STEVEN LEICHT WINS  33rd ANNUAL MILLER 200 AT HAWKEYE DOWNS

DUDLEY FLECK AND PAT FLANNAGAN WIN FEATURES

 

(Cedar Rapids, IA  06/08/05)—The 33rd Annual Keith Fleck Miller 200 kicked off the 2005 Hawkeye Downs Fair and  crowned winners in three divisions at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Wednesday night. The annual race for charity has raised over a quarter-million dollars during it’s  33 year run with this years’ recipient the Alzheimers Association.

 

                The American Stockcar League (ASL), which is a new series formed after the American Speed Association disbanded ran a 150 lap feature along with a 50-lap feature for Performance Concepts Late Models and a 25 lap feature for the Miller Time Modifieds. The late models and modifieds are part of the Papa Johns Cup/ I-Wireless Stock Car Championship that runs weekly at Hawkeye Downs.

 

                In ASL qualifying,  Trevor Stewart, St. Augusta, MN;  won the Scott Performance Wire Fast Qualifier award, turning the Hawkeye Downs half-mile in 19.498 seconds.  When drawing to determine the invert for the feature Stewart drew a “joker” which netted him a $300 bonus from Scott Performance Wire. Stewart then drew an ‘eight’ which meant the fastest eight qualifiers would be inverted by time to set the front of the feature field.

 

                Hometown favorite Landon Cassill led the first lap in the RFK Transportation Monte Carlo after starting outside row one but surrendered the lead a couple circuits later to Andrew Morrissey of Deforest, WI. Morrissey, piloting the Terry’s Automotive Ford Taurus. Morrissey pulled away from the field quickly while some great position battles were happening with the rest of the field.

 

                Morrissey would lead the rest of the first 75-lap segement while drivers like Bryan Reffner, Steven Leicht, and Ryan Mathews maneuvered into the top five. Reffner did take a brief lead on lap 71 after Morrissey was slowed by a lapped car but Moorrissey powered back into the lead just before the 75-lap mark.

 

                Crews were allowed a ten-minute pit stop at about the halfway mark to make adjustments and that proved to be very beneficial to some as things got very interesting in the second half of the race.

 

                Steven Leicht reeled in the second-place car of Bryan Reffner and the two battled for several laps before Leicht took second and set his sights on Morrissey, who had built nearly a straightaway lead. As the laps ticked off, Leicht slowly erased the margin and what ensued was an exercise in patience for Leicht as he made challenge afer challenge for the point. He finally succeeded on lap 134 taking command as the pair exited turn four.

 

                Leicht, a regular driver in ASA Late Model Series, then motored on to the win with Morrissey maintaining second. This was Leicht’s first visit to Hawkeye Downs.  In victory lane, Leicht credited his team for making some adjustments during the pit stop that were crucial to him winning the race. Leight said, “The car wasn’t bad in the first half, but we made some adjustments and thew car was a rocket after the break.”

 

                Bryan Reffner finished in third with Ryan Mathews fourth and fast-qualifier Trevor Stewart was fifth.

 

                The American Stock Car League’s next race is June 18 at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI.

 

                The Performance Concepts Late Models ran a 50-lap feature with the lin-up set by two-lap qualifying runs. Kyle Hinrichs of Swisher set fast time turning a lap of 18.878 seconds for a lap of 95.811 according to Alliant Energy Timing and Scoring. Hinrichs drew a ‘six” which inverted the top 6 in time for the feature.

 

                Chris Sevey of Waterloo took command of the race early leading a five-car breakaway. Sevey was able to pull away a bit as Dudley Fleck battled Brad Osborn for second. On lap 20, caution bunched the field and on the restart Brad Osborn bolted into the lead with Fleck passing Sevey also. At the halfway mark the front five consisting of Osborn, Fleck, Scott Wennermark, Hinrichs, and Sevey were absolutely nose-to-tail.

