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


RECAP: Ness Claims First Legends Victory

On ImOn Communications Night, there was candy to be seen on the track all over during the annual Candy Dash. And when the races got started, a couple drivers powered to get their first win of the year, and in one case, their first series victory ever. Just a few weeks remain on the 2019 racing schedule, so drivers will be giving it everything they have.


The Skinny

No surprise that Drew Nickell ended up in victory lane in the Schaeffer Oil Hornets, but it wasn’t without a fight from Cristian Grady who led early on. When Nickell got to Grady, the two traded some paint until the checkered flag flew with Nickell coming out ahead.


For a special $500-to-win Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock feature (courtesy of Cancun Mexican Grill & Bar and DS Disposal), Kurt Bohnsack arrived on the scene to be Jim Hanson’s biggest competition. However, Bohnsack just didn’t have enough at the end for Hanson.


In the first of two Coca-Cola Sportsmen features, CJ VanHorn captured his first victory on the season in just his second start on the year. Cory Houdek finished runner up, which helped him gain some ground in the points.

In the second feature, Dave Ballstaedt started at the front and stayed there, outrunning the rest of the field. Braxton Franks made his way around Greg Hentrich late in the race but couldn’t make up the ground to Ballstaedt. With a second place, Franks grew his point lead to eight markers.


From the back to the front, Jason Doyle raced to his 4th Cassill Motors Sport Mod win of the season. A late battle between Scott Williams and Doyle set for a good finish, with Williams ending up in the second finishing spot. Doyle now sits just 5 points ahead of Mike McDonald, who was unable to finish the race with car issues.


Todd Ness held his line and kept the competitors at bay to earn his first Bulltown Legends feature. This is a big win for Ness after not having the season that he wanted up to this point. It all came together, though, as he put together a perfect race holding off Dave McCalla, Kevin Korsmo, and Brian Gibson at the end.


Next week is the makeup of Gazette Free Night, and we will be giving away bicycles for the kids to go with it!


Photos by Joe Reese


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


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.