Season Extended To August 23rd

With the challenges the weather has provided earlier in the season, Hawkeye Downs has elected to extend the 2019 season, and push our season championship night to Friday, August 23rd.

The 2019 Season Championships, sponsored by Iowa Beverage, will include all of our weekly series for one final time.

As a part of the 3rd annual Fan Appreciation night at the track, admission for adults, students, and seniors will be just $5. Children 8 and under will still be free.

After the races, join us for a party on the track with the drivers and their cars! There will be drinks, music, drivers signing autographs, and more!

The season champions will be in victory lane, and they will be available for photos and autographs.

Classes and details for the August 16th night at the races will be announced later. Information on this night can be found on our events page.

Military Night: June 28th

Presented by Munson Electric

Gates Open: 6 pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:20 pm
Races Begin: 7:30 pm


Just one week before the 4th of July, help us honor those who have served our country with a special Military night. Any active military or veteran gets in free that night. Will include a mock induction ceremony and color guard presentation. And don’t forget the racing excitement!

On Tap:

  • Schaeffer Oil Hornets (Double Feature)
  • Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks
  • Bulltown Legends
  • Coca-Cola Sportsmen
  • Cassill Sport Mods
  • Chuck-A-Duck
  • Swear-In Presentation
  • Military Booths
  • Puppy Jake Foundation Booth

RECAP: Olson Wins $1000 Against Gase

The rain threatened, but ultimately racing prevailed on a big night for the fans. Not only was the Mid-American Stock Car Series and the Midwest Dash Series in town, but it was also the debut of the $1000-to-win “Be A Hero 30” Sport Mod Feature. Joey Gase and his dad, Bob, were special guests in that race. A special thanks to Eternal Fan and Stuff Etc, for sponsoring the night and making it happen!

The Skinny

Kevin Korsmo notched his second win in the Bulltown Legends Series, making his way around Nick Slabaugh for the spot after Slabaugh led early on in the race. He would go on to finish 3rd, with Dave McCalla getting 2nd. The points between Korsmo and McCalla were at a stand-still for this week, but the lead has been shrinking the past few races.

In the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, the drivers were all after a win, and it could be seen from the stands. At one point, the drivers were four-wide going into turn 3, but luckily made it out. While the craziness ensued, it was Jim Hanson that slipped away to catch another feature victory over Logan Clausen and Jasen Freeman.

The Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks had a special enticement to win on Mid-Season Championships, as Anderson Automotive put an extra $100 on the line to win. Jim Hanson accepted the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors Challenge, and while he got to the rest of the field fairly quick, it was not enough time to make it around the leaders. Matt LaCoursiere found solace in being out front, and held his line to make sure it would be his car that pulled into the winners’ circle afterwards.

The Cassill Motors Sport Mods had 18 hungry drivers going for the win, but all eyes were on dirt ace Tony Olson and NASCAR driver Joey Gase when it came down to the wire. The two drivers exchanged the lead a couple times, but Gase found himself trying to find a way around Olson. He looked low, he looked high, he even looked under the bumper of Olson, but could not get it done in time. Olson won the inaugural “Be a Hero 30” presented by Eternal Fan over Gase and Kyle Olson.

After flipping down the backstretch of the famed “Milwaukee Mile” last Sunday afternoon, Ron Vandermeir Jr. got redemption with the Mid-American Stock Car Series victory in Iowa.

2. Bobby Gutknecht
3. Ryan Gutknecht
4. Jason Thoma
5. Cody Clubb
6. Andrew Meyerhofer
7. Matt Clemens
8. Mark Pluer
9. Dale Lecus Jr.
10. Brandon Herb
11. Dave Ballstaedt
12. Cory Houdek
13. Steve Blair

For the second year, the Midwest Dash Series invaded Hawkeye Downs. It was Dan Irivine who found victory lane against some of the best in the Midwest.

2. Gary Stark
3. George Sparkman
4. George Seliger
5. Greg Blount
6. Chad Gray
7. Lyle Phillips
8. Chris Gottschalk
9. Chris Jackson
10. Phil Malouf
DNS- Brandon DeLacy

Next week we honor our Military with a special night presented by Munson Electric. Active/Retired Military get in free and we will have a special presentation during opening ceremonies. Joining us will be Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Legends, Sport Mods, and two Hornet features.

Mid-American & Midwest Dash Series: June 21st

Iowa State Championships for the Mid-American Stock Car Series and the Midwest Dash Series Plus $1000-to-win Sport Mods with special guest Joey Gase. It will be the first race EVER that Joey will race against his dad Bob in the same race.

Gates Open: 6 pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:20 pm
Races Begin: 7:30 pm


It is a special night on the half-mile as the Mid-American Stock Car Series (sportsmen) and the Midwest Compact Dash Series (hornets) both compete to see who will crown winners in the only Iowa race each of those series’ have during the season. They join the Legends, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Mods on that night.

NASCAR driver Joey Gase will be racing against his father Bob for the first time in a special Sport Mod race presented by Eternal Fan.

On Tap:

  • Cassill Sport Mods “Be a Hero 30”
  • Mid-American Stock Car Series Qualifying & Heats
  • Mid-American Stock Car Series Feature
  • Midwest Dash Series Qualifying & Heats
  • Midwest Dash Series Feature
  • Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks
  • Bulltown Legends
  • Coca-Cola Sportsmen
  • Lil’ Racer Car Club “Double-Up Night”
  • Kids Helping Hungry Pets
  • HD the Bee Appearance