Southern Iowa Speedway
Location - Without wanting to be rude to use the phrase "in the middle of nowhere"
would be fairly accurate. Oskaloosa itself is about half way between Des Moines and Iowa City,
albeit to the south of both. The good news is there's plenty of fast food outfits just out
of the town square and downtown Oskaloosa has a good selection of antique shops. Chances are
if you find yourself in this area you're probably attending Knoxville in which case the connecting
road will be I-92. If you're coming from Des Moines it's around an hour via I-163.
Parking - Spectators have a unique choice to either park on the infield or behind the
main stand on the outskirts of the track. Those on the infield seemed to be more focussed on
having a good time than they were on the racing!
Premiere Meeting - The front row challenge just two nights before Knoxville has become
a big event for fans on their way to Knoxville. The event pays good money to win and includes a
unique knock out style Pole Shuffle.
Also worth attending - The rest of the schedule lacks appeal.
Best spot to sit - Aside from being poorly designed and downright dangerous the main grandstand
is the place to sit. For a big show expect to be squashed in like a sardine and pray that there
is no emergency during the show because if this stand had to empty quickly it wouldn't be pretty.
Classes run - US Modifides, US Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, SportMods, Sport Compacts.
Uniqueness - Considering this is a half mile track the turns seem to be remarkably
narrow. The track raced narrow when Percy attended until the A-Main. Despite minimal banking the
track does offer multiple lines and once racing width is established drivers can put on a good show.
Watch out for the food options under the grandstand. When Percy attended the race burger was not
the option to go for. Low grade mince between two buns proved to be almost inedible.
Website - oskyspeedway.com