FRANKS WINS FEATURES IN SPORTSMAN AND SUPER STOCK
(Cedar Rapids, IA 070601)—Brian Allen of Hiawatha outlasted and outdueled some of the best by winning the 3rd annual Miller Time Modified 50 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Friday night. The race is the longest of the season for the division.
Allen started outside row two and seized the lead from Don Long on the sixth lap and had smooth sailing out front until defending champion and current point leader Mike Schulte caught him on lap 36. A couple laps later Schulte tried to dive underneath Allen and ended up spinning and then was hit by the car of Mike Duffus.
Allen, who also drives in the Aggregates Late Model Division, maintained a fairly comfortable lead on the restart before another accident took Trent Ross, Bob Gase, and John Troxel out of contention for the point. Arlo Becker found himself chasing Allen as the final laps ticked off but he was unable to make a serious bid for the lead as his tires went away over the last few laps. Keith Gogel finished in second with Becker in third. James Lamphier finished in fourth while Troxel was fifth.
Brian Franks started on the pole in the Budweiser Sportsmen feature and that was all the incentive the rookie driver needed to win the race. Franks led wire-to-wire and despite a couple cautions that kept the field tightly bunched he was able to hold off Ron Fisher and JJ Meyer for the win. Martin Ballard finished fourth and John Henecke crossed the stripe in fifth.
Franks’ other win came in the Barron Motor Supply Super Stock feature, where he used a bold outside move to wrestle the lead from Clint Houdek as the field charged toward the checkered flag. Derrick Griesehop finished third with something akin to a photo finish determining the next four positions in a four-wide finish. Doug Simon was fourth and Brad Dvorak fifth.
The Aggregates Late Models ran a pair of ‘Powerade 25’ features, which saw Greg Kastli and Doug Hite collecting wins. Kastli passed Art Christoffersen for the lead on the fifth trip around the “Downs half-mile after starting in the second row. Mike Ehde and Wade Prasil made a charge in the closing laps but couldn’t draw close enough to be a serious threat. Christoffersen finished in fourth and TJ Schaefer fifth in the first of the two Late Model features.
Doug Hite led the second Late Model feature from start to finish but he had a mirror full of Jim Ross over the last ten laps. The race was halted for a multi-car crash on the front stretch with 11 laps to go before Hite was able to resume his charge to the checkers. Ross finished a very strong second with point leader Curt Martin in third, TJ Schaefer fourth, and Wade Prasil fifth.
HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY-CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
3rd Annual Miller Time Modified 50
July 6, 2001
MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS
Feature (50 laps)
Feature (25 laps)
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY SUPER STOCKS
Feature (25 laps)
B Feature (8 laps)
AGGREGATES LATE MODELS
Feature #1 (25 laps)
Feature #2 (25 laps)