RECAP: Gase Wins, Franks and Moyer Defeated

On a special night of racing with the “Be A Hero 30” with NASCAR driver, Joey Gase, and the AIRS Vintage Series, the action was plentiful on the track.

In the Sportsman Series, it looked like it might be “another one that got away” for Brandon Herb when the caution came out late and Braxton Franks was on his tail. However, Herb was able to hold off the rest while Franks and Logan Clausen battled. It was the first win for Herb.

For the second time this season, Elliott Vogel won the Hornet Series. Lucas Foster led early on until having a mechanical failure that brought out the caution. This led to an intense battle between Vogel and Troy Scott, with Vogel coming out ahead.

In the Legends Series, Aaron Moyer was finally defeated for the first time this year in the form of Tim Brockhouse. Despite starting on the front row, Moyer was unable to hold Brockhouse off and finished 2nd.

The AIRS Vintage Series returned for the second time this season, and it was Johnny Spaw who started from the back to get the victory. He bested Todd Ness, who won the first series race of the season.

Even though Jason Sherman remains on his tail, Jim Hanson earned his 4th win of the season in the Hobby Stock Series. The fans look to see if he can be beat in the coming weeks.

The “Be A Hero 30” Sport Mod race was a $1200-to-win race, and the 2nd annual for the event. The event opened with a wreck on the first lap, leaving Jonny Williams with a damaged car and out of the race. From there, Joey Gase worked his way to the front of the field to capture the win.

Special thanks to: Iowa Donor Network, Page Construction, Mitchell Racing, and AIRS Vintage Series for the added payout. And to Joey Gase for making this event happen.

This Friday, July 31st the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Midwest Dash Series have their makeup date on the 1/2 mile track, while Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, and Legends compete on the 1/4 mile.

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: Ballstaedt Gets Two In A Row

The final free night of the year has come and gone after several attempts due to weather. Gazette Free Night was a success with many bikes given out to children and intense racing on the track before the season comes to an end.

The Skinny

In the craziest Schaeffer Oil Hornets race yet, Drew Nickell was still victorious. A total of 12 Hornets were on track, which provided three and four-wide racing at times. It was no match for Nickell, who beat Troy Scott to the front. Several new drivers emerged on the scene which included Adam Weller (6th), Harold Scott (7th), and Steven Schmitz (9th).

While sparks flew between a couple drivers in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock feature, it was all behind Jim Hanson once again. Kurt Bohnsack held onto second for most of the race until going for a spin on the last lap. Jason Sherman ended up with the runner up spot. It was the 9th win of the year for Hanson.

Eight Cassill Motors Sport Mods competed in the feature, but Jason Doyle was the class of the field and captured his 5th win on the season. Doyle had to hold off a group of cars which included the cousin trio of Creston, Jonny, and Scott Williams.

Besting his total from last year already, Austin Slabaugh captured his 3rd Bulltown Legends Series victory. After starting on the outside of the front row, Slabaugh was able to keep just enough space between himself and Dave McCalla when the checkered flag flew.

For the second week in a row, nobody could get around Dave Ballstaedt to defeat him. Despite it being close, as the rest of the field battled behind him, Ballstaedt continued to keep control of the Coca-Cola Sportsmen race. With Cory Houdek winning the heat race and Braxton Franks finishing 2nd in the feature, no points were gained by either driver for the championship.

Next week is the final week of racing before our season championships. The Lil Racer Car Club will be having Big Wheel Races in addition to action from our regular weekly series.

Photos by Joe Reese