(Photo by Paul Arch)
Inside Line Promotions – OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 8, 2016) – Daryn Pittman dominated the 21st annual Price Chopper Front Row Challenge on Monday at Southern Iowa Speedway, where he captured his third career triumph at the marquee National Sprint League event that paid $21,000 to win and offered many bonuses.
Pittman was one of 27 drivers from 13 states and Australia to tackle the half-mile oval, where drivers and fans paid tribute to racer Bryan Clauson, who passed away following a race crash last weekend.
Green ribbons were tied on sprint cars and push trucks and many drivers went through the stands during an intermission to collect money for Clauson’s family. Clauson’s sprint car owner, Matt Wood, brought his race car to display and it paced the field during the four wide salute before the main event saw a green flag.
With heavy hearts in the stands and the pits Pittman emerged victorious throughout most of the night. He set quick time to open the action and he won the King of the Hill race to garner the pole position for the 30-lap main event.
Pittman led the first two laps before a caution on Lap 3 for Jason Johnson, who sustained a flat right rear tire while battling just outside the top 10. Brian Brown took advantage of the restart by driving into the lead in turn four on the restart lap.
Brown led the next four laps, which were slowed by three cautions, before Pittman returned the favor by taking the lead on a restart on Lap 7.
“Brown is awfully good,” Pittman said in Victory Lane. “I hit the bottom after the (King of the Hill) race and it felt good. He got by me on the restart. Luckily the bottom slowed up enough the top came back in.”
Brown remained within striking distance until the final caution on Lap 17. However, it was all Pittman the rest of the way as he won by more than four seconds to tie Sammy Swindell atop the event wins list with three triumphs. Pittman also won in 2012 and 2008.
While Pittman pulled away, the battle between drivers running second through eighth was close until the checkered flag. Kerry Madsen earned the runner-up position after passing Brown on Lap 22.
“If there was a way to drive that car harder I don’t know about it,” Madsen said.
Brown held on for third place with Brad Sweet charging from 12th to fourth and National Sprint League points leader Danny Lasoski placing fifth.
Following Pittman’s quick time in qualifying James McFadden, Dakota Hendrickson and Rico Abreu each won a heat race. Cory Eliason captured the B Main, but he scratched from the main event because of mechanical problems.
NATIONAL SPRINT LEAGUE NOTES: Daryn Pittman earned a $200 bonus from Deberg Concrete and a $50 certificate from Slade Shock Technology for setting quick time during time trials. … James McFadden garnered a $100 certificate from Walker Performance Filtration for winning a heat race. … Dakota Hendrickson scored a $100 certificate from Kaeding Performance for winning a heat race. … Rico Abreu captured a certificate from Keizer Aluminum Wheels for winning a heat race. … Sammy Swindell was the So Close Award winner and received a certificate from Rod End Supply for being the highest starting NSL driver who missed the feature redraw. … Cory Eliason powered to the Locked in Award to garner a $100 certificate from Hooker Harness for winning the B Main. … Sheldon Haudenschild picked up a $50 certificate from KSE Racing Products for being the Hard Charger in the A Main. … Eliason was given the Hard Luck Award, which provided a $100 certificate from Ti22 Performance for facing the worst luck of the night.
EVENT CONTINGENCIES: Daryn Pittman was awarded a $500 bonus from Country Builders Construction for setting quick time during qualifying. … James McFadden, Dakota Hendrickson and Rico Abreu received $500 from Country Builders Construction along with a $500 certificate from All Pro Cylinder Heads, a SnowPlow snow pusher from TheSnowPlow.com and a five-pound canister of protein from Nutrishop in Maple Grove, Minn., for winning a heat race. … Pittman garnered $1,000 from TK Concrete for winning the Keith Hutton King of the Hill. … Cory Eliason picked up $500 from Country Builders Construction for winning the B Main. … Sheldon Haudenschild was provided $500 cash from Country Builders Construction and a KSE power steering pump ($500 value) for being the A Main hard charger.
National Sprint League Race Report: Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Aug. 8, 2016 –
Deberg Concrete/Slade Shock Technology Time Trials: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman 15.196; 2. 21-Brian Brown 15.208; 3. 5-David Gravel 15.295; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen 15.305; 5. 57-Kyle Larson 15.313; 6. 2-Danny Lasoski 15.318; 7. 18-Ian Madsen 15.347; 8. 1s-Sammy Swindell 15.353; 9. 24r-Rico Abreu 15.358; 10. 99-Brady Bacon 15.453; 11. 19m-Brent Marks 15.509; 12. 41-Jason Johnson 15.532; 13. 3h-James McFadden 15.558; 14. 49-Brad Sweet 15.561; 15. 10v-Rager Phillips 15.572; 16. 2ks-Craig Dollansky 15.576; 17. 10-Dakota Hendrickson 15.580; 18. 13-Mark Dobmeier 15.592; 19. 7w-Tasker Phillips 15.615; 20. 18js-Jason Solwold 15.623; 21. 5h-Cory Eliason 15.657; 22. 1x-Chad Trout 15.670; 23. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild 15.676; 24. 7-Paul McMahan 15.708; 25. 55-Brooke Tatnell 15.809; 26. 19-Bob Weuve 16.438; 27. 71-Robert Bell 17.569.
Walker Performance Filtration Heat Race #1 (8 Laps): 1. 3h-James McFadden (2); 2. 2ks-Craig Dollansky (1); 3. 18-Ian Madsen (4); 4. 9-Daryn Pittman (6); 5. 29-Kerry Madsen (5); 6. 99-Brady Bacon (3); 7. 55-Brooke Tatnell (9); 8. 7w-Tasker Phillips (7); 9. 1x-Chad Trout (8).
