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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Racin’ and Rockin’ to Support The Military Friday June 16

Racin’ and Rockin’ to Support The Military Friday June 16

Cedar Rapids, IA- This Friday , June 16 Hawkeye Downs presents “Racin’ and Rockin’ to Support Our Military”, sponsored by Cassill Motors. The event promises to be an evening full of racing, music, raffles, family activities, and more, all to recognize and support active and retired military personnel.

One of the highlights will be Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series/Front Row Motorsports driver Landon Cassill returning to his home track for the first time in almost ten years, to race in a 50-lap Performance Concepts Late Model feature. Cassill will pilot the #10 Iowa Hawkeyes Late Model usually driven by former Iowa Hawkeye Wrestler Mark Ironside.

“Mark is great, it is a real honor to drive his car.” Cassill said. “It is really fun to come out to Hawkeye Downs. The racing is always competitive and exciting.”

Cassill Motors, a company owned by Landon Cassill’s family, is sponsoring the special night.

“We are thrilled to be sponsoring and supporting Hawkeye Downs wholeheartedly,” said Jay Cassill of Cassill Motors.  “We’re committed to the Hawkeye Downs new focus, endeavors and efforts. We couldn’t be more proud to promote the season with sponsorship of Military Night, honoring our active and retired military.”

Gates for this special event open at 5:00pm with an inflatable slide, obstacle course, climbing wall, balloon artist, face painting, military booths, a dunk tank, and a DJ in the Street Dance area .

A Free Military Dinner will be in held in the Hawkeye Downs Expo Hall from 5:30-6:30 for active and retired military members. Each member may bring one guest.

Raffle Tickets for over $10,000 worth of prize packages will also go one sale when the gates open and will continue to be sold throughout the evening.

The evenings’ race program gets underway at 7:00pm with a very special opening ceremony followed by races for Dublin City Pub Legends, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, Miller Time Hornets, and the big 50-lap feature for Performance Concepts Late Models.

After the races, fans are encouraged to stay for a post-race Street Dance outside the Tavern on the Mall area featuring music from “Reddoor” and “Six Shots Til Midnight.” Food and beverages will be available as well. Raffle winners will be announced at the beginning of the Street Dance.

A “free will admission” ($5.00/person suggested) is the only ticket needed to attend the entire event Friday night with all proceeds from admissions and the raffles to benefit Midwest Military Outreach, Operation Home, and the National Tee Tournament. All three organizations benefit active military, veterans, and their families.

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