WOO: Lynton Jeffrey Takes the SPEED SPORT World Challenge; Claims 25th Knoxville Nationals Starting Spot

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa — official series release — Totally Speedway Australia file photo —

Lynton Jeffrey scored the equivalent of a Knoxville “Golden Ticket” on Friday night at Knoxville Raceway, inheriting the lead with two laps remaining and going on to claim his first career SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge victory, as well as the final starting spot in Saturday’s FVP Knoxville Nationals A-main.

Jeffrey was the beneficiary of being in the right place at the right time during the 20-lap invitational, which immediately followed the non-qualifier feature.

After starting on the front row, Jeffrey led early on in the 25-lap main event. Farther back, James McFadden was charging from eighth, picking up positions lap after lap. On lap four, the Australian driver threw a big slider on Kraig Kinser into turn three to take over the third spot.

As Jeffrey built a lead, McFadden continued his run forward battling with Randy Hannagan through the middle part of the feature. He finally got around for second after a caution on lap nine. He ran down Jeffrey a few laps later and got around him on lap 17 with another big slider in turns three and four.

The path looked paved for McFadden until his car went up in smoke with two laps to go. Jeffrey retook the lead and scored the SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge victory, which locked him into the A-main.

“For this little team to get a win and put this in the A main of the Nationals! I knew when (McFadden) went by that I [couldn’t] quit,” said Jeffrey, who dedicated the night’s win to Kevin Swindell. “We came off of two over there, I didn’t miss much, I was right past him. That’s life. Sometimes things don’t go your way in racing and tonight things went our way. I’m really grateful.”

“We had a great car, a great team. We’ve had a little bit of bad luck this year in America. This team’s worked hard all year and they deserve this.”

Jeffrey will start 25th in Saturday night’s final feature.

Former World Challenge winner Randy Hannagan came up second at the checkered flag, with defending winner Daryn Pittman rounding out the podium in third. Brooke Tatnell and Brad Sweet made up the balance of the top five.

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Knoxville Raceway; Knoxville, Iowa; Aug. 13, 2015

Speed Sport World Challenge – (20 Laps) – 1. Lynton Jeffrey (2); 2. Randy Hannagan (1); 3. Daryn Pittman (9); 4. Brooke Tatnell (6); 5. Brad Sweet (13); 6. Kraig Kinser (3); 7. Ian Madsen (7); 8. Christopher Bell (18); 9. Tim Kaeding (17); 10. Kerry Madsen (14); 11. Terry McCarl (12); 12. Jamie Veal (5); 13. Jordyn Brazier (16); 14. Lucas Wolfe (10); 15. Jason Sides (4); 16. James McFadden (8); 17. Scott Bogucki (15); 18. Sheldon Haudenschild (11); 19. Glen Saville (20); 20. Bruce White (21); 21. Jac Haudenschild (19)

CREDIT: World of Outlaws

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