(Cedar Rapids, IA July 29, 2016) – What a difference a week makes! Last week drivers, fans, and crews were sweltering under high humidity and temperatures. Friday night on “ Croell Redi-Mix Night” the temperatures were 25 degrees cooler with much less humidity as well.
After winning his heat earlier in the evening, 12-year-old Sammy Smith, from the Des Moines area, picked up his first Dublin City Pub INEX Legends feature win Friday night out-running Matt Blake to the checkered flag. Smith took the lead on the first lap after starting outside the first row and never surrendered the point over the 25-lap feature.
CROELL REDI-MIX PRESENTS THE HY-VEE RACING SERIES THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT HAWKEYE DOWNS
BUS RIDES ON THE TRACK FOR KIDS DURING INTERMISSION!
(Cedar Rapids, IA 07/27/2016)—Croell Redi-Mix presents week twelve of action in the Hy-Vee Racing Series this Friday night at Cedar Rapids’ historic Hawkeye Downs Speedway.
Croell Redi-Mix was founded in Lawler, Iowa in 1968 by Richard and Roger Croell, expanding from 3 locations in the early 70’s to over 80 locations in 2016. Croell has developed unparalleled expertise in the industry as they strive to become the premier concrete company in the United States.
(Cedar Rapids,IA July 22, 2016)—Fans and racers alike endured a brutal heat index at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Friday night but were rewarded with some hot racing to accompany the temperatures on Casey’s General Stores Wall of Fame Night.
The American Iron Racing Series joined the regular Friday night divisions of the HyVee Racing series with a dozen “Nostlagia” Cars such as Mustangs, Camaros, Fairlanes, Novas, and other classic models that were a common sight on race tracks in their heyday.
The 2016 class of the Hawkeye Downs Wall of Fame was also inducted Friday night on the front stretch during Intermission. This years’ inductees joining an already prestigious list from past years were Dick Hutcherson, Ron Hutcherson, Jim L. Brown, Tony Dean, Arnie Juhl, and Jim Wittke.
CASEYS GENERAL STORES NIGHT COMING UP FRIDAY AT HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY
AIRS Vintage Cars and Wall of Fame Inductions!
(Cedar Rapids, IA 07/20/2016)— This Friday night, July 22 is Caseys General Stores Night. Free tickets for the annual event have been available for several weeks at eastern Iowa Caseys General Stores location and some stores still have tickets available with a Pepsi product purchase.
In addition to racing in the Hy-Vee Racing Series the AIRS Vintage Cars will be on hand along with inductions for the 2016 class of the Hawkeye Downs Wall of Fame. This years’ inductees are Dick Hutcherson, Ron Hutcherson, Jim L. Brown, Tony Dean, Arnie Juhl, and Jim Wittke.
Brody Willett topped the Performance Concepts Late Models Friday night while Cory Houdek scored the win in Mountain Dew Sportsmen. Other winners on hibu Night included Drew Nickell topping the Miller Time Hornets, Jim Hanson scoring another win in Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, and Tim Brockhouse earned the win in Dublin City Pub INEX Legends.
Sammy Smith brought home the checkers in the Carpetland USA “Floor It Dash” for Legends.
hibu NIGHT AT HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY THIS FRIDAY
LEXI KESSLER BENEFIT NIGHT HOSTED BY THE LIL’RACER CAR CLUB!
(Cedar Rapids, IA 07/13/2016)—Racing resumes this Friday night at Cedar Rapids’ Hawkeye Downs Speedway. It’s “hibu night” for week ten of the Hy-Vee Racing Series with all five divisions in action on the quarter-mile and half-mile tracks.
The Performance Concepts Big 8 Late Models, Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, Miller Time Hornets, and Dublin City Pub INEX Legend Cars will take to the track to battle for track and Hard Charger Series points.
A friendly reminder from Hawkeye Downs Speedway that there is no racing tonight-Friday, July 8.
Racing returns next Friday night July 15 for “hibu Night at the Races.”
Have a great weekend!
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I just wanted to take a little time to let you know how much my wife and I enjoyed our visit to Hawkeye Downs last night. We usually are at the Davenport Speedway on Fridays but we’ve wanted to try your track for some time now. When I learned it was asphalt I was even more curious.
Not knowing how long it would take us to get there, we arrived a little before 6:00. We waited until about 6:15 to enter the track. The first order of business were the restrooms and then the concession stand. We missed our usual Sloppy Joe sandwiches but your pulled pork sandwiches were very tasty. At 6:30 we were in our seats and thought we’d have an hour before we saw any action. But soon we heard the roar of engines and out came the cars for their hot laps. That kept us busy until racing started at 7:30. I’d like to say how good a job the young girl did in singing the National Anthem.
We saw some exciting heat races and feature races.
But the BEST part were the Big 8 Late Models. They were AWESOME!!! They were so fast and the sounds they made were incredible! Do they race at Hawkeye every night? I was curious if they race at other tracks in the area?
The asphalt track was great. There was no dirt flying around like it gets in Davenport. I was surprised the INEX legends had a 25 lap feature. They seem to run faster on your track than Davenport. Perhaps they are better suited for the smoother asphalt track.
I thought the whole race program was very organized and went without a hitch. The Official/Flagman was in charge. The cars got lined up smoothly after a yellow flag. Cars were ready and lined up promptly for each next race. There was a smooth transition between running the 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile. It was all handled very professionally.
We are seniors, so the price was right. Now we just have to figure out how to get on to I-380 for the trip home. We missed something and ended up on 30 going east. We eventually got onto I-80 and home safe.
Thanks for a very enjoyable night of racing, we’ll be back.
C. and M C. (names edited)
Rock Island, IL