HINES, WILKINSON, MILLER TOPS AT HAWKEYE DOWNS
SILBAUGH WINS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE
(Cedar Rapids, IA 06/27/03)—The regular divisions of the ASA Papa Johns Cup Iowa Wireless Stock Car Championships were off Friday night but that didn’t mean that there weren’t some great battles taking place at Hawkeye Downs.
Headlining Friday’s “KRNA/’O’Reilly Auto Parts Winged Sprint Invitational” was the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series along with the YellowbookUSA Mid-American Super Trucks. Also on the card were the NAMRA Formula Indys, IMCA Stock Cars, Nostalgia Stocks and a new group, the Midwest Stock Car Classics.
The all-time track record was broken by the HOSS Winged Sprint of Kevin Feeney of Oxford, MI. Feeney blistered the ‘Downs oval for a time of 15.538 seconds which is nearly 116mph. The previous record was 15.565 seconds and was held by Denny England of Warsaw, IN.
Ted Hines of New Castle, IN started on the point of the 30-lap HOSS Winged Sprint feature and led every lap of the flag-to-flag event. Hines is the older brother of Tracy Hines, who has appeared during the USAC Sprint and Midget shows at Hawkeye Downs. Hines had the race well in hand until things but a bit dicey as he navigated lapped traffic with about 6 laps to go. He was able to extend the lead once again in the closing laps, despite blistering his right rear tire.
Feeney, the fast qualifier started eighth and finished second with Doug Berryman of Fremont, OH in third. England finished in fourth and Scott Eaton of Cedar Springs, MI in fifth.
Andy Jirik of Lonsdale, MN turned the fastest lap in YellowbookUSA Mid-American Super Truck qualifying with a lap of 20.361 seconds. Heat wins went to Jamie Farrell of New Prague, MN and Anthony Brewer of Shakopee, MN.
The top twelve qualifiers were inverted for the start of the 30-lap feature which put John Froelich of Chippewa Falls, MN on the point.
Vince Wilkinson, of Sandwich, IL used a start on the outside of row two to his advantage, taking the lead on the tenth circuit of the Hawkeye Downs half-mile before collecting the win. Farrell started 10th and sailed through the field to a second place finish while the polesitter ,Froelich, finished in third. Jirik posted a fourth place finish while Donnie Woller of Merrill, WI crossed the stripe in fifth.
The NAMRA Formula Indys returned to the Hawkeye Downs half-mile after a two year absence but the results at the checkered flag were the same. Scott Miller of Kendalville, IN made it five wins in five appearances as he blasted through the 10-car field taking the lead using an inside pass on the front stretch at the 15-lap mark.
Miller set fast time earlier in the evening turning the clock at 17.789 seconds.
Greg Stanley of Mashall, MI was next in line behind Miller at the checkers with Michael Kamphius, a driver from Jenison, MI in third.
The Special K Motorsports IMCA Stock Cars were also in action Friday night with Hawkeye Downs regular Doug Simon looking to extend his win streak to four. Larry Silbaugh of Jefferson, IA had other ideas however and he was able to work his way to the front of the field and collect the win. Silbaugh has been gaining ground each week and Friday night his setup did the trick as he collected the checkers. Ronnie Godwin of Earlham finished in second and Doug Simon was third.
The two divisions of Nostalgia Stocks were back on the track Friday night with Craig Stepanek of Cedar Rapids, driving a ’68 Chevelle, dominating the Late Models. The Sportsmen win went to Brian Halstead of Garrison, driving a 65 Oldsmobile.
Appearing for the first time in the area were the Midwest Stock Car Classics, which feature restored NASCAR and ARCA cars. The group was organized by Gary Vercauteren, who also heads up the Mid-American Super Trucks, Mid-American Stock Cars, and the MARS Late Models. The exhibition race win went to Mark Keltner of Morning Sun, IA. He was piloting an ’86 Pontiac.
Available results for June 27,2003
Fast Qualifier- Andy Jirik, Lonsdale, MN 20.361
Heat #1- Anthony Brewer
Heat #2- Janmie Farrell
1. Vince Wilkinson, Sandwich, IL
2. Jamie Farrell, New Prague, MN
3. John Froelich, Chippewa Falls, MN
4. Andy Jirik, Lonsdale, MN
5. Donnie Woller, Merrill, WI
6. Michael Schmitz, Northfield, MN
7. John Vig, Jr., Shakopee, MN
8. Art Christoffersen, Toddville, IA
9. Anthony Brewer, Shakopee, MN
10. Brad Blenker, Junction City, Wi
11. Wade Prasil, Cedar Rapids, IA
12. Larry Reel, Independence, MO
13. Larry Fitzsimmons, Champlin, MN
14. Randy Bergdoll, Marysville, MI
15. Gary Fredrickson, Northfield, MN
DNS- Derrick Layne, Muncie, IN
Fast Qualifier- Scott Miller, Kendalsville, IN 17.789
Dash- Scott Miller
Heat- Mark Curtis, Jerome, MI
1. Scott Miller, Kendalsville, IN
2. Greg Stanley, Marshall, MI
3. Mike Kamphius, Jenison, MI
4. Gary Miller, Flint, MI
5. John Lynch, Morris, MI
6. Ray Kauffman, Howe, IN
7. Mark Curtis, Jerome, MI
8. William Long, Flint, MI
9. Paul Bosler, National City, MI
DNS- Bruce Kahlhamer, Wild Rose, WI
DNS- Joel Cross, Grand Rapids, MI
Fast Qualifier- Kevin Feeney, Oxford, MI 15.539
(115.838 mph) All time track record
Heat #1- Kevin Feeney
Heat #2- Aaron Pierce, Muncie, IN
Heat #3- Denny England, Warsaw, IN
1. Ted Hines, New Castle, IN
2. Kevin Feeney, Osford, MI
3. Doug Berryman, Fremont, OH
4. Denny England, Warsaw, IN
5. Scott Seaton, Cedar Springs, MI
1. Larry Silbaugh, Jefferson
2. Ronnie Godwin, Earlham
3. Doug Simon, Cedar Rapids
4. Norman Chesmore
5. Chad Siems, Mt. Auburn
6. Cliff Gray, Waterloo
7. Richard Quail, Waterloo
Sportsmen- Brian Halstead, Garrison
Late Model- Craig Stepanek, Cedar Rapids