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It’s Donny Schatz By A Nose! Edges Brian Brown By .117 To Win His 6th Knoxville Nationals

Posted: Sunday, August 12th, 2012 at 6:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Derek Cardwell

Donny Schatz took his sixth Knoxville Nationals Championship is seven years by just edging out Brian Brown by .117 of a second at the line. Schatz would claim the lead on the 14th lap and hold it all the way to the end of the 50-lap race. However after the fuel stop on lap 26, Brian Brown steadily moved up the leaderboard until he and Schatz began trading slide jobs the final five laps. Brown got a run coming down to the checkered flag but ran out of time. Craig Dollansky claimed third place with Kraig Kinser and Jason Meyers completing the top five. Speaking of the Kinser family, a streak of 34 consecutive A-Main appearances was snapped when Steve Kinser failed to make it out of the B-Main. Sammy Swindell also missed the feature. That meant for the first time since 1975 the Knoxville Nationals A-Main went off without Steve Kinser or Sammy Swindell. Kyle Larson, who won his preliminary on Wednesday night and made the A-Main won Rookie of the Nationals and the Jesse Hockett Mr. Sprint Car Award during Southern Iowa Speedweek.

Knoxville Nationals A-Main:
1. Donny Schatz
2. Brian Brown
3. Craig Dollansky
4. Kraig Kinser
5. Jason Meyers
6. Shane Stewart
7. Stevie Smith
8. Lance Dewease
9. Tim Kaeding
10. Davey Heskin
11. Joey Saldana
12. Mark Dobmeier
13. Jonathan Allard
14. Justin Henderson
15. Daryn Pittman
16. Kyle Larson
17. Dale Blaney
18. Ian Madsen
19. Lucas Wolfe
20. Jason Sides
21. Cody Darrah
22. David Gravel
23. Paul McMahan
24. Brian Paulus