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

Recap: Anyone’s Game After Week Two

The second week of Hawkeye Downs racing once again showed great racing with more than 50 cars participating in weekly racing. Not only has the racing been strong on the track, but each of the six series are separated by just three points or less early on in the season.

 

In the McGrath Auto Hornets, it was Nathan Ballard who got the call at 4 pm the afternoon of race day to hop in the #94, and it worked out as Ballard held off last week’s winner, Dallas Chandler, to go to victory lane. Chandler and Troy Scott, who finished third, have three points between them heading into June.

Nathan Ballard in Victory Lane.

 

Kurt Bohnsack went from wreckers to checkers in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, after being involved in an incident last week and not finishing the race, Bohnsack skipped away to take the win while Jim Hanson came from the back to finish 5th. The two are separated by just two points in the standings.

 

The Bulltown Legends Series had the fans out of their seats as they watched the battle for the lead the entire race. Sammy Smith worked hard at the bumper of Dave McCalla lap after lap, but McCalla was not to be bothered and held on to take the win. Smith and Stacy Olson received the black flag for aggressive driving, leaving last years champion, Austin Slabaugh, to finish second.

Kurt Bohnsack in UICCU Victory Lane.

While Cory Houdek won his second Miller Time Sportsmen race in just as many tries, it was not without Braxton Franks having a say. Franks, in just his second sportsmen race, led for part of the race before putting up a fight and eventually being overtaken by Houdek.

 

And the Waterloo Auto Parts Late Models were not able to run their feature, as the rain came just as the sportsmen race was coming to an end. Griffin McGrath collected points for winning the heat, and a double feature will be in store in the next couple weeks.

 

This Friday, the Big 8 Series comes to town for their season opener, with the McGrath Auto “Clash at the Downs 4”. Fans can expect at least 20 late models battling for 48 laps on the 1/2 mile, root for a hometown driver or even someone out of state. Gates open at 5 pm on June 1st. Be sure to catch the autograph session and face painting for children as well!

 


You can find a full list of results here: Results

An updated look at the points standings can be found here: Points

Weekly Racing #2: May 25th, 2018

The second weekend of weekly racing will take place on Friday, May 25th.

After a successful first week of racing, both drivers and fans are looking to see who can keep up momentum the next several weeks.

 

On Tap:

  • McGrath Family of Dealerships HORNETS
  • Anderson Automotive: HOBBY STOCKS
  • Bulltown Legends of Iowa: LEGEND CARS
  • Miller Time: SPORTSMEN
  • Waterloo Auto Parts: LATE MODELS
  • Lil Racer Car Club: Big Wheel Races
  • HobbyTown USA Remote Control Trucks

 

The big wheel races for kids will be held on the family fun deck, just East of the main grandstands. The HobbyTown USA RC Trucks will be located behind the grandstands.

 

Gates open at 6 pm, opening ceremonies at 7:20 pm with racing to follow. More information will be added as the date gets closer.

Recap: 2018 Kicked Off Strong

Although fans had to wait an extra couple weeks for the first race of 2018, it was worth the wait as they saw competitive racing across all five weekly series, plus the AIRS Vintage Series which made their first of several appearances this year.

 

Arp in victory lane.

The night kicked off with the Vintage Series, which brought 10 cars to play in the quick 10 lap feature. Tim Arp grabbed the victory over Bart Miller and Brian Gade, who was the vintage track champion last year.

 

Next it was time for the McGrath Auto Hornets. Dallas Chandler started the season off right with both a heat and feature win over Troy Scott and Lucas Foster.

 

In the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, reigning champion Jim Hanson snatched the win over Jeremy Floyd and Jasen Freeman. Kurt Bohnsack became involved in an incident during the race relegating him to a 10th place finish.

 

During intermission, fans were able to take a bus ride around the track, and children signed up for the Lil’ Racer Car Club on grandparents night.

 

The Bulltown Legends Series witnessed an 18 car field, which made the racing exciting all over the track, but tender for the leaders as they navigated traffic. Sammy Smith was able to narrowly hold off Baiden Heskett for the win. Defending champion, Austin Slabaugh, fell victim to a crash that took place just ahead of him, leaving a decent amount of damage to his car.

