Jacob Allen Wins First Ever Race At Knoxville Raceway On Night #2 Of 61st Nationals

Story By: BILL WRIGHT / KNOXVILLE RACEWAY – KNOXVILLE, IA – Jacob Allen realized a dream by adding his name to the winner’s list at Knoxville Raceway Thursday on Night #2 of the 61st NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey’s.

The win was worth $12,000 to the Hanover, Pennsylvania resident and came aboard the Shark Racing #1a. Jacob joined his teammate Logan Schuchart, who won Wednesday, and his father Bobby as a Knoxville winner.

Austin McCarl emerged as the high point man, and earned $2,000 from SprintCarUnlimited.com as the pole-sitter for Saturday’s $175,000 to win finale.

Allen shot by pole-sitter Zeb Wise to lead early in the 25-lap main event, ahead of Brad Sweet, Lynton Jeffrey and Austin McCarl. McCarl used the low side to get by Jeffrey for fourth on lap three. Kyle Larson, who had to transfer through the B, made quick work of the backside of the feature lineup, and was tenth by lap six.

Sweet passed Wise for second, and started his pursuit of Allen on lap seven. Carson Macedo entered the top five by lap eight. He passed McCarl for fourth on lap 14, and two circuits later, disposed of Wise for the third spot. McCarl would work by Wise himself with seven laps to go and secure fourth.

Sweet reeled in Allen in traffic and passed him briefly on the 21st lap. Allen was back in front at the line, however and continued his pace. Macedo entered the battle late, but Allen was too strong, and raced across the line for his first victory here.

Sweet held down second, ahead of Macedo, high point-getter McCarl and hard-charger Larson. Wise, Tyler Courtney, Kasey Kahne, Jeffrey and JJ Hickle completed the top ten. Tasker Phillips registered quick time over the 50-car field and earned enough points to nail down his first Knoxville Nationals berth. Dylan Cisney, Zach Hampton, Hhickle, Brian Brown and Jack Dover won heat races. Daryn Pittman won the B main and Skylar Gee took the C.

“This is so amazing!” said Allen in Victory Lane. “To get my Dad’s #1a car…looks like it did when he won the Nationals (1990). What else can you really say? I had to hold off Brad Sweet, who’s a champ here. I’m just so blessed and thankful. A Knoxville victory just tops it off! Let’s go! I was telling Logan I could throw up before this feature starts. You put the pressure on me (after winning) Wednesday. What would it be like if Shark Racing swept the wins on the prelim nights. What an amazing night! When Shark Racing first came out on the road, they wouldn’t think that we were capable of doing this. To be able to accomplish this, it just shows you that no matter how hard you work at something…if you believe it and you want it, it can happen. It felt like a game of cat and mouse with the ‘Big Cat.’ Brad’s the man. He was the one I was worried about. He’s a great competitor and one of my friends. If it wasn’t for talking to Brad many times throughout these years, I probably wouldn’t be here either. Brad’s been very good to me.”

“I’m happy for Jake,” said Sweet. “That was cool to see the 1a get back to Victory Lane here at Knoxville. I’ve been friends with Scruffy and those guys. I’m a little disappointed. I thought we had a shot there. I just didn’t make the right moves. When I slid him over there, I wonder what would have happened if I just hit the bottom and stuck it. I think I would have been better off. I never could get the same run. But he did a great job. He weaved his way through all that (traffic), and it’s hard to get a win at Knoxville. We’ll take a second. I think we’re locked in the A. We’ve got our work to do Saturday.”

“I actually got a little bit of a bad start there and had to just reel it back in,” said Macedo. “I felt like I got to the top and was really making momentum and speed, and then got by a few cars. All of a sudden, I could see Brad and Jacob. I looked at the board and saw they were running one and two. I reeled them in fairly fast, but kind of faded at the end. I started getting tight in dirty air. I thought Jacob did a really good job. I think we’re sitting nice in points and locked into Saturday night, so you can’t ask for much more than that.”

The 61st NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey’s continues Thursday, August 8 with Qualifying Night #2!

 

(Points Below Results)

