KNOXVILLE, Iowa — For the first time in the history of Knoxville Raceway, the track will host a NASCAR national touring division next year.
The half-mile dirt oval at the Marion County Fairgrounds is scheduled to host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, July 9. The event will take place on the eve of the Corn Belt Clash, previously known as the Corn Belt Nationals, non-winged sprint car race. That race will now take place on Saturday, July 10.
Originally, the two-day non-winged sprint car event featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Car Series and POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League was scheduled for July 9-10.
The Corn Belt Clash will be a one-day show on July 10, but will continue to boast a $20,000 top prize for the sole non-winged sprint car event at Knoxville Raceway. The track’s 410 winged sprint cars will also compete on July 10.
“With the help of NASCAR, Knoxville Raceway is ready to pen another chapter in the history that’s been created at the most legendary dirt track in the world,” said Knoxville Raceway Race Director John McCoy. “We’re honored by the faith NASCAR has placed in our facility and staff to raise the already high bar in delivering the best racing to our fans. We’re proud to join NASCAR in bringing Knoxville Raceway to a national television audience and to showcase what sprint car fans have known for generations. There’s nowhere like Knoxville.”
Knoxville Raceway is one of two venues hosting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dirt events next year. Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, which will host the first NASCAR Cup Series dirt event since 1970 on March 28, will feature a Truck Series dirt event on March 27.
Knoxville Raceway is best known as the Sprint Car Capital of the World and plays host to three weekly sprint car divisions in addition to a number of major annual events, including the Knoxville Nationals and the 360 Knoxville Nationals.