OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Brad Sweet wired the field and took home a $20,000 payday and much more at Monday’s 20th annual Casey’s General Stores Front Row Challenge presented by Sea Foam Motor Treatment at Southern Iowa Speedway.
The Grass Valley, Calif., native led all 30 laps after getting the jump from the pole in the FVP National Sprint League main event.
After topping Paul McMahan, Brent Marks and Kerry Madsen in match races in the Keith Hutton Memorial/TK Concrete $1,000 “King of the Hill,” Sweet beat Madsen to turn one when the feature green flag fell. Dale Blaney trailed in the third spot, but tagged the turn one wall hard on lap two. He would retire after 17 laps.
Marks took over the show position and would hold it until Bud Kaeding slowed on the backstretch with eight laps in the books. Sweet led Kerry Madsen, Marks, Ian Madsen and Rico Abreu back to green. Ian Madsen made quick work of Marks to take third, while Sammy Swindell shot from 10th to seventh.
At the halfway point, Sweet was in lapped traffic. Kerry Madsen reeled him in at one point, but Sweet guided the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 through traffic with ease. Sweet cruised to his first NSL win and a big payday, ahead of Kerry Madsen, Ian Madsen, Marks and Abreu.
Heat winners were also rewarded handsomely. In addition to the usual NSL contingencies, they earned a $500 gift certificate from All Pro Cylinder Heads, Front wing kits from either HRP or Vortex, a Snow Pusher from Snowplow.com and a canister of protein from Nutri Shop. Heat winners were Kevin Thomas Jr., Mark Dobmeier, Brian Brown and Bryan Clauson. Clauson also picked up a KSE Power Steering Pump for being the feature hard charger.
Kevin Ingle was awarded a brand new driver suit from Hinchman Racewear by random draw (a $1,400 value). Tasker Phillips dominated the B main and earned a set of Weld front hubs. Brad Sweet’s mechanic picked up a 3/8 Micro Lithium Impact Kit courtesy of Des Moines Snap-On Tools Dealers.