RECAP: Malouf, Vandermeir Jr, Sherman Snag Wins

It was a night with jam-packed night with racing action with the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Midwest Dash Series, on top of Legends, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Mods.

Gary Stark set fast time in qualifying for the Midwest Dash Series, but it was Phil Malouf from Wisconsin who bested the field by 10 seconds. The 21-car field was split into two features, with Perry Anderson taking home the B-Feature.

In the Mid-American Stock Car Series, Ron Vandermier Jr swept qualifying and the feature with a strong performance. Vandermier Jr won over Brian Gibson by 6.7 seconds at the end of 30 laps on the 1/2 mile track.

For the second week in a row, Joey Gase showed up and this time won from the rear of the field in the Sport Mod Series. Patrick Flannagan came home second after issues last week left him with damage. Flannagan now leads Mike McDonald in the standings by 5 points.

Austin Jahr, who set the track record earlier this year, won the Legends Series. Aaron Moyer was relegated to third behind McCalla. With sight set on the championship, Moyer leads Danny Lehmkuhl by 17 points with three points races remaining.

Despite all of the action on the track, one of the crowd favorites of the night was the Hobby Stock race. Scott Siems led the majority of the race, with Jason Sherman, Matt LaCoursiere, and Jim Hanson right behind. With just under 5 to go, those drivers became antsy and rushed the leader. Sherman was able to get under Siems and held off Hanson at the line to snatch the checkered flag.

This Friday, August 7th it will be our weekly classes on Electronic Engineering night. Kids Bus rides during intermission.

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: 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: 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.