Owens a year ago The Late Model Knoxville Nationals is slated to be contested at the Knoxville Raceway Sept. 12-14 at the Knoxville Raceway. In a flashback to 2018 the top three on the podium for the $40,000 to win 100-lap feature. Claiming the Knoxville crown a year ago was Jimmy Owens (middle), with Don O’Neal (left) claiming second place and Josh Richards (right) in third. Owens was so dominant in winning a year ago that he paced the field, leading 61 of the 100 laps. Brian Shirley was the Hard Charger as he finished fifth in the late model field. This year marks the 16th year for the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals. Nearly 50 drivers have pre-registered for the 2019 event.