2020 Spring Special May 23rd

Join us for a special Saturday race to start off the 2020 season! With late models, hornets, sportsman, legends, hobby stocks, and sport mods. While weekly racing is on hold, this is our chance to hit the track.

**Please note: only drivers and up to 6 crew members will be allowed to this event. No spectators, media (besides track credentialed), or others will be admitted. **

Qualifying will be for late models only. Other classes will be draw/re-draw

Late Models — $1000 to win
Hornets — $125 to win
Sportsman — $225 to win
Hobby Stocks — $125 to win
Sport Mods — $250 to win
Legends — $200 to win


We will be using Hawkeye Downs 2020 rules, but will honor rules from home tracks. We reserve the right to place cars in different classes if needed.


With the current COVID-19 situation, Hawkeye Downs is focused on keeping a safe environment. We will be following health guidelines and implementing special policies for guests and staff on the campus. These policies will be enforced. Find all policies below.


Because a limited amount of cars will be accepted, registration online is extremely important to guarantee a spot. Pit parking will be based on order of arrival Saturday morning.


We are excited to announce this event will be available on Pay-Per-View. Just $20 gets you access to the race for your entire household!

Live video of any kind is not permitted for this event. Participants that do not follow social distancing guidelines or social media policy will be asked to leave.


Please contact Scott with any questions about this event: scott.unash@hawkeyedowns.org

10 Questions – Braxton Franks

Each week, a driver will take turns answering nine questions, and one question asked by a fellow driver. This week we talk with Braxton Franks, who is our reigning Sportsman champion driving the #8. Braxton has also raced in the Hobby Stock Series, despite being only 19 years old.

1. What is your favorite part about being a race car driver?

My favorite part about being a race car driver is the adrenaline rush when battling out for the top finishes. I also enjoy putting on a show for the next generation, considering that’s how I got into racing – my dad (Brian Franks) being a race car driver throughout my childhood. 

2. You mentioned your dad has a racing background at Hawkeye Downs..how did that translate you into becoming a driver/what made you want to start?

After seeing my dad race for many years, I always enjoyed helping him out working on his car and knew I wanted to be a race car driver someday when I was a kid. That gave me the passion to continue on the next generation of racing in our family history. 

3. What is your favorite racing memory so far?

My favorite racing memory is when we traveled to Rockford speedway for the first time in my hobby stock (1st year of racing) for the Bahamas brackets. Bubba Hall’s (my cousin) 2-way radio went dead and didn’t know I was on his outside and ended up running me into the wall. Most people will say their first win is their favorite memory but not mine, I enjoyed racing against my own family members even if it costs a car that got wrecked by your own cousin.

Braxton (left) with girlfriend Taylor (right)

4. If you could choose any track/car combination to race on in the world, what would it be and why?

If I could choose any track it would be Bristol Motor Speedway with my sportsman. I say this because I seen how fast the hornets were on that track so I could only imagine how fast it would be with my sportsman. 

5. Let’s say you could never race again.. what sport would you choose to play?

I really don’t watch or play any other sports. But football would be one id play again.

6. Favorite meal to eat?

I love to eat mashed potatoes, corn, and some grilled chicken with BBQ sauce. 

7. If a fan has only a couple seconds with you, what is the best way for them to maximize their time?

Ask me the most important question you have for me, make me laugh and get a picture of course. 

8. What would you say is your “spirit animal” and why?

A lion. I just like the way the have a “beard” that is close to the same color as mine. 

9. Do you have any superstitions on raceday?

I like to jam out to some 80 and 90s classic rock. Really that’s about it always have to be pumped up! 

10. Troy Scott wanted to know: What is the part you hate most about racing?

The part I hate most about racing is probably when equipment gets torn up for a stupid reason. I hate doing more to the car during the week other then just nut and bolting it.
My question for the next driver is why did you choose to start racing?


Stay tuned for the next driver interview next Wednesday!

10 Questions – Troy Scott

Each week, a driver will take turns answering nine questions, and one question asked by a fellow driver. This week we talk with Troy Scott, who drives the #44 in the Hornets Series. Troy has competed for several years, and even won the Fan Favorite vote in 2018. We talked to Troy about his life on and off the track:

1. What is your favorite part about being a race car driver?

This question is always easy to answer, the racing community is family.  You have your close friends/family that will always be there for you.  Whether it’s helping you out in the pits when you have a flat tire to get back onto the track or when you win and they come down to celebrate your victory. 

2. What was it like racing against your father for the first time last season?

It was truly the best experience I’ve had, but also stressful too!  I wanted so badly for my dad to battle with me, but being his first time experience I knew that it probably wouldn’t occur, but I had some hope!  The stressful part was me constantly checking over my shoulder to see where he was.  Thinking in my mind if he’s doing well, or if he’s right behind me.. Thankfully Matt Crispin was always there to help my dad get the belts buckled and everything ready to go!  I hope someday we can race against each other again, or maybe he could race the Silver Bullet some night?! 

