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August 29, 2012
by Tony Paris
Curtis VanDerWal of Oskaloosa topped the Pyramid Graphics & Sports IMCA SportMod feature.
Champions crowned at SIS for 2012 season

OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- The final regular season night of racing at the Southern Iowa Speedway sponsored by KBOE 104.9FM & Pepsi-Cola to ended on a great season with Mike Van Gendren and the Southern Iowa Fairboard promoting races under the IMCA sanctioning. With many added things with prizes, contests and even new classes coming to run that had never run at the Mahaska County Monster. An added attraction for the night was the MADCRA Mod Lite division which ran for the first time ever on the Monster Half-Mile.

All of the IMCA classe, ran heats and started via the invert system as they do each week. Some tracks choose to start the features "straight up" by points on Season Championship night, but that was not the case at the Southern Iowa Speedway. Each class was brought to the front stretch for driver introductions prior to their feature event. That is always a feature that we really appreciate. Not only for us as fans, but that the drivers get a little extra recognition.

The IMCA Northern SportMods ran their 15-lap feature first. Young Brayton Carter led the charge, looking strong as he piloted his #01 ride around the big old half-mile. Curtis VanDerWal made his way up to second, with Tony Johnson chasing him. With the race continuing under green, VanDerWal seized his opportunity to make the pass on Carter with a lap remaining. VanDerWal took the checkers, his second of the year, Carter having to settle for the runner up spot. Jesse Sobbing, the track champion, made his way through the field to score a third place finish, fourth went to Carter VandenBerg and Eric Flander was fifth.

Next was the IMCA Sport Compacts. Tonight, the track had a new winner. John Whalen won the 8-lap feature after taking over from brother Bill Whalen, Jr. with a couple of laps remaining. Merv Chandler nabbed second on the final lap after getting by Bill Whalen, who finished third. Fourth was Anthony Cassat, fifth was Cory Howk and Kimberly Abbott made the trip over from Camp Point, Illinois to complete the six-car field. Merv Chandler is the track champion for 2012.

Eight IMCA Modifieds were on hand for the final night of points racing, but two cars "gave up the ghost" before they could even compete -- Jeff Waterman and Jason Riegel. At the drop of the green flag, the field was called back for a restart by some overly anxious drivers who set a very fast pace. That yellow restart also found the 10C of Cayden Carter in trouble with some toe out problems which would send him to the pits. When the race did get underway, it was Dakota Hayden out in front and looking strong. He had earlier won his heat race in convincing manner, and the feature was no different. He sailed easily to the win, as the race went caution free after the initial recall. He finished well ahead of second place "Hollywood" Brandon Banks. Third went to Jacob Murray, fourth was Andrew Schroeder and Mark Widmar was fifth. This was Hayden's first win at the Southern Iowa Speedway. Cayden Carter, though having mechanical issues, still had a good night as he took the track championship.

The MADCRA Mod Lites ran their 13-lap feature next. This would be the inaugural running at the track for the class. Mike Morrill and Josh May, two drivers we have seen duke it out at the Marshalltown Speedway all season long. Tonight, Morrill scooted off to the lead from his outside front row starting spot, only to have May, who had started right behind him in row two, tag in on his bumper. Morrill looked to the outside, Morrill looked to the inside, and finally was able to make one of those peeks work, taking the lead by lap eleven. May went on to take the win, Morrill finishing second. Far behind in third was Andy Hennigar, fourth went to Randy Bryan and Dusty Massolini finished in fifth. Thirteen of the motorcycle engine powered machines were on hand for their first time ever running at the track. For more information on this class, check out

The IMCA Stock Car feature went 16-laps. With less than a handful of laps in the books, disaster was avoided after last week's winner Todd Reitzler and Kyle Harwood appeared to get hooked as they came out of turn two. The two freed themselves as they struggled down the back stretch, Reitzler continuing on, but Harwood retiring to the pits. Meanwhile, Todd Phillips had been motoring along at the helm of the race, and the Chelsea Charger, Damon Murty had made his way into second. A yellow flag flew at lap eleven, bunching up the field. On the restart, Murty was on the hunt and looking for the lead. He would make it work going down the back stretch with a lap to go, stealing away the win, Phillips having to settle for second. Corey "from just across the street" Stout, came home in third place, fourth was Nathan Wood and fifth went to Todd Reitzler. The track championship went to Matt Greiner.

