Points Racing Concludes; Race Added

After the derecho came through on August 10th, Hawkeye Downs was disappointed to see only one track stadium light remained, as well as damage to several buildings and structures. The lack of lights means our Friday night points series has been concluded, but that won’t stop the action on the track.

A drifters event, a stop from Crown Rally Midwest, and a road course enduro spiced up August, providing some much needed escape for the community after the storm. In September, that continues with several events including the Raceway Ride on September 13th, an event where patrons can drive their own vehicle around the track.

The final weekend of the month will play host to a special race on Saturday, September 26th featuring Legends, Hornets, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, and Sportsman on the ¼ mile track. This race will include special features including qualifying, and a choose cone for restarts. The following day will see a 200-lap Enduro on the track with an 80’s theme. 

Despite the short season, our 2020 champions are: Patrick Flannagan (Sport Mods), Jim Hanson (Hobby Stocks), Aaron Moyer (Legends), Braxton Franks (Sportsman), and Troy Scott (Hornets). Hawkeye Downs would like to congratulate these drivers on their season, and thank every driver that participated in the 2020 season.

For details on upcoming events, please visit www.hawkeyedowns.org/events . Be sure to follow our social media for updates on all of our events.


On August 10, 2020, storms ripped through the majority of Iowa, causing damage to a large portion of the area. Hawkeye Downs, like most others around us, received heavy damage.

Nearly all of our overhead track lights were snapped, billboards and fencing destroyed, buildings damaged, and more.

This fundraiser has been put together to help recovery projects for things not covered by insurance.

As a non-profit organization, these contributions are vital and much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

– Hawkeye Downs Staff & Board

Cash or check donations can be made to:
Hawkeye Downs
4400 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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RECAP: Malouf, Vandermeir Jr, Sherman Snag Wins

It was a night with jam-packed night with racing action with the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Midwest Dash Series, on top of Legends, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Mods.

Gary Stark set fast time in qualifying for the Midwest Dash Series, but it was Phil Malouf from Wisconsin who bested the field by 10 seconds. The 21-car field was split into two features, with Perry Anderson taking home the B-Feature.

In the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Ron Vandermier Jr swept qualifying and the feature with a strong performance. Vandermier Jr won over Brian Gibson by 6.7 seconds at the end of 30 laps on the 1/2 mile track.

For the second week in a row, Joey Gase showed up and this time won from the rear of the field in the Sport Mod Series. Patrick Flannagan came home second after issues last week left him with damage. Flannagan now leads Mike McDonald in the standings by 5 points.

Austin Jahr, who set the track record earlier this year, won the Legends Series. Aaron Moyer was relegated to third behind McCalla. With sight set on the championship, Moyer leads Danny Lehmkuhl by 17 points with three points races remaining.

Despite all of the action on the track, one of the crowd favorites of the night was the Hobby Stock race. Scott Siems led the majority of the race, with Jason Sherman, Matt LaCoursiere, and Jim Hanson right behind. With just under 5 to go, those drivers became antsy and rushed the leader. Sherman was able to get under Siems and held off Hanson at the line to snatch the checkered flag.

This Friday, August 7th it will be our weekly classes on Electronic Engineering night. Kids Bus rides during intermission.

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.