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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