61st NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey’s Qualifying Night #2 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (3), 15.407; 2. 11X, Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, CA (21), 15.419; 3. 27H, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (17), 15.427; 4. 7BC, Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (14), 15.443; 5. 88, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (4), 15.452; 6. 5, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (18), 15.485; 7. 57, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (35), 15.506; 8. 16, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (5), 15.529; 9. 39M, Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA (13), 15.550; 10. 42, Sye Lynch, Apollo, PA (12), 15.552; 11. 41, Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA (19), 15.623; 12. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD (10), 15.646; 13. 25, JJ Hickle, Quilcene, WA (27), 15.650; 14. 17S, Sammy Swindell, Lakeland, TN (29), 15.656; 15. 21K, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. (6), 15.711; 16. 27, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA (30), 15.732; 17. 2K, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (8), 15.736; 18. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (32), 15.753; 19. 11N, Harli White, Lindsay, OK (2), 15.756; 20. 24R, Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA (31), 15.769; 21. 1A, Jacob Allen, Hanover, PA (28), 15.785; 22. 26, Zeb Wise, Angola, IN (20), 15.815; 23. 19W, Chris Windom, Canton, IL (25), 15.822; 24. 3TK, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (42), 15.830; 25. 18R, Ryan Roberts, Aurora, NE (22), 15.837; 26. 49X, Cale Thomas, Fairland, IN (43), 15.840; 27. 9, Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, WA (40), 15.841; 28. 11T, TJ Stutts, Liverpool, PA (11), 15.845; 29. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (7), 15.855; 30. 17B, Bill Balog, Hartland, WI (37), 15.868; 31. 5C, Dylan Cisney, Port Royal, PA (26), 15.886; 32. 15M, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (1), 15.905; 33. 1, Logan Wagner, Harrisonville, PA (24), 15.911; 34. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (46), 15.919; 35. 20G, Noah Gass, Mounds, OK (16), 15.928; 36. 83T, Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, CA (23), 15.929; 37. 35, Zach Hampton, Plainfield, IN (44), 16.009; 38. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (33), 16.048; 39. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (39), 16.048; 40. 53, Jack Dover, Springfield, NE (41), 16.091; 41. 99, Skylar Gee, Leduc, ALB, Can. (15), 16.12; 42. 83JR, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust. (48), 16.158; 43. 14H, Josh Higday, Des Moines, IA (45), 16.202; 44. 6, Bill Rose, Plainfield, IN (36), 16.226; 45. 97, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (38), 16.299; 46. 12, Tyler Drueke, Eagle, NE (34), 16.337; 47. 35K, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (49), 16.404; 48. 4W, Matt Wasmund, Jackson, MN (50), 16.537; 49. 97G, Alan Gilbertson, Kasson, MN (47), 16.677; 50. 6A, Adam Cruea, Troy, OH (9), NT

Heat one (started), 10 Laps, 2:43.3: 1. Dylan Cisney (2); 2. Jacob Allen (4); 3. Cale Thomas (3); 4. Carson Macedo (6) / 5. Tanner Carrick (1); 6. Tasker Phillips (8); 7. Carson McCarl (5); 8. Spencer Bayston (7) / 9. Skylar Gee (9); 10. Tyler Drueke (10)

Heat two (started), 10 Laps, 2:45.0: 1. Zach Hampton (1); 2. Kasey Kahne (3); 3. Zeb Wise (4); 4. Lynton Jeffrey (5) / 5. Matt Juhl (6); 6. Buddy Kofoid (8); 7. Kyle Larson (7); 8. Bobby Mincer (2) / 9. Chad Kemenah (9) DNS – 10. Kerry Madsen

Heat three (started), 10 Laps, 2:44.0: 1. JJ Hickle (6); 2. Logan Wagner (2); 3. Brad Sweet (5); 4. Chris Windom (4) / 5. Brooke Tatnell (7); 6. Daryn Pittman (8); 7. TJ Stutts (3); 8. Chris Martin (1) / 9. Josh Higday (9); 10. Matt Wasmund (10)

Heat four (started), 10 Laps, 2:44.7: 1. Brian Brown (1); 2. Tim Kaeding (4); 3. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2); 4. Tyler Courtney (8) / 5. Anthony Macri (7); 6. Kraig Kinser (3); 7. Harli White (5); 8. Sammy Swindell (6) / 9. Bill Rose (9); 10. Alan Gilbertson (10)

Heat five (started), 10 Laps, 2:47.9: 1. Jack Dover (1); 2. Noah Gass (2); 3. Bill Balog (3); 4. Austin McCarl (8) / 5. Rico Abreu (5); 6. Ryan Roberts (4); 7. Sye Lynch (7); 8. Thomas Kennedy (6) / 9. Greg Wilson (9); 10. Adam Cruea (10)

C main (started), 10 Laps, 2:50.3: 1. Skylar Gee (1); 2. Josh Higday (3); 3. Greg Wilson (5); 4. Chad Kemenah (7) / 5. Bill Rose (2); 6. Tyler Drueke (4); 7. Matt Wasmund (6); 8. Alan Gilbertson (8) DNS – 9. Kerry Madsen; 10. Adam Cruea

B main (started), 12 Laps, NT: 1. Daryn Pittman (3); 2. Kyle Larson (5); 3. Tasker Phillips (1); 4. Buddy Kofoid (2) / 5. Anthony Macri (7); 6. Sye Lynch (8); 7. Rico Abreu (14); 8. Sammy Swindell (10); 9. Harli White (13); 10. Matt Juhl (9); 11. Carson McCarl (12); 12. Chris Martin (20); 13. Thomas Kennedy (11); 14. Chad Kemenah (24); 15. Skylar Gee (21); 16. Josh Higday (22); 17. Tanner Carrick (19); 18. Ryan Roberts (15); 19. Greg Wilson (23); 20. Kraig Kinser (17); 21. Spencer Bayston (4); 22. TJ Stutts (16); 23. Bobby Mincer (18); 24. Brooke Tatnell (6)

