Hanson Sweeps on McGrath Auto Night

For the 5th consecutive year, the Big 8 Series rolled into town, and put on a show the fans love, along with our Hornets, Legends, and two Hobby Stock features.

The Skinny

In the Schaeffer Oil Hornets, Drew Nickell captured his second win of the season over Lucas Foster. Foster was unable to catch Nickell while Blum and Vogel battled for the third position. Blum ended up winning the battle. Nickell holds the point lead by just 5 going into this week.


In the Bulltown Legends, Dave McCalla earned his first win of the season, staying just ahead of Kevin Korsmo to the finish line. While the field was no match for McCalla, several competitors including Austin Slabaugh are on the verge of a win. Korsmo leads Slabaugh by 7 points.


For the first Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock feature, Jim Hanson and Logan Clausen took to continue their war. However, Clausen could not keep up and left Hanson to win this battle. The lead of Hanson would be extended as he went on to win the second feature as well. Clausen made contact while coming through traffic, which cut a tire and derailed his night. Hanson has the point lead by 10 over Jasen Freeman.


Nick Egan captured his first ever Big 8 Series win at Hawkeye Downs, grabbing the lead after Brody Willett and Griffin McGrath made contact battling for the spot. Both drivers crashed hard into the turn four wall, but were okay. Matt Lundberg finished second, and Jerry Mueller third.


This week is 100.7 the FOX Free Night, so be sure to pick up your free tickets at a local Dupaco Credit Union. Action from the Sport Mods, Hornets, Sportsmen, Legends, and Hobby Stocks will be available.


Five Series Slated to Return

Over the past few years, the fans have grown to love several of the touring series that come to Hawkeye Downs, in addition to our weekly racing.

We are happy to announce that those series are slated to return throughout the 2019 racing schedule.

The AIRS Vintage Cars will be back multiple times next year, with a plan of racing once a month. Besides their schedule that includes tracks from all over, drivers will compete for a track championship like Chris Rollinger captured in 2018. Specific dates will be released in the future.

“Clash at the Downs” Big 8 Series is returning once again with a thunderous field of late models. Last year it was Jeremy Miller that captured the race win, going on to win the championship and retire. The weekly late model racers will challenge Midwest’s best. The Big 8 Series will be back on May 31st.

For the second time, the Midwest Dash returns bringing 4-Cylinders to the 1/2 mile. These drivers will race it out to determine who the Iowa State Champion is. They will join the Mid-Am Series which will put sportsman on the 1/2 mile as well that night. Those series will race into town on June 28th.

The thrilling Bandit Big Series will be back for the 3rd consecutive year, this time with a special September date. On Saturday, September 14th the 100-mph semi trucks will take to the 1/2 mile.

The rest of the schedule will be released Friday, Jan 11th, be sure to stay tuned to our website and social media.

Recap: Week 3- Miller Wins Big 8 Thriller

The Big 8 Late Model Series came to Hawkeye Downs on Friday night for the fourth annual McGrath Auto “Clash at the Downs”. Twenty-one late models showed for what was a caution free 48-lap feature race. Multi-time series champion, Jeremy Miller, came through the field to run away with the win. Hawkeye Downs regulars Griffin McGrath and Brian Gibson rounded out the top-three despite Gibson losing brakes early on.

Jeremy Miller celebrates his Big 8 win.

 

It was the second consecutive win for Kurt Bohnsack in the Anderson Auto Hobby Stocks. Jim Hanson, who won on week one, was unable to get around Bohnsack and brought the #4 to victory lane. The two drivers remain at a stalemate in the point standings heading into this week. Jeremy Floyd sits just six points behind them both after his second top-three finish early on this season.

 

The Miller Time Sportsmen Series saw a fantastic battle for the lead while Cory Houdek was gone on vacation. CJ VanHorn battled with Braxton Franks, but held Franks off to earn the win and take over the point standings. Brandon Herb slipped back to fourth after an incident with Dave Ballstaedt.

 

Defending Bulltown Legends Series champion, Austin Slabaugh, held off last weeks winner Dave McCalla for his first win of the series. The two drivers, along with Kevin Korsmo, remain locked in a tight battle in the standings and continue to put on good shows for wins, but drivers like Cole O’Brien and Warren Ropp could strike any week.

 

Austin Slabaugh with father, Mer, and brother Nick.

Dirt track ace, Nathan Ballard, held off Dallas Chandler for the second week in a row to capture the McGrath Auto Hornets feature. The two appear to be unstoppable early on in the season, but drivers such as Lucas Foster and Troy Scott continue to lurk in the shadows. Anything can happen in the coming weeks.

 

Fans at the track enjoyed an autograph session by the Big 8 Late Model drivers, and children were able to get their face painted throughout the night. This week is FOX 100.7 Free night with a candy dash! Find more details by clicking here.

 

 


You can find a full list of results here: Results

Find the most recent points standings here: Points

Big 8 Series “Clash”: June 1st, 2018

The Big 8 Late Model Series returns once again for the fourth consecutive year for the “Clash at the Downs IV”.

The best late model drivers in the Midwest compete for the win in the second race of the eight race championship. Gates open at 5 pm, an hour earlier than the normal time. Racing begins at 6 pm. The Big 8 Series will be joined with the other four weekly Hawkeye Downs Series as the regular drivers continue the battle for their championships.

More information will be available as the event gets closer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


History of the “Clash at the Downs”

Last year, Hawkeye Downs natives Brody Willett and Caleb Adrian “clashed” while competing for a win in the race. It was Rosemount, Minnesota’s, Joe Neisius that brought home his first Series win.

In 2016, Michael Bilderback won over Griffin McGrath.

In 2015, Adrian earned his only Big 8 victory at his home track in the series debut at Hawkeye Downs.