 

Houdek and family.

Although Cory Houdek did not have much faith in the borrowed motor currently in the car, it did not stop him from pulling into victory lane during the Miller Time Sportsmen race.

 

Finally, Griffin McGrath and Brody Willett dueled it out for the Waterloo Auto Parts Late Model victory. While McGrath stayed close to Willett, he was unable to pass him and the teenager led wire-to-wire for the victory.

 


You can find a full list of results here: Results

An updated look at the points standings can be found here: Points

 

 

February Events and News

February may be the shortest month, but it is packed with different events each week at Hawkeye Downs. Racing season is fast approaching and we are working hard to prepare for our 93rd season! You can check out a short description of what is going on in the next couple weeks to catch all of the fun.

 

Gun Show

Trade Show Productions will be back with another gun show in the Expo Hall from February 2nd-4th. You can find  both our north and south hall filled with plenty of options. For more information, visit: https://hawkeyedowns.org/gun-show-feb-2nd-4th/.

Sport & Travel Show

Shop for great deals on boats and RV’s at the Sport and Travel Show! Explore the selection of fishing boats, pontoons, campers, fifth wheels, and more. Find it in our Expo Hall Friday, Feb 9th through Sunday Feb 11th. For more information, visit: https://hawkeyedowns.org/boat-sport-travel-show-2018/.

RV Show

If you are in need of an RV for your camping/traveling needs, find special pricing in our Expo Hall from February 16th-19th. For more information, visit: https://hawkeyedowns.org/rv-show-feb-16th-19th/.

Home Show

The Cedar Rapids Home Show is back at Hawkeye Downs for the 39th annual show. Visitors to the show can see the latest products and services displayed by exhibitors to assist them in building and improving their home and yard from February 23rd-25th. For more information, visit: https://hawkeyedowns.org/cedar-rapids-home-show-feb-23rd-25th/.

Racing

A tentative look at our 2018 racing schedule has been released and can be found by clicking this link: https://hawkeyedowns.org/racing-schedule/. You can find more details on race season being released in the coming months.

Bingo

Have you been to bingo lately? If not, you are missing out on some changes being made. Breadsticks are back, and you can get yours with marinara, cheese sauce, or even with cinnamon sugar. Join us on Friday & Saturday nights. For more information, visit: www.hawkeyedowns.org/bingo .

January Events and News

The first month of the year means more activities at Hawkeye Downs. Get out of the cold with our events this month!

Gun Show

Trade Show Productions will be hosting the gun show once again in the expo center on the 5th, 6th, and 7th. For times and admission prices, check out our Gun Show event page: https://hawkeyedowns.org/gun-show-jan-2018/

WMT AG Show

WMT Radio presents the Ag Expo once again at Hawkeye Downs on the 9th and 10th. Find more details about this event on the Ag Show event page: https://hawkeyedowns.org/wmt-ag-show-jan-9th-10th/

Racers Auction

Farley Speedway Promotions will be hosting their Racers Auction once again at Hawkeye Downs on the 13th in the Expo Center. Get great deals, buy and sell racing items for the 2018 season!

Bingo

We have bingo on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday nights starting at 6:30! Come join us for food, bingo, and fun! Our bingo page: www.hawkeyedowns.org/bingo

No Bingo Thursday, Dec 7th

Hawkeye Downs regrets that Bingo for Thursday night this week, December 7, 2017, must be cancelled due to the need for ITC to interrupt our power during the day. ITC & Alliant are working on power lines in the area for another customer and it is necessary for them to shut down power to our Hawkeye Downs campus for most of the day.

 

Due to the cold temperatures expected, Hawkeye Downs Bingo Hall will not have sufficient time to ensure that the building is heated to a comfortable temperature before Bingo opens; therefore, we must cancel Bingo on Thursday night of this week.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience that this power interruption by ITC causes. Bingo will resume on Friday, the next day, November 8, 2017. Doors open at 4pm. Bingo starts at 6:30pm.