Challiner Outlasts The Field In Iowa Opener


Dreamer Racing Super Series – Super Late Models – Round 1 – February 21, 2019 – Iowa Speedway

This past Thursday night, SARA’s premier division returned to action for Round 1 of the 2019 Spring Season with a 100 lap feature event at Iowa, in the Sim Design Concepts 100.

Race Summary – A 9-car invert at the front of the field brought Trevor Edwards and Dallas Pataska up to lead the race to green. Edwards led for 7 laps before Pataska then led for 6, but it was Bill Martin that charged from 6th up to the lead by lap 14. Behind him, Ryan Doucette was making a bigger charge from 11th, picking cars off one at a time in the bottom groove until he made his way to the top spot at lap 38.

At this point the race appeared like it could go green to the finish, putting drivers in fuel conservation mode, but Doucette continued to pull away out front. As the laps began winding down, Doucette’s lead began to shrink as Christian Challiner starting cutting into the gap. With just a handful of laps left, as the battle for the lead began to shape up, Doucette was forced to duck down onto pit road as he didn’t save enough gas to make it to the end, handing the lead over to Challiner on lap 96. Challiner’s fuel saving efforts early in the race paid off as he came around to pick up the checkered flag for his 4th career SARA victory.

Broadcast Replay:

Race Winner – Christian Challiner – Started 5th (9-car invert), 5 laps led

Top Five – 2nd Dallas Pataska, 3rd Joe Schaffer Jr., 4th Samuel Roush, 5th Trevor Edwards

Sim Design Concepts Pole Award – Ryan Matthews (22.368 seconds)

Hard Charger – Samuel Roush (+12 positions)

One3Designs Caution Flags – 0

Points Battle – With the season opening victory, Christian Challiner leads the standings by just two points heading into Myrtle Beach for Round 2.

HidesPride Head2Head Throwdown – Row 9 on the grid was selected at random for drivers to compete head-to-head, with AJ Rogers (12th) finishing ahead of Alex McCollum (22nd) to win the Throwdown.

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