Nickell Returns to Victory Lane on Week 2

During the second week of the 2019 season, the fans saw typical front-runners challenge for the lead. However, not a single driver who won during week one was able to make it back to victory lane this week. This has kept the standings close in each of the series, and anything can happen going into the next several weeks.

The Skinny

The Schaeffer Oil Hornets was won by Drew Nickell, who is back in the series this year. After getting passed late last week, Nickell kept the gap between himself and Elliott Vogel to capture the victory. The win put Nickell ahead of Lucas Foster by two points in the standings.

In the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock Series, youngster Logan Clausen kept Jasen Freeman at bay to get career win #2. Freeman could close the gap by just mere inches each lap, but ran out of time to catch the leader. Jim Hanson holds the point lead over Freeman by 5 points.

The Coca-Cola Sportsmen Series was won by Cory Houdek this week, who got it done over Braxton Franks. The two drivers again had a tight race for the lead, but this time Houdek had the preferred line to get it done. Both drivers are tied heading into week #3.

For Bulltown Legends feature #1, Dave McCalla started at the front after not finishing last week. McCalla crossed the line in first, but was disqualified in post-race tech. This gave Cole O’Brien the victory for the first Legends race of the evening. Austin Slabaugh, who started 12th, finished 2nd.

In the second feature for the Legends Series, McCalla came back with a vengeance, but was unable to make it around Kevin Korsmo before time ran out. Korsmo held onto the bottom line just enough to go back to victory lane for the first time since 2017. The standings have Korsmo leading Austin Slabaugh by two heading to week 3.

Next week is Gazette Free Night, which means admission is free for everyone. Sport Mods will be back, and rumor has it nearly 15 drivers have committed to entering.

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 Five- Kacey Wins Dash, Foster and Floyd Victorious

Week five of racing honored our military personnel throughout the night. Although it was hot, the racing on the track was intense, especially during the McGrath Auto Hornets who had two feature races. The Lil’ Racer Car Club served up some cold ice cream, and the kids were treated to bus rides during intermission.


The first Carpetland USA “Floor-It” Dash finally took place, after a busy start to the season meant it has been pushed back. Kacey Korsmo, Sonny Parker, Jacob Tiegen, and Nick Slabaugh were all entered in the race, which is designed for drivers who do not yet have a win. After a quick four laps, it was Korsmo who held off Tiegen to pull into UICCU Victory Lane.


Nathan Ballard returned once again to best Troy Scott in the first McGrath Auto Hornet feature. Dallas Chandler battled a small mechanical issue which left him with a fourth place finish. After an incident last week second place was much better for Scott, who continues to look for his first feature win of the season. Leading up to this point only Ballard and Chandler have earned feature wins.


Last week was a rough week for Dave McCalla, who was involved in an accident and relegated to a 21st finish in the Bulltown Legends Series. It was a tough hit in the standings, but he bounced back to get his second win of the year over Austin Slabaugh and Kevin Korsmo. The win puts him just nine points out of the championship lead. Slabaugh needs only five points to tie Korsmo, who is winless as of yet, for the championship lead.



At the end of last year, we saw a Cinderella-esque win from Jeremy Floyd in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks. This week he was out to prove it was no fluke, holding off Bubba Hall and Kurt Bohnsack to get his second career victory in the series. With defending champion, Jim Hanson, on vacation the points standings experienced a bit of a shake up. Bohnsack leads Floyd by 10 points, while Hanson fell to third just 19 points out.


A couple rough weeks has meant Cory Houdek will need to dig himself out of his points predicament  by seasons end to win another Miller Time Sportsmen championship. Winning both the heat and feature races Friday night maxed out the amount he can approach current leader, CJ VanHorn, who finished second. Houdek has some work to do, being 20 points behind, but made up 6 points on VanHorn just this week.


Good racing was to be seen all over during the second McGrath Auto Hornet race of the night. As drivers went three, even four wide around the track some had issues which has jumbled up the middle of the points. The usual duo of Ballard and Chandler made their way to the front, but both had some issues they could not fully recover from. Ballard became tangled with a lapped car and was sent to the tail of the field, he would recover to 6th. Chandler was penalized two spots for jumping the initial start, he would recover to finish second, but could not navigate his way around Lucas Foster in time. Foster picked up his first win of the season.


This week, June 22nd, the Mid-American Series and the Midwest Compact/Tour Series will be joining us for some extra half mile racing. Both series along with late models will have their features on the larger of the two tracks, while the hobby stocks and legends continue their battle on the 1/4 mile.  Kids are asked to bring NEW canned or bagged pet food items to the clubhouse. Each donation will receive a ticket stub for EACH item brought.  If we receive at LEAST 50 food items, a drawing will be held from those ticket stubs to win four (4) Lost Island Waterpark tickets. All pet food will be delivered to a local pet shelter to help feed the animals of Linn County.


You can find a full list of results here: Results

Find the most recent points standings here: Points



Weekly Racing: Friday, August 10th

The second-to-last week of racing will take place on Friday, August 10th. We will have part two of the Candy Dash and Bike Giveaway during intermission! All five of our weekly racing series PLUS the final night for the AIRS Vintage Series at Hawkeye Downs.


Gates open at 6 pm, opening ceremonies at 7:20 pm with racing to follow. More information will be added as the date gets closer.