3. What is your favorite racing memory so far? 

I have many favorites, as many know I don’t win very often, so my absolute favorite was my last win on August 18th, 2017.  Although it wasn’t how I pictured to win.. it was still by far the most emotional and best time of our season, especially after my reverse donuts and snapping a cv shaft while doing it! 

4. If you could choose any track/car combination to race on in the world, what would it be and why?

Everyone picks a track in the U.S.I’d love to take an E60 BMW M5 with the V10 on the Nürburgring in Germany! Reason being is that I used to own a BMW 545i and it was a blast to drive, but I’ve always wanted to drive the M5.  Maybe someday!

5. Let’s say you could never race again.. what sport would you choose to play?

Baseball, hands down.  I used to be a pitcher and played in several leagues.  I miss the ball diamond, but thankfully Owen (his son) loves baseball as much as I do! 

6. Favorite meal to eat?

My favorite meal is definitely Panda Express, fried race and orange chicken with a couple chicken egg rolls!  

7. If a fan has only a couple seconds with you, what is the best way for them to maximize their time?

The best way for them to maximize their time is to ask questions!  I don’t hide things, always willing to help.  

8. What would you say is your “spirit animal” and why?

I had to do a spirit animal quiz online for this question.  I’m supposedly a wolf.  Always seeking new projects/things to do.  I hate down time.  You could say I’m always “hunting” for something new! 

9. Do you have any superstitions on raceday?

I tend to do the same thing every Friday, starting with putting on my racing shirt!  Never leave home Friday without a racing shirt on.  Another weird thing I do is when I hop in the car for a race, I always put my seatbelt on first, headphone, neck brace, steering wheel, helmet, then I always put my right glove on first then left.  I feel like if I mess this pattern up, things will not go right.. 

10. Last week Stacy Olson asked: Do you think Dave McCalla is an a******? And what is your question for the next driver?

I think Dave is far from an a******!  The guy always keeps his cool and let’s his racing do the talking.  I respect Dave and all he does!  Stacy on the other hand.. just kidding!  You two are pretty awesome people!
The question for the next driver is…What is the part you hate most about racing? 


Stay tuned for the next driver interview next Wednesday!

10 Questions – Stacy Olson

Each week, a driver will take turns answering nine questions, and one question asked by a fellow driver. This week we talk with Stacy Olson, who drives the #13 in the Legends Series. Stacy has been rooted in racing for a long time through family, and is in a relationship with fellow Legends racer, Dave McCalla. See what she has to say below:

1. What is your favorite part about being a race car driver?

My favorite part of being a driver is I get to experience the thrill of being on the track with some of Iowa’s best. 

2. Your family has a rich racing history..what made you want to get in the seat instead of just being a fan?

Racing has always been a huge part of my life.  My summer vacations growing up consisted of being at a race track.  I’ve seen and met some of the most amazing drivers in my time.  I have always wondered what it would be like to drive a car.  Getting into a seat I knew I had big shoes to fill.  When you hear my last name you think of racing and dominance in the sport.  My uncle started that path for us with his amazing skills and then my brother and cousins continued that legacy.  Dating David put more pressure on me as he has had a lot of success in the racing world.  I wanted a shot to be apart of that, as it has taken me a lot longer than them to be the “one to beat” (haha) I don’t think I could ever go back to being just a fan.  Although I don’t win races, I have a good support team and being in my car makes me happy and that’s all that matters to me.

3. What is your favorite racing memory? 

One of my favorite was when I had a good qualifying time.  Qualifying 7th fastest and 4th fastest out of Hawkeye downs drivers was a pretty exciting moment for me.  Not sure what the hell I did to get that time but it was rewarding.

But I have to say that winning the trophy dash was my most favorite memory!  I can’t remember a time that I was more excited and happy!  It was the best feeling ever! Everyone knew what winning that would mean to me and it’s something I will never forget.

4. If you could choose any track/car combination to race on in the world, what would it be and why?

Indycar at Indianapolis speedway!  My dad is a big Formula 1 fan and we used to sit and watch it with him as kids and I always thought it would be a dream to drive one of those.

5. Let’s say you could never race again.. what sport would you choose to play?

Softball.  Softball was my sport growing up, and still is.  I never struggled with sports until I got in a race car.  Some things come easy to some people and some it takes a little longer.  For those who give me crap about not being able to keep up with the pack…..grab a bat, and lets have a little homerun derby 😊

6. Favorite meal to eat?

Breakfast!  Any breakfast food I’m good with! 

7. If a fan has only a couple seconds with you, what is the best way for them to maximize their time?

Smile pretty for the camera 😊

8. What would you say is your “spirit animal” and why?

Lol…uhhhh….. I would say a dog.  I love car rides, I love mornings, I love walks and I’m a bed hog 😊

9. Do you have any superstitions on raceday?

Yep,  Its bad luck to wear your pit pass on your right wrist.  It has to be the left wrist! Its also bad luck to eat on race day.

10. What’s your question for the next driver?

Do you think Dave McCalla is an a******?


Stay tuned for the next driver interview next Wednesday!