Recap: Week Five- Kacey Wins Dash, Foster and Floyd Victorious

Week five of racing honored our military personnel throughout the night. Although it was hot, the racing on the track was intense, especially during the McGrath Auto Hornets who had two feature races. The Lil’ Racer Car Club served up some cold ice cream, and the kids were treated to bus rides during intermission.


The first Carpetland USA “Floor-It” Dash finally took place, after a busy start to the season meant it has been pushed back. Kacey Korsmo, Sonny Parker, Jacob Tiegen, and Nick Slabaugh were all entered in the race, which is designed for drivers who do not yet have a win. After a quick four laps, it was Korsmo who held off Tiegen to pull into UICCU Victory Lane.


Nathan Ballard returned once again to best Troy Scott in the first McGrath Auto Hornet feature. Dallas Chandler battled a small mechanical issue which left him with a fourth place finish. After an incident last week second place was much better for Scott, who continues to look for his first feature win of the season. Leading up to this point only Ballard and Chandler have earned feature wins.


Last week was a rough week for Dave McCalla, who was involved in an accident and relegated to a 21st finish in the Bulltown Legends Series. It was a tough hit in the standings, but he bounced back to get his second win of the year over Austin Slabaugh and Kevin Korsmo. The win puts him just nine points out of the championship lead. Slabaugh needs only five points to tie Korsmo, who is winless as of yet, for the championship lead.



At the end of last year, we saw a Cinderella-esque win from Jeremy Floyd in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks. This week he was out to prove it was no fluke, holding off Bubba Hall and Kurt Bohnsack to get his second career victory in the series. With defending champion, Jim Hanson, on vacation the points standings experienced a bit of a shake up. Bohnsack leads Floyd by 10 points, while Hanson fell to third just 19 points out.


A couple rough weeks has meant Cory Houdek will need to dig himself out of his points predicament  by seasons end to win another Miller Time Sportsmen championship. Winning both the heat and feature races Friday night maxed out the amount he can approach current leader, CJ VanHorn, who finished second. Houdek has some work to do, being 20 points behind, but made up 6 points on VanHorn just this week.


Good racing was to be seen all over during the second McGrath Auto Hornet race of the night. As drivers went three, even four wide around the track some had issues which has jumbled up the middle of the points. The usual duo of Ballard and Chandler made their way to the front, but both had some issues they could not fully recover from. Ballard became tangled with a lapped car and was sent to the tail of the field, he would recover to 6th. Chandler was penalized two spots for jumping the initial start, he would recover to finish second, but could not navigate his way around Lucas Foster in time. Foster picked up his first win of the season.


This week, June 22nd, the Mid-American Series and the Midwest Compact/Tour Series will be joining us for some extra half mile racing. Both series along with late models will have their features on the larger of the two tracks, while the hobby stocks and legends continue their battle on the 1/4 mile.  Kids are asked to bring NEW canned or bagged pet food items to the clubhouse. Each donation will receive a ticket stub for EACH item brought.  If we receive at LEAST 50 food items, a drawing will be held from those ticket stubs to win four (4) Lost Island Waterpark tickets. All pet food will be delivered to a local pet shelter to help feed the animals of Linn County.


You can find a full list of results here: Results

Find the most recent points standings here: Points



Season Championships: Friday, August 17th

The final weekend of weekly racing will take place on Friday, August 17th. Join us for our second annual Fan Appreciation Night, as well as celebrating the weekly champions. The night is presented by Fleck Sales and Whirlpool Corp.

On Tap:
– McGrath Hornet Finale
– Anderson Auto Hobby Stock Finale
– Bulltown Legends Finale
– Miller Time Sportsmen Finale
– Waterloo Auto Parts Late Model Finale
– Post-Race Party On Track
– Concert By Jake McVey
– $1 beers
– Buy-One-Get-One Sodas
– Champions Celebration
– And MORE


Gates open at 6 pm, opening ceremonies at 7:20 pm with racing to follow. Adult tickets are just $10, which gets you into all of the racing PLUS the on-track party & concert right after the races.

Fleck Sales

Iowa Donor Network Night: Friday, July 27th

The season is getting closer to ending, and another battle in the war to the championship will take place on Friday, July 27th. Fleck Sales presents “Iowa Donor Network Night” with special guest, NASCAR driver Joey Gase. Late models will have double features this week as part of a make up. Look for Gase to participate in the second race.


During intermission we will be having “Kids Riding in Race Cars” event again. Our concessions special is homemade chicken wings for $5


Gates open at 6 pm, opening ceremonies at 7:20 pm with racing to follow. More information will be added as the date gets closer.




Free Night: Friday, July 20th

Racing will be back at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Friday, July 20th with six series of racing, and plenty of activities for all ages! Admission is free, so bring the whole family and your neighbors too.

On Tap:
McGrath Auto Hornets
Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks
Miller Time Sportsman
Bulltown Legends
Waterloo Auto Parts Late Models
AIRS Vintage Series
Driver Autograph Session
HobbyTown USA RC Trucks
Glenn Swinton Memorial Night Trophy Presentation


Gates open at 6 pm, opening ceremonies at 7:20 pm with racing to follow.


The driver autograph session will take place during intermission, just in front of the grandstands.