Droud Is Up To The Oskaloosa Challenge

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Don Droud Jr. was the winner of the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League portion of the Ultimate Challenge on Sunday night. (Richard Bales Photo)
Don Droud Jr. was the winner of the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League portion of the Ultimate Challenge on Sunday night. (Richard Bales Photo)

OSKALOOSA, Iowa – Don Droud Jr. sprinted to victory in the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League portion of Sunday’s Ultimate Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway.

Droud started from the pole for the 25-lap feature and led early ahead of Riley Kreisel and Landon Simon.  Chris Morgan slowed to a stop three laps in, while Tyler Graves also had issues that sidelined him.

Droud led the field back to green ahead of Kreisel, Landon Simon, Chris Simon and Glenn Saville. Wyatt Burks shot from sixth to fourth on the restart.

On lap five, Kreisel slid by Droud for the lead and began pulling away.  He was in lapped traffic by the 11th circuit. Things continued that way before Chris Simon spun into the infield while running fifth with seven laps to go. The caution negated a Landon Simon pass of Droud for second.

Three laps after the restart, disaster struck the leader, as Kreisel got over the cushion and made contact with the turn one wall.  As he slowly pulled off the track, Droud assumed the lead.

Droud went on to win the $4,000 first place prize in the Mark Burch Motorsports No. 1m, ahead of Landon Simon, Burks, Morgan and Saville.

The finish:

1. 1M-Don Droud Jr[1]; 2. 24-Landon Simon[4]; 3. 77K-Wyatt Burks[7]; 4. 9W-Chris Morgan[8]; 5. 19-Glen Saville[6]; 6. 67-Jonathan Hughes[10]; 7. 21R-Shane Hopkins[9]; 8. 16-Anthony Nicholson[3]; 9. 95-Tommy Rockwell[11]; 10. 48-Neal Matuska[13]; 11. 2-Jason Billups[17]; 12. 25-Kelly Graham[14]; 13. 12-Doug Sylvester[15]; 14. 27-Steve Thomas[12]; 15. 91-Riley Kreisel[2]; 16. 23S-Kyle Simon[5]; 17. G2-Tyler Graves[16]