EHDE, ROSS AMONG HAWKEYE DOWNS WINNERS
By Brad Grupe
(Cedar Rapids, IA 071301)—KHAK-FM presented the “2nd Annual KHAK Free Night At the Races” on Friday night and a crowd estimated at 8500 crammed and jammed their way into Hawkeye Downs to watch racing in six divisions plus a go-kart racing exhibition.
The four regular divisions of the ASA Racing/Hawk Performance/Papa johns Cup Championship Series were in action along with the Barron Motor Supply Thunderstocks and the Coca-Cola Women On Wheels.
Mike Ehde, Prarie Du Chien, WI; won the first of two “Powerade 25” features for Aggregates Late Models. Ehde, who started fifth, passed Jeff King on lap five to secure the lead and was never challenged for the balance of the race. The Wisconsin driver has been strong all season and currently sits third in the point standings, 57 point behind leader Curt Martin. Dave Naylor posted another strong finish finishing second with Larry Kelley recording one of his strongest finishes of the season in finishing third.
The second “Powerade 25” saw Jim Ross of Cedar Rapids edge out Dudley Fleck and point leader Curt Martin for the win. Ross emerged as the leader as he and Fleck battled through the first couple laps and stayed out front the rest of the way. The trio raced nearly nose to tail at times but despite having lost power steering Ross was able to hold off Fleck and Martin. Ross dedicated the win to his late father, Ron “Boss” Ross in victory lane.
Curt VanDerWal of Oskaloosa thoroughly dominated the Budweiser Sportsmen feature, showing why he is the current point leader in that division. VanDerWal snagged the lead with just six laps gone after starting in the second row. His point average over the past couple weeks put him higher up in the starting grid after suffering some problems in the last couple outings.
Ross Kurth, who is a rookie in the Sportsmen division, finished a distant second but the Waukon driver posted his strongest performance of the season with that finish. Andy Duggan was scored third after the on-track third place finisher didn’t pass technical inspection.
Mike Schulte continued his winning ways in the Miller Time Open Wheel Modifieds but he didn’t take the point until there were just three laps of the twenty-five lapper remaining. Schulte and Larry Clausen raced side-by-side for several laps before Schulte finally got the lead for good. Scott Wennermark finished third after starting in the third row, The three top finishers are also at the top of the point standing for the division with Schulte currently holding a 51 point cushion over Clausen.
The Barron Motor Supply Super Stock feature was won in dominating fashion by Cedar Rapids driver Aric Becker. He took the lead on lap 8 and avoided a series of incidents throughout the race to secure the win. Becker, who started in row two, finished ahead of Kurt Bohnsack of Coralville. Bob Ahrendsen, who competes in this division as well as Sportsmen, finished in third.
The Barron Motor Supply Thunderstocks were also in action running a pair of 20-lap features. Atkins’ Ron Jarrett won the first race, with Kevin Sanborn chasing him the entire way. The best battle on the track was for third with Chad Vozenilek edging out Bobby Grandstaff for the spot.
The second Thunderstock feature went to Jeff Selfridge of Marion. Selfridge wrestled the lead from Steve Snyder on lap five, held off a later challenge from Snyder and then outran Mike Walsh for the win. Walsh finished second with Frank Auen crossing the stripe in third.
Deb Mefford held off a hard-charging Gwen Christensen to secure her second win in a row in the Coca-Cola Women on Wheels feature event. Christensen pulled up on Mefford’s bumper several times during the 20 lap race and came up a bit short in a last ditch effort to take the lead on the final lap. Sandra Sheldon finished third.
Hawkeye Downs Speedway-Cedar Rapids, IA
Results for 071301
AGGREGATES LATE MODELS
MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY SUPER STOCKS
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY THUNDERSTOCKS
COCA-COLA WOMEN ON WHEELS