Shane Stewart Knows Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Something about Knoxville Raceway suits Shane Stewart perfectly.
The four-time 360 Knoxville Nationals winner passed Kraig Kinser on the final lap to win Friday night’s preliminary feature for the Knoxville Nationals, earning a front row starting spot for Saturday’s $150,000-to-win finale in the process.
It was Stewart’s fifth 410 sprint car victory at Knoxville Raceway and his second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season. He banked $12,000 for the victory, driving the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing machine.
Stewart, who finished second in the 2011 Knoxville nationals, started sixth and steadily worked his way forward, getting in position to pass Kinser, who had taken the lead from Mark Dobmeier on lap two.
Kinser left the bottom of the track open entering turn three on lap 24 and Stewart filled the hole. The pair crossed under the white flag side by side and Stewart powered ahead in turn one and raced on to victory.
“Sometimes when you are leading you don’t know where to go,” Stewart said. “He (Kinser) drove a great race and he left the bottom open a little bit going to the white flag and I was able to capitalize on it I was thinking he was going to run the bottom and I was going to have to run the middle. I was able to keep up with him doing that in turn one and two and it just worked out for me.
“My car was good,” Stewart continued. “The time trials are stressful. The heat races were stressful and I feel like if you can do both of those, the A main is crucial, but not as crucial. I was happy with running second and it played out well for me in the end.”