Thornton, Carter, Griffiths, Lowry, and Benischek Wins Again on Bill & Ray’s Night

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May 25, 2016

Thornton, Carter, Griffiths, Lowry and Benischek Wins Again on Bill & Ray’s Night
By Jeremy Fox

Oskaloosa, Iowa (May 25th, 2016) - For the first time this season, the Southern Iowa Speedway was able to get two consecutive nights in as mother nature cooperated for Bill and Ray's Truck Repair & Wrecker Service. Extra money was add to the purse in all the classes and a Kid's Candy Dash. 56 cars signed in to compete on Wednesday night.

Feature winners included Ricky Thornton Jr (IMCA Modifieds), Cayden Carter (IMCA Stock Cars), Dustin Griffiths (IMCA Hobby Stocks), Brett Lowry (IMCA SportMods) and Jake Benischek (IMCA Sport Compacts).

First feature of the night was the ten lap IMCA Sport Compacts feature. John Whalen wrestled the lead from Lincoln Schrock on lap one. Whalen continued to lead until lap four when Shane Evans grabbed the top spot. Evans time out front was short lived as he would experience troubles in turn one, that handed the lead over Jake Benischek. Benischek went on to take his second win of the season in Osky. Bill Whalen got by John Whalen for second. John Gill came home fourth and Lukas Yoder was fifth.

Colton Livezey led the opening lap in the 16 lap IMCA SportMods feature event but Brett Lowry worked his way on the outside and took the top spot away on lap two. Lowry and Livezey battled it out until the caution came out on lap six for Logan Anderson going on a spin cycle in turn two. Lowry and the field saw the caution come out on lap nine when Curtis VanDerWal spun exiting turn four and collecting Austin Paul, both would continue. Lowry was not going to be denied the win though as he went on to take his first win of the season at Osky. Last Week's Winner Colton Livezey finished second, Jason McDaniel was third, Logan Anderson was fourth and Carter VanDenBerg was fifth.

Nathan Wood started outside row two in the 18 lap Budweiser IMCA Stock Cars feature event but by lap one he was in the top spot. Shortly after the completion of lap one, the caution came out when Todd Reitzler, Daniel Hilsabeck and Mike Brown got together in turn two. Wood continued to lead until Cayden Carter worked his way through the field to take the top sot on lap four. Carter now leading with Wood, Mike Hughes and Todd Inman battling for second through fourth before the caution came out on lap seven for Keith Kuder in turn three. Carter went on to take his fourth consecutive win of the season at Osky, only night he has not won this season was Frostbuster Night, a non-track point night. Hughes, Inman, Reitzler and Louis Lynch rounded out the top five.

Travis Bunnell and Bobby Greene started the 15 lap IMCA Hobby Stocks feature event on the front row and by the end of lap one, Bunnell was the leader. Bunnell pulled away from the field but the caution came out on lap five for a wheel. Bunnell now had to contend with August Bach and Brad Stephens but Dustin Griffiths made it a three car battle behind Bunnell. Griffiths would grab the lead away from Bunnell and go on to take his third consecutive win at Osky. Bunnell came home a close second ahead of Bill Bonnett, Bach and Brad Stephens.

Final feature of the night was the IMCA Modifieds 20 lap feature event. Dennis LaVeine grabbed the lead early with Andrew Schroeder running second but Zack Vanderbeek and Ricky Thornton Jr was working their way through the field. Vanderbeek grabbed the lead way just before a caution on lap seven for Casey Skyberg in turn three. On the restart, Vanderbeek saw Thornton sneak by and grab the top spot. Thornton went on to take the win ahead of Vanderbeek, Todd Shute, Cayden Carter and Colt Mather.

Reminder there is no racing next Wednesday Night at the Southern Iowa Speedway because we will be racing on Thursday Night next week. On Thursday, the speedway will be hosting the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models. The night is sponsored by Shawn's Hay Grinding, Supreme Lawn & Landscape, KBOE 104.9 FM, Pepsi Mahaska Bottling, Vander Beek Truck Accessories and Ullrich Ford. It will also be a Weekly Points Night for all five IMCA Classes. Hot Laps at 6:45pm and Racing at 7:15pm.

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