Recap: Week Five- Kacey Wins Dash, Foster and Floyd Victorious

Week five of racing honored our military personnel throughout the night. Although it was hot, the racing on the track was intense, especially during the McGrath Auto Hornets who had two feature races. The Lil’ Racer Car Club served up some cold ice cream, and the kids were treated to bus rides during intermission.


The first Carpetland USA “Floor-It” Dash finally took place, after a busy start to the season meant it has been pushed back. Kacey Korsmo, Sonny Parker, Jacob Tiegen, and Nick Slabaugh were all entered in the race, which is designed for drivers who do not yet have a win. After a quick four laps, it was Korsmo who held off Tiegen to pull into UICCU Victory Lane.


Nathan Ballard returned once again to best Troy Scott in the first McGrath Auto Hornet feature. Dallas Chandler battled a small mechanical issue which left him with a fourth place finish. After an incident last week second place was much better for Scott, who continues to look for his first feature win of the season. Leading up to this point only Ballard and Chandler have earned feature wins.


Last week was a rough week for Dave McCalla, who was involved in an accident and relegated to a 21st finish in the Bulltown Legends Series. It was a tough hit in the standings, but he bounced back to get his second win of the year over Austin Slabaugh and Kevin Korsmo. The win puts him just nine points out of the championship lead. Slabaugh needs only five points to tie Korsmo, who is winless as of yet, for the championship lead.



At the end of last year, we saw a Cinderella-esque win from Jeremy Floyd in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks. This week he was out to prove it was no fluke, holding off Bubba Hall and Kurt Bohnsack to get his second career victory in the series. With defending champion, Jim Hanson, on vacation the points standings experienced a bit of a shake up. Bohnsack leads Floyd by 10 points, while Hanson fell to third just 19 points out.


A couple rough weeks has meant Cory Houdek will need to dig himself out of his points predicament  by seasons end to win another Miller Time Sportsmen championship. Winning both the heat and feature races Friday night maxed out the amount he can approach current leader, CJ VanHorn, who finished second. Houdek has some work to do, being 20 points behind, but made up 6 points on VanHorn just this week.


Good racing was to be seen all over during the second McGrath Auto Hornet race of the night. As drivers went three, even four wide around the track some had issues which has jumbled up the middle of the points. The usual duo of Ballard and Chandler made their way to the front, but both had some issues they could not fully recover from. Ballard became tangled with a lapped car and was sent to the tail of the field, he would recover to 6th. Chandler was penalized two spots for jumping the initial start, he would recover to finish second, but could not navigate his way around Lucas Foster in time. Foster picked up his first win of the season.


This week, June 22nd, the Mid-American Series and the Midwest Compact/Tour Series will be joining us for some extra half mile racing. Both series along with late models will have their features on the larger of the two tracks, while the hobby stocks and legends continue their battle on the 1/4 mile.  Kids are asked to bring NEW canned or bagged pet food items to the clubhouse. Each donation will receive a ticket stub for EACH item brought.  If we receive at LEAST 50 food items, a drawing will be held from those ticket stubs to win four (4) Lost Island Waterpark tickets. All pet food will be delivered to a local pet shelter to help feed the animals of Linn County.


You can find a full list of results here: Results

Find the most recent points standings here: Points



June 29th Races Postponed Due To Heat

The Hawkeye Downs management team has been closely monitoring the forecast for this Friday, June 29th. In the best interest of safety for our fans, drivers, and staff we have elected to postpone this weeks racing due to the extreme heat forecast.

Next week is a scheduled week off for the 4th of July, so our next racing event will take place on Friday, July 13th with Casey’s General Stores “Wall of Fame Night”, which will include the AIRS Vintage Cars and the 2018 Wall of Fame Inductees. Any make up race dates will be announced at a later time.

Recap: Week Four- Nickell and McGrath Grab First Wins of Season

Race week #4 of the season was 100.7 The Fox Free night, which meant a full crowd. This year the event was layered on top of the “Racing for A Cause” Legend Series, which honors fallen police officers. During intermission, fans viewed a special on-track demo, and children were treated to a candy dash!


