Brown Controls Front Row Challenge
OSKLALOOSA, Iowa — Brian Brown became the sixth repeat winner of the Musco Lighting/Casey’s General Stores Front Row Challenge Monday night at the Southern Iowa Speedway.
The Grain Valley, Mo., driver joined Tyler Walker, Jeff Shepard, Lance Dewease, Daryn Pittman and Sammy Swindell (three) as a multi-time champ on the half-mile with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series.
Jac Haudenschild, who won the race in 1999, paced the field early from the pole. Brown had moved into fourth by lap four. With six laps completed, Randy Hannagan came to a stop in turn one, bringing out the caution flag.
On the next lap, Brown moved by Wayne Johnson for third, and on lap nine he drove around Russ Hall for second.
Haudenschild set a torrid pace as the lead pair hit lapped traffic three laps later. On lap 15, Johnny Herrera slowed in front of the leader, giving Brown an opportunity for the lead that he would capitalize on.
The last half of the race, Brown pulled away, lapping up to the eighth place in a dominant performance.
“It’s not often you pass Haud in a higher lane than he is,” said Brown. “He got caught behind a slower car and I was able to get by. I want to thank the whole team. I want to thank Tony Stewart…he was kind of here helping all night. He’s been watching the cushion the last couple of nights and he is sharp. It’s an honor to call him my friend, and an honor to have him on the team, if it’s only for a night.”
Stewart addressed the crowd after the heat races to a large round of applause.
Haudenschild followed Brown to the line ahead of Hall, Seth Bergman and Sam Hafertepe Jr.
Brian Brown, Jac Haudenschild, Russ Hall, Seth Bergman, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Mark Dobmeier, Wayne Johnson, Christopher Bell, Brad Loyet, Blake Hahn, Josh Baughman, Trey Starks, Tyler Drueke, Jonathan Cornell, Nate Van Haaften, Bill Balog, Tony Bruce Jr., Johnny Herrera, Jack Dover, Travis Rilat, Randy Hannagan, Jason Johnson.