Race week #4 of the season was 100.7 The Fox Free night, which meant a full crowd. This year the event was layered on top of the “Racing for A Cause” Legend Series, which honors fallen police officers. During intermission, fans viewed a special on-track demo, and children were treated to a candy dash!
In the McGrath Auto Hornets, it was no surprise that Nathan Ballard claimed his third straight victory, but his time in the series may be coming to an end for the time being. This could hand the reigns back to Dallas Chandler with the bigger question: will anyone stop these two? The battle from fourth back is tight every week and any one of these drivers could put the hammer down and be a surprise victor yet this year. Chandler and Scott are separated at the top of the standings by 16 points.
The Bulltown Legends Series race had $1000 up for grabs, which meant a field of 22 cars. This field included many regular, new, and ex-drivers such as Brady Rhode and Brody Willett. During qualifying, it was Tim Brockhouse and Willett who set the fast times, and Brockhouse held off the field to win. Dave McCalla and Cole O’Brien were caught up in an incident, leaving both with bad days in the points.
Jim Hanson stopped back in victory lane after the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks feature, after Kurt Bohnsack beat him there the previous two weeks. The two are now tied with two wins a piece, and have just two points between them headed into this week. Jason Sherman rounded out the top-three in hobby stocks.
For several laps in the Miller Time Sportsmen, most of the field was three or even four wide. This worked out for Drew Nickell, who was able to grab his first sportsmen win. Points leader, CJ VanHorn, took home second place and defending champion, Cory Houdek, got stuck behind traffic and incurred damage which left him with a 9th place finish.
And after a weird start to the Waterloo Auto Parts Late Model season, Griffin McGrath ran away from Brian Gibson to win his first race of the season. With a rain out and the Big 8 race, we have only had two points races for the late models. McGrath leads the points early on in the season, with the possibility of a double feature this week.
The fourth weekend of weekly racing will take place on Friday, June 8th with FOX 100.7 FREE night, along with the Racing for a Cause Legend Series.
Pick up your tickets at a local Dupaco Comm. Credit Union to get free entry into Friday night’s racing. Don’t forget to wear blue or black to honor our fallen police members.
We need donations for our candy dash that night. Please bring any donations of bagged candy to the office at the track.
McGrath Auto Hornets
Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks
Bulltown Legends Racing for a Cause
Miller Time Sportsmen
Waterloo Auto Parts Late Models
World’s Largest Candy Dash
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.
The Big 8 Late Model Series came to Hawkeye Downs on Friday night for the fourth annual McGrath Auto “Clash at the Downs”. Twenty-one late models showed for what was a caution free 48-lap feature race. Multi-time series champion, Jeremy Miller, came through the field to run away with the win. Hawkeye Downs regulars Griffin McGrath and Brian Gibson rounded out the top-three despite Gibson losing brakes early on.
It was the second consecutive win for Kurt Bohnsack in the Anderson Auto Hobby Stocks. Jim Hanson, who won on week one, was unable to get around Bohnsack and brought the #4 to victory lane. The two drivers remain at a stalemate in the point standings heading into this week. Jeremy Floyd sits just six points behind them both after his second top-three finish early on this season.
The Miller Time Sportsmen Series saw a fantastic battle for the lead while Cory Houdek was gone on vacation. CJ VanHorn battled with Braxton Franks, but held Franks off to earn the win and take over the point standings. Brandon Herb slipped back to fourth after an incident with Dave Ballstaedt.
Defending Bulltown Legends Series champion, Austin Slabaugh, held off last weeks winner Dave McCalla for his first win of the series. The two drivers, along with Kevin Korsmo, remain locked in a tight battle in the standings and continue to put on good shows for wins, but drivers like Cole O’Brien and Warren Ropp could strike any week.
Dirt track ace, Nathan Ballard, held off Dallas Chandler for the second week in a row to capture the McGrath Auto Hornets feature. The two appear to be unstoppable early on in the season, but drivers such as Lucas Foster and Troy Scott continue to lurk in the shadows. Anything can happen in the coming weeks.
Fans at the track enjoyed an autograph session by the Big 8 Late Model drivers, and children were able to get their face painted throughout the night. This week is FOX 100.7 Free night with a candy dash! Find more details by clicking here.
The second week of Hawkeye Downs racing once again showed great racing with more than 50 cars participating in weekly racing. Not only has the racing been strong on the track, but each of the six series are separated by just three points or less early on in the season.
In the McGrath Auto Hornets, it was Nathan Ballard who got the call at 4 pm the afternoon of race day to hop in the #94, and it worked out as Ballard held off last week’s winner, Dallas Chandler, to go to victory lane. Chandler and Troy Scott, who finished third, have three points between them heading into June.
Kurt Bohnsack went from wreckers to checkers in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, after being involved in an incident last week and not finishing the race, Bohnsack skipped away to take the win while Jim Hanson came from the back to finish 5th. The two are separated by just two points in the standings.
The Bulltown Legends Series had the fans out of their seats as they watched the battle for the lead the entire race. Sammy Smith worked hard at the bumper of Dave McCalla lap after lap, but McCalla was not to be bothered and held on to take the win. Smith and Stacy Olson received the black flag for aggressive driving, leaving last years champion, Austin Slabaugh, to finish second.
While Cory Houdek won his second Miller Time Sportsmen race in just as many tries, it was not without Braxton Franks having a say. Franks, in just his second sportsmen race, led for part of the race before putting up a fight and eventually being overtaken by Houdek.
And the Waterloo Auto Parts Late Models were not able to run their feature, as the rain came just as the sportsmen race was coming to an end. Griffin McGrath collected points for winning the heat, and a double feature will be in store in the next couple weeks.
This Friday, the Big 8 Series comes to town for their season opener, with the McGrath Auto “Clash at the Downs 4”. Fans can expect at least 20 late models battling for 48 laps on the 1/2 mile, root for a hometown driver or even someone out of state. Gates open at 5 pm on June 1st. Be sure to catch the autograph session and face painting for children as well!
Although fans had to wait an extra couple weeks for the first race of 2018, it was worth the wait as they saw competitive racing across all five weekly series, plus the AIRS Vintage Series which made their first of several appearances this year.
The night kicked off with the Vintage Series, which brought 10 cars to play in the quick 10 lap feature. Tim Arp grabbed the victory over Bart Miller and Brian Gade, who was the vintage track champion last year.
Next it was time for the McGrath Auto Hornets. Dallas Chandler started the season off right with both a heat and feature win over Troy Scott and Lucas Foster.
In the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks, reigning champion Jim Hanson snatched the win over Jeremy Floyd and Jasen Freeman. Kurt Bohnsack became involved in an incident during the race relegating him to a 10th place finish.
During intermission, fans were able to take a bus ride around the track, and children signed up for the Lil’ Racer Car Club on grandparents night.
The Bulltown Legends Series witnessed an 18 car field, which made the racing exciting all over the track, but tender for the leaders as they navigated traffic. Sammy Smith was able to narrowly hold off Baiden Heskett for the win. Defending champion, Austin Slabaugh, fell victim to a crash that took place just ahead of him, leaving a decent amount of damage to his car.
Although Cory Houdek did not have much faith in the borrowed motor currently in the car, it did not stop him from pulling into victory lane during the Miller Time Sportsmen race.
Finally, Griffin McGrath and Brody Willett dueled it out for the Waterloo Auto Parts Late Model victory. While McGrath stayed close to Willett, he was unable to pass him and the teenager led wire-to-wire for the victory.