 

                Fleck tried several times to wrestle the lead from Osborn and finally pulled off an outside pass with fourteen laps remaining to take the lead for good. Wennermark got around Osborn to finish second and Osborn maintained third.

 

                Flecks’ win was the first for Dudley in a Miller Classic and was the fourth of the season for the Cedar Rapids driver who’s family has promoted the event for 33 years in various forms, on dirt and asphalt.

 

                The Miller Time Modifieds also saw action on Wednesday night with Patrick Flannagan holding off Tim Plummer and Arlo Becker for his first career win at Hawkeye Downs. Flannagan built a sizable lead early but defending track champion Tim Plummer cut the deficit and challenged for the lead with eight laps left. Plummer tried an inside pass and he and Flannagan made contact which caused Plummer to lose some momentum.

 

                A couple laps later caution slowed the field and brought out the restart cone. Plummer restarted outside of Flannagan but couldn’t hold the position and then lost the position to Arlo Becker in the closing laps.  Larry Clausen finished in fourth with Bob Gase fifth.

 

               

 

               

 

               

 

MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS

FEATURE (25 laps)

  1. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids; 2. Arlo Becker, Norway: 3. Tim Plummer, Norway; 4. Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids; 5. Bob Gase, Cedar Rapids; 6. Rodney Rocarek, Mt. Vernon; 7. Brian Allen, Cedar Rapids; 8. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids; 9. Shawn Stinger, Palo; 10. Keith Siefken, Cedar Rapids; 11. Chad Willet, Alburnett; 12. Scott Grady, Cedar Rapids; 13. Steve Lindell, Marion; 14. Scott Strauss, Cedar Rapids

 

PERFORMANCE CONCEPTS LATE MODELS

Qualifying

1) 18.787-Kyle Hinrichs; 2)18.816-Dudley Fleck; 3) 18.960-Ryan Carlson; 4) 18.971- Brad Osborn; 5) 19.046-Scott Wennermark; 6) 19.090-Chris Sevey; 7) 19.227-Jeff King; 8) 19.232- Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 9) 19.309- Jim Ross; 10) 19.340-Chase Austin; 11) 19.816- JJ Meyer; 12) No Time- Brian Allen

FEATURE (50 laps)

  1. Dudley Fleck, Cedar Rapids; 2. Scott Wennermark, Ely; 3. Brad Osborn, Janesville; 4. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 5. Chris Sevey, Waterloo; 6. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 7. Jeff King, Cedar Rapids; 8. Jim Ross, Cedar Rapids; 9. Chase Austin, Eudora, KS; 10. Ryan Carlson, Loves Park, IL; 11. JJ Meyer, Cedar Rapids; 12. Brian Allen, Cedar Rapids

 

ASL LATE MODELS

Qualifying

1)       19.498-Trevor Stewart; 2) 19.549-Jarit Johnson; 3) 19.567-Ryan Mathews; 4) 19.573- Steven Leight; 5) 19.588-Andrew Morrisey; 6) 19.784-Johnathon Davenport; 7) 19.858-Landon Cassill; 8) 19.881-Paul Paine; 9) 19.886-Bryan Reffner; 10) 19.889-Terry Schoppenhorst; 11) 19.952-Curtis VanDerWal; 12) 20.392-Tim Olson; 13) 21.153-Trey Allen

 

FEATURE (150 laps run in 2 -75 lap segments)

1. Stephen Leicht, Mooresville, NC; 2. Andrew Morrisey, Deforest, WI; 3. Bryan Reffner, Stevens point, WI ; 4. Ryan Mathews, Lake Geneva, WI; 5. Trevor Stewart, St. Augusta, MN; 6. Johnathon Davenport, Blairsville, GA; 7. Jarit Johnson, El Cajon, CA; 8. Curt VanDerWal, Oskaloosa, IA; 9. Paul Paine, Mound, MN; 10. Tim Olson, Harnel, MN; 11. Trey Allen, McGreager, TX; 12. Terry Schoppenhorst, Berlin, WI; 13. Landon Cassill, Fairfax, IA