Story By: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES – BATAVIA, OH – The 18th Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals will run Thursday thru Saturday, September 15th-17th at Knoxville Raceway.
It is the only annual late model event at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” bringing the nation’s elite dirt late model teams together on one of motorsports’ biggest stages. Over $290,000 in purse money will be paid out during three nights of racing on the historic black-dirt, half-mile oval at the Marion County Fairgrounds.
Twelve different drivers have won the prestigious event with Mike Marlar making history a year ago, becoming the only three-time winner (2021, 2017, 2016) of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals. Other drivers to stand on the illustrious Knoxville Raceway victory stage are Jimmy Owens (2019, 2018), Jared Landers (2015), Brian Birkhofer (2014, 2004), Darrell Lanigan (2013), Steve Francis (2012), Don O’Neal (2011), Billy Moyer (2010), Scott Bloomquist (2009, 2005), Tim McCreadie (2008), Brady Smith (2007), and Brian Shirley (2006).
This year’s festivities on Thursday and Friday, September 15th-16th will feature a complete program of: Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 25-lap, $7,000-to-win main event. Drivers will earn points in each of the two preliminary nights that will determine the line-ups for Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals finale.
Saturday night’s program will include Dirt Draft Hot Laps, B-Mains, and the 75-lap, $50,000-to-win main event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The Malvern Bank Super Late Models will serve as a support division on Saturday, September 17th.
Numerous off-track activities will take place surrounding the three-day event. The Hall of Fame Auction will take place at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, behind turn two, on Saturday at 11:30 AM. There will be a Dirt Racing Outreach service in the Main Show Barn outside turn four at 1:45 PM, with an autograph session to follow at 3:00 PM, on Saturday. Finally, a Q&A with Jack Hewitt and Wade Aunger will round out the pre-race festivities at 4:00 PM in the Dyer Hudson Hall.