Thornton wins again at Southern Iowa 

By Jeremy Fox

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (May 25) – For the first time this season, Mother Nature cooperated and South­ern Iowa Speedway got two consecutive nights in. Feature winners were Ricky Thornton Jr. in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Cayden Carter in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Dustin Griffiths in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Brett Lowry in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Jake Benischek in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Dennis LaVeine had the Modified lead early with Andrew Schroeder running second and Zack Vander Beek and Thornton working their way through the field. Vander Beek had worked his way to the front just before a caution on lap seven. Thornton used the ensuing restart to his ad­vantage, driving by for the lead and eventual win.

Vander Beek, Todd Shute, Carter and Colt Mather completed the top five.

Carter took the lead on the fourth circuit and motored to his fourth consecutive Stock Car win at Osky. Mike Hughes, Todd Inman, Todd Reitzler and Louis Lynch were next across the stripe.

After making the race for the lead a three-car battle, Griffiths sped to his third straight Hobby Stock checkers. Travis Bunnell came home a close second ahead of Bill Bonnett, August Bach and Brad Stephens.

Lowry was a first-time winner locally, leading from the second lap to the finish in the Northern SportMod main. Colton Livezey finished second, Jason McDaniel was third, Logan Anderson was fourth and Carter VanDenBerg was fifth.

Benischek’s Sport Compact win was his second win of the season in Osky. Bill Whalen got by John Whalen for second. John Gill came home fourth and Lukas Yoder was fifth.

All weekly divisions are in action again when the next race program moves to Thursday, June 2 at Southern Iowa Speedway.

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