Front Row Challenge
Monday, Aug. 7
Time Trials - 1. Craig Dollansky (7),
Heat 1 (8 laps) -
1. Haudenschild, 2. Pinegar, 3. J. Johnson, 4. Pittman, 5. Dollansky, 6. Bruce, Jr., 7. Phillips, 8.
Heat 2 - 1.
Heat 3 - 1. Lutar, 2. Lasoski, 3. Mitrisin, 4. Kahne, 5. Hillier, 6. Hirst, 7. Sander, 8. Enders.
Heat 4 - 1. Zomer, 2. J. Allard, 3. Hockett, 4.
King of the Hill -
(2 lap challenges to determine first 8 starting spots) - 1. K. Jacobs, 2. Pittman, 3.
B-Feature (12 laps) - 1. Alley, 2. Sander, 3. Bruce Jr., 4. Phillips, 5. Hirst, 6. Kulhanek, 7. Peebles, 8. Brey, 9. McDonald, 10. Stark, 11. Enders.
A-Feature - 1. K. Jacobs, 2. Lasoski, 3. Dollansky, 4. Kahne, 5.
By Perry Bell
Daryn Pittman was second in the King of the Hill Challenge and then accepted the Front Row Challenge offer to give up his front row starting position for a chance at a much heftier payday. Everyone in the Monday main event raced for $5,000 to win with the exception of Pittman, who raced for a chance to win $50,000 if he could race from the back of the back and beat the field.
In the history of the Front Row
Challenge the $50,000 offer has been claimed just once, that was by Jac
"The Wild Child" Haudenschild in 1999. The first offer to give up his
pole position for the big payday was turned down by Kenny "The Mouse"
Jacobs. Jacobs move to keep the pole paid off at the end of the night, shortly
after as he raced to the 25-lap victory, paying the
Running second in the main event was Danny "The Dude" Lasoski. Lasoski started inside of row four. Lasoski grabbed the runner-up spot on lap 18. Craig Dollansky, who earlier in the night set quick time ran third in the feature followed by Kasey Kahne in fourth and Haudenschild in fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Skip Jackson in sixth, Daryn Pittman from the 24th starting spot up to seventh at the end of the evening. Eighth place was gained by Jonathon Allard, with Dusty Zomer ninth and Jessica Zemken 10th.
Quick time during the evening among the 33 competitors was turned in by Dollansky with a time of 15.914 seconds around the half-mile speedplant. Heat races were won by Haudenschild, Jerrod Hull, Tony Lutar and Dusty Zomer.
The 2006 Front Row Challenge, promoted by McTwo Promotions, Terry McCarl and Bill McCroskey, drew a field with some heavy hitters. Among the list of stars were Danny Lasoski, Dollansky, Pittman, Haudenschild and Jacobs, to name a few. The biggest of the racing stars was NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, who continues to draw a large crowd every time he appears at the event. Kahne was third in the 2000 Front Row Challenge and has been in the top 10 at the event three of the past six years. Make that four of seven with his fourth place finish Monday.
Promoter Bill McCroskey stated, "Over $6,000 worth of prizes were handed out to the drivers during the night. Three Winters rear ends valued at $2,000 each were given to heat winners running with Winters equipment, that consisted of Lutar, Zomer and Haudenschild. McCroskey added, "We had a decent crowd and we hope to have this pleasant weather again for the 2007 Front Row Challenge."