Hanson Starts Championship Run on Season Opener

On the first night of the 2019 racing season, seven different classes of racing brought some tight racing for the lead. While some feature winners like Brody Willett and Ryan Braseth were just there to snatch a trophy, others like Jim Hanson and Lucas Foster grabbed a trophy while also getting ahead in the journey to a championship.


The Skinny

In the Schaeffer Oil Hornets, Lucas Foster ended up grabbing his second career feature win by getting around leader Drew Nickell towards the end.


Last years AIRS Vintage Hawkeye Downs champion, Chris Rollinger, started the season out with a win. Despite being the overall points winner last year, Rollinger did not have a win at the track in 2018.


Holding off Cory Houdek is never easy, but Braxton Franks managed to do just that in the Coca-Cola Sportsmen feature. The two battled side-by-side for the majority of the race.


Dirt racer KC Ansel from Dubuque became the first winner of the Cassill Motors Sport Mods since the return of the series. Ansel battled it out with fellow dirt racer Jarett Franzen for the victory.


The “Minnesota Mafia” ended up with the edge over the Hawkeye Downs regulars in the Bulltown Legends Series when Ryan Braseth took the checkered flag. 2017 track champion Austin Slabaugh finished runner up.


Brody Willett avoided the leaders making contact in the McGrath Auto Late Models to take the win on night #1. Brian Gibson and Chad Whalen made contact while battling for the lead, sending Gibson hard into the turn one wall. Willett went on to pass Whalen for the win.


Working hard on the outside lane in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, Jim Hanson slowly made his way around Logan Clausen to win. The two raced next to each other cleanly for the majority of the race, but Clausen could not keep Hanson at bay in the end.


Friday, May 10th includes more racing from the Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Hornets, Legends (double feature), and Late Models*

*tentative, may change.

Recap: Week Four- Nickell and McGrath Grab First Wins of Season

Race week #4 of the season was 100.7 The Fox Free night, which meant a full crowd. This year the event was layered on top of the “Racing for A Cause” Legend Series, which honors fallen police officers. During intermission, fans viewed a special on-track demo, and children were treated to a candy dash!

 

In the McGrath Auto Hornets, it was no surprise that Nathan Ballard claimed his third straight victory, but his time in the series may be coming to an end for the time being. This could hand the reigns back to Dallas Chandler with the bigger question: will anyone stop these two? The battle from fourth back is tight every week and any one of these drivers could put the hammer down and be a surprise victor yet this year. Chandler and Scott are separated at the top of the standings by 16 points.

Nickell in UICCU Victory Lane.

 

The Bulltown Legends Series race had $1000 up for grabs, which meant a field of 22 cars. This field included many regular, new, and ex-drivers such as Brady Rhode and Brody Willett. During qualifying, it was Tim Brockhouse and Willett who set the fast times, and Brockhouse held off the field to win. Dave McCalla and Cole O’Brien were caught up in an incident, leaving both with bad days in the points.

 

Jim Hanson stopped back in victory lane after the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks feature, after Kurt Bohnsack beat him there the previous two weeks. The two are now tied with two wins a piece, and have just two points between them headed into this week. Jason Sherman rounded out the top-three in hobby stocks.

 

For several laps in the Miller Time Sportsmen, most of the field was three or even four wide. This worked out for Drew Nickell, who was able to grab his first sportsmen win. Points leader, CJ VanHorn, took home second place and defending champion, Cory Houdek, got stuck behind traffic and incurred damage which left him with a 9th place finish.

Griffin McGrath and team.

 

And after a weird start to the Waterloo Auto Parts Late Model season, Griffin McGrath ran away from Brian Gibson to win his first race of the season. With a rain out and the Big 8 race, we have only had two points races for the late models. McGrath leads the points early on in the season, with the possibility of a double feature this week.

 

 

 


You can find a full list of results here: Results

Find the most recent points standings here: Points