2021 Sage Fruit Front Row Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway

Kyle Larson Wins $21,000 Front Row Challenge

Kyle Larson Wins $21,000 Front Row Challenge

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson won a chess match against Brian Brown during Monday night's Front Row Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway.

Aug 10, 2021 by FloRacing Staff

Oskaloosa, IA – Kyle Larson won his second career Front Row Challenge title with a thrilling drive on Monday night at the Southern Iowa Speedway. The win, aboard Paul Silva’s #57, was worth $21,000 for the Elk Grove, California native.

A win in the Keith Hutton Memorial DeBerg Concrete King of the Hill Match Race set Brian Brown up on the pole of the 30-lap main event. Brown led Daryn Pittman, Kasey Kahne, Larson and Carson Macedo in the early going.

The leaders entered lapped traffic on the seventh circuit, and Larson worked his way under Kahne for the second spot on lap ten. Kahne battled back and briefly took the spot back on lap 13, but Larson pulled away and then stayed close as a blanket could be thrown over the lead trio of Brown, Pittman and Larson in traffic.

On lap 15, Larson shot around Pittman in turn two to take second and then rode the cushion around Brown to take the lead. Kahne shot by Pittman on lap 16 for third. A caution flew 18 laps in when Cale Thomas came to a stop.

On the ensuing restart, Larson kept his lead while back in the pack, Macedo gained fourth. Anthony Macri joined the top five with eight laps to go, and two circuits later, the final caution flew for a stopped Riley Goodno.

Brown went for broke on the restart and put a slidejob on Larson. He gained the lead in turn one, but Larson regained it with his momentum down the backstretch. He pulled away to another popular win (his first FRC title was in 2018).


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Brown, Macedo, Macri and Kahne followed. Pittman, Shane Stewart, Gio Scelzi, Brock Zearfoss and Shane Golobic rounded out the top ten. Several drivers enjoyed contingencies (full list below). Scelzi set quick time, while Zearfoss, Tim Kaeding and John Carney II won heat races.

In the 15-lap $1,000 to win Badger Steel IMCA Racesaver feature, Monty Ferriera led Colin Smith and Jacob Hughes early. Hughes drove under Smith for second shortly thereafter. On lap seven, Jack Potter came to a stop setting up a restart.

The leaders stayed unchanged through a caution for a stopped Nate Weiler on lap nine. Two laps later, disaster struck the leader, as Ferriera came to a rest with four laps to go.

Hughes inherited the point, but Smith jumped him on the restart and sailed to victory over Mike Moore, who nabbed second with two to go, Hughes, Marcus Thomas and Jake Greenwood. Jack Potter, Katlyn Boland, Steve Hurst, Cam Martin and Ferriera completed the top ten.


1. 57, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (4) 2. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (1) 3. 41, Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA (6) 4. 39M, Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA (8) 5. 83, Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, WA (2) 6. 39, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (3) 7. 71, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (7) 8. 18, Gio Scelzi, Fresno, CA (5) 9. 3z, Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, PA (15) 10. 17w, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (10) 11. 11TK, Tim Kaeding, Campbell, CA (16) 12. 19, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (12) 13. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (14) 14. 7, John Carney II, El Paso, OK (11) 15. N47, Marcus Dumesny, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (19) 16. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (23) 17. 11, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (9) 18. 22, Riley Goodno, Knoxville, IA (22) 19. 70, Sammy Swindell, Lakeland, TN (20) 20. 101, Cale Thomas, Fairland, IN (17) 21. 25, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Aust. (13) 22. 07, Skylar Gee, Leduc, ALB, Can. (18) 23. 53, Jessie Attard, Landilo, NSW, Aust. (24) 24. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (21)

-Story by Bill Wright