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Free Admission with Monetary Donation to Charity at Hawkeye Downs June 12, 2015 with All Proceeds Directed to Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation Directed towards the Safe Sleep Task Force of Eastern Iowa Initiative

On Friday, June 12, community members are invited to enjoy a free night at Hawkeye Downs Raceway knowing their entry fee will go to a great cause. Admission, normally $10, has been changed to a monetary donation with Van Meter Inc.’s annual race sponsorship.  In return, race fans are encouraged to give a monetary donation with 100 percent of the proceeds directed to Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation, directing funds to the Safe Sleep Task Force of Eastern Iowa. The money raised will help provide a free Pack N’ Play portable crib and a set of crib sheets for families who attend a two-hour educational class on safe sleep as part of the Cribs for Kids program to promote safe sleep environments for infants.

The event will feature a celebrity Legend Car Pride Race between President and CEO of Van Meter, Kevin Powell, KCRG-TV’s Reporter, Forrest Saunders, 1600 KGYM’s program director, Scott Unash, and Big 10 Network Commentator and former NFL and Hawkeye Football legend, Chuck Long.  This event has become an annual tradition sponsored by the employees of Van Meter.

“We choose a different local charity each year to support. Our goal is to help raise awareness and financial support for the cause,” said Vice President of Sales Todd Ettleman. “Over the last five years we’ve been able to donate over $26,000 to various community organizations and look forward to helping another great organization. We see this as an opportunity for us to entertain our employees, customers, and members of the community at the raceway, all while achieving one of our core principles in giving back to the community.”

The gates at Hawkeye Downs Speedway open at 6 PM, Pre-race ceremonies are at 7:25 pm and races start at 7:30 PM.  Admission will be a monetary donation at the gate.

All five divisions of the Hy-Vee Racing Series will be on hand for week six of competition. Carpetland USA Late Models Presented by Performance Concepts  will battle on the half-mile while Barron Motor Supply Hobby Stocks, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, Miller Time Hornets, and Dublin City Pub INEX Legends take to the quarter-mile.

The Hawkeye Downs Lil’ Racer Car Club will be signing up new members under the Main Grandstand and Gunny the Clown will on hand from 6-8pm as well.  In addition, It’s another edition of “Kid’s Riding in Race Cars” this Friday night!

Hawkeye Downs and Hy-Vee have again teamed up to offer a new and improved concessions menu this season along with the return of Pepsi Products for 2015. Your favorite adult beverages are available as well with two-for-one Tallboys from 6-7pm.!

The full schedule for the 2015 season is available on the Hawkeye Downs Website ( or www.

Hawkeye Downs will again be using in 2015 to notify fans of weather related announcements for the speedway. Sign up at

Fans can also keep in touch by visiting the Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center Facebook page.


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