By Brad Grupe


(Cedar Rapids, IA 06/23/01)—Hank Lower of Angola, IN held on to win the 50-lap finale of the Splash/Hoosier Tire/Freedom Festival Winged Sprint Nationals at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Saturday night.  Lower held off a ferocious charge from Mike Ling and Gary Fedewa in the closing laps to preserve the lead and take the win.


24 AVSS Winged Sprint cars started the feature, which was divided into 2-25 lap segments. Crews were allowed to make adjustments and add fuel at the break without penalty. Six teams elected to change tires at the break, which sent them to the back for the final 25 circuits.


            In other AVSS action Tim Cox won the 20 lap Last Chance Qualifier. That race started 22 cars and transferred 12 into the main event.  A total of 37 AVSS participated in the two-day show. That number represented an all-time record for the series.


            Mike Schulte returned to Coca-Cola Victory Lane after winning a 25-lap feature for the Miller Time Modifieds. Schulte snagged the lead from Trent Ross on lap 9 and cruised to a relatively easy win. The win was the fifth of the season for the Norway veteran.  Ross finished in the second slot followed by Arlo Becker, Larry Clausen and John Troxel.


            Mike Brecht won the first of two 25-lap features for the Barron Motor Supply Super Stocks. Brecht took the lead from Merv Chandler and finished ahead of Roger Merta, Don Johnson, Doug Simon and Brad Helle.


            Aric Becker posted a flag-to-flag win in the second Super Stock feature finishing ahead of Derrick Griesehop.  Becker appeared to have a comfortable lead for most of the race before fading a bit in the closing laps. Jeff Franks, Clint Houdek and Brian Franks rounded out the top five.


            BJ Goodin took all of 5 laps to go from last to first in the 25-lap A-1 Performance Marine feature. The win was Goodin’s fourth of the 2001 season at Hawkeye Downs. Tom Frady, Bob Havlik, Kyle Hinrichs and Gene Peterson filled out the rest of the top five in that feature.


Results for June 23, 2001



FEATURE (50 laps)

  1. Hank Lower
  2. Mike Ling
  3. Gary Fedewa
  4. Bill Tyler
  5. Sean Stafford
  6. Chris Hayes
  7. Kevin Feeney
  8. Ryan Katz
  9. John Hotchkiss
  10. Jeff Bloom
  11. Curt Shumaker
  12. Scott Seaton
  13. Jason Blonde
  14. Benny Rapp
  15. Troy Underwood
  16. Dennis Venia
  17. Tim Angello
  18. Dorman Snyder
  19. Adam Grim
  20. Bill Jacobie
  21. Steve Surniak
  22. Tim Cox
  23. Jay Rohrbach
  24. Doug Stepke



FEATURE (25 laps)

  1. Mike Schulte, Norway
  2. Trent Ross, Cedar Rapids
  3. Arlo Becker, Atkins
  4. Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids
  5. John Troxek, Cedar Rapids
  6. Scott Wennermark, Cedar Rapids
  7. Mike Thomas, Cedar Rapids
  8. Bob Gase, Cedar Rapids
  9. Keith Gogel, Solon
  10. Mike Duffus, Newton
  11. David Novotny, Solon
  12. Don Long, Anamosa
  13. Brian Allen, Hiawatha
  14. Beau Duffield, Cedar Rapids
  15. James Lamphier, Urbana
  16. Randy Coghlan, Toddville
  17. Craig Stepanek, Marion



FEATURE (25 laps)

  1. BJ Goodin, Hiawatha
  2. Tom Frady, Cedar Rapids
  3. Bob Havlik, Toddville
  4. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher
  5. Gene Peterson, Des Moines
  6. Lane swearinger, Davenport
  7. Chris Sevey, Waterloo
  8. Matt Montieth, Port Byron, IL
  9. Mike Foreman, Cedar Rapids
  10. Eric Appleget, Ely
  11. Ken DeGood
  12. Kevin Foreman, Cedar Rapids
  13. Keith Moline, Cedar Rapids
  14. Larrie Solbrig, Cedar Rapids



FEATURE #1 (25 laps)

  1. Mike Brecht, Cedar Rapids
  2. Roger Merta, Cedar Rapids
  3. Don Johnson, Cedar Rapids
  4. Doug Simon, Cedar Rapids
  5. Brad Helle, Cedar Rapids
  6. Tink Willey, Marion
  7. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids
  8. Tim Dains, Marion
  9. John Baker, Cedar Rapids
  10. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids
  11. Ron Fisher, Shellsburg
  12. Jim Beer, Cedar Rapids
  13. Kurt Bohnsack, Coralville
  14. Brenda Thomsen, Cedar Rapids
  15. Ed O’Brien, Cedar Rapids
  16. Jayson Scott, Cedar Rapids


FEATURE #2 (25 laps)

  1. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids
  2. Derrick Griseshop, Mt. Vernon
  3. Jeff Franks, Rowley
  4. Clint Houdek, Anamosa
  5. Brian Franks, Central City
  6. Brad Dvorak, Mt. Vernon
  7. Scott Grady, Walker
  8. John Ness, Cedar Rapids
  9. Randy Filling, Cedar Rapids
  10. Arnie Reif, Hiawatha
  11. Jerry Meyerhoff, Cedar Rapids
  12. Brian Helle, Cedar Rapids
  13. Roland Bohnsack, Clutier
  14. Walter case, Cedar Rapids
  15. Chad Siems, Mt. Auburn