Wednesday Night was full of action packed racing as the winged warriors from the Shottenkirk.com Sprint Invaders invaded the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. 89 drivers signed in to compete in six classes on Pepsi Cola Mahaska Bottling Company Night.
The first feature of the night was IMCA Sport Compacts ten lap feature and it was John Whalen leading from start-to-finish just like he did one week prior. This time he held off challenges from Chuck Fullenkamp and his brother Bill Whalen to take the win. Trent Orwig and Curt Myers rounded out the field.
After the initial start was called back in the Budweiser IMCA Stock Cars 18 lap feature event, it was Donnie Pearson grabbed the lead and look to be comfortable out front despite having Brad Pinkerton and Zack Vanderbeek right behind him. Vanderbeek and Pinkerton swapped position several times before finally Vanderbeek took second and then took the lead away from Pearson on lap 11. Vanderbeek lead the remaining laps to take the win, Brad Pinkerton finished second and Pearson faded back to sixth. Mike Hughes was third, Todd Reitzler was fourth, and Cayden Carter was fifth.
Next up was the Shottenkirk.com Sprint Invaders 20 lap feature event and it was Tony Shilling, who won the shake-up dash and drew position two for the feature. Shilling grabbed the top spot from the outside front row starting spot and had a big lead over Jamie Ball when he started getting into lapped traffic, which allowed Ball to chase him down. On lap nine, Shilling and Ball got together but they both continued and it allowed Ball to take the lead. Ball led and not even the caution on lap 13 for debris or the caution on lap 15 for Jon Agan, Russ Hall and Dakota Hendrickson getting together in turn one slowed him down. Ball went on to take his first Sprint Invaders win over Nate Van Haaften, Front Row Challenge Promoter Terry McCarl, Joe Beaver, and Shilling.
In the KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMods 16 lap feature, just like he did the week before it was Jason McDaniel taking the early lead. The difference this week though he led from start-to-finish in the feature that went green-to-checkered. Curtis VanDerWal finished second for the second week in a row. Brayton Carter was third, Trent Brink was fourth, and last week’s winner Brett Lowry was fifth.
Up next was the IMCA Pepsi Cola IMCA Hobby Stocks feature event. Aaron Martin led the first two laps in the 15 lap feature but then Bobby Greene took the lead on lap three. Greene’s time out front was short lived as Dustin Griffiths worked his way from tenth to the lead on lap five. Griffiths went on to take his first win at Osky this season. Greene finished second, Danny Thrasher, Martin, and Dale Porter rounded out the top five.
Final Feature of the night was the 18 lap Musco Lighting IMCA Modifieds feature event and it went green-to-checkered. Scott Dickey lead all 18 laps but had to hold off late race challenges from Tyler Groenendyk and Cayden Carter. At the same time, there was a three car battle for fourth between Carter VanDenBerg, Andrew Schroeder and Todd Shute. Dickey took the win with Groenendyk in second and Carter in third. VanDenBerg was fourth and Schroeder was fifth.
Next Wednesday Night will be Kelderman Hobby Shack IMCA SportMod Special. Keep your eye out on the Southern Iowa Speedway every Wednesday night on Facebook for the payout bonuses.
Hot Laps at 7pm and Racing at 7:30pm.
For More information check out oskyspeedway.com or call Mike Van Genderen at 641-521-0330
Story By Jeremy Fox