KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Terry McCarl and Clint Garner are certainly no strangers to Knoxville Raceway’s victory lane, but Tony Shilling was making his first trip, on Pizza Hut 360 Twin Features Night at Knoxville.
McCarl won for the 52nd time in the 410 class, while Garner took his 15th career win in the first 360 main event. Shilling collected his first 305 sprint car win at the storied half-mile oval
McCarl made his winning move on lap eight before Austin Johnson came to a stop. McCarl led Don Droud Jr., Mark Dobmeier, Dusty Zomer and a surging Davey Heskin on the restart. Another caution spelled disaster for Dobmeier, who was running second at the time. With 12 laps in the books, he blew his left-rear tire.
On the restart, McCarl led Zomer, Droud, Heskin and Lynton Jeffrey. It was short-lived, as Tasker Phillips did a wicked series of flips in turn two after contact from another car. He was uninjured.
It would prove to be the last stoppage as McCarl pulled away for win No. 52.
“When you haven’t won for a while here, you feel like it’s really tough,” said McCarl. “I appreciate every one of them. We’re building a team, and we’re slowly getting there. (Zomer and Heskin) worry me the most. They can run the bottom like Danny Lasoski. I didn’t know what to do with my line. Sometimes it’s not best to be out front.”
Zomer finished second, ahead of Heskin, Droud and Bronson Maeschen.
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