(Cedar Rapids, IA  062405)—Hawkeye Downs Speedway crowned six mid-season champions on Friday night as Mark Zimmerman Ford presented the 2005 Mid-season Championships.


            Connie Binder of Clutier earned top honors in the Marines. com Hornets division, taking the lead after a late caution in the 12 lap race. Point leader Rick Gallo of Center Point finished second with Derrick Beadle of Hiawatha third.


            While Binder earned the winners’ hardware, Gallo also received the “Papa Johns Mid-Season Championship Cup” for leading the points in that division.


            Terry Shaffar of State Center continued his conquest of the Barron Motor Supply Hobby Stocks,  winning his fifth race of the season after a somewhat rocky start, Shaffar needed just about the entire race to work his way through the pack, taking control with just one lap remaining after battling Brandon Herb and Tim Dains for about three laps. The division point leader, Brandon Herb of Marion, crossed the Lint Millwright Start-Finish Line in second with Tim Dains in third. Dains led much of the early portion of the fifteen lap event.


            Herb earned the Papa Johns “halfway hardware” for leading the points at mid-season.


            Brad Dvorak held off a very determined Bob Ahrendsen to claim the checkers in the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Car feature. Dvorak, of Cedar Rapids, used a lapped car to his advantage late in the race to thwart a challenge from Ahrendsen. Chad Siems of Mt. Auburn posted a third place finish.


            Dvorak also took home the Papa Johns Cup for leading the points at mid-season.


            Moving to the half-mile, Landon Cassill chalked up his second win of the season in the Budweiser Late Model Sportsmen 30 lap feature. Cassill started outside row one and led the entire race leaving the rest of the field well behind. The Fairfax teenager finished 1.7 seconds ahead of current point leader Kevin Korsmo, of Atkins according to Alliant Energy Timing and Scoring. Kevin Lee of Cedar Rapids crossed the stripe in third.


            Korsmo, who has 7 feature wins this season, is leading the points at mid-season and took home the Papa Johns Cup.


            The Miller Time Modified feature had an uncharacteristic number of Yellowbook Yellow Flags but despite that, Bob Gase of Cedar Rapids was able to pick up his first trip to Coca-Cola Victory Lane of the season. Gase held off point leader Tim Plummer who tried passes both high and low but couldn’t make the move stick.  Gase led the race earlier but lost the lead to Pat Flannagan on a restart before retaking the point on lap 21 of the scheduled 30-lapper.


            Plummer didn’t go home empty handed though as he collected the Papa Johns Cup for leading the points in addition to finishing second in the race. Pat Flannagan recorded a third place finish.


            Kyle Hinrichs of Swisher scored his second win in a row in the Performance Concepts Late Models taking the lead from JJ Meyer of Cedar Rapids with just six laps remaining. Meyer had led the entire race to that point but he couldn’t hold off the faster Hinrichs. Meyer held on to second, which is his best finish of the season. Jeff King of Cedar Rapids finished a strong third in the thirty lap event.


            Racing continues with all six divisions in action next Friday night, July 1 including a special 80-lap  “80th anniversary” race for the late models. Several cars from the Madison Speedway are expected to join the field for this event.




FEATURE (12 laps)

  1. Connie Binder, Clutier; 2. Rick Gallo, Center Point; 3. Derrick Beadle, Hiawatha; 4. Jeff Ballard, Marengo; 5. Samantha Blumer, Manchester; 6. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 7. Johnny Williams, Atkins; 8. Brian Bries, Norway



FEATURE (15 laps)

  1. Terry Shaffar, State Center; 2. Brandon Herb, Marion; 3. Tim Dains, Marion; 4. Rodney Grother,  Cedar Rapids; 5. Ron Dighton, Cedar Rapids; 6. Jeremy Meyer, Cedar Rapids; 7. Chad Vozenilek, Fairfax; 8. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids; 9. Kandi Floyd, Cedar Rapids; 10. Roger  Lacoursiere, Cedar Rapids; 11. Deb Mefford, Cedar Rapids; DNS- Perry Thomsen, Cedar Rapids; DNS- Shawn Blauer, Cedar Rapids



FEATURE  (25 laps)

  1. Brad Dvorak, Cedar Rapids; 2. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids; 3. Chad Siems, Mt. Auburn; 4. Doug Simon, Marion; 5. Cory Houdek, Marion; 6. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha; 7. Mark Bolton, Cedar Rapids; 8. Wendy Carnahan, Cedar Rapids; 9. Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City; DNS- Randy Filling, Toddville; DNS- John Ness, Cedar Rapids



FEATURE (30 laps)

  1. Landon Cassill, Fairfax; 2. Kevin Korsmo, Atkins; 3. Kevin Lee, Cedar Rapids; 4. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids; 5. Brian Franks, Central City; 6. Craig Bender, Cedar Rapids; 7. Mel Schappert, Cedar Rapids; 8. Mark Hauder, Dubuque; 9. Kevin Franks, Cedar Rapids; 10. Martin Ballard, Marengo; 11. Andy Duggan, Marion



FEATURE (30 laps)

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



FEATURE (30 laps)

1. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 2. JJ Meyer, Cedar Rapids; 3. Jeff King, Cedar Rapids; 4. Chris Sevey, Waterloo, 5. Denny Osborn, Janesville; 6. Landon Cassill, Fairfax; 7. Scott Wennermark, Ely; 8. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 9. Lyle Wiliams, Center Point; 10. Brad Osborn, Janesville