In the McGrath Auto Hornets, it was no surprise that Nathan Ballard claimed his third straight victory, but his time in the series may be coming to an end for the time being. This could hand the reigns back to Dallas Chandler with the bigger question: will anyone stop these two? The battle from fourth back is tight every week and any one of these drivers could put the hammer down and be a surprise victor yet this year. Chandler and Scott are separated at the top of the standings by 16 points.

Nickell in UICCU Victory Lane.


The Bulltown Legends Series race had $1000 up for grabs, which meant a field of 22 cars. This field included many regular, new, and ex-drivers such as Brady Rhode and Brody Willett. During qualifying, it was Tim Brockhouse and Willett who set the fast times, and Brockhouse held off the field to win. Dave McCalla and Cole O’Brien were caught up in an incident, leaving both with bad days in the points.


Jim Hanson stopped back in victory lane after the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks feature, after Kurt Bohnsack beat him there the previous two weeks. The two are now tied with two wins a piece, and have just two points between them headed into this week. Jason Sherman rounded out the top-three in hobby stocks.


For several laps in the Miller Time Sportsmen, most of the field was three or even four wide. This worked out for Drew Nickell, who was able to grab his first sportsmen win. Points leader, CJ VanHorn, took home second place and defending champion, Cory Houdek, got stuck behind traffic and incurred damage which left him with a 9th place finish.

Griffin McGrath and team.


And after a weird start to the Waterloo Auto Parts Late Model season, Griffin McGrath ran away from Brian Gibson to win his first race of the season. With a rain out and the Big 8 race, we have only had two points races for the late models. McGrath leads the points early on in the season, with the possibility of a double feature this week.




You can find a full list of results here: Results

Find the most recent points standings here: Points

Recap: Week 3- Miller Wins Big 8 Thriller

The Big 8 Late Model Series came to Hawkeye Downs on Friday night for the fourth annual McGrath Auto “Clash at the Downs”. Twenty-one late models showed for what was a caution free 48-lap feature race. Multi-time series champion, Jeremy Miller, came through the field to run away with the win. Hawkeye Downs regulars Griffin McGrath and Brian Gibson rounded out the top-three despite Gibson losing brakes early on.

Jeremy Miller celebrates his Big 8 win.


It was the second consecutive win for Kurt Bohnsack in the Anderson Auto Hobby Stocks. Jim Hanson, who won on week one, was unable to get around Bohnsack and brought the #4 to victory lane. The two drivers remain at a stalemate in the point standings heading into this week. Jeremy Floyd sits just six points behind them both after his second top-three finish early on this season.


The Miller Time Sportsmen Series saw a fantastic battle for the lead while Cory Houdek was gone on vacation. CJ VanHorn battled with Braxton Franks, but held Franks off to earn the win and take over the point standings. Brandon Herb slipped back to fourth after an incident with Dave Ballstaedt.


Defending Bulltown Legends Series champion, Austin Slabaugh, held off last weeks winner Dave McCalla for his first win of the series. The two drivers, along with Kevin Korsmo, remain locked in a tight battle in the standings and continue to put on good shows for wins, but drivers like Cole O’Brien and Warren Ropp could strike any week.


Austin Slabaugh with father, Mer, and brother Nick.

Dirt track ace, Nathan Ballard, held off Dallas Chandler for the second week in a row to capture the McGrath Auto Hornets feature. The two appear to be unstoppable early on in the season, but drivers such as Lucas Foster and Troy Scott continue to lurk in the shadows. Anything can happen in the coming weeks.


Fans at the track enjoyed an autograph session by the Big 8 Late Model drivers, and children were able to get their face painted throughout the night. This week is FOX 100.7 Free night with a candy dash! Find more details by clicking here.



You can find a full list of results here: Results

Find the most recent points standings here: Points