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.



Hanson Sweeps on McGrath Auto Night

For the 5th consecutive year, the Big 8 Series rolled into town, and put on a show the fans love, along with our Hornets, Legends, and two Hobby Stock features.

The Skinny

In the Schaeffer Oil Hornets, Drew Nickell captured his second win of the season over Lucas Foster. Foster was unable to catch Nickell while Blum and Vogel battled for the third position. Blum ended up winning the battle. Nickell holds the point lead by just 5 going into this week.


In the Bulltown Legends, Dave McCalla earned his first win of the season, staying just ahead of Kevin Korsmo to the finish line. While the field was no match for McCalla, several competitors including Austin Slabaugh are on the verge of a win. Korsmo leads Slabaugh by 7 points.


For the first Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock feature, Jim Hanson and Logan Clausen took to continue their war. However, Clausen could not keep up and left Hanson to win this battle. The lead of Hanson would be extended as he went on to win the second feature as well. Clausen made contact while coming through traffic, which cut a tire and derailed his night. Hanson has the point lead by 10 over Jasen Freeman.


Nick Egan captured his first ever Big 8 Series win at Hawkeye Downs, grabbing the lead after Brody Willett and Griffin McGrath made contact battling for the spot. Both drivers crashed hard into the turn four wall, but were okay. Matt Lundberg finished second, and Jerry Mueller third.


This week is 100.7 the FOX Free Night, so be sure to pick up your free tickets at a local Dupaco Credit Union. Action from the Sport Mods, Hornets, Sportsmen, Legends, and Hobby Stocks will be available.


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.