RECAP: Hudspeth Wins Another, Takes Point Lead

Wall of Fame Night has come around once again, bringing the past to meet the present and allowed us to honor some special people that have been a part of Hawkeye Downs over the years. As a tradition, fans also got to see the AIRS Vintage Series along with our other racing series as well.


The Skinny

The Schaeffer Oil Hornet Series was won once again by Drew Nickell, who seems to have things figured out. The battle between Elliott Vogel and Troy Scott remains tense as they are tied once again for the runner-up spot in the points. All eyes will be on the Hornet Series the next month, as you never know who will try to spoil the riches of Nickell in the final races.


In the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, it was a special night for the Clausen camp. Well-known driver, Larry Clausen, came out of retirement and drove to a 3rd place finish while watching his son, Logan, battle for the lead and win his second feature of the season. It was a win that just slipped away from Matt LaCoursiere who looked like he had it early on, but could not hold off Logan.


Fans were on their feet after the Coca-Cola Sportsmen race. At first it looked like Cory Houdek was going to run away with another one, but Braxton Franks closed in just a little bit each lap until he got to the bumper of Houdek. As the two raced with mere laps to go, contact was made, giving Franks just enough momentum to make the pass on the outside, taking the lead. It would be Franks’ second feature win of the season, putting him just 3 points out of the standings lead.


The Cassill Motors Sport Mods saw another new winner head to victory lane this week, Richard Nelson. Nelson started on the front row after the invert, and walked away from the rest of the field during the feature. By the end of the race, Nelson had half a lap on the other cars, leaving them scramble to catch up. The standings have shifted over the past couple weeks, but KC Ansel remains at the top.


For the second time this year, Matt Hudspeth emerged as the winner of the AIRS Vintage Series race. Hudspeth made the pass around Bart Miller mid-race, and was never heard from again. This is the second AIRS feature win in a row at Hawkeye Downs, which has given him a 4-point lead over Scott Fridley.


Next week is the make-up of Gazette Free Night. No tickets are needed, and it is free admission to all. Sport Mods, Legends, Sportsmen, Hornets, and double feature Hobby Stocks are on the schedule.


Photos by Ed Siems


RECAP: Houdek Grabs Fourth Win

On Munson Electric Military Night, the people that serve our country were honored in several ways before the green flag flew for the night. This included raising money for the Linn County Freedom Rock, swearing in new Military recruits, and raising awareness for the Puppy Jake Foundation, which provides service dogs to veterans.


The Skinny

The Schaeffer Oil Hornet Series had two races, and both were filled with drivers that appeared antsy as there was plenty of contact to be made. Drew Nickell was able to keep his nose clean and make his way to victory lane after the first race, while championship contender Lucas Foster was unable to finish due to damage he received. In the second feature, it was who was thought to be Dallas Chandler that battled against Nickell for the win.. but when the #3 pulled down to victory lane it was Brad Chandler that was driving the car. Unfortunately, the officials did not know it was Brad in the car and he was disqualified along with Logan Clausen in the #00 for the same issue. That gave Nickell another win while Troy Scott and Elliott Vogel are tied for second place in the standings.


In the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, Matt LaCoursiere returned after his win a couple weeks ago to try for two. While he commanded the race, points leader, Jim Hanson, waited at the bumper for LaCoursiere to make a mistake–but he didn’t. After a few laps, Hanson did it the hard way and worked the outside for several more laps before finally clearing LaCoursiere and bringing home another victory.


After two runner-up finishes in the Bulltown Legends Series this year, Austin Slabaugh went back to victory lane. Slabaugh held off the very fast Dave McCalla, who started near the back of the feature after struggling to get through traffic in the heat race. While Kevin Korsmo has the points lead by 20 over Slabaugh, the points continue to close up as McCalla gets closer each week.


The Cassill Motors Sport Mods were back with 10 drivers after an exciting race last week. Those ten put on a show, and Jason Doyle emerged with his second feature win of the season while points leader, KC Ansel, struggled and ultimately could not finish. The championship battle between Ansel, Doyle, and Mike McDonald will be one to watch in the coming weeks.


In the Coca-Cola Sportsmen Series, Cory Houdek was victorious for the fourth time this year, coming ahead of Brandon Herb in the feature. Despite the dominance, Houdek remains just 6 points ahead of Braxton Franks in the standings.


Next week there are no races at Hawkeye Downs, but we will be back and full of action on Friday, July 12th with the Wall of Fame Night! This includes the AIRS Vintage Series once again plus some of our weekly racing series.



RECAP: Olson Wins $1000 Against Gase

The rain threatened, but ultimately racing prevailed on a big night for the fans. Not only was the Mid-American Stock Car Series and the Midwest Dash Series in town, but it was also the debut of the $1000-to-win “Be A Hero 30” Sport Mod Feature. Joey Gase and his dad, Bob, were special guests in that race. A special thanks to Eternal Fan and Stuff Etc, for sponsoring the night and making it happen!


