CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 9) – One winning streak ended and another
began Wednesday night at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.
Mike Smith topped the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Hawkeye
Downs Speedway, taking the lead late in the 40-lapper after leader Rob
Toland was slowed by a deflating tire. Toland, gunning for a record fifth straight win in the tour for I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Models, slowed but still managed a seventh place finish with what was
by then a flat right front.
The victory was worth $2,000 and was the 13th career Deery checkers for
Smith, who also won the series event on the half-mile asphalt at Hawkeye
Downs four years ago.
Debuting a new car and engine, 14th starting Eric Gustaf made a strong run
late in the race to finish second. Dale Stolte also got faster as the laps counted down and ended in third.
Rounding out the top five were Tom Darbyshire and Dean Wagner II.
Toland drew the pole but chased outside front row starter Darrel DeFrance the
first 19 circuits. Top four runners Lonnie Bailey and Josh McGowan spun in
heavy traffic on lap 20 and Toland snuck past DeFrance on the ensuing
re-start. DeFrance exited soon after with a cut tire, with Smith assuming the runner-up
spot. Toland and Smith looked to make it a two-car race but were steadily reeled in
by Gustaf and Stolte to set up a four-way fight with six laps to go.
Smith was on the lower line and Toland in the next groove up when their cars
made contact on lap 38. Smith took charge soon after as Toland struggled
with the deflating tire.
NASCAR regular Ken Schrader made an unexpected visit but was unable to
start the feature after catching the wall early in his heat race.
Also in action Wednesday night were the Marines.com Hobby Stocks, a small contingent of IMCA Stock cars, Women on Wheels, Nostalgia Stocks, and two Kart features from the hawkeye Downs Fair Pavement Nationals.
Twenty-five IMCA Hobby Stocks answered the call for their 20-lap feature on the quarter-mile. Jeff Selfridge of Marion picked up his second straight feature win after grabbing the lead from Terry Shaffar with just six laps to go. Matt Poduska finished in second with Shaffar third. Rounding out the top five were Chad Vozenilek and Dave Gleason.
Kandi Floyd of Cedar Rapids picked up the checkers in the 10-lapper for the Women on Wheels. She was chased to the stripe by Connie Binder of Clutier. Finishing third was Jessica Hoffman of Atkins and Fairfax driver Pam Kemmerer was fourth. The win was the second of the season for Floyd.
In the IMCA Stock Cars, Aaron Murty of Ladora posted the win. Terry Clayton finished the 10-lap event in second with Kurt Bohnsack third, Norman Chesmore fourth and Chad Siems fifth.
Also on the card Wednesday night were a pair of $1000 to win features for Karts. Josh Most of Red Oak won the Stock Heavy division while Jay Shares of Dunkertown picked up a grand for winning the KT-200 division.
Two divisions of Nostalgia Stocks also cruised the Hawkeye Downs quarter-mile on the Wednesday night “Hawkeye Downs Fair” race. The Sportsman winner was Scott Grady with Brian Halstead taking top honors in the Late Models. The two divisions run in a single feature with the Sportsmen cars getting a head start over the Late Models.
FEATURE (40 laps)- 1.Mike Smith, Jewell; 2. Eric Gustaf,Moline, IL; 3. Dale Stolte, Springville; 4. Tom Darbyshire,Morning Sun; 5. Dean Wagner, Waterloo; 6. Scott Johnson, Ankeny; 7. Rob Toland, Hillsdale,IL; 8. Kelly Tapper, Boone; 9. Craig Roberts, Des Moines; 10. Lonnie Lee Bailey, Quincy, IL; 11. Justin Reed, Quincy, IL 12. J.D. Auringer; 13. Josh McGowan, Vinton; 14. Randall Wheeler, Cedar Falls; 15. Nick Honseman; 16. Michael Karhoff, Quincy, IL 17. Darren Duffy , Hazelton; 18. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 19. Brent Slocum, Burlington; 20. Johnny Spaw,Cedar Rapids; 21. Darrell DeFrance, Mashalltown; 22. Matt Strassheim, Burlington; 23. Terry Neal, Ely; 24. Jeremy Gustaf, East Moline, IL; 25. Brian Hetzler, Walcott; DNS-Ken Schrader
1. Jeff Selfridge 2. Matt Poduska 3. Terry Shaffar 4. Chad Vozenilek 5. Dave Gleason 6. Scott Siems 7. Griffin McGrath 8. Roland Bohnsack 9. Deb Mefford 10. Bryce Mitchwell 11.. Tim Kemmerer 12. Steve Snyder 13. Perry Thomsen 14. Ron Dighton 15. Matt LaCoursierre 16. Rodney Grother 17. Nick Murty 18. Mike Desotel 19. Shawn Carnahan 20. Mark Hauder 21. Brandon Herb 22. Brian Happel 23. Jeremy Meyer 24. Bill Bonnet DNS-Scott Strauss
1. Damon Murty 2. Terry Clayton 3. Kurt Bohnsack 4. Norman Chesmore 5. Chad Siems
1. Kandi Floyd 2. Connie Binder 3. Jessica Hoffman 4. Pam Kemmerer
1. Scott Grady; 2. Ron Fare; 3. Jamie Huff; 4. John Huff; 5. Rob Koopman; 6. Todd Hall
1. Brian Halstead; 2. Bill Meier; 3. Merle Leonard; 4. Martin Missel; 5. James Missel; 6. Robb Koster