Championship Night- August 18, 2017

Hawkeye Downs presents

Fan Appreciation Night & Season Championships

Championship Night


Friday August 18, 2017



Gates open at 6:00 pm

Races begin at 7:30 pm


Join us in celebrating our 2017 racing year. There will be plenty of action on and off the track. There will be plenty of prizes given away, as well as the opportunity to meet the drivers and get their autograph afterwards

For the first time, fans will be invited ON TRACK for a post race party to hangout, play games, watch the champions celebration, and MORE. You do not want to miss this

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night. This page will be updated as information becomes available. Questions? Please call 319-365-8656.


On tap:

Prize Give Aways

Driver Autographs & Trick or Treat

Post Race Party & Games

Champions Celebration

Carpetland USA  Floor It Dash

Miller Time Hornets

Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks

Dublin City Pub Inex Legends

Mountain Dew Sportsman

Performance Concepts Late Models



Once again, it is time for season championships as has been done for over 90 years. The year seemed to pass quickly but there is still one more action-packed night of racing left. In all but one series the points remain close and could go several ways.

In an effort to connect with the fans after the races, there will be no heat races this Friday night. This means that drivers have only one chance to give it everything they have for the championship.


Following the features, fans will be invited out to the track to take part in a driver autograph session and games. They have the opportunity to win some prizes and watch the “Champions Celebration” on the stage.


The tightest points’ battle continues to be the Miller Time Hornets Series. Just two points separate Derek Parrott and Dallas Chandler after lapped traffic played a role in Parrott winning last week. The remaining drivers are too far out, and all eyes will be on these two for the final race of the season.

With a 48 point lead in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock Series, Jim Hanson has secured the championship. While the features continue to be close and exciting, Hanson always finds a way around the rest of the field, and has won 8 feature races heading into this week with nothing to lose.

Three drivers remain in the chase for the Dublin City Pub Inex Legends championship. Although it will be a tall order for Sammy Smith, who sits 8 points behind leader Austin Slabaugh, it is not an impossible challenge. The closer battle will be between Slabaugh and Dave McCalla, with only 4 points between the two.

After trouble in tech last week for Cory Houdek, the Mountain Dew Sportsmen title hopes for Greg Hentrich increased, but he will need more luck this week to pull it off. Six wins has given Houdek an 11 point advantage meaning it will take some sort of issue to knock him down. This is a possibility as Houdek as lady luck has not been the kindest the past few weeks, but there is no denying Houdek has a fast car.


In the Performance Concepts Late Models, Brian Gibson has pulled ahead slightly over Brad Osborn by just 5 points. With the smaller fields, it will be tough to make that up in just one race, but the battle has been close between Gibson and Osborn all season long. Though they are not in the championship fight, Griffin McGrath and Brody Willett could affect how everything plays


out. McGrath has been lightning fast the last couple weeks, and Willett expects to return to the track for the first time in two months and has two feature wins this year.


The action does not stop Friday night. There are plenty of events at Hawkeye Downs in the next couple months. Make sure to stay tuned on our website for bingo, motocross, trade shows, concerts, and other special events.

The pits open at 4:00 PM, gates at 6:00 PM and racing begins at 7:30 PM.


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This Friday night is “Hibu Night at the Races” and  the annual Racing for a Cause event benefiting Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S).  The highlight of the night is a $1000 to win Regional Qualifier for Dublin City Pub INEX Legends. The special race in conjunction with C.O.P.S.  is sponsored by Hershberger Enterprises of Kalona. 25-30 Legends are expected for this race, which is the first of four throughout Iowa.

Legends Racer Warren Ropp, organizer of the special Legends race, told The Gazette earlier this week:“ It’s big because a lot of people and organizations are all about the money on their end — and you’ve got to have the money to make the doors stay open and operate — but (Hawkeye Downs) sees the big picture of what’s happening in the communities,” Ropp said. “It helps pull communities together. Whether it’s Military Night or Iowa Donor Network Night or my C.O.P.S. night, it’s big. The only way you get that message across is to keep putting it out in front of people.”

C.O.P.S. is a national organization that was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Their mission is “Rebuilding the shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.” Today they have over 37,000 members.

 As a special recognition for local law enforcement, C.O.P.S. and Hershberger Enterprises have teamed up with Hawkeye Downs to offer free admission to all law enforcement officers (with proper credentials) and their immediate families for Friday nights’ race.

Hibu, the evening’s sponsor, is a multinational directories and internet services company headquartered in Reading, Berkshire, UK. It has operations in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain.

 It’s week nine of the HyVee Racing Series as the track celebrates its 92nd season of racing as part of Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center, the premiere racing and leading entertainment destination in Eastern Iowa.

 In addition to the Dublin City Pub INEX Legends, Performance Concepts Late Models, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, and Miller Time Hornets will be action.

