(Cedar Rapids, IA  070805)—Cedar Rapids High School Senior Griffin McGrath picked up his first career Miller Time IMCA Asphalt Modified win at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Friday night in front of a great crowd that included a party hosted by his father, Mike McGrath.


                Just a few weeks ago McGrath, who’s just in his second full year of racing, was involved in a fiery crash on the backstretch that nearly destroyed his car.


                McGrath held a brief lead early in the race as he bolted into the lead following a restart but then settled back into third as Bob Gase and Arlo Becker got by him. On lap thirteen Becker and Gase spun as Becker was trying to pass Gase which put McGrath back in control of the race.


                On the restart McGrath roared away from the field and wasn’t challenged until point leader Tim Plummer caught up and made a last lap bid for the lead. McGrath was able to slam the door on Plummer and crossed the Lint Millwright Finish Line .128 seconds ahead of Plummer. Becker rallied from the earlier spin to finish in third while Pat Flannagan was fourth and Chad Willet was fifth.


                In quarter-mile action featuring the “Full Throttle Energy Drink Stars of Tomorrow”, Creston Williams of Atkins racked up his first career win in the Hornets division. Williams started outside the second row in the 12 lapper and took the lead with 5 laps remaining after leader Samantha Blumer faltered. Rick Gallo of Cedar Rapids made a strong bid for the lead on the last lap but Williams edged him out by about a quarter car length at the line. Nathan Ballard of Marengo was third with Connie Binder of Clutier and Jeff Ballard of Marengo rounding out the top five finishers.


                Terry Shaffar of State Center tallied win number seven in the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks scoring a convincing win over Rodney Grother. Shaffar, who has recovered nicely from some early season problems, started in seventh and took the lead with just five laps gone and then motored away from the field over the remainder of the race. Brandon Herb finished behind Grother while Tim Dains and Scott Siems completed the top of the finishing order for the 15 lap feature.


                After leading much of the  Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Car feature, Logan Hale surrendered the lead to Bob Ahrendsen with just 4 laps to go in the event. Ahrendsen tried an outside pass following a lap six caution but Hale was able to hold him off until Ahrendsen squeezed under him with four to go.  Ahrendsen then had to hold off Brad Dvorak on the last lap posting a winning margin of just .116 seconds according to Alliant Energy Transponder Timing and Scoring.  Randy Filling finished third with Doug Simon and Cory Houdek coming on strong in fourth and fifth.


                In other half-mile action, the Budweiser Late Model Sportsmen ran a pair of features with Craig Bender of Cedar Rapids and Andy Duggan of Marion each taking a win. The first event was shortened by a couple laps after repeated cautions imposed the one lap per minute time limit. Bender started on the pole and was never seriously challenged on the way to his second win of the season.  Andy Duggan finished second in that race with Kevin Franks, Martin Ballard, and Kevin Korsmo right behind.


                The second Sportsmen feature saw Andy Duggan pick up his second win of the season after starting outside the second row. Duggan reeled in leader Kevin Franks and took the point on lap 8. Finishing behind Duggan were point leader Kevin Korsmo, Dave McCalla, Martin Ballard and Franks.


                The Performance Concepts Late Models also ran a pair of twenty-lap features with last seasons’ champ Brad Osborn picking up his second trip to Coca-Cola Victory lane this season.  Last week’s winner, Scott Wennermark, scored the win in the other late Model feature.


                Brad Osborn has struggled a bit this season with motor problems but showed no effects of that on Friday night. Osborn took the lead from point leader Johnny Spaw on lap five and then sailed to the win. Denny Osborn, Brad’s father, crossed the stripe in second, over two seconds behind. Jim Ross returned to Hawkeye Downs Friday night to finish in third. Spaw, who’s been battling apparent motor problems, held on to fourth while Jeff King was fifth.