A main (started), 25 Laps, 7:27.6: 1. Jacob Allen (2); 2. Brad Sweet (3); 3. Carson Macedo (6); 4. Austin McCarl (7); 5. Kyle Larson (22); 6. Zeb Wise (1); 7. Tyler Courtney (8); 8. Kasey Kahne (12); 9. Lynton Jeffrey (4); 10. JJ Hickle (5); 11. Tim Kaeding (10); 12. Daryn Pittman (21); 13. Chris Windom (9); 14. Dylan Cisney (14); 15. Brian Brown (19); 16. Buddy Kofoid (24); 17. Noah Gass (17); 18. Tasker Phillips (23); 19. Bill Balog (13); 20. Cale Thomas (11); 21. Zach Hampton (18); 22. Logan Wagner (15); 23. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (16); 24. Jack Dover (20). Lap Leader: Allen 1-25. Hard-charger: Larson.

 

Combined Point Totals

Drivers Locked into Saturday’s A

1 88 Austin McCarl 477
2 7BC Tyler Courtney 473
3 15 Donny Schatz 469
4 2 David Gravel 469
5 41 Carson Macedo 467
6 57 Kyle Larson 462
7 19 Brent Marks 462
8 27H Daryn Pittman 459
9 49 Brad Sweet 458
10 25 JJ Hickle 458
11 1A Jacob Allen 457
12 11M Parker Price-Miller 457
13 39 Justin Sanders 456
14 11X Buddy Kofoid 453
15 7TAZ Tasker Phillips 451
16 8 Aaron Reutzel 447

 

Drivers Locked into Saturday’s B

17 18 Gio Scelzi 445
18 1S Logan Schuchart 444
19 2K Lynton Jeffrey 443
20 26 Zeb Wise 442
21 83 James McFadden 441
22 13 Justin Peck 441
23 14J Cole Macedo 435
24 2KS Ian Madsen 434
25 9 Kasey Kahne 431
26 3TK Tim Kaeding 431

 

Drivers eligible to compete in Friday’s FVP Hard Knox Night

27 19W Chris Windom 423
28 14 Corey Day 422
29 11 Roger Crockett 417
30 16A Colby Copeland 416
31 5C Dylan Cisney 414
32 3 Ayrton Gennetten 414
33 39M Anthony Macri 414
34 55 Hunter Schuerenberg 410
35 17W Shane Golobic 407
36 49X Cale Thomas 406
37 17 Sheldon Haudenschild 405
38 42 Sye Lynch 404
39 49J Josh Schneiderman 401
40 17B Bill Balog 400
41 101 Lachlan McHugh 399
42 17C Carson Short 398
43 09 Matt Juhl 398
44 20G Noah Gass 397
45 21 Brian Brown 396
46 7 Justin Henderson 396
47 91 Kyle Reinhardt 395
48 21H Brady Bacon 395
49 55T McKenna Haase 392
50 1 Logan Wagner 391
51 73 Scotty Thiel 390
52 55W Mike Wagner 390
53 17S Sammy Swindell 389
54 35 Zach Hampton 388
55 24R Rico Abreu 388
56 7S Robbie Price 386
57 3P Sawyer Phillips 385
58 15H Sam Hafertepe Jr. 384
59 2M Davey Heskin 384
60 13JT Mark Dobmeier 382
61 27 Carson McCarl 382
62 71 Cory Eliason 381
63 6B Brandon Wimmer 380
64 11N Harli White 380
65 5 Spencer Bayston 379
66 16 Brooke Tatnell 378
67 21K Thomas Kennedy 377
68 53 Jack Dover 376
69 7W Dustin Selvage 376
70 24 Terry McCarl 373
71 1AU Marcus Dumesny 360
72 18R Ryan Roberts 353
73 11K Kraig Kinser 341
74 83T Tanner Carrick 336
75 11T TJ Stutts 336
76 44 Chris Martin 333
77 84 Scott Bogucki 333
78 20 AJ Moeller 332
79 15M Bobby Mincer 323
80 40 Clint Garner 323
81 99 Skylar Gee 318
82 3Z Brock Zearfoss 318
83 14H Josh Higday 312
84 35K Chad Kemenah 308
85 47X Dylan Westbrook 306
86 97 Greg Wilson 302
87 65 Jordan Goldesberry 302
88 2KK Kevin Ingle 301
89 22 Riley Goodno 293
90 6 Bill Rose 282
91 10 Skylar Prochaska 278
92 83JR Kerry Madsen 275
93 12 Tyler Drueke 273
94 9JR Derek Hagar 272
95 1X Jake Bubak 271
96 4W Matt Wasmund 267
97 1M Don Droud Jr. 265
98 97G Alan Gilbertson 263
99 45 Rusty Hickman 257
100 6A Adam Cruea 257
101 52 Blake Hahn 230

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