RECAP: Three-First Time Winners Open July Races

For the first weekly race of July, seven classes showed up to put on a fantastic show for a great crowd. This included three first time winners to their respected classes.

Brian Gibson made a clean getaway in the late models, running from Michael Webber. Webber stepped into Griffin McGrath’s late model as he was feeling ill. The late models expect to be back August 14th.

After a disappointing opener, Jonny Williams most likely would have been excited about finishing the feature. However, he was able to hold off defending champion, Jason Doyle, to capture his first feature win.

Jim Hanson grabbed his second feature win in just as many races, this time besting Jason Sherman. It was a tight field behind the leader, with more cars expected in the next couple weeks it will make for great racing.

Pulling off the heat and feature sweep, Corey Crispin defeated Elliott Vogel for his first feature win. At first it appeared Vogel would slip by, but Crispin powered away in the end.

For the second time this year, Aaron Moyer came from Wisconsin to capture the victory. Moyer looked to have heavy competition from Dave McCalla until the two made contact. McCalla would tap-out, giving Moyer his spot back where he would go on to win.

Braxton Franks slipped through the field and past Dave Ballstaedt for his second win of the season. The field continues to grow and it is rumored even more cars are expected in the coming weeks which will make it interesting competition.

For the first AIRS Vintage Series race of the season, Todd Ness earned the luck of the draw and started on the pole. He went on to hold everyone off to snatch his first full-body car feature win at Hawkeye Downs and his first of the AIRS Vintage Series. Chris Rollinger, who grabbed a feature win last year, finished second.

This Friday, July 17th we will have Sportsman, Hornets, Legends, Hobby Stocks, and Sport Mods. Kids will have the opportunity for bus rides around the track and coloring books given out while supplies last.

RECAP: Ness Claims First Legends Victory

On ImOn Communications Night, there was candy to be seen on the track all over during the annual Candy Dash. And when the races got started, a couple drivers powered to get their first win of the year, and in one case, their first series victory ever. Just a few weeks remain on the 2019 racing schedule, so drivers will be giving it everything they have.

The Skinny

No surprise that Drew Nickell ended up in victory lane in the Schaeffer Oil Hornets, but it wasn’t without a fight from Cristian Grady who led early on. When Nickell got to Grady, the two traded some paint until the checkered flag flew with Nickell coming out ahead.

For a special $500-to-win Anderson Automotive Hobby Stock feature (courtesy of Cancun Mexican Grill & Bar and DS Disposal), Kurt Bohnsack arrived on the scene to be Jim Hanson’s biggest competition. However, Bohnsack just didn’t have enough at the end for Hanson.

In the first of two Coca-Cola Sportsmen features, CJ VanHorn captured his first victory on the season in just his second start on the year. Cory Houdek finished runner up, which helped him gain some ground in the points.

In the second feature, Dave Ballstaedt started at the front and stayed there, outrunning the rest of the field. Braxton Franks made his way around Greg Hentrich late in the race but couldn’t make up the ground to Ballstaedt. With a second place, Franks grew his point lead to eight markers.

From the back to the front, Jason Doyle raced to his 4th Cassill Motors Sport Mod win of the season. A late battle between Scott Williams and Doyle set for a good finish, with Williams ending up in the second finishing spot. Doyle now sits just 5 points ahead of Mike McDonald, who was unable to finish the race with car issues.

Todd Ness held his line and kept the competitors at bay to earn his first Bulltown Legends feature. This is a big win for Ness after not having the season that he wanted up to this point. It all came together, though, as he put together a perfect race holding off Dave McCalla, Kevin Korsmo, and Brian Gibson at the end.

Next week is the makeup of Gazette Free Night, and we will be giving away bicycles for the kids to go with it!

Photos by Joe Reese