2018 Wall of Fame Inductees Announced

Each year at Hawkeye Downs, a special committee puts to vote a list of notable members of the racing community. These members are honored on our “Wall of Fame” night and inducted into our Wall of Fame which all that have been inducted can be seen upon walking in the front gates.

 

 

Last year, we welcomed Sylvia Copler, Randy Lockwood, Blackie Lyons, Curt Martin, and Alan Sheppard in the 2017 class. In 2018 we will proudly be recognizing five more individuals that have been a large part of our racing here.

 

 

Bill Schwader- Driver

Dr. A.E. Mayner- Driver

Rick Munson – Motocross Driver

Ed Horn – Engine Builder

Martin Schulte – Engine Builder & Crew Chief.

 

You can see all five be inducted during the ceremony that will take place on Friday, July 13th along with the AIRS Vintage Series and the other weekly racing series.


Find all of the Wall of Fame Inductees by clicking here: Wall of Fame Inductees

View our most recent 2018 schedule by clicking here: Racing Schedule

February Events and News

February may be the shortest month, but it is packed with different events each week at Hawkeye Downs. Racing season is fast approaching and we are working hard to prepare for our 93rd season! You can check out a short description of what is going on in the next couple weeks to catch all of the fun.

 

Gun Show

Trade Show Productions will be back with another gun show in the Expo Hall from February 2nd-4th. You can find  both our north and south hall filled with plenty of options. For more information, visit: https://hawkeyedowns.org/gun-show-feb-2nd-4th/.

Sport & Travel Show

Shop for great deals on boats and RV’s at the Sport and Travel Show! Explore the selection of fishing boats, pontoons, campers, fifth wheels, and more. Find it in our Expo Hall Friday, Feb 9th through Sunday Feb 11th. For more information, visit: https://hawkeyedowns.org/boat-sport-travel-show-2018/.

RV Show

If you are in need of an RV for your camping/traveling needs, find special pricing in our Expo Hall from February 16th-19th. For more information, visit: https://hawkeyedowns.org/rv-show-feb-16th-19th/.

Home Show

The Cedar Rapids Home Show is back at Hawkeye Downs for the 39th annual show. Visitors to the show can see the latest products and services displayed by exhibitors to assist them in building and improving their home and yard from February 23rd-25th. For more information, visit: https://hawkeyedowns.org/cedar-rapids-home-show-feb-23rd-25th/.

Racing

A tentative look at our 2018 racing schedule has been released and can be found by clicking this link: https://hawkeyedowns.org/racing-schedule/. You can find more details on race season being released in the coming months.

Bingo

Have you been to bingo lately? If not, you are missing out on some changes being made. Breadsticks are back, and you can get yours with marinara, cheese sauce, or even with cinnamon sugar. Join us on Friday & Saturday nights. For more information, visit: www.hawkeyedowns.org/bingo .

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.

Clean Up Day: April 21, 2018

Join us in getting ready for the 2018 racing season. We will be needing volunteers to help us with various projects to prepare the facility for our 94th year of racing.

 

Repainting the grandstands in 2017
Clean Up Day 2017

Projects such as painting, repairing, cleaning, and other various activities will be needed. Last year, our wonderful volunteers helped re-paint several buildings and the grandstands! The rain out date will be Sunday. April 22nd, 2018.

 

Clean up will begin at 9 am and continue throughout the day. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Britni.Anderson@hawkeyedowns.org

Media Day and Car Show: Sat, April 28th, 2018

Catch a glimpse of what’s to come as we preview the 2018 racing season with our annual “Media Day and Car Show”. You can see new drivers, new cars, and new paint schemes as well as activities for all ages.

 

Come kick off 2018 with us Saturday, April 28th, 2018. Rain date will be Sunday, April 29th.

More details including times and activities will be released as the date gets closer, so stay tuned!

93rd Season Opener: May 4th, 2018

Racing action returns to Hawkeye Downs for the 93rd time on Friday night, May 4th. All of our regular racing series will be back and even better from last year to put on a show for the fans.

 

ON TAP:

‘Lil Racer Car Club Registration
Autograph Session w/ Drivers
Hornet Series
Hobby Stock Series
Legend Series
Sportsmen Series
Late Model Series
and introducing… Bandeleros!

 

 

 

 

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