The Skinny

Kevin Korsmo notched his second win in the Bulltown Legends Series, making his way around Nick Slabaugh for the spot after Slabaugh led early on in the race. He would go on to finish 3rd, with Dave McCalla getting 2nd. The points between Korsmo and McCalla were at a stand-still for this week, but the lead has been shrinking the past few races.


In the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, the drivers were all after a win, and it could be seen from the stands. At one point, the drivers were four-wide going into turn 3, but luckily made it out. While the craziness ensued, it was Jim Hanson that slipped away to catch another feature victory over Logan Clausen and Jasen Freeman.


The Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks had a special enticement to win on Mid-Season Championships, as Anderson Automotive put an extra $100 on the line to win. Jim Hanson accepted the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors Challenge, and while he got to the rest of the field fairly quick, it was not enough time to make it around the leaders. Matt LaCoursiere found solace in being out front, and held his line to make sure it would be his car that pulled into the winners’ circle afterwards.


The Cassill Motors Sport Mods had 18 hungry drivers going for the win, but all eyes were on dirt ace Tony Olson and NASCAR driver Joey Gase when it came down to the wire. The two drivers exchanged the lead a couple times, but Gase found himself trying to find a way around Olson. He looked low, he looked high, he even looked under the bumper of Olson, but could not get it done in time. Olson won the inaugural “Be a Hero 30” presented by Eternal Fan over Gase and Kyle Olson.


After flipping down the backstretch of the famed “Milwaukee Mile” last Sunday afternoon, Ron Vandermeir Jr. got redemption with the Mid-American Stock Car Series victory in Iowa.

2. Bobby Gutknecht
3. Ryan Gutknecht
4. Jason Thoma
5. Cody Clubb
6. Andrew Meyerhofer
7. Matt Clemens
8. Mark Pluer
9. Dale Lecus Jr.
10. Brandon Herb
11. Dave Ballstaedt
12. Cory Houdek
13. Steve Blair


For the second year, the Midwest Dash Series invaded Hawkeye Downs. It was Dan Irivine who found victory lane against some of the best in the Midwest.

2. Gary Stark
3. George Sparkman
4. George Seliger
5. Greg Blount
6. Chad Gray
7. Lyle Phillips
8. Chris Gottschalk
9. Chris Jackson
10. Phil Malouf
DNS- Brandon DeLacy


Next week we honor our Military with a special night presented by Munson Electric. Active/Retired Military get in free and we will have a special presentation during opening ceremonies. Joining us will be Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Legends, Sport Mods, and two Hornet features.



RECAP: LaCoursiere Holds Off for Hobby Win

Although we had some rain outs, there was a bit of extra energy in the air for Atlantic Bottling Company Coca-Cola Mid-Season Championships. With six classes of racing and just features, everyone wanted a piece of victory lane. This included the second race of the year for the AIRS Vintage Series.


The Skinny

The AIRS Vintage Series brought 16 hungry drivers to put on a show for the fans, which brought several incidents in the first couple laps. When the anxiousness settled, the drivers put on a great show and Matt Hudspeth was the first to finish. Chris Rollinger, who won the first Hawkeye Downs event of the year, finished seventh moving him down to second in the points. The AIRS cars will be back for Wall of Fame night July 12th.


In the Schaeffer Oil Hornets, it appeared that Drew Nickell would take the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors Challenge, meaning he would start 1/2 lap down for extra prize money, but he decided against it after a early race incident that happened in front of him. While Elliott Vogel put up a fight, he could not hold off Nickell who returned to victory lane once again.


The Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks had a special enticement to win on Mid-Season Championships, as Anderson Automotive put an extra $100 on the line to win. Jim Hanson accepted the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors Challenge, and while he got to the rest of the field fairly quick, it was not enough time to make it around the leaders. Matt LaCoursiere found solace in being out front, and held his line to make sure it would be his car that pulled into the winners’ circle afterwards.


The Bulltown Legends kicked off the night with the first Carpetland USA “Floor-It Dash”. Sonny Parker aced his way on the track to pick up the victory before 16 legends went for the feature trophy. No surprise, it was Dave McCalla who couldn’t be touched to pick up another victory. Cole O’Brien was the runner up, which propelled himself to runner up in the point standings.


In the Coca-Cola Sportsmen saw the entire field once again battling tight for position throughout. While at first it appeared that it was going to be Braxton Franks race to win, it all changed when he spun out as he caught up to lapped traffic. While he managed to make his way back to 3rd, Cory Houdek was able to slip away and grab another checkered flag.


KC Ansel ran away from the field in the Cassill Motors Sport Mods, grabbing his second win in three races. This coming week should be a bit more challenging as it will be a $1000 to win purse and NASCAR driver Joey Gase will be in the field.


Next week the Mid-American Stock Car Series joins us along with the Midwest Dash Series, and the Be A Hero 30 presented by Eternal Fan. Joey Gase will be in the competitive Sport Mod field along with his dad, Bob. Gates open at 6 pm, races begin at 7:30 pm.