The final feature event was the IMCA Hobby Stocks. They ran a 15-lap feature. The only yellow in this one flew at lap four when point leader Shannon Anderson found him in the spin mode in turn one, and though he kept going, he was the one bringing out the yellow, and was then relegated to the tail of the field on the restart. This one was led by Justin Hook who battled three-wide with Mike Hughes and Dustin Griffiths for the top spot. At lap eight, it was Hughes taking over the helm, Griffiths in hot pursuit. Griffiths then took over the number one spot, Hughes then chasing him. The final checkers flew with Griffiths taking the win, his fifth of the year, Hughes took the runner up spot, Hook finished in third and Bobby Greene and Kevin Fee rounded out the top five. Shannon Anderson is the track champion.

The final features were the always fun mechanics races and the powder-puff races to cap off a great night of action. The track will fall silent until October 5-6 when the 26th Annual Musco Lighting Fall Challenge will once again bring the track back to action. Make plans to attend this always excellent racing show.


1. 12H-Dakota Hayden, Wilton
2. 22 Brandon Banks, Washington
3. 48J Jacob Murray, Hartford
4. 02 Andrew Schroeder, Keswick
5. 7W Mark Widmar, Ottumwa
6. 10C Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa
7. 71W Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Il.
8. 19 Jason Riegel, Birmingham


1. 1 Curtis VanDerWal, Oskaloosa
2. 01 Brayton Carter, Osklaoosa
3. 99 Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood
4. 7 Carter VandenBerg, Oskaloosa
5. 12 Eric Flander, What Cheer
6. 38 Bill Gibson, Knoxville
7. 198 Sam Wieben, Dystart
8. 10R Ryan Fullencamp, Bloomfield
9. 8T Tony Johnson, Oskaloosa
10. 53 Greg Strohman, Webster
11 43 Jeremiah Jones, Eldon
12. 42 Tyler Heckert, Ottumwa
13.34Z Corey VanZante, Sully
14. 72 Brett Lowry, Montezuma


1. 99D Damon Murty, Chelsea
2. 7 Todd Phillips, Packwood
3. 94 Corey Stout, Oskaloosa
4. 52 Nathan Wood, Sigourney
5. 22R Todd Reitzler, Grinnell
6. 29 Matt Greiner ,Washington
7. 19A Alan VanGorp, DSM
8. 25C Shane Paris, Muscatine
9. 73c Carl Yaw, DSM
10. 77T Trent Jeanes, Chartion
11: 30J Alex Buffington, Wapello
12 1 Chad Scandrett, Pleasentville
13.38 Rich Vogt, Fairfield
14 4 Shane Weller, Agency
15. 46B Mike Bilyeu, Indianola
16. 15K Kyle Harwood, Osklaoosa
17.62 Brad Pinkerton, New Sharon


1. 10G Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa
2. 18H Mike Hughes, Oskaloosa
3. 33 Justin Hook, Oskaloosa
4. 32T Bobby Greene, Eddyville
5. 52 Kevin Fee, Knoxville
6. 69 Craig Brown, Eldon
7. 78 Shannon Anderson, Urbandale
8. 224 Casey Greubel, Laconia
9. 73 Aaron Martin, Sigourney
10. 6 Jarred Gann, Sigourney
11. 53D Ron Downing, Jr, Ottumwa.
12. 84 Danny Thrasher, Agency
13. 2N Donovan Nunnikhoven, Sully
14.18 Kris Walker, Oskaloosa


1. 77 John Whalen, Ainsworth
2. 2 Merv Chandler, Vinton
3. 00W Bill Whalen, Jr., Riverside
4. 15A Anthony Cassat, Bloomfield
5. 48 Corey Howk, Drakesville
6. 71 Kimberly Abbott - Camp Point, IL

Mod Lite - Inaugural running at the track

1. 99 Josh May, Desoto
2. 6 Mike Morrill, Altoona
3. 15 Andy Hennigar, DSM
4. 64 Randy Bryan, Ames
5. 8 Dusty Masolini, DSM
6. 20 Jeff Stensland, Nevada
7. DC5 Dalton Dingman, DSM
8. 11R Jason Whitehead, DSM
9. 87 Blake Woodruff - Galesburg, IL
10. 23 Michael Parcel, DSM
11. X50 Joel Huggins, Altoona
12.09 Joel Keenan
13.19JR. Danny Foster

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