Merv Chandler Tops Hornets, Fischlein and Hefti Score Go-Kart Wins


(Cedar Rapids, IA  07/20/07)—Eight different drivers visited Coca-Cola Victory Lane on a busy night of racing at ASA-Sanctioned Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Friday.


                There were eight other winners of sorts as well during the annual Hochstetler Towing Bike Giveaway Night which sent eight lucky boys and girls home with  new bikes.


                Colby Fischlein, of Mooresville, NC waged a terrific battle with Tanner Allen to win the Junior Division Feature in Go-Karts. Fischlein is the son of former area driver Dale Fischlein and is also the nephew of Johnny, Ray and Eric Spaw . Klein Walker placed second in that race with Allen crossing the stripe in third.


                In the Senior Division, A trip from LaCrosse, WI paid off for Fred Hefti as he edged out William Reiken to collect the checkered flag. Mike Knapp scored third in the 12 lap race.


                Merv Chandler of  Cedar Rapids picked up his first feature win as a Hornet Driver in the 15 lap feature for the Sunline Hornets. Merv just beat his son Nathan to the finish line while Shaun Myers finished third. That third place finish should allow Myers to overtake teammate Brian Beaty in the points battle. Another member of the Chandler family, Brad finished in fourth while Beaty finished fifth.


                Ryan Luedtke of Norway, IA picked up his fourth win of the season in the IMCA Sportmods with Arnie Reif finishing second. Current point leader Tony Olson finished third while Brian Kauffman and Jim Buhlman rounded out the top five. Olson looks to maintain his point lead after this race but Reif and Luedtke, who are now tied for second in points did make up some ground this week.


                In other Papa Johns Cup/I-Wireless Championship action, Steve Wilhelm picked up his first win in a wild  20 lap Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stock feature. The top five crossing the Coors Light Finish Line were so tightly bunched it was almost a photo finish. In the end Wilhelm, of Cedar Rapids, had his first victory while Rodney Grother finished second. Point leader Tim Dains finished third, Roland Bohnsack fourth, and Scott Siems was fifth.


                Randy Filling of Toddville scored his second straight win in the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Car feature. Filling started outside the first row and then outpaced Bob Ahrendsen and Kurt Bohnsack, eventually recording a .256 second win over point leader Bob Ahrendsen. Ahrendsen has been a model of consistency this season and continues to lead the points chase despite not having won a feature.  Doug Otto wound up fourth and Mark Bolton fifth.


                Moving to the “big track,” Larry Clausen of Cedar Rapids continues to be the hot driver in the Miller Time Modifieds. Clausen started on the pole and blasted away from the field as the green dropped and then repeated that maneuver after a lap 6 caution that bunched the field. Clausen eventually posted a 1.950 second margin of victory over point leader Tim Plummer.


Chad Willett, who is second in points, finished in third and will remain one-point behind Plummer in the point standings. Arlo Becker finished in fourth while Scott Strauss posted his best run of the season, finishing fifth after starting on the point.


Michael Weber scored his first career win in the Budweiser Sportsmen 25 lap feature. Weber, who is from Ryan, IA, started up front  and built a sizable lead early only to see it evaporate as the laps ticked off. With seven laps to go Andy Duggan and Martin Ballard had caught Weber but as those two battled side-by-side for second place, Weber was able to pull away again and he went on to win by .341 seconds according to Hawkeye Downs Transponder Scoring. Ballard wrestled second place from Duggan with point leader Dave McCalla fourth and Brian Franks fifth.


Racing continues Friday night, July 28 with the ever popular School Bus Racing on the card along with Budweiser Sportsmen, Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Cars, Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks, Sunline Hornets, and IMCA Sportmods.






JULY 20, 2007



  1. Michael Weber, Ryan, IA;  2. Martin Ballard, Marengo, IA; 3. Andy Duggan, Marion, IA; 4. Dave McCalla, IA; 5. Brian Franks, Central City, IA; 6. Mel Schappert, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Kevin Lee, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Jon Leonard, Vinton, IA



  1. Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Tim Plummer, Norway, IA; 3. Chad Willett, Alburnett, IA; 4. Arlo Becker, Norway, IA; 5. Scott Strauss, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Steve Stinger, Palo, IA; 7. Scott Grady, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Cory Houdek, Marion, IA; 9. Joey Gase, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Steve Lindell, Marion, IA; 11. Craig Bender, Cedar Rapids, IA; 12. Darrell Long, Cedar Rapids



  1. Randy Filling, Toddville, IA; 2. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City, IA; 4. Doug Otto, Marion, IA; 5. Mark Bolton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA; 7. Dennis Hundley, Center Point, IA; 8. Chad Siems, Marion, IA



  1. Steve Wilhelm, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Rodney Grother, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Tim Dains, Marion, IA; 4. Roland Bohnsack, Clutier, IA; 5. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Dennis Klinsky, Ely, IA; 7. Gary Pfantz, State Center, IA; 8. Deb Mefford, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Duayne Herb, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Ron Dighton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 11. Ron Fare, Cedar Rapids, IA; 12. Scott Benesh, Cedar Rapids, IA; 13. Bill McVey, Cedar Rapids, IA; 14. Steve Higdon, Cedar Rapids, IA; 15. Kris Jones, Cedar Rapids, IA; 16. Malena Betzer, Cedar Rapids, IA



  1. Ryan Leudtke, Norway, IA; 2. Arnie Reif, Hiawatha, IA; 3. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Brian Kauffman, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Jim Buhlman, Cedar Falls, IA; 6. Jason Doyle, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Craig Cordes, Cedar Falls, IA; 8. Anthony Higdon, Vinton, IA



  1. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Brad Chandler, Vinton, IA; 3. Shaun Myers, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Brad Chandler, Vinton, IA; 5. Brian Beaty, Palo, IA; 6. Jonny Williams, Atkins, IA; 7. Jim Williams, Atkins, IA; 8. Shane Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Scott Welsh, Marion, IA; 10. Bryce Bailey, Cedar Rapids, IA; 11. Shawn Ackerman, Cedar Rapids, IA; 12. Brian Bries, Norway, IA; 13. Brandon Herb



  1. Colby Fischlein, Mooresville, NC; 2. Klein Walker, Marion, IA; 3. Tanner Allen, Springville, IA; 4. Josh Cassill, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Jeremy Cassill, Cedar Rapids, IA; DNS-Garrett Houdek, Anamosa, IA



1. Fred Hefti, LaCrosse, WI; 2. William Reiken, Marion, IA; 3. Mike Knapp; 4. Monte Bankes ;DNS-Michael Steadman