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Altoona’s McCarl wins Knoxville 360 Nationals

Terry McCarl, Altoona, celebrates capturing the 2018 Knoxville 360 Nationals championship on Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville.
Terry McCarl, Altoona, celebrates capturing the 2018 Knoxville 360 Nationals championship on Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE — Terry McCarl passed Carson Macedo with two laps to go to win his fifth career Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.

The win was worth $15,000 to the Altoona native aboard the TMAC Motorsports No. 24 “Franken-A.R.T.,” a combination of two 2013 A.R.T. chassis. 

McCarl and Macedo traded the lead several times in the 25-lap championship race. McCarl prevailed for the eighth time in his 360 career here over Macedo, Brian Brown, Joey Saldana, who was the pole winner, and Thomas Kennedy.

Greg Hodnett, Gio Scelzi, Cory Eliason, Dominic Scelzi and Tim Kaeding rounded out the top 10. Sawyer Phillips was the D main winner, Jonathan Cornell took the C main, and Shane Golobic claimed the B. Crashes in both the C and B mains saw Tyler Blank and McKenna Haase take rides, but both were uninjured.

Macedo won a pair of awards. The highest finishing rookie of the race also had his Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 voted as the “Best Appearing” car. Brooke Tatnell won a steering wheel from MPI for his hard-charging efforts (22nd to 11th).

Watt Wins 305 feature

Devin Kline led the 15-lap 305 sprint car feature early over Kelby Watt and Matthew Stelzer. Eric Bridger would take the third spot on the second lap.

Kline and Watt exchanged the lead eight times. The two made contact on lap six with the result being Watt losing a side panel on his nose wing. 

It didn’t deter the 17-year-old from picking up his third win of the season and fourth of his career. Kline settled for second, ahead of a late closing Jayce Jenkins, Bridger and Ryan Leavitt.

Stelzer, Mike Mayberry, Mike Ayers, Evan Epperson and Brandon Worthington completed the top 10. Bridger set quick time, while Jenkins and Jon Hughes won heat races.

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