(Cedar Rapids, IA  07/15/2005)—Heat and humidity were not friends of drivers, crews, or fans at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Friday night as the  weather conditions combined to make a tricky race track on Full Throttle Energy Drink night. Despite numerous cautions for spins and wrecks it was a good night for drivers such as Logan Hale and Samantha Blumer as they scored their first career feature wins.


                The Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Car feature saw Logan Hale of Cedar Rapids take the lead early after starting outside the second row. Hale, a high school junior in just his second year of racing, extended the lead quickly only to have it erased on lap five when the Yellow Book Yellow Flag slowed the action.  Hale maintained his lead after the restart and then held off point leader Brad Dvorak, also of Cedar rapids,  for the balance of the race, pulling out a .851 second win over Dvorak.  Randy Filling finished third after starting in row four. Doug Simon and Cory Houdek both posted “top five” finishes also.


                In the Marines.Com Hornet feature, Samantha Blumer of Manchester bolted into an early lead and never looked back as she racked up her first career win in the new for 2005 division. Blumer started on the point of the 12-lap feature and maintained a comfortable margin over the fourteen car field until the last couple laps when Nathan Ballard of Marengo closed in. Ballard wasn’t able to make a serious challenge as the final  two laps ticked off and Blumer crossed the Lint Millwright Finish Line a couple car lengths ahead of Ballard.  Jake Blumer finished in third with Creston Williams fourth and point leader Rick Gallo fifth.


                Former Super Stock Champion Dave McCalla of Cedar Rapids racked up two wins on Friday night as he took the checkers in both of the 20-lap Budweiser Late Model Sportsmen features. In the first feature McCalla started in seventh and was moving up quickly when caution bunched the field after six laps. When racing resumed McCalla bolted around Kevin Korsmo and Andy Duggan to take command of the race for good.  McCalla posted a winning margin of 1.889 seconds over the second place finisher Andy Duggan according to Alliant Energy Transponder Timing and Scoring. Martin Ballard recorded a strong third place finish with Korsmo fourth and Craig Bender fifth.


                The second Sportsmen feature saw Brian Franks of Cedar Rapids lead most of the race after starting in the front row. McCalla chased him throughout the race until Franks lost power with three laps remaining, sending McCalla into the lead and a couple laps later into Coca-Cola Victory Lane.  Kevin Korsmo, who leads the points in this division, finished in second, some 8/10’s of a second behind.  Andy Duggan posted another strong performance crossing the stripe in third.  Martin Ballard picked up his second top five finish of the night finishing fourth while Bender finished in fifth, just as in the first feature.


                Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stock driver Terry Shaffar of State Center picked up his 50th career win Friday night. The win was his eighth of the season on the pavement. Shaffar, who has been racing about six years, started in seventh   and once again used the high groove to dispense with the field in front of him to pick up his fourth straight win. Shaffar took the lead with seven laps remaining and led the parade to the finish line with Tim Dains right behind. Deb Mefford finished in third with Ron Dighton fourth and Scott Siems fifth.


                Multi-time track champion Johnny Spaw of Cedar Rapids scored his third win of the season in the Performance Concepts Late Models Friday night picking up the hardware for the first of two 20-lap features. The race was halted without a lap on the board when first time visitor Derek of Nadler of Kansas City, MO, smacked the wall hard exiting turn two.


                Spaw, who led the points by a scant one point over Brad Osborn coming into Friday night,  led every lap of the feature but saw his lead evaporate in the closing laps as Kyle Hinrichs of Swisher closed in. Hinrichs, who started seventh,  was on Spaw’s tail as the checkers waved finishing just .281 seconds behind. Scott Wennermark of Ely finished in third with Dudley Fleck and Chris Sevey nailing down the rest of the top five positions.


                The second Late Model feature saw Chris Sevey of Waterloo score his third win of the season as he ran away from the field. Brad Osborn, of Janesville, finished nearly a  full second behind Sevey with Jeff King of CR finishing third. Kyle Hinrichs finished fourth while Denny Osborn was fifth.  The point chase remains very close with Spaw unofficially maintaining a one-point margin over Brad Osborn.


