Front Row Challenge is ready to bring the party to Oski

It’s almost time for the best Sprint Car racing to do the half-hour drive east from Knoxville Raceway to Southern Iowa Highway for the return of the Sage Fruit Front Row Challenge in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Monday, August 8.

The event, located between the Capitani Classic and the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, has become a mainstay on many Sprint Car programs schedules for drivers and fans.

2022 Front Row Challenge on Southern Iowa Highway

The 2022 edition of the event will pay out $21,000 to the race winner, as well as plenty of additional rewards and rewards. There were big prizes for prizes like the Hard Luck and Hard Charger event, a prize money for the highest finished PA Posse driver, the highest finished Australian driver, and a quick time qualifier, as well as a prize money for the race winners.

The front row challenge itself has evolved and transformed over the years. Initially, the polesitter was given the option of starting from the rear of the field. If that driver returns across the field to win, he will receive additional money on top of the winner’s wallet.

In recent years, the challenge belongs to Keith Hutton Memorial King of the Hill Match Races. Match races were an arc-style knockout session to determine the contestant for the feature event. This year, there is a new twist in this part of the event.

Due to the ongoing tire shortage nationwide, event promoters decided to make a small change to the match race format. Instead of using their cars to race each other, the drivers will use their feet instead. There will be three 40-yard walk dashes to designate the top four rows of the starting lineup with the winner receiving a $1,500 reward and first place for the Featured Event.

Last year’s edition of the Front Row Challenge was won by NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson. The win propelled Larson into a big week that also saw him win the Knoxville Nationals just a few days later. Larson has now won the Front Row Challenge twice, with his first win in the 2018 event.

New Front Row Challenge winners over the past decade are Darren Bateman, Shane Stewart, Brad Sweet and Brian Brown.

The Front Row Challenge has been held every year since 1996 except for 1997 and 2020 because both events fall to Mother Nature. In addition to Pittman, Stewart, Sweet and Brown, Sprint Car legends such as Terry McCarl, Jac Haudenschild, Jeff Shepard, Lance Dewease, Kenny Jacobs, Danny Lasoski and Sammy Swindell have won the Front Row Challenge.

The South Iowa Speedway is a half-mile oval located in Oscaloosa, Iowa, about 35 minutes east of Knoxville, Iowa.

Race fans who can’t make it to the Southern Iowa Highway to participate in the Front Row Challenge in person can watch the nightly race events live on FloRacing starting at 8PM ET / 7PM PT.

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