Banks, Carter, VanDerWal, Griffiths and Whalen Take Wins on Yaw's Auto Salvage Night

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June 17, 2015

Banks, Carter, VanDerWal, Griffiths and Whalen Take Wins on Yaw's Auto Salvage Night

By Jeremy Fox


Oskaloosa, Iowa (June 17th, 2015) Wednesday Night the Southern Iowa Speedway returned to action on Yaw's Auto Salvage and Midwest One Bank Night at the races. Right at 70 cars was signed into tame the monster half mile on the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds.


Cayden Carter (IMCA Stock Cars), Curtis VanDerWal (IMCA Northern SportMods), Dustin Griffiths (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Bill Whalen (IMCA Sport Compacts) all make a return visit to victory lane meanwhile Brandon Banks (IMCA Modifieds) makes his 1st at SIS in 2015. VanDerWal won the Australian Pursuit for the SportMods and Nathan Wood won the Stock Car King of the Hill.


After all the qualifying heat races was completed there was two special races and the first one was the Sport Mod Australian Pursuit. The format for the Australian Pursuit was simple once passed you were done, to be eligible u had to finish top four in your heat race. Curtis VanDerWal started dead last and passed every car by lap three to claim the win and $100 plus a trophy.


The Stock Car King of the Hill was next and the final three was Damon Murty, Shane Weller and Nathan Wood. They started the three lap dash three wide and it was Nathan Wood grabbing the lead. Wood took the win along with $150 and a trophy. Murty took $50 home for finishing second and Weller was third.


First feature of the night was the KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMods 16 lapper and it was Leroy Groenendyk taking the lead on lap one. Groenenedyk's lead was short lived because Charlie Weber took the lead away on lap two. Weber led but Cory Van Zante grabbed the top spot away on lap five. Van Zante looked to be heading on to the win however lap traffic slowed him down and that allowed Track Point Leader Curtis VanDerWal to chase him down. VanDerWal made the move and completed the pass on the final lap to take his 5th win of the season at SIS. VanDerWal had his engine claimed by Brett Lowry and he sold. Van Zante finished second, Brayton Carter was third, Logan Anderson was fourth and Brett Lowry was fifth.


William Michel and John Girdley started on the front row of the 12 lap IMCA Sport Compact and it was Girdley grabbing the opening lap lead. Bill Whalen Jr started outside row two and he would grab the top lead away on lap two and held off a late race charge from his brother John Whalen to take his second win at Osky. Girdley, Michel and Trent Orwig rounded out the top five.


Just like he did two weeks ago, Jason See grabbed the early lead in the Budweiser IMCA Stock Cars 18 lap feature event but it was short lived because Cayden Carter took the top spot away on lap two. Carter saw the yellow come out on lap five when Taylor Inman spun in turn one. The caution came out two laps later for Mike Brown, Terry Clayton and Donnie Pearson in turn four. Carter held off challenges from Nathan Wood, Brad Pinkerton and Damon Murty for his second win. Pinkerton finished second, Murty was third, Wood was fourth and Mike Hughes was fifth.


In the Pepsi Cola IMCA Hobby Stocks 15 lap feature, it was Steve Allen leading the opening lap shortly after the caution came out for Dale Porter in turn one. Allen continued to lead include through a caution on lap four for debris but on lap six, Bill Bonnett grabbed the top spot away. Bonnett saw the caution come out on lap nine for Allen on the back-stretch and then just as they were going green, Danny Thrasher slowed in turn three. Bonnett held on to the lead until lap 11 when Dustin Griffiths took the lead away. Griffiths and Bonnett battled the final four laps but it was Griffiths taking his third win of the season. Craig Brown, Nick Ulin and Jamie Songer finished third through fifth respectively.


Final feature of the night was the 18 lap Musco Lighting IMCA Modifieds feature and it was Greg Cox and Brandon Banks leading the field to the green. Banks jumped out to the lead and never looked back to take his first win at SIS by a full straight-away over Colt Mather, make his first appearance at SIS. Carter VanDenBerg finished third, Cayden Carter was fourth and Tyler Groenendyk was fifth.


Next Wednesday Night will be Musco Lighting Night at the Races plus the IMCA Late Models ($1,000 to win) show rescheduled from last week's rain out. It will also be Southern Iowa Speedway Hall of Fame Voting Night. Also racing will be IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and IMCA Sport Compacts. Hot Laps at 7pm and Racing at 7:30pm.


Kids do not forget about the pre-race activities and games from 6:15pm to 7pm every Wednesday, thanks to the Kid's Club sponsor Community 1st Credit Union.


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