2019 Fan Favorite Vote

Vote for your 2019 Fan Favorite. The winner will be announced at the banquet on Friday, November 22nd. Voting concludes on November 13th.

Voting resets each night at Midnight. You can only vote once per day. If you have trouble voting, please close the tab, and reset cookies on your browser if needed.

Each year since 2017, Hawkeye Downs has allowed the fans to choice a driver they feel should be honored at the banquet as the “Fan Favorite”.

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2018 Fan Favorite, Troy Scott.
2017 Fan Favorite, Sammy Smith.

Outlaw Street Drags: September 19th 2019

Simmons Promotions presents

Outlaw Street Drags + Shine & Show Car Show

Time: Event Cancelled
Location: Speedway

Admission: $10


UPDATE: The September 19th Street Drags have been cancelled due to weather. This event will not be rescheduled.

A legal way to drag race with a street legal car against others with the same passion!

Double eliminations with over 18 different brackets. No extra fee for the car show.

Full rules and information: https://hawkeyedowns.org/outlaw-street-drags/


Pits & Grandstands Open – 6 pm
Practice – 6:30 pm
Brackets Start – 7:30 pm
Shine & Show Judging – 8:30 pm

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


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Bandit Big Rigs: Saturday, September 21st

Bandit Big Rig Series

Gates Open:
Meet & Greet:
Race Begin:


Details:

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled. There is no makeup day for this event.

For the third consecutive year, the Iron Giants of the Asphalt are back! Just because weekly racing is over doesn’t mean there isn’t action on the track–we will have September Semi Racing! While the semi trucks are big, they are FAST and don’t hold back. A must-see show! Check the bottom of the page for more information and tickets.

On Tap:

  • Kid’s Zone
  • Vendor Row
  • Fan Series Truck Show
  • Kids 8 & Under FREE



RECAP: Champions Crowned on Season Finale

On the final night of racing at Hawkeye Downs, presented by Iowa Beverage Company, the drivers had one more chance to win for the year, and the champions were crowned in six different classes. After the races, the champions were celebrated and fans were able to see the cars up close during the post-race party.


The Skinny

In the Schaeffer Oil Hornet Series, Drew Nickell captured an impressive 11th win on the way to celebrating his championship. After starting 6th, Nickell made his way around the top-5 in points to take the lead. With four runner-up finishes this year, Troy Scott finished second overall in the points.


Despite the hungry drivers behind him, Jim Hanson went to victory lane for the 10th time this year, propelling him to the track championship. Hanson held off Kurt Bohnsack and Logan Clausen for one last time. Grabbing two wins this season, Clausen finished second in the final standings for 2019.


For the second week in a row, Jason Doyle came on strong late and made a pass around Sean Vogt to win another feature in the Cassill Motors Sport Mods. It was the 7th win of the year for Doyle, who really showed strength as the season went on. Mike McDonald was consistent all year long, which helped him capture second place in the standings.


With a breakout year in the Bulltown Legends Series, Austin Slabaugh earned his fourth feature win of the year on Friday night, which secured a second place overall for 2019. Slabaugh battled with Jacob Tiegen, who earned a career best 2nd-place finish. The championship was off the table, however, and was captured by Kevin Korsmo, who finished 3rd and ended with two wins this year.


While Matt Hudspeth and Scott Fridley battled each other out for the points championship in the AIRS Vintage Hawkeye Downs Series, Bart Miller sped away with the win. Hudspeth ran a solid second, while Fridley battled his tail off to get towards the front. In the end, Hudspeth is the champion by just three points.


We all knew the Coca-Cola Sportsmen race would be exciting, and it did not disappoint. On the final lap, Greg Hentrich led as Braxton Franks and Cory Houdek battled behind him. Coming to the checkered, contact was made between Houdek and Hentrich. This prompted officials to declare Hentrich the winner and disqualify Houdek for rough driving. At the end of it all, Franks was the 2019 champion.


A group of late models showed up for season championship night, and although there were no points involved, fans were excited to see them take the track. Mark Greb won the heat race, but in the race it was all Brody Willett. Brian Gibson stuck to the back bumper of Willett, but just didn’t have enough to get around him.


With the season being over, Hawkeye Downs would like to thank all of our fans, sponsors, and drivers for all of your support this season, and for making it another one to remember. See you all next year!


Photos by Ed Siems