ARLO BECKER “SCHOOLS” FIELD ON BUS DRIVING
MCCALLA, HALE, DIGHTON AMONG OTHER WINNERS AT HAWKEYE DOWNS
By Brad Grupe
After a couple preliminary heats earlier in the evening, eight drivers answered the initial call for the fifteen lap school bus feature. They soon found out they would be racing clockwise instead of counter-clockwise as pace car driver took an abrupt left turn while entering the quarter-mile.
Dave Coghlan had things well in hand for the first five laps when guest flagman Sonny Parker threw the yellow flag for a competition yellow, inverted the field and commanded them to reverse direction. Chaos ensued as the drivers turned their buses around. While that was happening, a ninth bus appeared from the pits, roared down the front stretch, stopped under the flagstand and tossed a Papa Johns Pizza and a Coke to Parker in the flagstand.
It seems that the bus was piloted by Papa John’s Pizza rep Mark Hauder. After the “delivery,” Hauder was mysteriously placed at the front of the field by guest flagman Parker and restarted the race from there.
When racing resumed, the next five laps saw three wide action, bump drafting, high-low moves and with five laps to go Scotty “OT Guppy” Welsh dumped the Department of Corrections Express on it’s side exiting turn three blocking the entire track.
Once the track was cleared and the race resumed, the last few laps developed into a battle between Arlo Becker and Dave McCalla with some lapped traffic thrown into the mix to keep things interesting. McCalla turned Becker almost sideways entering the final turn but Becker saved the bus and picked up what historians say was Becker’s first career school bus feature win.
Dave Coghlan, Sr. edged out McCalla for second while Ryan Schoop crossed the stripe in fourth and Shaun Myers finished fifth.
was some more serious racing at ASA Sanctioned Hawkeye Downs
In the early going, last week’s winner Michael Weber and Kevin Lee battled side-by-side for the lead before the two made just enough contact to send Weber spinning into the wall in turn one and sent the rest of the field scrambling.
Some of the field was unable to continue when the race restarted with Dave McCalla now in front. None of the remaining eight cars had anything for McCalla as he cruised to an eventual winning margin of 4.297 seconds over Andy Duggan. Kevin Lee was third, Mel Schappert fourth and Mark Hauder was fifth.
other Papa Johns Cup/I Wireless Championship action, future U of
Ron Dighton picked up his first win of the season in the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stock feature. After starting in the third row, Dighton wrestled the lead from early leader Ron Fare and then held off Roland Bohnsack and Gary Pfantz to secure the win. Pfantz finished second after starting eighth and Bohnsack finished third after starting in the third row. Tim Dains and Dennis Klinksy also posted top five finishes.
Sunline Hornets feature saw a member of the
The IMCA Sportmods division has been a battle between Arnie Reif and Ryan Luedtke trying to catch point leader Tony Olson almost every week. Olson posted some wins early in the season and Reif and Luedtke have caught up in terms of number of wins but haven’t quite caught Olson yet- At least not until Friday night.
Reif pulled out the feature win Friday night which will now time him with Olson in the points chase as he finished two positions better than Olson. Finishing behind Reif was Brian Kauffman, then Olson was third, Luedtke fourth and Jason Doyle fifth.
Racing resumes Friday night August third with Performance Concepts Late Models, Miller Time Modifieds, Budweiser Sportsmen, Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Cars, Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks, Sunline Hornets and Go Karts all in action.
July 27, 2007
BUDWEISER SPORTSMEN (30 laps)
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA STOCK CARS (25 laps)
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA HOBBY STOCKS ( 25 laps)
1 Arlo Becker,; 2. Dave Coghlan, SR.; 3. Dave McCalla; 4. Ryan Schoop; 5. Shaun Myers; 6. Mike Felske; 7. Brian Toma; 8. OT Guppy; 9. Mark Hauder