Clausen, Johnson, Franks Among Other Winners

By Brad Grupe


(Cedar Rapids, IA 050401) Late Model driver Steve Carlson has been nearly unstoppable in his last several appearances at Hawkeye Downs Speedway, dating back to last season. Friday night that changed, as Doug Hite was able to hold off the charges of Carlson during the last ten laps of the “Powerade 50.” A field of 29 cars was on hand Friday night, which may be a record for a regular Friday night program.


Hite chased leader TJ Schaefer, who dominated the race for 40 laps, before Schaefer spun, tagging the soft wall in turn one. A slower car just ahead of then leader Schaefer lost a rear end and Schaefer slid in fluid from the car, collecting the wall in his Dodge Intrepid.


Hite fought off a challenge from Carlson with a couple laps to go and then used a lapped car to seal the deal in taking the win in the ASA Sanctioned Late Model division. Greg Kastli posted a strong performance finishing third while Wade Prasil finished fourth. Dave Naylor finished in the fifth slot in his second week back in action.


Jeff Franks made a three wide pass on the third lap of the Barron Motor Supply Super Stock Feature. This was opening night for the Super Stocks and their first chance to accumulate points in the Hawk Performance Championship Series.


Franks maintained his lead to the checkers despite a near three-wide finish with Derrick Griesehop and Don Johnson both making a bid for the point on the final lap. Griesehop finished second, Johnson third, Jeremy Crimmins fourth, and Bob Ahrendsen finished fifth.


Larry Clausen recorded his first feature win in about three years in the Miller Time Modified division. Clausen started eighth in the 25-lap feature and took the lead on the fifth lap around the ‘Downs half-mile. The best battle was for second in the closing laps as Mike Schulte, Scott Wennermark and Bob Gase fought for the spot.


Schulte held onto second with Wennermark third, Gase fourth and Jim Williams fifth.


Dave Johnson won a crash marred Budweiser Sportsmen feature after taking the lead from Tom Burke with just a couple laps to go. Johnson had challenged for the point earlier before a caution with eight laps remaining negated the move.


Burke finished in second with JJ Meyer notching third. Andy Duggan ran a strong race, finishing in fourth while Martin Ballard crossed the stripe in fifth.


A pair of make-up features from April 20 were run for the Barron Motor Supply Thunderstocks and the Coke Women on Wheels. Ron Dighton took an early lead in the Thunderstock feature finishing ahead of Jeff Selfridge and Crystal Griesehop.


Gwen Christensen scored a win in the Coke Women On Wheels feature after taking the lead from Wendy Carnahan with less than five laps remaining. Carnahan maintained second while Deb Mefford finished in third.




RESULTS for May 4, 2001



Feature  (50 laps)

1.       Doug Hite, Urbana, IA

2.       Steve Carlson, West Salem, WI

3.       Greg Kastli, Waterloo, IA

4.       Wade Prasil, Cedar Rapids, IA

5.       Dave Naylor, Scotch Grove, IA

6.       Marty Diercks, Bettendorf, IA

7.       Josh Walker,  Ankeny, IA

8.       Curt Martin, Independence, IA

9.       Brian Gibson, Cedar Rapids, IA

10.    Justin Diercks, Davenport, IA

11.    John Robinson, Des Moines, IA

12.    Jeff King, Cedar Rapids, IA

13.    Kevin Korsmo, Atkins, IA

14.    Mike Ehde, Prarie Du Chien, WI

15.    Randy Coghlan, Toddville, IA

16.    Keith Siefken, Cedar Rapids, IA

17.    Scot Johnson, Ankeny, IA

18.    Les Cady, Deer Grove, IL

19.    Brian Allen, Hiawatha, IA

20.    Scott Delsing, Iowa City, IA

21.    Lorin Kurth, Waukon, IA

22.    Max Corporon, Marion, IA

23.    TJ Schaefer, Solon, IA

24.    Pete Alepra, Cedar Rapids, IA

25.    Dan Fredrickson, Elko, MN

26.    Larry Kelley, Cedar Rapids, IA

27.    Terry Rachels, Knoxville, IA

28.    Dudley Fleck, Cedar Rapids, IA

29.    Jim Ross, Cedar Rapids, IA



Feature (25 laps)

