Friday, June 23rd 2017

Iowa Donor Network Night June 23rd at Hawkeye Downs SpeedwayThis Friday night, NASCAR driver and Donate Life advocate Joey Gase returns home to Hawkeye Downs Speedway to compete at Iowa Donor Night at the races, sponsored by Highway Equipment Company. The Quest Industrial Mid-American Stock Car Series joins the Dublin City Pub INEX Legends, Miller Time Hornets, Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, and Performance Concepts Late Models for a full night of of exciting heat and feature racing!   Gates open at 6 pm. Races start at 7:30 pm.


Free VIP tickets are available for registered organ donors. Email to request yours. Tickets can also be picked up at the Iowa Donor Network table on race night.


Willett Wins 50 Lap Feature

Brody Willett Wins 50 lap late model race.

Willett Wins 50 Lap Military Night Feature

Teenager Brody Willett beat Landon Cassill and the rest of the weekly late model racers Friday night in the first annual $1000-to-win Military Night race.

Brian Gibson and Cassill started on the front row for the feature. Gibson gained the advantage on the start. Six laps in, Caleb Adrian took the lead and showed the field the way until Willett made a pass on the outside on the final lap of the first half.


The field was inverted for the second half, leaving Brad Osborn to lead until Griffin McGrath took the lead two laps in. Osborn was left to battle Caleb Adrian, when the two made contact 5 laps in sending Adrian into the wall. McGrath had a great restart following, but Willett closed in with 10 laps to go, and on the final lap was able to complete the pass to win.


Dallas Chandler, Jim Hanson, Cory Houdek, and Brady Rhode were the winners of the other series races Friday night. Full results can be found here: Military Night Results


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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Military Night at Hawkeye Downs, June 16

Military Night
Racin’ and Rockin’

Time Schedule & Event Notes

5 PM Gates Open

5 PM to 9 PM Raffle, tables open

5 PM to 9 PM Military Booths are Open

5 PM to 9 PM DJ in Street Dance Area

5 PM to 8 PM slide, obstacle course, rock walls, artist, and Face painter are open

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Free military dinner in the North Side of the Expo Hall

7 PM Opening Ceremonies. Thank sponsors, thank Veterans that are in attendance, provide information

About the evening festivities

7:30 PM Sky Divers

7:30 PM Heat and feature race time. Heat Races and Legends & Special Race. Feature Races: Hornets,

Hobbystock, Legends, Sportman, Late Model, Special Race

Bands – After the Races

Food and Drink served in Tavern on the Mall

Rockin’ and Racin’ Military Night Flyer

INDYCAR Historian to Speak at Hawkeye Downs

INDYCAR Historian to Speak at Hawkeye Downs


On Wednesday June 28th, the Indianapolis Midwest Engagement Tour has chosen to make a stop at Hawkeye Downs Speedway to provide a forum for race fans to engage and have questions answered about Indy 500 and Iowa Speedway.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, Donald Davidson, and Iowa Speedway president, Jimmy Small, will be speaking at the event and answering questions along with a small presentation on the historical connection between Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway afterward.

Davidson is the only full-time historian employed by a racetrack, and will be discussing the history of the Indianapolis 500. Small will help discuss the events related to the Iowa Corn 300 race at Iowa Speedway this year. This is a great opportunity for race enthusiasts to have their questions answered in a fun forum.

The event is free to the public, and a small, continental breakfast will be provided. The presentation will be at Hawkeye Downs, in the Bingo Hall, which is located just past the grandstands on the left. Doors open for the event at 8:00 am on June 28th, and presentations begin at 8:30. People are being asked to RSVP for the event by calling 319-365-8656, or emailing


About Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center

Hawkeye Downs, a non-profit organization operated by the All Iowa Agricultural Association and overseen by a volunteer 11-member board, has been a fixture in Cedar Rapids since 1925. Today we are a leading, quality entertainment venue offering Eastern Iowa’s premiere ½ mile and ¼ paved racing spot, featuring a weekly racing series that attracts 100,000 visitors annually to the Cedar Rapids area. Hawkeye Downs also offers quality outdoor family entertainment, including, bingo, concerts, motocross events, trade shows, meetings, conventions, concerts, consumer shows, venues for trade and educational programs for individuals and families living in and visiting Eastern Iowa.





Cedar Rapids, Iowa – One of the biggest racing events of the 2017 racing season is set for this Friday night, June 2, at Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Eastern Iowa’s premiere racing venue.

The McGrath Family of Dealerships is proud to present ‘Clash at the Downs III” featuring the Big 8 Late Model Series. Drivers from throughout the Midwest will join Hawkeye Downs Big 8 Late Model drivers for qualifying, heats and a big 48-lap feature on the wide Hawkeye Downs half-mile.

Over the past three seasons South Beloit native Michael Bilderback has the been the man to beat in the Big 8 Series. He picked up his ninth career series win last month during the 40th annual Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway and is also the defending Clash at the Downs champion.

Hawkeye Downs weekly competitor Caleb Adrian won the inaugural Clash at the Downs in 2015.

There will be action on the quarter-mile as well Friday night with week five of the Hy-Vee Racing Series featuring the Dublin City Pub INEX Legends, Miller Time Hornets, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, and Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks .

The Lil’ Racer Car Club is on hand again this week with “Superhero Night”. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite Super Hero! Kids will also have a chance to get autographs with some of their favorite drivers as well.

The pits open at 3:00 PM for Big 8 Series Cars, and 4:00pm for local divisions. Gates open and Big 8 Series Qualifying starts  at 6:00 PM with racing at 7:30 PM.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Hawkeye Downs Speedway drivers and race teams are eager to get back to racing after weather pulled the plug on last Friday’s program.

This Friday, May 26, marks week four of the 2017 Hy-Vee Racing Series at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. The speedway, Eastern Iowa’s premiere racing venue, is now in its 92nd year of operation and an integral part of Hawkeye Downs, a leading quality entertainment venue.

This week, Hawkeye Downs Speedway is proud to honor area Public Service agencies with “Public Service Appreciation Night.”  Vehicles and representatives from various local public service agencies will be hand all evening as we honor the sacrifices these men and women make daily to protect and serve the area.

The Dublin City Pub INEX Legends, Miller Time Hornets, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks and Performance Concepts Late Models will all be action as well as the point battles continue.

The competition on the track remains hot and heavy with only one repeat feature winner in the first couple weeks of the season. Cory Houdek, who has won both features in Sportsmen leads the points in that division. Caleb Adrian holds down the top slot in Late Models, Jim Hanson leads Hobby Stocks, Sammy Smith sit atop the Legends, and Drew Nickell has the edge in Hornets.

The Lil’ Racer Car Club is on hand again this with a coloring contest and School Bus Rides for the kids. Kids can pick up pictures to color in the clubhouse under the main grandstand.

The pits open at 4:00 PM, gates at 6:00 PM and racing begins at 7:30 PM.

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