Analyzing The Knoxville Nationals Starting Field

The field for the 2017 Knoxville Nationals. (Frank Smith Photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The field for the 58th annual 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals may be one of the most interesting in the history of the legendary event at Knoxville Raceway.

Culminating four nights of action at the half-mile track located on the Marion County Fairgrounds, the 50-lap, $150,000-to-win finale will send 25 of the world’s best sprint car drivers to the green flag.

Heading into to Saturday night’s program, 21 drivers have been locked into the main event, with four more getting the opportunity to earn starting spots through the 22-lap B main.

Brad Sweet and Chad Kemenah will lead the field to the green flag, with Sweet having dominated the Capitani Classic on Sunday and his qualifying time, and Kemenah being consistent every time he’s been on the track.

The second row consists of last year’s top-two finishers. Runner-up Kyle Larson starts third, and Donny Schatz, who won the Nationals for the 10th time last year, will roll off fourth.

Let’s break down the field that includes six World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regulars, four Knoxville Raceway full timers and four Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title contenders. There are also two sets of brothers — Ian and Kerry Madsen and Gio and Dominic Scelzi.