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(PETERSEN MEDIA)- Though he didn’t lead the most laps, Shane Stewart would lead the most important one on Monday night in Oskaloosa, IA as he got by Brad Sweet late in the feature event to score his first ever Front Row Challenge feature event win and take home the $20,000.00 and Championship belt that came along with it.
Getting the jump early in the feature event Stewart’s lead would be short lived as Daryn Pittman would take control of the race on the second lap, as Brad Sweet took the second spot on the fourth circuit.
The race’s only stoppage would come on lap five, as the yellow flag would fly for a slowing Ian Madsen. While Madsen would go to the work area, the issues would prove to be terminal and his night would come to and end.
When the green lights turned back on, Sweet would make a big move on his teammate, and take over the race lead as the field rumbled through turns one and two, only to see Pittman answer the call.
Getting into lapped traffic on the 10th circuit, Sweet would finally clear his teammate and begin to pull away from the field. As Sweet, Pittman, and Stewart looked extremely strong out front, Monster Energy NASCAR star, Kyle Larson was wowing the crowd as he charged forward from his 13th starting position.
Just past the race’s halfway point, Larson entered the Top-Five and became a legitimate threat to capture the win, as he seemingly got better as the race moved on.
Back up front, Stewart would come alive as the race entered its home stretch, as he got by Pittman with 10-to-go to take over the second position. With his co-car owner, Kyle Larson, moving into third on the 24th lap, things would get extremely interesting during the final five laps of the feature event.
In heavy lapped traffic the battle for the lead would become a three-headed battle as Sweet, Stewart, and Larson would go three-wide on the Southern Iowa Speedway ½ mile. With the crowd erupting, Stewart would come away with the lead on the 29th lap, as he beat Sweet and Larson to the checkered flag to score the exciting feature event win.
“That was a great race to be a part of, and I sure hope all the fans enjoyed it,” Shane Stewart said alongside his Larson Marks No. 2 machine. “Terry McCarl and his family do a great job with this race, and it is so cool to finally win it and get this Championship Belt. It’s a great way to start our Nationals week, and I hope we can ride this momentum in Saturday night. My guys have been working so hard, and this feels really good. I have to thank them, as well as Justin Marks and Kyle Larson for continuing to support us, as well as our great partners for all that they do.”
Pittman would cross the stripe in fourth, as Chad Kemenah would earn KSE Hard Charger Honors as he completed the top-five after starting the race 16th. Carson Macedo would finish sixth, Brian Brown seventh, James McFadden eight, Tim Kaeding would advance from 20th to finish ninth, and Jac Haudenschild would round out the Top-10.
All in all a total of 36 cars would check in for the 22nd Annual Price Chopper Front Row Challenge, and it would be Daryn Pittman leading the way in time trials as he earned quick time honors.
Four heat races were ran on this night with wins going to Cory Eliason, Tim Kaeding, Shane Stewart, and Austin McCarl.
Trey Starks would win the B Main and transfer to the feature event along with Tayler Malsam, Don Droud, and Chris Martin, while Brad Sweet won the new King of the Hill Maxx and earned the right to start on the pole of the 30-lap feature event.
Feature Event Results:
30 laps: 1. 2, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (2) 2. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (1) 3. 57, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (13) 4. 9, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (4) 5. 10H, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (16) 6. 3G, Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA (8) 7. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (3) 8. 3H, James McFadden, Alice Springs, NT, Aust. (9) 9. 3, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (20) 10. 17, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (5) 11. 35, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Aust. (7) 12. 5H, Cory Eliason, Selma, CA (19) 13. 4P, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (14) 14. 2KS, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (17) 15. 24, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (12) 16. 44s, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (21) 17. 10, Kyle Reinhardt, Neptune City, NJ (18) 18. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (24) 19. Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA (10) 20. 49x, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (11) 21. 26, Tayler Malsam, Sammamish, WA (22) 22. 1B, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (15) 23. 1x, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (23) 24. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (6). Lap Leaders: Stewart 1, Pittman 2-9, Sweet 10-28, Stewart 29-30.
2017 WINNERS- Dominic Scelzi (Dirt Classic California 360ci), DJ Netto (Dirt Classic California 410ci), Shane Stewart (Front Row Challenge)
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