KNOXVILLE, Iowa — He may have led start to finish, but it was a thriller of a feature Friday night at Knoxville Raceway as Australia’s Jamie Veal found victory lane for the first time at the famed half-mile, winning night two of the 26th annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank.
Veal’s first Knoxville Raceway victory also goes down as his first with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, making him the 135th overall winner in Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition and 13th on the season.
“All those starts helped me heaps. I got the jump there three or four times but I got a bit nervous those last few go-rounds with [Brian] Brown picking up a few, and [Clint] Garner picking up a few there, so it didn’t leave much buffer,” said Veal. “Their experience around here is second to none, but I can’t thank this Indy Race Parts team enough to give me to me the opportunity to race here.”
It took three tries to get the race rolling, with Veal getting the advantage all three times over the GoMuddy.com No 1H of Dale Blaney. Moving away from the field, Veal built a comfortable two-second advantage before the caution flag waved on lap 12 for Matt Moro. Prior to the caution, the race on the track was for fourth as Brian Brown, Davey Heskin and Clint Garner followed.
Taking third on the restart from Brooke Tatnell, the Casey’s General Store/FVP No. 21 of Brian Brown set sights on Blaney. Diving low into the third turn, Brown broke loose from the bottom, sliding Nerf bar to left rear on Blaney, with both somehow able to roll away.
A caution flag with 13 laps complete, the cast of challengers continued their march to the front as the Midwest Excavating No. 40 of Clint Garner set sights on Brown for the runner-up spot.
With everyone still chasing Veal, the bottom side worked to Garner’s favor as he took second on the final lap. Veal held off Garner by 0.435 seconds.
Brown crossed third after starting fifth with Dusty Zomer coming home fourth. After challenging for the lead early, Blaney slipped back to complete the top five.
The Friday night program saw 52 drivers checking in, bringing this year’s total to 93 competitors with Garner turning a fast lap of 16.017 seconds during qualifying.
Jamie Veal, Clint Garner, Brian Brown, Dusty Zomer, Dale Blaney, Brooke Tatnell, Jack Dover, Johnny Herrera, Davey Heskin, Tasker Phillips, Seth Bergman, Carson McCarl, Rager Phillips, Russ Hall, Justin Sanders, Don Droud Jr., Harli White, Calvin Landis, Wayne Johnson, Matt Moro, Jac Haudenschild, Billy Alley, John Carney II, Chris Martin.