The Knoxville Sprint Car Hall of Fame kicked off the 52nd Knoxville Nationals with its seventh annual Fan Fair, Wednesday, August 8. Fan Fair is a series of programs to inform, educate, and entertain fans in a format that encourages fan interaction with people directly involved in sprint car racing.
The lead-off program was "Danny Lasoski: The Path to 100 Wins at Knoxville". Host Tony Bokhoven followed the career of Danny Lasoski from the start in 1984 up to the present day, recognizing year by year the cars, car owners and persons significant in Danny's career. Danny currently has 98 410 feature wins at Knoxville and is expected to reach 100 in the near future.
To date, Danny has 9 Knoxville 410 track championships, 1 World of Outlaws championship, 4 Knoxville Nationals wins, 1 Nascar IROC win at Texas Motor Speedway and wins at 108 race tracks in the U.S. and Australia.
Wednesday's second program "World of Outlaws (WoW) Sprint Car Racing" featuring Johnny Gibson, the announcer for the World of Outlaws series. Using a question and answer format, Gibson explained the World of Outlaws series from the point system to the corporate structure of the World Racing Group. He also entertained the audience with stories about various drivers and how they attained their nicknames.
Wednesday's third program, "Sprint Car Racing: State of the Union" featured a panel of sprint car racing promoters. Each member of the panel discussed the state of sprint car racing in their area of the U. S., and offered things they are doing to improve the sport and build attendance. Specific areas covered include car counts, attendance, age demographics of drivers and customers, the number of sprint car categories, rules and rising costs.
Fan Fair Forums are scheduled to continue with three programs per day, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. through Saturday. Admission to the programs is included in the $4 museum admission price.