“This is not a pretty place,” owner A.J. Mottet said referring the physical structure of his Knoxville bar, the Dingus Lounge. “That’s not why people come here.”
“All walks of life come through here,” Mottet elaborated. “Rich people, poor people, celebrities, race car drivers, everybody.” The Knoxville Nationals attracts a cult following of open-wheel, dirt-track racing fans from all 50 states and several countries. They stop by throughout the week, drink beer, have a good time, and sign their names on the walls with a black marker. “There are a lot of good stories and good memories here,” Mottet said.