McGlothlen, Dallas Chandler ,Petrzelka Among Other Winners

By Brad Grupe

PHOTOS: Jim Wittke- Speedway Souvenir

(Cedar Rapids, IA 06/03/2011)—Racing action continued Friday night at Hawkeye Downs Speedway as Cassill Motors-Your Friend in the Car Business- presented action in the Papa Johns Cup/I-Wireless Championship Series. All six Hawkeye Downs divisions were in action on a hot, steamy summerlike evening.

The Innovative Signs Promoters Choice Trophy Dash switched to the McGrath Powersports INEX Legends Division this week with six drivers doing battle for six laps on the quarter-mile. Troy Burkhart of Urbana earned a new piece of hardware for the trophy case, beating Brogan Fiala to the stripe.


                                                    TROY BURKHART

The first feature of the evening saw Matt Petrzelka of Norway taking top honors in the Barron Motor Supply Hobby Stock division. Jeremy Robbins led the early going before Nathan Ballard and Petrzelka started battling for the lead. Petrzelka appeared to have a little better handling car and was able to keep the lead and secure the wins as the final laps ticked off the Miller Lapboard. Ballard, the current point leader, maintained second while Robbins was third.




HEAT- 1. Matt Petrzelka, Norway; 2.Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 3.Jeremy Robbins, Swisher; 4. Matt Lacoursiere, Cedar Rapids; 5. Brad Chandler, Cedar Rapids;DNS-Brian Bries, Norway

FEATURE (15 laps) 1. Petrzelka 2.Ballard 3.Lacoursiere 4.Robbins 5.Bries  DNS-Chandler


Greg Hentrich lead the early going in the Coca-Cola Sportsmen feature before Dave Ballstaedt and Ben Glascock joined in the fray. Glascock ran the high line and powered into the lead on lap five and held the point until lap twelve when Dave Ballstaedt pulled alongside and the two battled and banged the remaining laps to the checkered flag. Ballstaedt edged Glascock at the line by a scant .032 seconds winning the very entertaining feature. Craig Stepanek finished a strong third in his second outing of the season.


                                                                                                        DAVE BALLSTAEDT


HEAT- 1.Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha; 2.Ben Glascock, Indianola; 3.David Ballstaedt, Marion; 4.Craig Stepanek, Cedar Rapids; 5. Cory Houdek, Marion 6.Bryan Klein, Cedar Rapids; 7. Malena Betzer, Cedar Rapids

FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Ballstaedt 2.Glascock 3.Stepanek 4.Hentrich 5.Klein 6.Houdek 7.Betzer



Rod McGlothlen of Oskaloosa piloted his #95 McGrath Powersports Legend to his second straight victory Friday night, easily outdistancing Matt Blake. McGlothlen bolted into the lead on the first lap and was untouchable the rest of the 30-lap feature. The win comes one week after he scored a feature win in a completely different car. Finishing behind second-place Blake were Troy Burkhart, Brogan Fiala, and Brian Kamer.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ROD MCGLOTHLEN



HEAT- 1.Rod McGlothlen, Oskaloosa; 2.Matt Blake, Cedar Rapids; 3.Troy Burkhart, Urbana; 4.Bryce Bailey, Cedar Rapids; 5. Dennis Diercks, Davenport; 6.Ken Brown 7. Brogan Fiala, Fairfax; 8. Caleb Adrian, Davenport

FEATURE (30 laps) 1. McGlothlen 2.Blake 3.Burkhart 4.Fiala 5.Brian Kamer 6. Diercks 7.Brown 8.Bailey 9. Adrian



Tim Plummer passed race leader Ryan Luedtke at the halfway mark of the 20-lap Budweiser Modified Feature to take his fourth win of the 2011 season. A lap five caution erased the early lead that Luedtke had built and enabled Plummer to make what would be the winning pass on lap ten. Luedtke dropped back a bit on the next lap allowing the #88, driven by Johnny Spaw, to take control of second., Spaw was able to gain some ground on Plummer but still finished over a second behind the leader as they crossed the stripe. Brian Gibson finished third, Luedtke was fourth, and Jason Beauregard crossed in fifth. While Plummer currently holds a sizable lead in the points he indicates he will miss some races this season due to campaigning the #74 late model at other events.


