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  • Lance

    Lance's Night in Knoxville

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    (Bill W) May 22, 2019, Monroe, IA – Recently, it was fun to know the rivalry between central Pennsylvania and the World of Outlaws still exist.  I remember my first trip to central PA and watching the local fans boo and even throw things at the WoO rigs pulling in.  Times more »

  • The Z-Man!

    The Z-Man!

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    (Bill W) May 16, 2019, Monroe, IA – There was shock last weekend in Knoxville’s pit area of the news that Chuck Zitterich had passed.  Chuck was only 61 years old. I met Chuck many moons ago.  A member of the Zitterich racing family in Sioux Falls, he more »

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  • Mother Nature 867 - Jacksonville 0!

    Mother Nature 867 - Jacksonville 0!

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    (Bill W) May 1, 2019, Monroe, IA – It’s hard to think of a track more snake-bitten than Jacksonville Speedway has been with the World of Outlaws and Mother Nature the past couple of years (0-4).  Now that I think about it, over the decades, I have made many trips to more »

  • Odds and Ends!

    Odds and Ends!

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    (Bill W) April 26, 2019, Monroe, IA – I’ve promised myself to write more columns here on OpenWheel101.com this year.  We’ll see how it goes!  The winter went quickly at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, and the “Salute to Champion AJ Foyt” exhibit is set to launch more »

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  • Spotlight On: Harli White

    Spotlight On: Harli White

    Saturday, August 4, 2018

    by Jenna Prather Harli White from Lindsay, Oklahoma is a 23 year old 360 race car driver of the 17w. Harli has been a racer for eleven years this season. "I've always been interested in racing," She says. "My grandpa raced, my dad raced; it was kinda in the more »

  • Spotlight On: Sheldon Haudenschild

    Spotlight On: Sheldon Haudenschild

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    by Jenna Prather Sheldon Haudenschild, son of Jac and Patty Hauenschild, from Wooster, Ohio, is a 24 (25 in August) year old professional sprint car driver for Ricky Stenhouse and Richard Marshall's 17 car. "I've got a little bit of a different ownership deal than most because I have more »

  • Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament Returns to the Knoxville Nationals with all Proceeds Going to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson!

    Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament Returns to the Knoxville Nationals with all Proceeds Going to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson!

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    For Immediate Release- Knoxville, IA- July 17, 2018- The Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament returns to the Knoxville Nationals with all proceeds going to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson. This is the 3rd Annual Steve King Foundation event to be held at the Knoxville Nationals, and the second year of the event more »

  • Spotlight On: Ryan Leavitt

    Spotlight On: Ryan Leavitt

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    If you've been around the racing community for a while, chances are that you know of the name Leavitt and the story that revolves around it. For three generations now, the Leavitts have been racing and, currently, Ryan Leavitt, age 21, is continuing the journey. "Ever since I was born," more »

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  • Brooke Tatnell on Top of Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Points!

    Brooke Tatnell on Top of Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Points!

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Associate Sponsors: Hoseheads.com, Jim Harris, TheCushion.com   (Bill W) May 16, 2018, Monroe, IA – Brooke Tatnell has taken the lead in the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by Open Wheel 101 point standings heading into a busy weekend (if Mother Nature allows).  Events await at Jackson Motorplex in more »

  • Spotlight On: Eric Bridger

    Spotlight On: Eric Bridger

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    by Jenna Prather Eric Bridger is a 21-year-old, who originated in Winterset, Iowa and now lives in Waukee. During the day he works at People’s Trust and Savings Bank in Clive and is a graduate of Upper Iowa University in Des Moines in financial management. He likes to spend spare more »

  • Spotlight On: Matt Moro

    Spotlight On: Matt Moro

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Matt Moro, 40, is the third installment of a four-generation racing family. “Something we’ve always known to do. We didn’t play baseball, we didn’t play football, basketball, we raced. That’s all we’ve ever known how to do and that’s all we’ve wanted to do.” Matt has been racing for 25 more »

  • Scotty Thiel/Austin McCarl First Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Winners in 2018!

    Scotty Thiel/Austin McCarl First Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Winners in 2018!

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    (Bill W) April 23, 2018, Monroe, IA – Mother Nature finally gave in and we got some 410 sprint car racing underway in the Midwest.  The Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by Open Wheel 101 schedule kicked off with Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s Scotty Thiel visiting Victory Lane with the MOWA series at more »

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  • Jenna Prather: Spotlight On Ian Madsen

    Jenna Prather: Spotlight On Ian Madsen

    Monday, April 2, 2018

    (by Jenna Prather) Ian Madsen, 2017 410 points champion, 33, from Sydney Australia has been racing since 2004 and has been doing it professionally for the past 5-6 years after getting a ride with KCP Racing and his career has taken off from there. Both Ian’s brother, Kerry Madsen, and more »

  • Lex Mills - Trust the Process

    Lex Mills - Trust the Process

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    I often times find myself starting blogs when I am already laying down ready for bed. Some nights I fall asleep right when my head hits the pillow, and some nights I lie awake for hours because my brain will not shut off. Normally, I write whatever comes to my mind more »

  • Retiring from the Weekly Releases!

    Retiring from the Weekly Releases!

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    (Bill W) March 13, 2018, Monroe, IA – Of all things, I happened to be sitting with Terry McCarl at a basketball game in Ames, Iowa...it was eleven years ago.  His son Austin was an eighth grader playing in an AAU tourney, and had just fouled a guy who hit the more »

  • Lex Mills - College, Eldora Speedway, Family

    Lex Mills - College, Eldora Speedway, Family

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    A Monday in college is a lot harder to do coming off a weekend at the races, but I survived it. That entailed an 8 A.M. and a three hour night class, so I’m giving myself a pat on the back for making it to my classes today. The weekend at more »

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  • Lexi Mills - Q&A with Grant Boyum

    Lexi Mills - Q&A with Grant Boyum

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

    by Lexi Mills With the Knoxville Nationals approaching in less than a week, I sat down with a long time friend and crew member for Aaron Reutzel Racing, Grant Boyum.  Grant and I met at the Knoxville Nationals in 2014, when he was working for Destiny Motorsports, a World of more »

  • Inside the Museum

    Inside the Museum

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    by Laci White I used to do a podcast for the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum talking about the current events of the museum. It was appropriately titled, In the Museum with Laci. I know it’s kind of corny, but it was something fun. However, with everything more »

  • Knoxville Nationals Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament Announced!

    Knoxville Nationals Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament Announced!

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament When: Thursday, August 10th, 1:00 PM Where: On the Martion County Fairgrounds, In front of the MRN stage, next to the beer bus by Dyer-Hudson Hall Get the chance to be teammates, playing cornhole with your favorite big name, dirt track stars, such more »

  • Brandon

    Brandon' Blog - I Can't Think of a Good Title!

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Hemby Bridge, NC – From previous articles, everyone by now is pretty aware of my work schedule, but if you aren’t aware, here’s the deal.  I’m required to work weekends because the job demands it.  Every fifth weekend, my boss will send me an email saying “Hey, if you want off more »

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