1.       Dave Johnson, Ankeny, IA

2.       Tom Burke, Nevada, IA

3.       JJ Meyer, Cedar Rapids, IA

4.       Andy Duggan, Marion, IA

5.       Martin Ballard, Marengo, IA

6.       Scot Johnson, Ankeny, IA

7.       Johnny Mudd, Cedar rapids, IA

8.       Kevin Lee, Homestead, IA

9.       Curt VanDerWal, Oskaloosa, IA

10.    Jason Vincent, Nevada, IA

11.    Ron Fisher, Shellsburg

12.    Steve Kibort, Milan, IL

13.    Dan Zamastil, Fairfax, IA

14.    Bruce Scheff, Swisher, IA

15.    Paul Walder, Cedar Rapids, IA

16.    John Henecke, Hiawatha, IA

17.    Ross Kurth, Waukon, IA

18.    Tom Mangano, Cedar Rapids, IA

19.    Craig Bender, Cedar Rapids, IA

20.    Bryan Jones, Swisher, IA

21.    Mel Schappert, Cedar Rapids, IA

22.    Brad Daugherty, Hiawatha, IA

23.    Brian Franks, Central City, IA

24.    Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA



Feature ( 25 laps)

1.       Larry Clausen, Atkins, IA

2.       Mike Schulte, Norway, IA

3.       Scott Wennermark, Cedar Rapids, IA

4.       Bob Gase, Cedar Rapids, IA

5.       Jim Williams, Atkins, IA

6.       Trent Ross, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.       Brian Allen, Hiawatha, IA

8.       Pat Flannagan, Marion, IA

9.       Keith Gogel, Solon, IA

10.    Arlo Becker, Atkins, IA

11.    Bill Flannagan, Marion, IA

12.    James Lamphier, Urbana, IA

13.    Eric Lamphier, Marion, IA

14.    John Troxel, Cedar Rapids, IA

15.    Beau Duffield, Cedar Rapids, IA




1.       Jeff Franks, Rowley, IA

2.       Derrick Griesehop, Mt. Vernon, IA

3.       Don Johnson, Cedar Rapids, IA

4.       Jeremy Crimmins, Ft. Dodge, IA

5.       Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA

6.       Mike Brecht, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.       Doug Simon,  Marion, IA

8.       Jim Beer, Cedar Rapids, IA

9.       Randy Filling, Toddville, IA

10.    Scott Grady, Walker, IA

11.    Tink Willey, Cedar Rapids, IA

12.    Brad Helle, Cedar Rapids, IA

13.    Ed O’Brien, Cedar Rapids, IA

14.    John Ness, Cedar Rapids, IA

15.    Roger Merta, Walford, IA

16.    Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids, IA

17.    Brad Dvorak, Mt. Vernon, IA

18.    Clint Houdek, Anamosa, IA

19.    John Baker, Cedar Rapids, IA

20.    Jerry Meyerhoff, Cedar Rapids, IA

21.    Merv Chandler, Cedar rapids, IA




1.       Ron Dighton, Cedar Rapids, IA

2.       Jeff Selfridge, Marion, IA

3.       Crystal Griesehop, Mt. Vernon

4.       Ron Jarrett, Atkins, IA

5.       Scott Strauss, Cedar Rapids, IA

6.       Shawn Carnahan, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.       Bobby Grandstaff, Carlisle, IA

8.       Dean Michel, Cedar Rapids, IA

9.       Darryl Jones, Cedar Rapids, IA

10.    Dave Gleason, Atkins, IA

11.    Steve Snyder, Cedar Rapids, IA

12.    Fred Mains, Cedar Rapids, IA

13.    Larry Weston, Cedar Rapids, IA

14.    Kris Jones, Cedar Rapids, IA




1.       Gwen Christensen, Stanwood, IA

2.       Wendy Carnahan, Cedar Rapids, IA

3.       Deb Mefford, Marion, IA

4.       Dana Scott, Cedar Rapids, IA

5.       Sandra Sheldon, Cedar Rapids, IA

6.       Amber Wisted, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.       Linn Hite, Urbana, IA

8.       Danielle Auen, Garrison, IA

9.       Teresa Winders, Mt. Vernon, IA

10.    Julie Walsh, Cedar Rapids, IA

11.    Jenn Harrington, Cedar Rapids, IA

12.    Stacy Jones, Marion, IA