By Brad Grupe


(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 060601)—Steve Carlson made history of sorts by winning the 29th annual Miller 100 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Wednesday night. He became the only three-time winner of the event with his other wins coming during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.


The Miller 100 is regarded as one of Iowa’s longest running stock car racing events with it’s roots dating back to 1973 when Hawkeye Downs was of course still a dirt track. Previous winners have included Billy Moyer, Curt Hanson, Roger Dolan and Joe Shear who all won the event twice.  Over the years the event has been sanctioned by USAC, IMCA, ARTGO, and NASCAR with this year’s race the first one sanctioned by ASA and part of the ASA/Hawk Performance Championship Series.


                Carlson started the 100 lapper in the 8th row and wasted no time motoring toward the front. According to Hawkeye Downs Timing and Scoring the West Salem, WI driver was already up to seventh after just ten laps and was in fourth at the end of twenty laps. Ten laps later he moved into second right behind leader Doug Hite.


                Hite, who started in the fourth row, did a masterful job of holding off Carlson over the next forty laps before he drifted up the track a bit and Carlson slipped underneath to make the winning pass.  The two battled side by side for many laps with Hite able to pull Carlson on the straights and Carlson fighting back through the corners.


                The third place finish of Dudley Fleck was almost a story in itself, as Fleck appeared to be the fastest car on the track.  Fleck simply ran out of laps as he trekked toward the front from the 28th starting slot. Fleck methodically picked off the field and was closing on the leaders fast as the checkers waved.


                Trent Ross won the Miller Time Modified feature, which is first win after several years away from racing. Ross bolted to a big early lead and then held off a last ditch effort by veteran Arlo Becker to secure the win. Mike Schulte finished in third after starting in the 6th row.


                Defending Budweiser Sportsmen champion John Henecke picked up his first win of the 2001 campaign after starting in third in a race filled with yellow flags. Henecke snagged the lead from Brian Allen with seven laps gone and avoided trouble with the rest of the field to secure the win. JJ Meyer finished second after starting back in row six with Curtis VanDerWal rallying from an accident earlier in the race, to finish third.


                The Barron Motor Supply Super Stocks ran a pair of features with Derrick Griesehop and Tim Dains both scoring their first feature wins of the season.


                Griesehop took the lead in his feature with less than five laps remaining after Chad Siems suffered mechanical problems spun bringing out the caution. Griesehop, who started the race in ninth, held off the field on the restart and finished ahead of point leader Brad Dvorak and Tink Willey.


                Tim Dains scored his win after starting on the pole and never surrendered the position before collecting the checkers. Don Johnson staged a challenge over the last couple laps but couldn’t complete the pass on the high side and had to settle for second. Bob Ahrendsen finished in third.




June 6, 2001



Feature (100 laps)

1.       Steve Carlson, West Salem, WI

2.       Doug Hite, Urbana, IA

3.       Dudley Fleck, Cedar Rapids, IA

4.       Justin Diercks, Davenport, IA

5.       TJ Schaefer, Solon, IA

6.       Jeff King, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.       Mike Ehde, Prarie Du Chien, WI

8.       Curt Martin, Independence, IA

9.       Jim Ross, Cedar Rapids, IA

10.    Greg Kastli, Waterloo, IA

11.    Max Corporon, Marion, IA

12.    Brian Gibson, Cedar Rapids, IA

13.    Marty Diercks, Bettendorf, IA

14.    Tony Bagstad, Cashton, WI

15.    Wade Prasil, Cedar Rapids, IA

16.    Mike Belling, LaCrosse, WI

17.    Scot Johnson, Ankeny, IA

18.    Art Christoffersen, Robins, IA

19.    Pete Alepra, Cedar Rapids, IA

20.    Lorin Kurth, Waukon, IA

21.    Scott Delsing, Iowa City, IA

22.    Les Cady, Deer Grove, IL

23.    Mark Numbers, Loves Park, IL

24.    Randy Coghlan, Toddville, IA

25.    Brian Allen, Hiawatha, IA

26.    Dave Naylor, Scotch Grove, IA

27.    Keith Siefken, Cedar Rapids, IA

28.    Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids, IA



Feature (25 laps)

1.       Trent Ross, Cedar Rapids, IA

2.       Arlo Becker, Atkins, IA

3.       Mike Schulte. Norway, IA

4.       Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids, IA

5.       Bob Gase, Cedar Rapids, IA

6.       Scott Wennermark, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.       Jim Williams, Cedar Rapids, IA

8.       John Troxel, Cedar Rapids, IA

9.       Mike Thomas, Cedar Rapids, IA

10.    Pat Flannagan, Cedar Rapids, IA

11.    Don Long, Anamosa, IA

12.    Beau Duffield, Cedar Rapids, IA

13.    Eric Lamphier, Marion, IA

14.    Mike Duffus, Newton, IA

15.    James Lamphier, Urbana, IA

16.    Keith Gogel, Solon, IA

17.    Brian Allen, Hiawatha, IA

18.    Sonny Parker, Cedar Rapids, IA

19.    Bill Flannagan, Cedar Rapids, IA



Feature (25 laps)

1.       John Henecke, Hiawatha, IA

2.       JJ  Meyer, Cedar Rapids, IA

3.       Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa, IA

4.       Johnny Mudd, Cedar Rapids, IA

5.       Andy Duggan, Marion, IA

6.       Brian Franks, Central City, IA

7.       Martin Ballard, Marengo, IA

8.       Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA

9.       Paul Walder, Cedar Rapids, IA

10.    Steve Kibort, Milan, IL

11.    Bryan Jones, Swisher, IA

12.    Lyle Williams, Center Point, IA

13.    Dave Johnson, Ankeny, IA

14.    Scot  Johnson, Ankeny, IA

15.    Ron Fisher, Shellsburg, IA

16.    Dan Zamastil, Fairfax, IA

17.    Jason Vincent, Nevada, IA

18.    Craig Bender, Cedar Rapids, IA

19.    Tom Burke, Nevada, IA

20.    Bruce Scheff, Swisher, IA



Feature #1 (25 laps)

1.       Derrick Griesehop, Mt. Vernon, IA

2.       Brad Dvorak, Mt. Vernon, IA

3.       Tink Willey, Marion, IA

4.       Clint Houdek, Anamosa, IA

5.       Doug Simon, Marion, IA

6.       John Ness, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.       Roland Bohnsack, Clutier, IA

8.       Ed O’Brien, Cedar Rapids, IA

9.       John Baker, Cedar Rapids, IA

10.    Arnie Reif, Hiawatha, IA

11.    Brenda Thomsen, Cedar Rapids, IA

12.    Chad Siems, Mt. Auburn, IA

13.    Brian Franks, Central City, IA

14.    Jeff Franks, Rowley, IA

15.    Scott Grady, Walker, IA


Feature #2 (25 laps)

1.       Tim Dains, Marion, IA

2.       Don Johnson, Cedar Rapids, IA

3.       Bob Ahrehdsen, Cedar Rapids, IA

4.       Brian Helle, Cedar Rapids, IA

5.       Kurt Bohnsack, Coralville, IA

6.       Joe Dumond, Cedar Rapids, IA

7.       Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids, IA

8.       Randy Filling, Cedar Rapids, IA

9.       Brad Helle, Cedar Rapids, IA

10.    Roger Merta, Walford, IA

11.    Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA

12.    Mike Brecht, Cedar Rapids, IA

13.    Walter Case, Cedar Rapids, IA

14.    Jerry Meyerhoff, Cedar Rapids