                                                                                                                           TIM PLUMMER


HEAT 1- 1.Tim Plummer, Cedar Rapids; 2.Ryan Luetke, Norway; 3.Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 4.Steve Lindell, Marion; 5.James Dixon, Cedar Rapids

HEAT 2- 1. Brian Gibson, Walford; 2.Jason Beauregard, Cedar Rapids; 3. Craig Bender, Cedar Rapids; 4.Tim Dains, Marion

FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Plummer 2.Spaw 3.Gibson 4.Luedtke 5.Beauregard 6.Lindell 7.Dixon 8.Bender 9. Dains



The Sunline Hornets Feature win was awarded to Dallas Chandler (No picture available)  after the apparent winner on the track, Kurt Bohnsack, failed post-race inspection. Chandler had led earlier in the race but was passed by Bohnsack on lap seven. A couple cautions later in the race kept the action close with recent winner Derek Parrott moving into the picture in the closing laps. The revised finish order saw Parrott finishing second followed by Brad Chandler and Nate Chandler. Dallas Chandler is the fourth different winner in as many races in the division. He’s also the third different Chandler to score a win this season.


HEAT 1- 1. Nate Chandler, Cedar Rapids; 2.Derek Parrott, Marion; 3.Dallas Chandler, Cedar Rapids; 4. Jeff Dvorak, Lisbon; 5.Parker Anderson, Marion; 6.Dakota Dains, Marion; 7.James Yochum, Cedar Rapids; 8.Aaron Jarvis, Center Point; 9.John Ness, Cedar Rapids

HEAT 2- 1.Brad Chandler, Cedar Rapids; 2.Todd Ness, Cedar Rapids; 3.Casey Bilden, Cedar Rapids; 4.Jose DeJesus, Cedar Rapids; 5.James Stevens, Cedar Rapids; 6.Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City; 7.Joe Bean, Cedar Rapids; 8. Brandon Klein, Cedar Rapids

FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Dallas Chandler 2. Parrott 3.Brad Chandler 4.Todd Ness 5.Bilden 6.John Ness 7.Dvorak 8.Stevens 9.Dains 10.Nate Chandler 11.Anderson 12.Jarvis 13.Yochum 14.Klein 15. DeJesus 16.Bean



Joey Gase picked up his third win of the season in Performance Concepts Late Models but it certainly wasn’t an easy one. Gase, Kyle Hinrichs, and last weeks’ winner Brad Osborn ran over a full lap in a three-wide battle before Gase appeared to back off a bit giving Osborn the point. Osborn built a sizable lead at the halfway mark but Gase was still within striking distance as the laps ticked off. With 10 laps remaining, Gase s once again on Osborn’s tail and in fact took a brief lead with seven laps to go but it was erased when caution reverted the order to the last lap.

Once racing resumed the battle resumed as well with Gase wrestling the lead from Osborn with three circuits remaining. Osborn tried a couple different lines in the last couple laps but came up .196 seconds short at the stripe with Gase scoring the win. Andy Edwards posted another strong run finishing in third while Tim Plummer was fourth and Mason Mitchell fifth.


                                                                                                                                              JOEY GASE



HEAT 1.- 1. Brad Osborn, Janesville; 2.Andy Edwards, New Hartford; 3. Brian Allen, Hiawatha; 4.Chad Siems, Shellsburg; 5.Jay Jaspers, Steamboat Rock; 6. Tucker Cory, Quincy, IL

HEAT 2.- 1.Kyle hinrichs, Swisher; 2.Joey Gase, Cedar Rapids; 3.Mason Mitchell, West Des Moines; 4.Tim Plummer, Cedar Rapids; 5.Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids

FEATURE (30 laps) 1. Gase 2.Osborn 3.Edwards 4.Plummer 5.Mitchell 6.Allen 7.Siems 8.Jaspers 9.Siems 10.Hinrichs 11.Cory