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June 18, 2013

Mid-season races are here

Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop.

It is hard to believe that it is mid-season championship time at some of the tracks in the area. It seems like just a week or so ago I wrote the first Pit Stop of the race season and here we are coming up on the half-way point of the 2013 racing campaign.

The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa once again kicks off the week of racing tomorrow night with the night being sponsored by Drost Equipment and Jerry’s Pro Collision Center. The IMCA Late Models make their third appearance at the track and there will also be race car rides for the kids.

I know the kids really enjoy riding around the track on in a race car. The looks on their faces and the excitement they show is priceless.

Merv Chandler of Urbana is the point leader in the IMCA Sport Compacts coming into this week of racing. The IMCA Hobby Stock division has Ottumwa driver, Dustin Griffiths, leading his team mate, Dale Porter of Bloomfield by seven points. These two are part of the Blind Squirrel race team.

Nathan Wood of Sigourney has a sizeable lead in the IMCA Stock Cars as he proves that consistency in finishing races is the key to winning a track championship. Wood got his first win of 2013 at Osky last week, but he is almost always in the hunt for the top spot in the feature.

The IMCA Sport Modifieds has a close battle between local drivers at the top of the standings where Brett Lowry of Montezuma has a seven point lead over Curtis Van Der Wal of Oskaloosa. Just five points behind Van Der Wal is Jason McDaniel of Eldon.

In the IMCA Modifieds, Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa is in second place by only four points to Jacob Murray of Hartford. There is still a lot of racing to take place so these positions can change each week.

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