Haase Is Knoxville’s First Female Sprint Ace

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McKenna Haase became the first female sprint car winner in Knoxville Raceway history Saturday night. (Danny Howk photo)
McKenna Haase became the first female sprint car winner in Knoxville Raceway history Saturday night. (Danny Howk photo)
McKenna Haase became the first female sprint car winner in Knoxville Raceway history Saturday night. (Danny Howk photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Justin Henderson was the class of the field in winning the 410 sprint car feature Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, but McKenna Haase was the big story.

Haase won the 305 sprint car feature and became the first female sprint car winner in the history of the historic half-mile dirt track at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

Haase took the lead early in the crash-plagued 15-lap feature and beat Chase Wanner to the checkered flag.

“I don’t think it’s sank in yet,” said Haase, who will graduate from Carlisle High School on Sunday.  “This was the night I told everyone I wanted to win, because I wanted to be on a podium two days in a row.  This is a dream come true.”

Henderson pushed the BDS Motorsports No. 1 ahead of Ian Madsen to take the lead on lap four and paced the remainder of the 20-lap 410 feature to earn $3,000 for his seventh career Knoxville victory.

“I was really happy with this racecar all night,” said Henderson.  “It was fast from the word ‘go’.  Bryan (Sunby) has really done his homework.  We switched to EMI chassis this year…and Parker power, you can’t do any better.  It’s really fun to drive.  I didn’t know if Lasoski was all over me, but I had a feeling he was right there.  I made some mistakes, because I was running too hard.  It’s a little lesson for next week.  Be confident and have patience.”

Week one winner Danny Lasoski came home second, followed by Madsen, Terry McCarl and Davey Heskin.

Wayne Johnson scored his 11th career win in the 360 class.