July 4, 2014

Vanderbeek repeats as winner of the Great American Stock Car Shootout


The second night of the 19th Annual Budweiser Great American Stock Car Shootout and Inaugural Merv Chandler Memorial saw beautiful skies and some great racing all night long. Also the inaugural class of the Southern Iowa Speedway Hall of Fame was announced and will be inducted into the hall of fame in a couple of weeks during the fair.
First feature of the night was the KBOE Radio IMCA SportMods 15 lap event. Curtis VanDerWal started outside row two and grabbed the lead on the opening lap. VanDerWal appeared to be heading on to the easy win but then the caution came out on lap nine when Logan Anderson experienced troubles in turn four. VanDerWal continued to lead only to see the caution come out again on lap ten for Charlie Weber and Jason Hall getting together in turn two. VanDerWal managed to lead the remaining five laps to take his fourth win of the season in Osky. Ryan Fullenkamp worked his way to runner up spot after the restart on lap ten. Jason McDaniel, Brayton Carter and Brett Lowry rounded out the top five.
Out next was the 20 lap Merv Chandler Memorial for IMCA Sport Compacts and before a single lap was completed the caution came out when Shaun Slaughter came to a stop in turn four after a wheel came off. On the restart, it was Merv’s son Nathan Chandler taking the lead. Chandler pulled away only to see the caution come out again on lap eight when Barry Taft lost a tire then went over the turn one wall. Chandler did not let that bother him as he would lead the remaining 12 laps to take the win despite challenges from Bill Whalen and Austen Beccera. Beccera finished second, Whalen was third, Brandon Lambert was fourth and Cody Cleghorn was fifth.

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