VanDerWal Cashes in Big on Fan Appreciation
Night at the Southern Iowa Speedway
By Jeremy Fox
Oskaloosa, Iowa (May 28th, 2014) – Wednesday Night began with a moment
of silence for a long time fan of the Southern Iowa Speedway, Jeffrey
Groenenboom. It looked great for racing all day for Fan Appreciation Night
sponsored by Slideways Karting Center, Nutz Graphix And Vinyl LLC and Yaw's
Auto Salvage. During intermission fans saw heat winners race go karts from
Slideways Karting Center however mother nature spoiled that fun.
First feature of the night was in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and it was Brad
Stephens taking the early lead meanwhile Mike Hughes worked his way in to
second by lap two. Hughes began to battle with Stephens for the lead and would
take it away on lap five. Hughes appeared to be heading on to the win before
the caution came out on lap 13 for Dustin Griffiths and Danny Thrasher in turn
four. On the restart, Hughes saw Stephens and Craig Brown on the back bumper,
Brown took second and then took the lead on the last lap when Hughes cut his
right rear tire, he came home in 12th. Brown took the win with Brad Stephens in
second, Nick Ulin was third, Kevin Fee was fourth and Jared Stephens was fifth.
In the Musco Lighting IMCA Modifieds 15 lap feature, it was Scott Dickey taking
the early lead. Dickey lead until Jesse Sobbing was able to grab the lead away
on lap five. Sobbing went on to take his second consective win at SIS despite a
caution on lap nine for Andrew Schroeder. Sobbing would give the trophy to the
Groenenboom family after the race. Travis Hatcher, driving Sobbing's Backup car
was 2nd. Schroeder came back up to finish 3rd, Dickey fell back to 4th and
Casey Greubel was 5th.
Next up was the IMCA Sport Compacts feature and it was Matt Moore leading the
first four laps. Bill Whalen Jr worked his way up to take it away on lap five
and went on to take the win. Trent Orwig, Matt Moore and John Whalen rounded
out the field.
Donnie Pearson led the first two laps in the Budweiser IMCA Stock Cars 18 lap
feature before the caution came out when Nathan Wood would get into the outside
fence in turn three. Pearson on the restart had to contend with Damon Murty and
Corey Stout. Murty took the lead away on lap four and look to be pulling away
only to see the caution come out on lap 11 for Pearson in turn two. Murty saw
Corey Stout and Cayden Carter on his back bumper. Carter worked his way to
second on lap 12 and took the lead away from Murty on lap 13. Carter went on to
take the win and Zack Vanderbeek made the pass on Murty with two to go to take
second. Stout was fourth and Donavon Nunnikhoven was fifth.
Final Feature of the night was KBOE Radio IMCA Northern Sport Mods 30 lap
Special. Carter VanDenBerg lead the first three laps before Curtis VanDerWal
worked his way up from sixth to take the lead away on lap four. VanDerWal lead
until the halfway pit stop. Brayton Carter, Carter VanDenBerg, Jason McDaniel,
Brett Lowry, Jenae Gustin, Logan Anderson, Ryan Fullenkamp, Tony Johnson and
Colby Heishman rounded out the top ten at halfway.
VanDerWal took control on the restart again with Carter VanDenBerg taking
second from his cousin Carter on the restart. Lowry worked his way by McDaniel.
The only caution that came out not counting the halfway caution came out on lap
20 when Colby Heishman lost his left side door in turn two. VanDerWal went on
to take the $750 for the win. VanDenBerg, Lowry, Carter and McDaniel rounded
out the top five.
Next Wednesday Night will be $500 to win Jerry's Automotive Pro Collision IMCA
Hobby Stock Special. Also Racing is IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Sport
Mods and IMCA Sport Compacts. Hot Laps at 7:00 p.m. and Racing at 7:30 p.m.
Then a reminder we will not be race on Wednesday June 11th as we will be racing
on Thursday Night June 12th when the Monster Half Mile host the Lucas Oil MLRA
Late Models $5,000 Gambler Challenge Race. All five weekly divisions will be
running for track points that night.
For More information check out oskyspeedway.com or call Mike Van Genderen at