                The 30-lap Miller Time IMCA Asphalt Modified feature saw plenty of action. Some was in the form of racing and some was in the form of crashing and spinning. When the checkered flag fell the sixteen car field was pared down to nine cars after numerous crashes. Chad Willett of Cedar Rapids emerged the victor picking up his second win of the season.  Arlo Becker, who had been leading the race, couldn’t continue when Tim Plummer and he made contact with just a couple laps remaining propelling Willett into the lead. Keith Siefken of Cedar Rapids finished in second followed by Jim Hanson, who recovered from earlier mechanical problems to finish a strong third.


Plummer, who leads the points, recovered from a penalty that put him in the back of the field after the earlier contact with Becker, to finish in fourth.  Shawn Stinger of Palo was fifth.


Racing resumes Friday night July 22 with only one regular Hawkeye Downs division on the card.  The Performance Concepts Late Models will join the USAC Ford Focus Midgets and round two of “Motor Madness” as flat track motorcycles, mini-vans, and School Bus races will fill out the card.








FEATURE (12 laps)

1. Samantha Blumer, Manchester; 2. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 3. Jake Blumer, Manchester; 4. Creston Williams, Atkins; 5. Rick Gallo, Cedar Rapids; 6. Derrick Beadle, Hiawatha; 7. Shawn  Meyers, Ely; 8. Jeff Ballard, Marengo; 9. Clint Sheppard, Hiawatha; 10. Davey Snyder, Iowa City; 11. Brian Bries, Norway; 12. Connie Binder, Clutier; 13. Dan Vincent, Solon; 14. Craig Stepanek, Vinton



FEATURE (15 laps)

  1. Terry Shaffar, State Center; 2. Tim Dains, Cedar Rapids; 3. Deb Mefford, Cedar Rapids; 4. Ron Dighton, Cedar Rapids; 5. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids; 6. Kandi Floyd, Cedar Rapids; 7. Brandon Herb, Marion; 8. Matt Lacoursiere, Cedar Rapids; 9. Tim Hill, Cedar Rapids; 10. Aaron Meyer, Cedar Rapids; 11. Chad Vozenilek, Fairfax; 12. Rodney Grother, Cedar Rapids



FEATURE ( 25 laps)

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



FEATURE #1 (20 laps)

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


FEATURE #2 (20 laps)

  1. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids; 2. Kevin Korsmo, Atkins; 3. Andy Duggan, Marion; 4. Martin Ballard, Marengo; 5. Craig Bender, Cedar Rapids; 6. Mel Schappert, Cedar Rapids; 7. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids; 8. Mark Hauder, Dubuque; 9. Michael Annett, Des Moines; 10. Brian Franks, Central City; 11. Kevin Franks, Cedar Rapids



FEATURE #1 ( 20 laps)

  1. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 2. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 3. Scott Wennermark, Ely; 4. Dudley Fleck, Cedar Rapids; 5. Chris Sevey, Waterloo; 6. Denny Osborn, Janesville; 7. Brad Osborn, Janesville; 8. Jeff King, Cedar Rapids; 9. JJ Meyer, Cedar Rapids; 10. Brian Allen, Cedar Rapids; 11. Derek Nadler, Kansas City, MO


FEATURE #2 (20 laps)

  1. Chris Sevey, Waterloo; 2. Brad Osborn, Janesville; 3. Jeff King, Cedar Rapids; 4. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 5. Denny Osborn, Janesville; 6. Dudley Fleck, Cedar Rapids; 7. JJ Meyer, Cedar Rapids; 8. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 9. Scott Wennermark, Ely; 10. Brian Allen, Cedar Rapids; DNS- Derek Nadler, Kansas City, MO



FEATURE (30 laps)

1. Chad Willett, Cedar Rapids; 2. Keith Siefken, Cedar Rapids; 3. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids; 4. Tim Plummer, Norway; 5. Shawn Stinger, Palo; 6. Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids; 7. Scott Strauss, Cedar Rapids; 8. Pat Flanagan, Cedar Rapids; 9. Jody Lana, Cedar Rapids; 10. Arlo Becker, Norway; 11. Scott Grady, Cedar Rapids; 12. Darrell Long, Cedar Rapids; 13. Steve Lindell,  Marion; 14. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids; 15. Bob Gase, Cedar Rapids; 16. Rodney Rocarek, Mt. Vernon