 The Lil’ Racer Car Club is back in action Friday night as well with the “Worlds Largest Candy Dash on an Asphalt track” during Intermission.  The current record is 1,049 pounds of candy. Candy Donations can be delivered to the clubhouse under the main Grandstand before the races start.

Gates open at 6pm with Opening Ceremonies slated for 7:20 and Racing at 7:30.

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Alcohol: Beer options are provided at the track most nights from 6 pm until just before races end. We will not serve beer to anyone under the age of 21. Hawkeye Downs does have a 2-for-1 “happy hour” from 6-7 pm most Friday nights during the racing season. Proper ID will be required. Please note, no alcohol or tobacco is allowed in the “Family Area” located near turn one.

Concessions: Beginning in 2018, Hawkeye Downs took back their concessions and the fans loved it. This allows for lower prices, more specials, and deals on food during race nights and events. During racing, you can find the main concessions located underneath the grandstands.

Credit Cards: At this time, only cash is accepted for tickets or concessions. We do have an ATM Machine on-site located near main concessions under the grandstands.

Contact: For general inquiries, please email, send us a message on Facebook, or give us a call at 319-365-8656.

Emergencies: In case of a medical or other emergency, please immediately report to a person in a Hawkeye Downs Staff shirt, or a yellow uniformed security officer.

Events: Hawkeye Downs is a campus of 93 acres of including an expo hall, bingo hall, auction arena, speedway, and more. We provide a variety of entertainment and events year-round. Please check our calendar or contact us for up-to-date information about our events.

Expo Hall: Events of all sizes, indoor or outdoor can be accommodated here at Hawkeye Downs. The South Expo Hall is 15,000 sq. ft, and the North Expo Hall is 20,000 sq. ft. We are an excellent choice for weddings and events who have their own caterers. Parking is free! Contact us for more information, or to book an event.

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Family Section: Currently under construction the family deck will be located near turn one. Families will be able find an area where smoking, alcohol and tobacco are not permitted, and many family activities such as face painting can be found throughout the season.

Fan Conduct: Because we are a family facility that provides entertainment for all ages, during the races and at any events, we ask that fans/guests act appropriately. If disturbances are caused, parties may be asked to leave the premises if needed. Please report disturbances to the nearest event employee or uniformed security.

50/50: Raffle tickets will be sold most race nights through the night. The track will have a person selling tickets in the stands and pits. A final call for purchasing the tickets will be announced and the winning number called over the P.A. System. The winner should come to the announcer’s booth located on the west side.

First Aid: In case of a medical or other emergency, please immediately report to a person in a Hawkeye Downs Staff shirt, or a uniformed security officer.

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Location: Hawkeye Downs is located at 4400 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa just North of Highway 30, and West of I-380. A detailed Google Map can be found at the bottom of this page.

Overnight Parking: Overnight parking is not allowed at the track without prior permission.

P.A. Announcements & Paging: Please let either the media manager know of any special announcements before events when possible, or nicely let the announcers know in a timely matter on the night of events.

Parking: Parking at Hawkeye Downs is free. Please use caution while maneuvering around the parking area.

Rest Rooms: Rest Rooms are located on either side of the back of the grandstands.

Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the grandstands, and only is designated areas around the track.

Social Media: Hawkeye Downs understands that not everyone is able to participate in racing every night. However, our drivers, staff and participants strive to provide the fans with a great experience at the track. We ask that Facebook Live and other live streaming coverage not be used to broadcast the races, and reserve the right to remove any party we deem is participating in such coverage. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Times: Most race nights the fan gates open at 6:00 pm, hot laps begin at 6:40pm, opening ceremonies begin at 7:25 pm, with racing after. Please check the schedule for special racing and event times.

Track: Hawkeye Downs Speedway has gone through many changes on its way to this, the 94th year of racing at the track. The track has both a banked ½ mile oval, as well as a ¼ mile oval.

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Willett Wins 50 Lap Feature

Brody Willett Wins 50 lap late model race.

Willett Wins 50 Lap Military Night Feature

Teenager Brody Willett beat Landon Cassill and the rest of the weekly late model racers Friday night in the first annual $1000-to-win Military Night race.

Brian Gibson and Cassill started on the front row for the feature. Gibson gained the advantage on the start. Six laps in, Caleb Adrian took the lead and showed the field the way until Willett made a pass on the outside on the final lap of the first half.


The field was inverted for the second half, leaving Brad Osborn to lead until Griffin McGrath took the lead two laps in. Osborn was left to battle Caleb Adrian, when the two made contact 5 laps in sending Adrian into the wall. McGrath had a great restart following, but Willett closed in with 10 laps to go, and on the final lap was able to complete the pass to win.


Dallas Chandler, Jim Hanson, Cory Houdek, and Brady Rhode were the winners of the other series races Friday night. Full results can be found here: Military Night Results