Stats Tell The Tale At Knoxville

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    Roy Robbins, the 1961 Knoxville Nationals winner. (NSSN Archives Photo)

    Editor’s Note: This is the 21st installment in National Speed Sport News’ 30 Days of Knoxville countdown to the 52nd annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals. During the coming days we will revisit past races, drivers and statistics, while previewing this year’s event.

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The Knoxville Nationals has one of the most storied histories of an event in auto racing history.

    Thus, in its 52nd season, the statistics are among the most interesting of those of an of the prestigious racing events.

    Here are a sampling of those statistics:

    Past Knoxville Nationals Winners

    Year – Driver, Number, Owner

    1961 – Roy Robbins, 37, O. J. Huffman

    1962 – Jerry Richert Sr., 69, Ted Ready

    1963 – Greg Weld, 92, Taylor “Pappy” Weld

    1964 – Kenny Weld, 94, Taylor “Pappy” Weld

    1965 – Kenny Weld, 94, Taylor “Pappy” Weld

    1966 – Jay Woodside, 9, Ted Hall

    1967 – Thad Dosher, 74, Jack Cunningham

    1968 – Ray Lee Goodwin, 24, Swenson/Williams

    1969 – Ken Gritz, 12, Larry Snyder

    1970 – Joe Saldana, 2, C&L Racing

    1971 – Jan Opperman, 6, Cahill Racing

    1972 – Kenny Weld, 29, Bob Weikert

    1973 – Kenny Weld, 29, Bob Weikert

    1974 – Dick Gaines, 71, Karl Kinser

    1975 – Eddie Leavitt, 40, Ricke/Hill

    1976 – Eddie Leavitt, 4J, Galden Inc.

    1977 – Doug Wolfgang, 20, Bob Trostle

    1978 – Doug Wolfgang, 4x, Speedway Motors

    1979 – Ron Shuman, 75A, Gary Stanton

    1980 – Steve Kinser, 20, Bob Trostle/Karl Kinser

    1981 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1982 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1983 – Sammy Swindell, 1, Raymond Beadle

    1984 – Doug Wolfgang, 29, Bob Weikert

    1985 – Doug Wolfgang, 29, Bob Weikert

    1986 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1987 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1988 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1989 – Doug Wolfgang, 8D, D.P. Motorsports

    1990 – Bobby Allen, 1a, Allen Enterprises

    1991 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1992 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1993 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1994 – Steve Kinser, 11, Karl Kinser

    1995 – Steve Kinser, 11, Steve Kinser

    1996 – Mark Kinser, 5m, Karl Kinser

    1997 – Dave Blaney, 10, Blaney/Hylton

    1998 – Danny Lasoski, 83, Dennis Roth

    1999 – Mark Kinser, 5m, Karl Kinser

    2000 – Mark Kinser, 5m, Karl Kinser

    2001 – Danny Lasoski, 20L, Tony Stewart

    2002 – Steve Kinser, 11, Steve Kinser

    2003 – Danny Lasoski, 20, Tony Stewart

    2004 – Danny Lasoski, 20, Tony Stewart

    2005 – Kraig Kinser, 11K, Steve Kinser

    2006 – Donny Schatz, 15, Schatz Motorsports

    2007 – Donny Schatz, 15, Schatz Motorsports

    2008 – Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart

    2009 – Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart

    2010 – Tim Shaffer, 83, Call/Holbrook Motorsports

    2011 – Donny Schatz, 15, Tony Stewart

    Led From Start to Finish

    1963 Greg Weld

    1970 Joe Saldana

    1971 Jan Opperman

    1973 Kenny Weld

    1975 Eddie Leavitt

    1978 Doug Wolfgang

    1982 Steve Kinser

    1985 Doug Wolfgang

    1986 Steve Kinser

    1987 Steve Kinser

    1989 Doug Wolfgang

    1991 Steve Kinser

    1992 Steve Kinser

    1996 Mark Kinser

    2001 Danny Lasoski

    2002 Steve Kinser

    2007 Donny Schatz

    A Main Lineup Qualifiers (Most Times)

    34…Steve Kinser

    31…Sammy Swindell

    23…Danny Lasoski

    19…Mark Kinser

    18…Stevie Smith

    17…Jeff Swindell

    17…Jac Haudenschild

    17…Terry McCarl

    16…Craig Dollansky

    15…Doug Wolfgang

    15…Dave Blaney

    14…Bobby Davis Jr.

