Knoxville By The Numbers

When an event has been run 60 times, it is certain to be associated with some amazing statistics and that’s certainly the case with the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals. Entering the 61st running of the Knoxville Nationals, one can conclude that predicting a winner is as much of a quandary as ever. Steve Kinser is next on the list with 39 appearances, followed by Danny Smith (37), Jac Haudenschild (37), Danny Lasoski (34), Terry McCarl (34), Jeff Swindell (32) and Don Droud Jr. (31). With eight pole starts at the Knoxville Nationals, Steve Kinser has more than any other driver. When Steve Kinser started his streak of 34 consecutive appearances in  the Nationals finale in 1978, “Grease” was the No. In those 34 Knoxville Nationals features, Kinser won 12 times, recording 16 top-five finishes and 24 top-10 results. Kenny Weld lied about his age when he won the Nationals in 1964. Steve Kinser’s 2002 victory made him the oldest winner at 48 years, 2 months and 8 days. Steve Kinser predictably leads in top-10 finishes with 27 top-10 efforts in his 35 features.

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