Donny Schatz in victory lane. Photo credit: Paul Arch/Oskaloosa News
Donny Schatz won his 10th Knoxville Nationals title on Saturday. That makes ten victories in the past twelve years, and the eighth driving Tony Stewart Racing #15.
Kyle Larson, who made a strong move at the end, came up short in the third turn on the final lap, to take second.
A friend of mine posted an obscene, apocalyptic headline Sunday night:
“Winter has come…”
I’m thinking, “What the hell is wrong with you?”, but I refused to be baited, tried my best to ignore the comment altogether, and had a beer out on the deck in the sunshine.
Turns out that Sunday night was the start of a new “Game of Thrones” season.
It was probably for the best that I refrained from commenting.
Minnesota host Iowa for Floyd of Rosedale
The NDSU Bison defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 23-21 today in Iowa City. What a great game. Iowa was ranked #15. The win maintains the Bisons’ streak of victories over FBS teams. Since 2010, NDSU has beaten Iowa State, Kansas State, Colorado State, Minnesota and now Iowa. The Bison have won five consecutive FCS National Championships.
Knoxville, IA to Champaign, IL
There are some beautiful homes in Fairfield, Iowa, including this 1896 mansion.
A quick run across Illinois in the rain. The plan was to camp at Turkey Run State Park, just across the border in Indiana, but the non-stop rain forced a change of plans.
On the plus side, an earlier stop gave me time to catch some playoff hockey on ESPN.
A late run to Iowa last night through the rain. A very nice drive none the less, and a huge mental relief. It’s good to be back on the road. Let’s hope the 300 keeps rolling along.
A surprise perk: I have had no cruise control since I acquired the car. It didn’t bother me too much, since I’ve only owned one vehicle with it. After all the recent work to the car, and the search for a infrequent gas supply issue, on a whim I decided to give the cruise another shot as I ventured down I-35. Lo & behold, the car had a working cruise control.
I suddenly know how an ex-smoker feels… Now that the cruise works, what do I do with the right foot? It’s not natural.
Life in Iowa:
On my last visit to Iowa, I observed a new road trip game. As one drives the lonely, two-lane blacktops in the Hawkeye State, there are numerous red-tailed hawks sitting on fenceposts, telephone poles and signposts. The object of the game, is to honk your car horn as you pass the hawk, hoping to get its attention.
Of the 20 or so hawk-honkings that I witnessed, I was amused to see that 95% of the hawks paid absolutely no attention to the honking what-so-ever. I still believe that the one that moved was nudged by a strong gust of wind.