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June 25, 2014
Cook Wins Tune-Up To The Stock Car Shootout at Southern Iowa Speedway
Cook Wins Tune-Up To The Stock Car Shootout at Southern Iowa Speedway
By Jeremy Fox

Oskaloosa, Iowa (June 25th, 2014) With the 19th Annual Budweiser Stock Car Shootout and Inaugural Merv Chandler Memorial only a week away this was the final week to tune them up. The track produced some great racing all night and the Stock Cars seem to always leave the fans on their feet on Kelli Steil State Farm Insurance and Titan Machinery Night.

First feature of the night was the IMCA Sport Compacts ten lap event. On the first lap, they would go four wide entering turn one but when things settle themselves out it was Austen Beccera grabbing the lead. Beccera saw Shaun Slaughter take the lead away on lap three and never look back. Beccera finish second, John Whalen was third, Cody Cleghorn was fourth and Bill Whalen was fifth.

Out next was the "Class to Tough Tame" the Budweiser IMCA Stock Cars for their 18 lap feature. Brandon Jay jumped to early lead but Jason Cook was knocking on the back side until the only race caution came out on lap two when Damon Murty got side aways and collecting Todd Reitzler, Doug Sylvester and Brock Welch in turn two, Murty was able to get moving before the yellow coming out. On the restart, while Jay continued to lead, Cook saw Damon Murty take the second spot away. Cook did not give up though as he took back the second spot on lap four and took the lead away from Jay on lap five. Cook appeared to be heading on to the win but he saw Murty and Cayden Carter try to take the win away. Carter grabbed the lead coming to the white flag but Cook took back coming to the checkered to pick up his first win at Osky. Carter, Murty, Corey Stout and Jay rounded out the top five.

In the KBOE Radio IMCA Sport Mods 16 lap feature, it was Colton Livezey leading the first lap. Curtis VanDerWal after having a bad week the week before found his way to the top spot on lap two and then the caution came out on lap six for Rich Vogt and Kelly Buckallew in turn two. VanDerWal would go on and take the win over Brayton Carter, Jason McDaniel, Logan Anderson and Carter VanDenBerg.

Rookie AJ Johnson led the first lap in the Musco Lighting IMCA Modifieds 15 lap feature. Andrew Schroeder worked his away around on lap two. The only race caution came out on lap nine when Dakota Hayden lost the left front wheel on the exit of turn four. That did not bother either one but Johnson saw Cayden Carter take the lead away on lap 13. Schroeder held on to take the win, Carter was second, and Johnson was third. Casey Greubel and Scott Dickey was fourth and fifth respectively.

Final Feature of the night was Pepsi Cola IMCA Hobby Stocks for 15 laps. Travis Bunnell grabbed the lead early only to see the caution come out after the completion of lap one when Brandon Cox spun in turn two. Bunnell conitnued to lead until Mike Hughes worked his way up to take second on lap six. Hughes was then able to get by Bunnell for the lead on lap seven and would lead the remaining laps to take the win. Craig Brown worked his way to second on lap nine and tried to chase down Hughes but was unable to so he settled for second. Bunnell was third, Nick Ulin was fourth and Danny Thrasher was fifth.

Next week the Southern Iowa Speedway kicks off the 4th of July Weekend with the 19th Annual Budweiser Great American Stock Car Shootout and Inaugural Merv Chandler Memorial on Wednesday and Thursday Nights. $2,000 to win IMCA Stock Cars, $1,000 to win IMCA Hobby Stocks and $700 to win IMCA Sport Compacts. All IMCA Points (Track, Regional, State and National) will be awarded, track provisionals for top two not qualifed for feature if in top 15 in SIS Points.

On Wednesday Night, the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks and IMCA Sport Compacts will run two heat races. First heat races will be based on draw and the second heat will be inverted start of the draw, the top eight combined in points will advance to Thursday. Also IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods and Iowa Enduro Series will be racing a complete program. Hot Laps at 7pm and Racing at 7:30pm.

Then on Thursday Night, All Cars not qualifed for the big dances in Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts will line up by points earned on Wednesday and with a couple of chances to qualify with news car starting at the tail. Top eight cars in points from Wednesday Night will run a dash lined up by points. IMCA SportMods will run another complete program on Thursday. Hot Laps at 7pm and Racing at 7:30pm.

For More information check out or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330.

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