OSKLAOOSA – Daryn Pittman became the first four-time winner of the prestigious 24th Annual Sage Fruit Front Row Challenge presented by Musco Lighting Monday, Aug. 5. The Owasso, Oklahoma native cashed in $20,000 for his win aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83.
In addition, Pittman’s crew chief, Brent Ventura, was named Snap-On Tools “Mechanic of the Race,” good for an impact wrench set. Nebraska’s Jason Martin was victorious in the $1,000 to win IMCA Racesaver 305 sprint car main event.
Before a lap could be completed in the feature, Rusty Hickman went upside down. He walked away.
Finishing second to Cory Eliason in the $1,000 Keith Hutton Memorial “King of the Hill” Max presented by DeBerg Concrete, Pittman led from the outset of the 30-lapper. Early on, Pittman’s lead came ahead of Eliason and Carson Macedo.
Pittman pulled away from the field and entered lapped traffic by the seventh circuit. Behind him, defending champion, Kyle Larson, was on the move. Larson took fourth from Ian Madsen on lap eight, and third from Macedo on lap 13.
Pittman’s lead at the halfway mark was 4.4 seconds over Eliason, and he had put five lapped cars between himself and second. Larson gained speed int eh middle stages, grabbing second from Eliason on lap 16. Pittman kept cruising, however, and built his lead to 6.5 seconds with ten to go.
Pittman rolled the bottom well. Larson gained a little ground, trailing by 2.8 seconds with five to go, but he ran out of time chasing Pittman, who lapped up to tenth place. Following Pittman and Larson were Eliason, Macedo and Brian Brown.
Pittman set quick time over the 31-car field, while Skylar Gee, Brock Zearfoss, Eliason and Shane Stewart were heat winners taking home plenty of contingencies, including $500 from Rudeen Racing.
In the 15-lap 305 feature, Elliot Amdahl led lap one, but it was all Jason Martin after that to claim the $1,000 prize.
Sage Fruit Front Row Challenge A-Feature, 30 laps: 1. 83, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (2) 2. 57, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (6) 3. 26, Cory Eliason, Visalia, CA (1) 4. 2, Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA (3) 5. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (10) 6. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (14) 7. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (4) 8. 71P, Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN (5) 9. 48, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (8) 10. 9, James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Aust. (15) 11. 5, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (9) 12. 41s, Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA (11) 13. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (16) 14. 99, Skylar Gee, Leduc, ALB, Can. (17) 15. 14, Marcus Dumesny, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (23) 16. 1, Travis Rilat, Heath, TX (19) 17. 17w, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (22) 18. 44s, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (7) 19. Chase Johnson, Penngrove, CA (20) 20. 2AU, Andrew Schuerle, Brisbane, QLD, Aust. (21) 21. 2KS, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (18) 22. 70, Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, PA (13) 23. 87, Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX (12) 24. 45, Rusty Hickman, Bendigo, VIC, Aust. (24). Lap Leader: Pittman 1-30. Hard-charger: Sweet.