KNOXVILLE, Iowa — When the weather breaks and the 54th annual FVP Knoxville Nationals finally gets underway, fans in the stands at the historic half-mile oval will benefit from a brand-new scoreboard.
Earlier this year a wheel impacted the old scoreboard doing significant damage. A new 36 by 17 foot high-definition scoreboard has been erected with more bells and whistles than its predecessor.
– Knoxville Raceway promoter Brian Stickel said Saturday night’s program “is on pace” to sell-out.
– Joey Saldana was so taken with competing in the Chili Bowl last January that he is building his own midget.
“I am building a midget,” Saldana said. “I don’t know why. My dad hates it and maybe that’s why I am doing it. I had a lot of fun at the Chili Bowl last year with Bryan Clauson, so I am building a midget for that.”
Saldana said he won’t be racing in Australia this year. “I think my Australia days are over,” he said. “My sons believe in Santa Claus, so I don’t want to miss Christmas. Luckily, I have had some success over there and I’ve accomplished everything that I wanted to, so I am happy to say, I will be home for Christmas.”
– Justin Henderson has a unique arrangement with the BDS Motorsports team he drives for.
“It is pretty simple,” said Henderson, who finished third in last year’s Knoxville Nationals. “I don’t really talk to those guys at all until race day. They do a fantastic job preparing the cars.
“Doug Wolfgang told me a long time ago and you can’t take it word for word, but he said you don’t want to be friends with your car owners because it leads to the emotional side of things and a lot of drama creeps in,” Henderson continued. “When it is just business, it almost makes it more of an easy thing to do, to come to work, you come do your job. Hopefully, I bring my A game and they bring their A game and we combine to make a winning combination. It has been a joy. Every time I sit in the car it has speed.”