NCWTS Corn Belt 150

Trucks line up four wide during pace laps for the Corn Belt 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on Friday, July 9, 2021.

KNOXVILLE — The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to the “Sprint Car Capital of the World” June 18, 2022 for the Corn Belt Weekend at Knoxville Raceway.

For the second consecutive year, the famed rural Iowa half-mile will host a NASCAR national series, as the American motorsports icon harkens back to its formidable years of racing on dirt ovals across America.

“The inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Knoxville put on the remarkable show we were expecting when we added the storied dirt track to the schedule,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation. “In addition to the racing, the passionate fans in Iowa were incredibly supportive of this event in 2021. We can’t wait to build on that excitement and showcase this brand of racing at Knoxville Raceway again in 2022.”

The inaugural Corn Belt 150 presented by Premier Chevy Dealers drew high praise from a host of competitors across multiple disciplines of motorsports – many of whom had yet to visit the famed facility prior to their arrival.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe joined the line-up, as did husband and wife duo Stewart and Jessica Friesen. Ten-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion Donny Schatz and four-time Knoxville Raceway track champion Brian Brown both made their NASCAR debuts at the July 2021 event.

“NASCAR’s debut at Knoxville Raceway in 2021 was a success in every sense,” said Knoxville Raceway’s Race Director John McCoy. “Everyone at the track and on the Marion County Fair Board worked tirelessly to make the event happen and we’re proud to have earned the trust and respect of NASCAR so we can do it again. We’re looking forward to growing this event and making that ticket a ‘must have’ for the race fans who Knoxville is so privileged to serve.”

The event will be promoted in cooperation with North Carolina-based Spire Holdings.

“Presenting the most prestigious dirt track in the world to the NASCAR community was an honor and we’re thrilled NASCAR chose to continue showcasing the Camping World Truck Series at Knoxville Raceway,” said Joey Dennewitz, Spire Holdings’ vice president of strategic initiatives. “Seeing Austin Hill’s face, along with his team from Hattori Racing, while they were presented with the inaugural trophy was the icing on the cake for our entire group. We’re thrilled to build on last year’s success and carry on a lasting legacy.”

Winston, Ga.’s Austin Hill won the scheduled 150-lap contest, which was extended by 29 extra laps to complete a green-white-checkered flag finish, giving the Knoxville faithful both a spectacular and historic conclusion.

"You always want to be the guy to win an inaugural race at any track, but winning at Knoxville was extra special,” Hill said. “It was probably the most unpredictable race of the season and I'm sure next year will be every bit as exciting. Racing a truck there was a surreal experience, and to win it was a huge accomplishment for us. Knoxville has as much history as any track in the country and to be a winner there is pretty incredible."

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