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August 6, 2013

Brian Brown wins wild Front Row Challenge

OSKALOOSA —

Brian Brown emerged victorious in a wild feature event at the 17th Annual Musco Sports Lighting Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway Monday night.  
The win came aboard the Casey’s General Stores/FVP No. 21 and paid the Grain Valley, Mo., driver $3,000.
Tasker Phillips started on the pole of the 30-lapper after turning down the Front Row Challenge offered him for winning the “King of the Hill” Match race. Runner-up Tony Bruce Jr. accepted the challenge after Terry McCarl agreed to pay him $85 per car passed.
Kevin Swindell came to a stop before a lap could be completed in the main event, setting up a complete restart. Phillips shot out to the early lead over Jonathan Cornell, Tony Shilling and Tony Stewart. Cornell’s strong second place run went up in smoke on lap six, and Mike Houseman Jr. brought a yellow flag when he stopped with nine laps in the books.
A third caution for a stopped Scott Winters with 12 laps down, set up a restart that saw Phillips leading Shilling, Stewart, Brian Brown and Jason Johnson. Stewart shot by Shilling into second on lap 16, and tracked down Phillips.
Stewart took advantage of a Phillips bobble, and shot to the point to complete lap 22. He pulled away from the field at that point and appeared on the road to victory. That came to an end on lap 25, when Josh Higday contacted an infield tire and destroyed his car. Stewart, Phillips and Shilling were unable to avoid the crash.
 Stewart got the worst end of the incident, flipping his sprinter. He was taken to the hospital for observation. Only Phillips would rejoin the field at the tail.
Brown assumed the lead, with Kyle Larson, Swindell back from the tail, Brandon Wimmer, Tim Crawley and Bruce in tow. Brown would streak to the win ahead of hard-charger Larson, Swindell, Wimmer and Bruce.

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