JUSTIN DIERCKS, JOHNNY MUDD, AND LARRY CLAUSEN CARRY HOME HARDWARE ON GAZETTE OPENING NIGHT AT HAWKEYE DOWNS
(Cedar Rapids, IA 042503)—A great crowd took advantage of a picture perfect Spring evening and filed into Hawkeye Downs Speedway as The Gazette presented the season opener for the 2003 season.
In addition to the four regular divisions of the ASA Papa Johns Cup Iowa Wireless Stock Car Championships the Duffy’s Collectible Cars Legends were on hand. Also on the track were a group running exhibition races for the Bandelero cars.
Justin Diercks of Davenport repeated his opening night fete of last season by winning the 30-lap Performance Concepts Late Model Feature. Diercks also won a heat earlier and finished ahead of Dudley Fleck, Johnny Spaw, Brad Osborn, and Randy Coghlan.
Jeff King of Cedar Rapids won the Cedar Rapids Dodge Fast Dash in the late Model division.
The familiar #83 Wendy’s sponsored car of Johnny Mudd posted the win in the renamed Budweiser Late Model Sportsmen division feature. The 30-lap affair saw Mudd edge out John Henecke for the checkers. Finishing behind them were any Andy Duggan, Tom Burke, and Scott Wennermark.
The 30-lap miller Time Modified feature became a race of attrition as multiple crashes pared the field significantly during the course of the race. When the checkers finally flew Larry Clausen was at the head of the pack. According to Alliant Energy Timing and Scoring, he was followed to the stripe by Brian Allen, Max Corporon, Chad Willett, and rookie Shawn Stinger. Stinger and Corporon were involved in an accident earlier but both were able to continue and work through the field to post strong finishes.
Bob Ahrendsen got off to a good start on the season by winning the Barron Motor Supply Super Stocks 30-lap feature. Ahrendsen, who is one of a handful of drivers that compete in more than one division, finished ahead of Randy Filling, Kurt Bohnsack, Jim Hanson, and Doug Simon.
Newcomer Larry Will took the checkers in the Duffy’s Collectible Cars Legends feature. Finishing behind Will in the 20-lap race were Tom Frady, Garrett Will, Eric Appleget, and Crystal Horn. The Legends will be appearing periodically throughout the season.
Next Friday, May 2, KHAK and Hochststeler Towing present the Mid-American Super Trucks along with the regular divisions of the ASA Papa Johns Cup Iowa Wireless Stock Car Championships.
Results for 4/26/03
Heat- Max Corporon
FEATURE (30 laps)
Heat #1- Paul Walder
Heat #2- Jim Hanson
Heat- Justin Diercks