Kaeding Performance Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 10-Dakota Hendrickson (1); 2. 49-Brad Sweet (2); 3. 19m-Brent Marks (3); 4. 1s-Sammy Swindell (4); 5. 21-Brian Brown (6); 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild (8); 7. 18js-Jason Solwold (7); 8. 19-Bob Weuve (9); 9. 57-Kyle Larson (5).
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 24r-Rico Abreu (4); 2. 13-Mark Dobmeier (1); 3. 41-Jason Johnson (3); 4. 2-Danny Lasoski (5); 5. 5-David Gravel (6); 6. 5h-Cory Eliason (7); 7. 10v-Rager Phillips (2); 8. 7-Paul McMahan (8); 9. 71-Robert Bell (9).
King of the Hill: Quarterfinals – 9-Daryn Pittman d. 3h-James McFadden; 2-Danny Lasoski d. 24r-Rico Abreu; 21-Brian Brown d. 29-Kerry Madsen; 5-David Gravel d. 18-Ian Madsen. Semifinals – 21-Brian Brown d. 2-Danny Lasoski; 9-Daryn Pittman d. 5-David Gravel. Final – 9-Daryn Pittman d. 21-Brian Brown.
B Main (10 Laps/Top 8 Transfer): 1. 5h-Cory Eliason (3); 2. 10v-Rager Phillips (2); 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild (4); 4. 7w-Tasker Phillips (6); 5. 55-Brooke Tatnell (7); 6. 7-Paul McMahan (8); 7. 1x-Chad Trout (9); 8. 19-Bob Weuve (10); 9. 71-Robert Bell (11); 10. 57-Kyle Larson (DNS); 11. 18js-Jason Solwold (DNS).
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman (1); 2. 29-Kerry Madsen (6); 3. 21-Brian Brown (2); 4. 49-Brad Sweet (12); 5. 2-Danny Lasoski (3); 6. 24r-Rico Abreu (7); 7. 5-David Gravel (4); 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild (18); 9. 3h-James McFadden (8); 10. 2ks-Craig Dollansky (14); 11. 13-Mark Dobmeier (15); 12. 1s-Sammy Swindell (9); 13. 7w-Tasker Phillips (19); 14. 41-Jason Johnson (13); 15. 55-Brooke Tatnell (20); 16. 10-Dakota Hendrickson (11); 17. 1x-Chad Trout (11); 18. 19m-Brent Marks (10); 19. 19-Bob Weuve (23); 20. 71-Robert Bell (24); 21. 99-Brady Bacon (16); 22. 7-Paul McMahan (21); 23. 18-Ian Madsen (5); 24. 10v-Rager Phillips (17). Laps led: Daryn Pittman 1-2; 7-30; Brian Brown 3-6.
(The top 16 drivers in qualifying and heat race points locked into the A Main with the top eight earning a spot in the King of the Hill event, which drivers were seeded in based on points. The B Main transfer cars tagged the back of the A Main.)
UNOFFICIAL NATIONAL SPRINT LEAGUE TOP 10 IN POINTS AFTER ROUND 18 –
.1. 2-Danny Lasoski 6204; 2. 2ks-Craig Dollansky 6122; 3. 21-Brian Brown 5780; 4. 18-Ian Madsen 5657; 5. 55-Brooke Tatnell 4776; 6. 1s-Sammy Swindell 4684; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen 4238; 8. 7w-Tasker Phillips 4070; 8. 9. 56n-Davey Heskin 3609; 10. 10-Dakota Hendrickson 3440.
2016 FEATURE WINNERS –
Craig Dollansky – 3 (Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., on May 20 and June 22 and Iowa State Fair Speedway in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 29); Kerry Madsen – 3 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on May 28 and June 18 and Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., on July 29); Brian Brown – 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 4 and July 23); Danny Lasoski – 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on May 21 and Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, on June 19); Terry McCarl – 2 (I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on May 6 and Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa, on July 31); Daryn Pittman – 2 (Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., on June 24 and Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Aug. 8); Sammy Swindell – 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 25 and July 1); Ian Madsen – 1 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on July 30); and Logan Schuchart – 1 (Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., on July 8).
UP NEXT –
Aug. 27 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
MEDIA LINKS –
NSL Website: http://www.NationalSprintLeague.com
NSL Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/NSLSeries
NSL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NSLSeries
MARKETING PARTNERS –
The National Sprint League would like to thank Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP, Arnold Motor Supply, Bank Midwest, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Deberg Concrete, Hepfner Racing Products, Hooker Harness, Kaeding Performance, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Max Papis Innovations, MyRacePass, Rod End Supply, Rossie Feed & Grain, Slade Shock Technology, Ti22 Performance, TiLUBE Motorsport Lubricants, Vortex Wings and Walker Performance Filtration for support throughout the 2016 season.
NATIONAL SPRINT LEAGUE –
The National Sprint League was established in 2015 as a premier 410ci winged sprint car series focusing on the Midwest. In 2016, the series branches into the 360ci winged sprint car ranks with the GoMuddy.com National Sprint League 360 Sprint Car Series as well as multiple regions across the United States. For the latest news and information among all the NSL entities, visit http://www.NationalSprintLeague.com.
INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –
Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.
To meet the media relations needs of your program by joining Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or Shawn@InsideLinePromotions.com. For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit http://www.InsideLinePromotions.com.