Gun Show: September 11th-13th 2020

The Gun Show for September 11-13 has been cancelled.
We were disappointed to hear today that after a second adjuster has been out to take a look at damage from the derecho, our North Expo Hall has been deemed structurally unsound due to roof damage.

Because of this, the Gun Show scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. The event scheduled for October 9-11 is still planned. Hawkeye Downs would like to apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

We will not give up. We will keep fighting. We will get it fixed better than before and cannot wait to have you all back soon.

Trade Show Productions presents

Hawkeye Downs Gun Show

Friday, September 11th: 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, September 12th: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, September 13th: 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Expo Hall

Adults: $8
Under 12: $1

For more information, please visit: Gun Show Website

Hawkeye Downs Speedway & Expo
4400 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Dogs at the Downs

Join us Wednesday nights this fall through spring for Dogs at the Downs, an indoor, climate controlled, off leash dog park, right here in Cedar Rapids! We’ll provide a place for your pup to play, along with a mini vendor market, and don’t forget to snag a snack and an adult beverage!

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Hawkeye Downs Expo Halls
4400 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

-October 14th
-November 4th & 18th
-December 2nd & 16th (CANCELLED)
-January 6th & 20th
-February 3rd & 24th
-March 10th

Admission: $5/dog (humans get in free!)

Dog Park Guidelines


  • Must show vaccination records every time
    -Must have Bordetella vaccine, distemper vaccine, rabies vaccine, and be dewormed
  • While clean up stations are available, owners are asked to take their dog out regularly for a potty break. If a dog does have an accident, it’s the expectation that the owner will clean it up. Failure to clean up may result in removal from the event and inability to attend future events.
  • People are encouraged to bring their own toys (this is COVID friendly and more sanitary).
  • All dogs must be leashed in the entry area and vendor area and unleashed in the South Expo Hall. This is for the dogs’ protection.
  • Dogs under three months of age are not allowed.
  • No dogs allowed who have injured a person by biting.
  • If your dog is involved in an unpleasant experience (but no injury) with another dog or person, please remove your dog from the event.
  • Owners are responsible for all dog behaviors (fights, digging, etc.) and will be expected to offer compensation or repairs.
  • Female dogs in heat are not allowed in the event.
  • Each adult handler may have no more than two dogs at a time in the event.
  • Owners must carry a leash for each dog at all times while at the event.
  • Dogs must be under owners’ visual contact and voice control at all times.
  • Children under 12 years must be supervised by an adult while in the Park.
  • No wheeled vehicles (bicycles, wagons, roller blades, etc.) are allowed at the event. The exceptions to this are wheelchairs and strollers.
  • No food is allowed in the Expo Hall except for small training treats. There are water fountains on site, so we recommend bringing a water bowl.
  • For your dog’s safety, please do not use prong, choke, or training collars at the event.
  • Permit tags must be on the dog’s collar or with the owner at all times while at the event.
  • Hawkeye Downs reserves the right to call animal control if we believe the animal is a threat.


  • No outside food or beverages for human consumption, with the exception of water.
  • Must bring proof of vaccinations with them.
  • Must have a leash for their dog(s) to enter the building.

Vendor Information

Each space is 10×10, vendors can rent multiple 10X10 spaces at a time, and will be placed a minimum of 6 feet from another vendor.

Vendor Cost: $20/space per date
$15/space per date if you purchase all dates

  • Open to all vendors with the exception of food designed to be eaten on-site (concessions)
  • Priority will be given to pet related items or dog themed items
  • Understand that vendors will be in the North Hall, away from the off leash area but pets will be allowed in the vendors area
  • Items must be created/produced/transformed/grown by the person selling them
  • Food items for both pets and humans should list ingredients and any possible allergens

Not sure if you fit the guidelines as a vendor but still want to be part of the market? We have opportunities for media and non-profit organizations. Call Jenn at 319-365-8656 for more information, or email

RECAP: Gase Wins, Franks and Moyer Defeated

On a special night of racing with the “Be A Hero 30” with NASCAR driver, Joey Gase, and the AIRS Vintage Series, the action was plentiful on the track.

In the Sportsman Series, it looked like it might be “another one that got away” for Brandon Herb when the caution came out late and Braxton Franks was on his tail. However, Herb was able to hold off the rest while Franks and Logan Clausen battled. It was the first win for Herb.

For the second time this season, Elliott Vogel won the Hornet Series. Lucas Foster led early on until having a mechanical failure that brought out the caution. This led to an intense battle between Vogel and Troy Scott, with Vogel coming out ahead.

In the Legends Series, Aaron Moyer was finally defeated for the first time this year in the form of Tim Brockhouse. Despite starting on the front row, Moyer was unable to hold Brockhouse off and finished 2nd.

The AIRS Vintage Series returned for the second time this season, and it was Johnny Spaw who started from the back to get the victory. He bested Todd Ness, who won the first series race of the season.

Even though Jason Sherman remains on his tail, Jim Hanson earned his 4th win of the season in the Hobby Stock Series. The fans look to see if he can be beat in the coming weeks.

The “Be A Hero 30” Sport Mod race was a $1200-to-win race, and the 2nd annual for the event. The event opened with a wreck on the first lap, leaving Jonny Williams with a damaged car and out of the race. From there, Joey Gase worked his way to the front of the field to capture the win.

Special thanks to: Iowa Donor Network, Page Construction, Mitchell Racing, and AIRS Vintage Series for the added payout. And to Joey Gase for making this event happen.

This Friday, July 31st the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Midwest Dash Series have their makeup date on the 1/2 mile track, while Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, and Legends compete on the 1/4 mile.

RECAP: Moyer Continues To Sweep Features

Back into the rhythm of weekly racing, all five of our regular classes were on show Friday, July 17th to put on a show for the fans.

While it looked like it was going to be Chad Siems’ day in the Sport Mods, a caution bunched the field back up late in the race. Siems then struggled with an issue and Jonny Williams was able to get his second win in a row.

No surprise to see Jim Hanson pull into victory lane in the Hobby Stocks, but it wasn’t without a fight from Jason Sherman who stayed on his bumper even after being passed.

For the third week in a row, we have a different winner in the Hornets Series. The top competition has been tight, and while it looked like Troy Scott would be taking it home, Lucas Foster made a last corner effort on the outside to claim the checkers.

The Sportsman Series continues to grow, but Braxton Franks continues to run from the show. Franks captured his third victory in as many races, besting Cory Houdek this time.

It was a wild race in the Legends Series, with 23 cars starting the feature. Tensions were tight up at the front of the field but it did not stop Aaron Moyer from making his way from 8th to get his 3rd win of the season.

This Friday, July 24th we will have a special $1200-to-win Sport Mod “Be a Hero 30” race plus AIRS Vintage Series, Sportsman, Legends, Hornets, and Hobby Stocks. NASCAR driver, Joey Gase, will be participating in the Sport Mod race.