RECAP: Moyer Continues To Sweep Features

Back into the rhythm of weekly racing, all five of our regular classes were on show Friday, July 17th to put on a show for the fans.

While it looked like it was going to be Chad Siems’ day in the Sport Mods, a caution bunched the field back up late in the race. Siems then struggled with an issue and Jonny Williams was able to get his second win in a row.

No surprise to see Jim Hanson pull into victory lane in the Hobby Stocks, but it wasn’t without a fight from Jason Sherman who stayed on his bumper even after being passed.

For the third week in a row, we have a different winner in the Hornets Series. The top competition has been tight, and while it looked like Troy Scott would be taking it home, Lucas Foster made a last corner effort on the outside to claim the checkers.

The Sportsman Series continues to grow, but Braxton Franks continues to run from the show. Franks captured his third victory in as many races, besting Cory Houdek this time.

It was a wild race in the Legends Series, with 23 cars starting the feature. Tensions were tight up at the front of the field but it did not stop Aaron Moyer from making his way from 8th to get his 3rd win of the season.

This Friday, July 24th we will have a special $1200-to-win Sport Mod “Be a Hero 30” race plus AIRS Vintage Series, Sportsman, Legends, Hornets, and Hobby Stocks. NASCAR driver, Joey Gase, will be participating in the Sport Mod race.

RECAP: Three-First Time Winners Open July Races

For the first weekly race of July, seven classes showed up to put on a fantastic show for a great crowd. This included three first time winners to their respected classes.

Brian Gibson made a clean getaway in the late models, running from Michael Webber. Webber stepped into Griffin McGrath’s late model as he was feeling ill. The late models expect to be back August 14th.

After a disappointing opener, Jonny Williams most likely would have been excited about finishing the feature. However, he was able to hold off defending champion, Jason Doyle, to capture his first feature win.

Jim Hanson grabbed his second feature win in just as many races, this time besting Jason Sherman. It was a tight field behind the leader, with more cars expected in the next couple weeks it will make for great racing.

Pulling off the heat and feature sweep, Corey Crispin defeated Elliott Vogel for his first feature win. At first it appeared Vogel would slip by, but Crispin powered away in the end.

For the second time this year, Aaron Moyer came from Wisconsin to capture the victory. Moyer looked to have heavy competition from Dave McCalla until the two made contact. McCalla would tap-out, giving Moyer his spot back where he would go on to win.

Braxton Franks slipped through the field and past Dave Ballstaedt for his second win of the season. The field continues to grow and it is rumored even more cars are expected in the coming weeks which will make it interesting competition.

For the first AIRS Vintage Series race of the season, Todd Ness earned the luck of the draw and started on the pole. He went on to hold everyone off to snatch his first full-body car feature win at Hawkeye Downs and his first of the AIRS Vintage Series. Chris Rollinger, who grabbed a feature win last year, finished second.

This Friday, July 17th we will have Sportsman, Hornets, Legends, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Mods. Kids will have the opportunity for bus rides around the track and coloring books given out while supplies last.

RECAP: Champions Crowned on Season Finale

On the final night of racing at Hawkeye Downs, presented by Iowa Beverage Company, the drivers had one more chance to win for the year, and the champions were crowned in six different classes. After the races, the champions were celebrated and fans were able to see the cars up close during the post-race party.


The Skinny

In the Schaeffer Oil Hornet Series, Drew Nickell captured an impressive 11th win on the way to celebrating his championship. After starting 6th, Nickell made his way around the top-5 in points to take the lead. With four runner-up finishes this year, Troy Scott finished second overall in the points.


Despite the hungry drivers behind him, Jim Hanson went to victory lane for the 10th time this year, propelling him to the track championship. Hanson held off Kurt Bohnsack and Logan Clausen for one last time. Grabbing two wins this season, Clausen finished second in the final standings for 2019.


For the second week in a row, Jason Doyle came on strong late and made a pass around Sean Vogt to win another feature in the Cassill Motors Sport Mods. It was the 7th win of the year for Doyle, who really showed strength as the season went on. Mike McDonald was consistent all year long, which helped him capture second place in the standings.


With a breakout year in the Bulltown Legends Series, Austin Slabaugh earned his fourth feature win of the year on Friday night, which secured a second place overall for 2019. Slabaugh battled with Jacob Tiegen, who earned a career best 2nd-place finish. The championship was off the table, however, and was captured by Kevin Korsmo, who finished 3rd and ended with two wins this year.


While Matt Hudspeth and Scott Fridley battled each other out for the points championship in the AIRS Vintage Hawkeye Downs Series, Bart Miller sped away with the win. Hudspeth ran a solid second, while Fridley battled his tail off to get towards the front. In the end, Hudspeth is the champion by just three points.


We all knew the Coca-Cola Sportsmen race would be exciting, and it did not disappoint. On the final lap, Greg Hentrich led as Braxton Franks and Cory Houdek battled behind him. Coming to the checkered, contact was made between Houdek and Hentrich. This prompted officials to declare Hentrich the winner and disqualify Houdek for rough driving. At the end of it all, Franks was the 2019 champion.


A group of late models showed up for season championship night, and although there were no points involved, fans were excited to see them take the track. Mark Greb won the heat race, but in the race it was all Brody Willett. Brian Gibson stuck to the back bumper of Willett, but just didn’t have enough to get around him.


With the season being over, Hawkeye Downs would like to thank all of our fans, sponsors, and drivers for all of your support this season, and for making it another one to remember. See you all next year!


Photos by Ed Siems


RECAP: Franks Takes Lead With Second Win

For Electronic Engineering Night, the weather was beautiful and there was plenty of action with six feature races. During intermission, the kids had the opportunity to ride in some of the race cars as well. As the race season begins to wind down with the final race in July, each battle on the track will have to be watched closely.


The Skinny

For the 8th time this season, Drew Nickell cruised to victory in the Schaeffer Oil Hornet Series. Lucas Foster was back after suffering a lot of damage a couple weeks ago to finish runner up this time. After a tie for second in the standings the last several races, Troy Scott has emerged as the


In the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, there was an intense battle for the lead between Jim Hanson and Matt LaCoursiere for 1st, while Brad Chandler and Logan Clausen battled for 3rd. LaCoursiere had the lead until contact between him and Hanson resulted in a 2nd place finish, while Hanson went on to win the feature.


Momentum has proved to be big for Braxton Franks in the Coca Cola Sportsmen Series. For the second week in a row, Franks was the winner of the feature race, and has made up nine points on Cory Houdek in the past two races which has given him a six point advantage heading into the double feature races next week.


For the second race this year NASCAR driver, Joey Gase, was back to race in the Cassill Motors Sport Mod Series. It was a huge race for the feature winner, Jason Doyle, who held Gase off and made a huge dent in the standings. The points leader, KC Ansel, was unable to make the race and now sits just 5 markers ahead of Doyle and Mike McDonald.


In the first Bulltown Legends feature, Dave McCalla captured his 4th win of the season, holding off Brian Gibson in the closing laps. During the race, there was a heavy incident involving Sonny Parker and Warren Ropp. Both drivers were okay afterwords.

For the second Legends feature, Kacey Korsmo led as the race drew to a close, but it was Austin Slabaugh who managed to get around him before McCalla could, and when the checkered flag flew, Slabaugh had captured his second victory of the year.


Next week is ImOn Communications night, with a Candy Dash and a double feature in the Sportsmen Series.


Photos by Ed Siems