RECAP: Fridley Defeats Hudspeth Late

Just one week before the season championships, emotions run high and drivers realize it is one of their last chances to win before the year is over. With the intensity hyped up, a couple drivers rose to the occasion while others will have to wait until next week to try again for the final time of the year.


The Skinny

Lucas Foster was the one on top of the Schaeffer Oil Hornet Series at the end of the night. This was Fosters second win of the season, and he has been the only one to outrun Drew Nickell all year. After contact mid-race sent Nickell spinning, he was only able to rebound to second place at the bitter end. With the effort Nickell has put forth this season, he has clinched the 2019 season championship.


Thanks to a good starting position and a fast car, Kurt Bohnsack was able to go the distance and hold off the field for his first victory of the year in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks. Bohnsack crossed the line ahead of Matt LaCoursiere and Jim Hanson. After a strong season, Hanson has clinched the 2019 season championship.


It was a photo finish in the Cassill Motors Sport Mods, which came down to a difference of a couple feet. Scott Williams led the race until Jason Doyle grabbed the momentum on the high side and had just enough to cross the line as the leader. With his 6th win, Doyle will be the 2019 season champion.


Another first time winner this week, this time Kacey Korsmo took his first visit to victory lane in the Bulltown Legends Series. Holding off his father at the end, Kacey led the entire feature on his way to the win. Despite having the most wins on the season, Dave McCalla will not have a chance at the championship with a hard incident that will likely end his year early. With just enough points, Kevin Korsmo will clinch the 2019 season championship one race early.


The battle that everyone is keeping their eye on got almost as tight as possible heading into the final race. With a heat race & feature sweep, Cory Houdek made up seven points on Braxton Franks–which leaves the championship to just one point between the two. Houdek grabbed his 5th win of the season, and it was enough to keep him right in the title fight.


Although the AIRS Vintage Series has seen Matt Hudspeth crazy fast in the last couple races, a late-race battle put Scott Fridley in contention for the championship heading into the final race. Fridley made the pass on Hudspeth to capture his first win of the year. This puts three drivers in the hunt mathematically, but just two points separates Fridley from Hudspeth heading into this week.


Next week is the season finale which includes features only from all of our 2019 weekly series, a champions celebration, post-race party on the track with the opportunity to see all the stars and cars up close, and more!

Admission is only $5 for adults/seniors, and children 8 & under are FREE!


Photos by Ed Siems


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.

76- Lucas Foster

City: Norway, IA

Lucas Foster Picture

Date of Birth: 12/31/1990

Children: 1

Jobs: Truck Driver

 

Car Number: 76

Car Color: Orange/Silver/Black

Body Make: Chevy Cavalier

 

Facebook: FosterRacing76

 

Goals: Get that “w”

Dream Track: Darlington Raceway

Racing Highlights: 3rd in points last year, multiple heat race wins

 

Sponsors: GCR Tires & Service

 

 


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