STEVE CARLSON TOPS 17 CAR LATE MODEL FIELD
ARLO BECKER NOTCHES FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON
Fast forward to 2008 and it looks like late model racing is alive and well at Hawkeye Downs as the count is expected to climb even higher during the season.
Steve Carlson set fast time in qualifying as well, turning the Hawkeye Downs half-mile in 18.561 seconds for a lap speed of 96.987 mph.
All seventeen late models answered the call for the 40 lap feature with Brad Dvorak on the point. A caution on lap 2 scrambled the field and by lap 5 Steve Carlson bolted into the lead and he was only slowed by the caution flag during the remainder of the race. Dudley Fleck, who started fifth, finished second while Brett Moffitt of Grimes crossed the Coors Light Start-Finish Line in third. Dvorak finished fourth and multi-time track champ Johnny Spaw finished fifth.
picked up the first win of his 50th anniversary season in the Coors
Light Modifieds on Friday but it wasn’t easy. Becker started on the pole and
was chased early by defending champion Tim Plummer before
The scenario repeated itself on lap 17 with Willett again able to hold the lead for just one lap. Plummer stayed in the mix as well trying to look for an opening as Becker and Willett battled side-by side for the balance of the race. Becker took the checkers by a half car length over Willet with Willett, Plummer, Larry Clausen, and Tony Olson completing the top of the order.
Dave McCalla looked to be cruising to his second straight Budweiser Sportsmen feature win of the 2008 season when the caution waved with just two laps to go as Mel Schappert and Andy tangled. With the field bunched from the restart Kevin Lee pulled alongside McCalla on the backstretch during the final lap. Lee kept his nose under McCalla through the final lap but McCalla prevailed at the stripe in a very close finish. Bob Ahrendsen finished third, Andy Edwards fourth, and Michael Weber was fifth.
Moving to the quarter-mile, Dennis Hundley of Center Point used a start from outside row one to propel himself to his first career win in the Barron Motor IMCA Stock Cars. Hundley battled briefly with Kurt Bohnsack on the opening lap but Hundley pulled away until Bohnsack mounted a final challenge during the last couple laps of the 25 lap feature. Hundley was able to hold off Bohnsack, who won last weeks feature. Bohnsack finished second while Brian Franks was third. Bob Ahrendsen and Greg Hentrich finished fourth and fifth.
In the Barron
Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks, Gary Pfantz of
Aric Becker dominated the IMCA SportMod feature event in wire-to-wire fashion with Arnie Reif and Ryan Luedtke battling for second. The win was Beckers’ first since moving to the SportMods. Reif maintained second, Luedtke third, Jamie Huff was fourth and Scott Grady finished fifth.
used a last lap “duck-under” move to take the feature win in the Sunline Hornet
division as Shane Hanson, Jim Hanson and Bryce Bailey were battling while
trying to negotiate slower traffic.
MILLER LITE LATE MODELS
1. Steve Carlson- 18.561; 2. Brett Moffitt-18.851 ; 3. Brad Osborn- 18.900; 4.
Heat 1- 1. Curt Van
Heat 2- 1.
Feature (40 laps)- 1. Carlson; 2. Fleck; 3. Moffitt; 4. Dvorak; 5. Spaw; 6.McGrath; 7. Anderson; 8. Gase; 9. Ross; 10. Osborn; 11. Hale; 12. Leonard; 13. George; 14. Brenden; 15. Boelts; 16. Van Der Wal; 17. Greif
Heat- 1. Bob
Feature( 25 laps)- 1. McCalla; 2. Lee; 3. Ahrendsen; 4. Edwards; 5. Weber; 6. Simon; 7. Schappert; 8. Thompson, Welsh
COORS LIGHT MODIFIEDS
Feature (25 laps)- 1. Becker; 2. Willett; 3. Plummer; 4. Clausen; 5. Olson; 6. Houdek; 7. Strauss; 8. Long
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA STOCK CARS
(25 laps)- 1. Hundley; 2. Bohnsack; 3. Franks; 4. Ahrendsen; 5. Hentrich; 6.
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA HOBBY STOCKS
Heat- 1. Scott
Feature (20 laps)- 1. Pfantz; 2. Siems; 3. Dains; 4. Klinsky; 5. Bohnsack; 6. Myers; 7. Floyd; 8. Herb; 9. O’Brien; 10. Mefford; 11. Franks
1- 1.Brad Burhite,
Heat 2- 1. Shane
Feature( 15 laps) 1. Brad Chandler; 2. Jim Hanson; 3. Shane Hanson; 4. Bailey; 5. Parrott; 6. Freeman; 7. Carson; 8. Van Der
Heat- 1. Aric Becker,
Feature (15 laps) 1. Becker; 2. Reif; 3. Luedtke, 4. Huff; 5. Grady; 6. Doyle; 7. Kositzky