    14…Joey Saldana

    14…Donny Schatz

    13…Danny Smith

    13…Greg Hodnett

    13…Paul McMahan

    12…Randy Smith

    12…Johnny Herrera

    12…Kenny Jacobs

    12…Tim Shaffer

    11…RonShuman

    11…Shane Carson

    11…Bobby Allen

    11…Andy Hillenburg

    11…Jeff Shepard

    11…Shane Stewart

    10…Earl Wagner

    10…Dick Sutcliffe

    10…Eddie Leavitt

    10…Jimmy Sills

    10…Randy Hannagan

    9…..Ray Lee Goodwin

    9…..Kenny Weld

    9…..Tim Green

    9…..Frankie Kerr

    9…..Daryn Pittman

    Nationals Lap Leaders

    302…Steve Kinser

    152…Doug Wolfgang

    131…Donny Schatz

    103…Danny Lasoski

    97…..Mark Kinser

    85…..Sammy Swindell

    75…..Jan Opperman

    74…..Kenny Weld

    70…..Joey Saldana

    50…..Eddie Leavitt

    44…..Dave Blaney

    42…..Joe Saldana

    37…..Ray Lee Goodwin

    33…..Roy Robbins

    30…..Kraig Kinser

    25…..Greg Weld

    24…..Jason Meyers

    19…..Jerry Blundy

    17…..Jim Nelson

    16…..Ron Shuman

    15…..Bob Williams

    15…..Terry McCarl

    14…..Tim Green

    13……Thad Dosher

    13…..Mike Brooks

    10…..Gary Dunkle

    9……Audie Swartz

    9……Jerry Richert

    9……Stevie Smith

    7……Jeff Swindell

    6……Lloyd Beckman

    6……Bobby Allen

    5……Jay Woodside

    4……Ken Gritz

    4……Brad Sweet

    2……Billy Shuman

    2……Tim Shaffer

    1……Earl Wagner

    1……Dick Gaines

    1……Daryn Pittman

    Most Top 10 Finishes

    26…Steve Kinser

    20…Sammy Swindell

    16…Danny Lasoski

    13…Mark Kinser

    13…Stevie Smith

    12…Doug Wolfgang

    12…Donny Schatz

    12…Craig Dollansky

    11…Jeff Swindell

    10…Jac Haudenschild

    9…..Bobby Davis Jr.

    9…..Dave Blaney

    8…..Kenny Weld

    8…..Ron Shuman

    8…..Andy Hillenburg

    8…..Kenny Jacobs

    7…..Earl Wagner

    7…..Jerry Weld

    7…..Bob Williams

    7…..Eddie Leavitt

    7…..Johnny Herrera

    7….Joey Saldana

    “Rookies of the Nationals”

    1980…Bobby Davis Jr., Memphis, TN

    …Duane Feduska, Ceritos, CA

    1981…Eddie Polich, Great Falls, MT

    1982…Brad Doty, Kittanning, PA

    1983…Keith Kauffman, Mifflintown, PA

    1984…Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville, OH

    1985…Chuck Gurney, Livermore, CA

    1986…Ted Lee, El Paso, TX

    1987…Steve Butler, Kokomo, IN

    1988…Joey Allen, Hanover, PA

    1989…Stevie Smith, New Oxford, PA

    1990…Joey Kuhn, Newville, PA

    1991…Paul Lotier, Lebanon, PA

    1992…Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH

    1993…Lance Dewease, Waynesboro, PA

    1994…Randy Hannagan, San Jose, CA

    1995…Larry Pinegar II, Des Moines, IA

    1996…Tyler Walker, Santa Clarita, CA

    1997…Randy Anderson, Clarion, IA

    1998…Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK

    1999…PJ Chesson, Far Hills, NJ

    2000…Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA

    2001…Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN

    2002…Josh Higday, Des Moines, IA

    2003…Erin Crocker, Wilbraham, MA

    2004…Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA

    2005…Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL

    2006…Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS

    2007…Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX

    2008…Doug Esh, Lancaster, PA

    2009…Daron Clayton, Sikeston, MO

    2010…David Gravel, Watertown, CT

    2011…Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK

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