Championship Night- August 18, 2017

Hawkeye Downs presents

Fan Appreciation Night & Season Championships

Championship Night


Friday August 18, 2017



Gates open at 6:00 pm

Races begin at 7:30 pm


Join us in celebrating our 2017 racing year. There will be plenty of action on and off the track. There will be plenty of prizes given away, as well as the opportunity to meet the drivers and get their autograph afterwards

For the first time, fans will be invited ON TRACK for a post race party to hangout, play games, watch the champions celebration, and MORE. You do not want to miss this

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night. This page will be updated as information becomes available. Questions? Please call 319-365-8656.


On tap:

Prize Give Aways

Driver Autographs & Trick or Treat

Post Race Party & Games

Champions Celebration

Carpetland USA  Floor It Dash

Miller Time Hornets

Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks

Dublin City Pub Inex Legends

Mountain Dew Sportsman

Performance Concepts Late Models



Once again, it is time for season championships as has been done for over 90 years. The year seemed to pass quickly but there is still one more action-packed night of racing left. In all but one series the points remain close and could go several ways.

In an effort to connect with the fans after the races, there will be no heat races this Friday night. This means that drivers have only one chance to give it everything they have for the championship.


Following the features, fans will be invited out to the track to take part in a driver autograph session and games. They have the opportunity to win some prizes and watch the “Champions Celebration” on the stage.


The tightest points’ battle continues to be the Miller Time Hornets Series. Just two points separate Derek Parrott and Dallas Chandler after lapped traffic played a role in Parrott winning last week. The remaining drivers are too far out, and all eyes will be on these two for the final race of the season.

With a 48 point lead in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock Series, Jim Hanson has secured the championship. While the features continue to be close and exciting, Hanson always finds a way around the rest of the field, and has won 8 feature races heading into this week with nothing to lose.

Three drivers remain in the chase for the Dublin City Pub Inex Legends championship. Although it will be a tall order for Sammy Smith, who sits 8 points behind leader Austin Slabaugh, it is not an impossible challenge. The closer battle will be between Slabaugh and Dave McCalla, with only 4 points between the two.

After trouble in tech last week for Cory Houdek, the Mountain Dew Sportsmen title hopes for Greg Hentrich increased, but he will need more luck this week to pull it off. Six wins has given Houdek an 11 point advantage meaning it will take some sort of issue to knock him down. This is a possibility as Houdek as lady luck has not been the kindest the past few weeks, but there is no denying Houdek has a fast car.


In the Performance Concepts Late Models, Brian Gibson has pulled ahead slightly over Brad Osborn by just 5 points. With the smaller fields, it will be tough to make that up in just one race, but the battle has been close between Gibson and Osborn all season long. Though they are not in the championship fight, Griffin McGrath and Brody Willett could affect how everything plays


out. McGrath has been lightning fast the last couple weeks, and Willett expects to return to the track for the first time in two months and has two feature wins this year.


The action does not stop Friday night. There are plenty of events at Hawkeye Downs in the next couple months. Make sure to stay tuned on our website for bingo, motocross, trade shows, concerts, and other special events.

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


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Results- August 4, 2017

(August 4th, 2017- By Caleb Slouha) The fans who attended Friday night’s races spectated some of the best racing of the year, and we anticipate the final few weeks will do the same.

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Friday night hosted the final Carpetland USA “Floor-It” Dash of the year. Just a three-lap dash with only three cars became an exciting finish. John Ferden took the lead from the start, but Sydney Henderson charged to the outside. With one lap to go, Henderson used momentum to get right alongside Ferden. It looked to be a photo finish, but Ferden wiggled and Henderson won her first race.

The championship battle in the Miller Time Hornets Series continues to be tight between Derek Parrott and Dallas Chandler. Rookie Stewart Hall took the early lead, but four laps in Chandler overtook him. As they battled close all over the track it led to Curt Gibbs going off-track with three to go which ended his night. Chandler would have a fantastic restart following and pull into victory lane for the fourth time this year.

Braxton Franks and Bryan Baxter led the field to green in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks. For the opening 5 laps, the leaders battled side-by-side, making contact several times while third through eighth place queued behind them. It was essentially an 8-car battle for the lead and with 12 to go “Bubba” Hall took over first. He would lead for 6 laps until Jim Hanson lightly used the bumper to take the lead. It was a close battle as Kurt Bohnsack joined in, and the three DS Disposal cars went bumper-to-bumper. Hanson would earn win number seven. Van Meter

After starting on the front row, Kevin Korsmo controlled the field right from the start of the Dublin City Pub Inex Legends race. He held off drivers Brady Rhode and Dave McCalla, who have multiple feature wins this year, to win his first feature of the year. Rhode started near the back, and carefully worked his way through traffic to finish second, but did not have enough time to catch Korsmo.

