Recap: Week 3- Miller Wins Big 8 Thriller

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.

Jeremy Miller celebrates his Big 8 win.

 

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.

 

Austin Slabaugh with father, Mer, and brother Nick.

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.

 

 


You can find a full list of results here: Results

Find the most recent points standings here: Points

Bandit Big Rig Series: Saturday, June 9th

The Bandit Big Rig Series returns to Hawkeye Downs for the second year after being a fan favorite in 2017. The semi-trucks return on Saturday, June 9th.

Bandit Big Rig Series

More information will be available as the date gets closer, such as details and times.

Visit the Bandit Big Rig website.


Last year in the inaugural race, Tommy Boileau ended up in victory lane, and the fans saw an incredible race that you will not want to miss this year.

Big 8 Series “Clash”: June 1st, 2018

The Big 8 Late Model Series returns once again for the fourth consecutive year for the “Clash at the Downs IV”.

The best late model drivers in the Midwest compete for the win in the second race of the eight race championship. Gates open at 5 pm, an hour earlier than the normal time. Racing begins at 6 pm. The Big 8 Series will be joined with the other four weekly Hawkeye Downs Series as the regular drivers continue the battle for their championships.

More information will be available as the event gets closer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


History of the “Clash at the Downs”

Last year, Hawkeye Downs natives Brody Willett and Caleb Adrian “clashed” while competing for a win in the race. It was Rosemount, Minnesota’s, Joe Neisius that brought home his first Series win.

In 2016, Michael Bilderback won over Griffin McGrath.

In 2015, Adrian earned his only Big 8 victory at his home track in the series debut at Hawkeye Downs.

Media Day and Car Show: Sat, May 12th, 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. The best part of this event is it is completely FREE.

 

Car Show: 10 am – 12 pm
Practice: 12 pm – 3 pm

 

The car show will be held in the pit area. If it rains, there will be no practice and the car show will be in the North Expo Hall.

 

Come kick off 2018 with us Saturday, May 12th, 2018.

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

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

March Events and News

Spring is approaching fast, and we are starting to get excited for the warm times! Take a gander at the events Hawkeye Downs has going on throughout the month of March.

 

Motorcycle Swap Meet

Parts Girl Promotions will be holding the 38th annual Motorcycle Parts Swap Meet at Hawkeye Downs on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 from 10 am until 3 pm. Find or sell new parts, old parts, and more. For more information: https://hawkeyedowns.org/motorcycle-parts-swap-meet-march-4th/

 

Outdoor Living Show

The Outdoor Living Show presented by iHeartMedia on March 10-11th includes seminars, live radio broadcasts, and all the information you need for your outdoor space. For more information: https://hawkeyedowns.org/outdoor-living-show-march-2018/

Gun Show

Trade Show Productions will be hosting the Cedar Rapids Gun Show on March 16th-18th. For more information: https://hawkeyedowns.org/gun-show-march-16th-18th/

 

Rock and Mineral Show

Iowa’s largest Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show will be back at Hawkeye Downs this year on March 24th and 25th. From petrified wood to stones, crystals and more. You can explore all the Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society has to offer. For more information: https://hawkeyedowns.org/rock-mineral-show-2018/

 

Bingo

Bingo continues every Friday and Saturday night! The more that play, the more we pay. The doors open at 4:30 pm, and games begin at 6:30 pm. For more information: www.hawkeyedowns.org/bingo

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 .

January Events and News

The first month of the year means more activities at Hawkeye Downs. Get out of the cold with our events this month!

Gun Show

Trade Show Productions will be hosting the gun show once again in the expo center on the 5th, 6th, and 7th. For times and admission prices, check out our Gun Show event page: https://hawkeyedowns.org/gun-show-jan-2018/

WMT AG Show

WMT Radio presents the Ag Expo once again at Hawkeye Downs on the 9th and 10th. Find more details about this event on the Ag Show event page: https://hawkeyedowns.org/wmt-ag-show-jan-9th-10th/

Racers Auction

Farley Speedway Promotions will be hosting their Racers Auction once again at Hawkeye Downs on the 13th in the Expo Center. Get great deals, buy and sell racing items for the 2018 season!

Bingo

We have bingo on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday nights starting at 6:30! Come join us for food, bingo, and fun! Our bingo page: www.hawkeyedowns.org/bingo