                The second late Model feature saw Kyle Hinrichs of Swisher take an early lead only to see his lead evaporate as a yellow Book Yellow Flag bunched the field.  Scott Wennermark of Ely tried a high groove pass shortly after the restart but couldn’t make the move stick. Five laps later Wennermark was able to nose under Hinrichs to take command of the race and he was not challenged the rest of the way.  Hinrichs maintained second with Jeff King, Denny Osborn and Brad Osborn coming in third, fourth, and fifth respectively.  The win was the second in as many weeks for Wennermark.





FEATURE (12 laps)

  1. Creston Williams, Atkins; 2. Rick Gallo, Cedar Rapids; 3. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 4. Connie Binder, Clutier; 5. Jeff Ballard, Marengo; 6. Derrick Beadle, Hiawatha; 7. Clint Shepard, Hiawatha; 8. Brian Beaty, Palo; 9. Brian Bries, Norway; 10. Dan Vincent, Solon



FEATURE (15 laps)

  1. Terry Shaffar, State Center; 2. Rodney Grother, Mt. Vernon; 3. Brandon Herb, Marion; 4. Tim Dains, Marion; 5. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids; 6. Ron Dighton, Cedar Rapids; 7. Kandi Floyd, Cedar Rapids; 8. Chad Vozenilek, Fairfax; 9. Perry Thomsen, Cedar Rapids; 10. Roger Lacoursiere, Cedar Rapids; 11. Matt Lacoursiere, Cedar Rapids; 12. Gabe Dawes, Cedar Rapids; 13. Deb Mefford, Marion



FEATURE (25 laps)

  1. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids; 2. Brad Dvorak, Cedar Rapids; 3. Randy Filling, Toddville; 4. Doug Simon, Marion; 5. Cory Houdek, Marion; 6. Chad Siems, Marion; 7. Chris Wessner, Quasqueton; 8. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 9. Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City; 10. Brian Dvorak, Mt. Vernon; 11. Mark Bolton, Cedar Rapids; 12. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha; 13. Logan Hale, Cedar Rapids; 14. Wendy Carnahan, Cedar Rapids



FEATURE (30 laps)

  1. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids; 2. Tim Plummer, Norway; 3. Arlo Becker, Norway; 4. Pat Flannagan, Cedar Rapids; 5. Chad Willet. Cedar Rapids; 6. Keith Siefken, Cedar Rapids; 7. Rodney Rocarek, Mt. Vernon; 8. Bob Gase, Cedar Rapids; 9. Scott Strauss, Cedar Rapids; 10. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids; 11. Scott Grady, Cedar Rapids; 12. Shawn Stinger, Palo; 13. Steve Lindell, Marion; 14. Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids; 15. Darrell Long, Cedar Rapids



FEATURE #1 (20laps)

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


FEATURE #2 (20laps)

  1. Andy Duggan, Marion; 2. Kevin Korsmo, Atkins; 3. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids; 4. Martin Ballard, Marengo; 5. Kevin Franks, Cedar Rapids; 6. Craig Bender, Cedar Rapids; 7. Brian Franks, Central City; 8. Mel Schappert, Marengo; 9. Mark Hauder, Marengo; DNS- Kevin Lee, Cedar Rapids; DNS- Jeff Brass, Ackley



FEATURE #1 (20 laps)

  1. Brad Osborn, Janesville; 2. Denny Osborn, Janesville; 3. Jim Ross, Cedar Rapids; 4. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 5. Jeff King, Cedar Rapids; 6. Scott Wennermark, Ely; 7. JJ Meyer, Cedar Rapids; 8. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 9. Chris Sevey, Waterloo; 10. Lyle Williams, Center Point; 11. Brian Allen, Cedar Rapids


FEATURE  #2 (20 laps)

  1. Scott Wennermark, Ely; 2. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 3. Jeff King, Cedar Rapids; 4. Denny Osborn, Janesville; 5. Brad Osborn, Janesville; 6. Chris Sevey, Waterloo; 7. JJ  Meyer, Cedar Rapids; 8. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 9. Jim Ross, Cedar Rapids; 10. Brian Allen, Cedar Rapids; 11. Lyle Willams, Center Point