A competitive Mountain Dew Sportsmen race at one point led to the leaders going four-wide into turn 1. CJ VanHorn and Brandon Herb then made contact in turn 3, resulting in Cory Houdek becoming involved. The damage would be too much for Houdek and Herb to continue for the night. Greg Hentrich came out of the battle with the lead, and held off Drew Nickell for his second win of the year.

Griffin McGrath started the feature in 5th, and made a rare 3-wide pass from the complete outside lane to take the third place. With 14 laps to go, he made the pass for second on the outside as well. When he got to the leader Brad Osborn, McGrath once again took to the outside to complete the pass and lead the remaining seven laps for his second win of the year.

Racing continues Friday, August 11th with DS Disposal Night. Gates open at 6:00 pm, racing begins at 7:30 pm.




1 76 Lucas Foster
 2 28 Curt Gibbs
3 01 Derek Parrott
4 14 Tom Blum
5 72 Ethan Parrott
6 01s Cody Strasser


1 3 Dallas Chandler
2 44 Troy Scott
3 84 Elliott Vogel
4 2 Stewart Hall
5 7 Michael Coulborn
6 13 Rob Aimers

FEATURE (15 Laps):

1 3 Dallas Chandler Cedar Rapids, IA
2 01 Derek Parrott Marion, IA
3 76 Lucas Foster Cedar Rapids, IA
4 44 Troy Scott Cedar Rapids, IA
5 72 Ethan Parrott Marion, IA
6 84 Elliott Vogel Cedar Rapids, IA
7 2 Stewart Hall Cedar Rapids, IA
8 13 Rob Aimers
9 01s Cody Strasser Cedar Rapids, IA
10 28 Curt Gibbs Cedar Rapids, IA
11 7 Michael Coulborn Cedar Rapids, IA
12 14 Tom Blum



1 4 Kurt Bohnsack
 2 5 Bryan Baxter
3 12 Jeremy Floyd
4 88 Gerald Hall
5 60 Jason Sherman
6 43 Quinn O’Brien
7 1 Scott Siems


1 8 Braxton Franks
2 07 Jim Hanson
3 2 Matt Lacoursiere
4 24 Logan Clausen
5 54 Dale Sherman
6 57C Cory Ogden
7 11 Brian Bries


1 07 Jim Hanson Cedar Rapids, IA
2 4 Kurt Bohnsack Ely, IA
3 88 Gerald Hall Cedar Rapids, IA
4 12 Jeremy Floyd Cedar Rapids, IA
5 5 Bryan Baxter Marion, IA
6 8 Braxton Franks Cedar Rapids, IA
7 60 Jason Sherman Marengo, IA
8 24 Logan Clausen Cedar Rapids, IA
9 43 Quinn O’Brien Cedar Rapids, IA
10 2 Matt Lacoursiere Cedar Rapids, IA
11 54 Dale Sherman Marengo, IA
12 57c Cory Ogden Cedar Rapids, IA
13 11 Brian Bries Norway, IA
DNS 1 Scott Siems Cedar Rapids, IA



1 17 Sydney Henderson
2 9 John Ferden
3 95 Josh Carlson


1 52 Kevin Korsmo
2 3 Dave McCalla
3 4 Brady Rhode
4 16N Todd Ness
5 17 Sydney Henderson
6 9 John Ferden
7 95 Josh Carlson


1 12 Sammy Smith
2 6 Austin Slabaugh
3 25 Cole O’Brien
4 20 Alex Braseth
5 16 Mer Slabaugh
6 37 Gary Dyer
7 13 Stacy Olson

FEATURE (25 laps):

1 52 Kevin Korsmo Atkins, IA
2 4 Brady Rhode Lorretto, MN
3 6 Austin Slabaugh Kalona, IA
4 25 Cole O’Brien Cedar Rapids, IA
5 3 Dave McCalla Cedar Rapids, IA
6 12 Sammy Smith Des Moines, IA
7 20 Alex Braseth Ulen, MN
8 16 Mer Slabaugh Kalona, IA
9 16N Todd Ness Cedar Rapids, IA
10 37 Gary Dyer Blue Grass, IA
11 9 John Ferden Shueyville, IA
12 13 Stacy Olson Cedar Rapids, IA
13 17 Sydney Henderson Walford, IA
14 95 Josh Carlson Princeton, IA
DNS 52L Danny Lehmkuhl Cedar Rapids, IA



