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.



Five Series Slated to Return

Over the past few years, the fans have grown to love several of the touring series that come to Hawkeye Downs, in addition to our weekly racing.

We are happy to announce that those series are slated to return throughout the 2019 racing schedule.

The AIRS Vintage Cars will be back multiple times next year, with a plan of racing once a month. Besides their schedule that includes tracks from all over, drivers will compete for a track championship like Chris Rollinger captured in 2018. Specific dates will be released in the future.

“Clash at the Downs” Big 8 Series is returning once again with a thunderous field of late models. Last year it was Jeremy Miller that captured the race win, going on to win the championship and retire. The weekly late model racers will challenge Midwest’s best. The Big 8 Series will be back on May 31st.

For the second time, the Midwest Dash returns bringing 4-Cylinders to the 1/2 mile. These drivers will race it out to determine who the Iowa State Champion is. They will join the Mid-Am Series which will put sportsman on the 1/2 mile as well that night. Those series will race into town on June 28th.

The thrilling Bandit Big Series will be back for the 3rd consecutive year, this time with a special September date. On Saturday, September 14th the 100-mph semi trucks will take to the 1/2 mile.

The rest of the schedule will be released Friday, Jan 11th, be sure to stay tuned to our website and social media.

Mid-American Series: Friday, June 22nd

The Mid-American Stock Car Series along with the Midwest Dash/Compact Tour joins the weekly Hawkeye Downs as the third race of the Mid-Am racing schedule.

These stock car and compact drivers from all over the Midwest will battle it out on the 1/2 mile in addition to the late model series. The legends and hobby stocks will race on the 1/4 mile.

Gates open at 6 pm.  More information will be available as the date gets closer.

 

ON TAP:

Mid-American Series
Midwest Dash/Compact Tour Series
Anderson Auto Hobby Stocks
Bulltown Legends
Waterloo Auto Parts Late Models
$1 Beers
Kids Helping Hungry Pets Food Donation

 


In 2017, it was Rick Corso from Illinois that brought home the victory in the 40 lap feature.

Multiple Series to Return in 2018

This past year Hawkeye Downs competitive racing from 10 different series, including our 5 weekly series. We are excited to already have several of these confirmed for the 2018 season.

 

All five of our weekly racing series: Hornets, Hobby Stocks, Sportsmen, Legends, and Late Models. On top of this, we will be welcoming back various races such as the Carpetland USA “Floor-It” Dash, and the Hard Charger Series. Our weekly racing produces action-packed fun which we cannot wait for next year.

 

Fans absolutely loved watching the AIRS Vintage Cars three different times in the 2017, so we have extended our partnership with the series and plan to have them back four times next year. This means once a month fans will be able to witness the classic cars at their only asphalt performance. Specific days will be announced as the dates get closer.

 

For the 4th consecutive year, Hawkeye Downs will be holding the “Clash at the Downs” Big 8 Series race. The best late model drivers in the Midwest will once again return on Friday, June 1st. This event has become a favored part of our schedule as well as part of the Big 8 Series schedule.

 

One series fans enjoy watching along with the weekly series is the Mid-American Stock Car Series, which is expected to return in 2018. No dates have been set, but plan on seeing them once again in June.

Update: The Mid-Am Series has been confirmed for June 22nd, 2017.

Bandit Big Rig Series

 

The Bandit Big Rig Series made their debut at the track this year, and like the rest of the country swept the fans right off their feet. The staff, fans, and series all fell in love with the partnership, which is why they will be coming back on Saturday, June 9th for another fantastic day of racing. Support series for that day have not been finalized yet.

 

More of the 2018 racing schedule will be announced over the coming weeks.