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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