1 19 Cory Houdek
2 11 Mike Mitchell
3 12 Brandon Herb
4 9 Dave Ballsteadt
5 34 Allen Hanson


1 54 CJ VanHorn
2 35 Greg Hentrich
3 87 Drew Nickell
4 7 John Johnston
5 26 Preston Stoecker

FEATURE (20 laps):

1 35 Greg Hentrich Hiawatha, IA
2 87 Drew Nickell Cedar Rapids, IA
3 7 John Johnston Victor, IA
4 54 CJ VanHorn Marion, IA
5 11 Mike Mitchell Cedar Rapids, IA
6 9 Dave Ballsteadt Marion, IA
7 34 Allen Hanson Greely, IA
8 26 Preston Stoecker Stratford, IA
9 12 Brandon Herb Marion, IA
10 19 Cory Houdek Marion, IA



1 72 Brad Osborn
2 17 Brian Gibson
3 76 Chad Siems
4 71 Mark Greb
5 64 Griffin McGrath
6 43 Scott Siems

FEATURE (20 laps):

1 64 Griffin McGrath
2 72 Brad Osborn
3 17 Brian Gibson
4 71 Mark Greb
5 76 Chad Siems
6 43 Scott Siems


This Friday night is “Hibu Night at the Races” and  the annual Racing for a Cause event benefiting Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S).  The highlight of the night is a $1000 to win Regional Qualifier for Dublin City Pub INEX Legends. The special race in conjunction with C.O.P.S.  is sponsored by Hershberger Enterprises of Kalona. 25-30 Legends are expected for this race, which is the first of four throughout Iowa.

Legends Racer Warren Ropp, organizer of the special Legends race, told The Gazette earlier this week:“ It’s big because a lot of people and organizations are all about the money on their end — and you’ve got to have the money to make the doors stay open and operate — but (Hawkeye Downs) sees the big picture of what’s happening in the communities,” Ropp said. “It helps pull communities together. Whether it’s Military Night or Iowa Donor Network Night or my C.O.P.S. night, it’s big. The only way you get that message across is to keep putting it out in front of people.”

C.O.P.S. is a national organization that was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Their mission is “Rebuilding the shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.” Today they have over 37,000 members.

 As a special recognition for local law enforcement, C.O.P.S. and Hershberger Enterprises have teamed up with Hawkeye Downs to offer free admission to all law enforcement officers (with proper credentials) and their immediate families for Friday nights’ race.

Hibu, the evening’s sponsor, is a multinational directories and internet services company headquartered in Reading, Berkshire, UK. It has operations in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain.

 It’s week nine of the HyVee Racing Series as the track celebrates its 92nd season of racing as part of Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Expo Center, the premiere racing and leading entertainment destination in Eastern Iowa.

 In addition to the Dublin City Pub INEX Legends, Performance Concepts Late Models, Mountain Dew Sportsmen, Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, and Miller Time Hornets will be action.

 The Lil’ Racer Car Club is back in action Friday night as well with the “Worlds Largest Candy Dash on an Asphalt track” during Intermission.  The current record is 1,049 pounds of candy. Candy Donations can be delivered to the clubhouse under the main Grandstand before the races start.

Gates open at 6pm with Opening Ceremonies slated for 7:20 and Racing at 7:30.

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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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Miller Time Hornets Points

As of August 11th races




Derek Parrott





(3) Dallas Chandler (4) 257
(76) Lucas Foster 230
(44) Troy Scott 211
(2M) Drew Nickell (3) 201
(72) Ethan Parrott 159
(84) Elliott Vogel 152
(28) Curt Gibbs 143
(14) Tom Blum 135
(7) Mike Coulbourn 124
(2) Stewart Hall 111
(12) Brad Chandler (1) 75
(01S) Cody Strasser 61
(13) Rob Aimers 39
(69) Zach Vasey 33
(69) Todd Summers 25
(14) Dan Schmidt 24
(56) Brittany Becker 11
(99) Dan Thomsen 9
(523) Kurt Schweitzer 8
James Montgomery

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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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