitational event. The lineup is inverted according to points accrued on Wednesday and Thursday. The top finishing driver among the top three in the World Challenge is eligible for a position in Saturday night's main event.


E feature, D feature, C feature, B feature, FVP Knoxville Nationals Championship feature.

The B, C, D, and E feature will take the top four finishers to the tail of the next event (if there are scratches, there may be more taken for a particular event).

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