Maeschen Conquers Knoxville Dirt


KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Bronson Maeschen recorded career win No. 3 Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway.

The Pleasantville, Iowa, driver earned $3,000 for his first win since the 2012 Capitani Classic here.

Before a lap could be completed in the 410 main event, Jamie Veal spun across and over the turn one infield berm. On the next try, young Paul Nienhiser hit the wall in turn one and helicoptered to bring out the red. He was unhurt.

Once underway, Dustin Selvage set a torrid pace to lead the event with Don Droud Jr. and Maeschen in tow. With a lap in the books, Dakota Hendrickson came to a stop. Meanwhile, Danny Lasoski, who was running eighth went to the work area. A mud clod had lodged under his throttle.

After the restart, Maeschen worked under Droud for the runner-up spot and began to reel in Selvage. A good battle ensued, with Selvage holding tight on the bottom. In lapped traffic on lap eight, Maeschen shot by for the lead and tagged the lapped car of Garrett Dollansky in the process. The race stayed green the rest of the way.

At the halfway mark, Maeschen led Selvage, Droud, Wayne Johnson and Davey Heskin. That’s the way it would roll the rest of the way. Dusty Zomer was sixth, and Justin Henderson, Ian Madsen, hard-charger Terry McCarl and Tasker Phillips rounded out the top 10.

“(Selvage) was getting great starts and I was rolling around there pretty good,” said Maeschen. “I was getting some momentum up and our car was really nice. There was a lapped car…I think it was Dollansky…I got a little nervous there. I didn’t mean to hit him, I was just out there racing hard. We got through there.”

Clint Garner won a thriller by passing Joe Beaver in the last corner to win the 360 feature, while Larry Ball Jr. became the all-time winningest 305 winner at Knoxville with his sixth career tally.