Allard Kicks Off Knoxville Trip with Front Row Challenge

From: Jonathan Allard Motorsports

After making it to Iowa in the early hours Monday morning, Jonathan Allard and his Williams Motorsports team tallied a seventh place finish at the Front Row Challenge in Oskaloosa, IA Monday night as they kicked off the biggest week of the year.

After timing in with the 10th fastest lap of the 39 cars assembled, JA proceeded to charge from fourth to second in his heat, transferring him into the feature event, and also into the King of the Hill match races that lined up the first four rows of the feature.

The first match race of the night saw JA line up against fellow California native, Brad Sweet. In what was an entertaining race, Sweet got the edge, and JA was set to line up in the eighth position for the 25-lap feature.

As the main event got underway, JA shuffled back into the 10th spot early, until he was finally able to move forward and work his way up to seventh by the time the caution flag waved on the 12th circuit.

On the lap 12 restart, JA moved to the top of the track as he looked to gain a few spots, but he was shuffled back to the ninth spot as Sam Hafertepe, Jr, and Donny Schatz got under him.

JA was able to fight back in the waning laps and secure the seventh spot as the checkered flag flew on the event.

“The car was pretty good tonight,” said JA. “I’m just thankful that we made it back here in time to race, and that this thing is in one piece so my guys can rest tomorrow after the weekend that I put them through before driving out here from California.”

ON TAP: Next up for JA and the Williams Motorsports team will be the 51st Annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals. JA his set to qualify on Wednesday night.

MERCH: Stop by the trailer and pick up a 2011 Jonathan Allard T-shirt. There are still a variety of sizes and colors available.

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