JOHNNY SPAW AND JEFF FRANKS DOUBLE UP ON FEATURE WINS AT HAWKEYE DOWNS

FANS TREATED TO TEN FEATURE RACES FRIDAY NIGHT

 

By Brad Grupe

 

(Cedar Rapids, IA 07/31/09)—Hawkeye Downs race fans were treated to ten feature events  and over 230 laps of feature racing Friday night July 31 as KHAK-FM presented the “2nd Annual Prelude to the Dirt.”

 

Due to the rain-shortened program on July 24, Sunline Hornets, Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks, Budweiser Sportsmen, and Miller Lite Late Models ran make-up features. A full  July 31  Papa Johns/I-Wireless Championship Cup program was also run for those divisions plus the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stocks.

 

And, a special “Prelude to the Dirt” race pitting “A” Mods  vs. “B” Mods against each other on the quarter-mile was also on the card with thirteen cars participating ranging from Hawkeye Downs Modifieds, to dirt modifieds, to IMCA Sportmods.

 

 

Twenty-five cars answered the call for the 20-lap Sunline Hornets make-up feature with Brad Burhite leading the early going. Bryce Bailey took command near the halfway mark and maintained the point until Nathan Chandler powered around Bailey with just two laps remaining. Bailey maintained his hold on second and was followed across the stripe by Brad Chandler, Brad Burhite, and Chuck Hanson. The win was the second of the season for Chandler.

 

Jeff Franks took top honors in the 15-lap Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stock make-up event. After a trio of early cautions, including one for point leader Nathan Ballard,  the field settled in for the last half of the race  with Franks, who started in the third row, in control.  Scott Siems took the checkers in second with Roland Bohnsack, Duayne Herb, and Ballard filling out the top of the order.

 

Andy Duggan scored his third victory of the season in an 18-lap Sportsmen make-up race. Duggan started in row two, took the point from Brad Daugherty on lap eight and cruised to the win, posting a winning margin of .651 seconds over point leader Dave McCalla. Daugherty finished third followed by Kevin Lee and Doug Simon.

 

The final make-up feature of the evening was the Miller Lite Late Models. Brad Osborn started on the pole for the scheduled 40-lap feature  and led the first ten laps or so before Johnny Spaw took control. Spaw, who started in row three, pulled away  from the pack and  kept command after a couple restarts, including one with just three laps remaining. Curt Van Der Wal finished second, .868 seconds behind Spaw with point leader Joey Gase finishing third. Logan Hale ran an impressive race finishing fourth while Justin Jennings was fifth.

 

Larry Clausen started on the point of the 25-lap “A”  vs. “B”  Modified feature and led early before Tony Olson grabbed the lead and never looked back in the caution free event. Clausen, who is the point leader in regular Hawkeye Downs Modified racing,  maintained second as the laps ticked off the board with Scott Kositzky crossing the stripe in third. Kositzky is the IMCA SportMod point leader at Hawkeye Downs.

 

Chad Siems appeared to have things well in hand in the 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature with just a few laps remaining but point leader Kurt Bohnsack had other ideas. Bohnsack took to the high side of the track and went from fourth to first over the final five laps. Bohnsack made the winning pass coming out of turn three on the final lap, finishing just .172 seconds ahead of Siems. Bob Ahrendsen was third with Cory Houdek and Greg Hentrich finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

 

The Sunline Hornets jammed the Hawkeye Downs quarter-mile once again with a twenty-four car field taking the green flag. Thanks to the luck of the draw, point leader Shane Hanson started on the pole and was never challenged throughout his run to the checkers. The race was slowed four times for cautions but each time Hanson was able to pull away while others battled for position behind. Nathan Chandler, who started dead last, motored through the pack and finished second with  Brad Burhite crossing the stripe in third. Brad Chandler and Jim Hanson filled out the top five. The feature win was the second of the season for Shane Hanson.

 

In Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks, Jeff Franks put a rubber stamp on his earlier win  by visiting Coca-Cola Victory Lane for the second time of the evening. Scott Siems finished second again in this feature with Duayne Herb, Nathan Ballard, and Shaun Myers next in line. The win was the third of the season for Franks.

 

Dave McCalla and Andy Duggan battled side-by side for the lead nearly all of the  18 lap Budweiser Sportsmen feature. The two who were tied for the points lead after the make-up feature,  swapped the lead back and forth during the race which did allow the third place car of Kevin Lee to catch up in the final laps. It was a near dead-heat as the three crossed the stripe for the final time but McCalla had the edge and collected his fourth win of the season.  Duggan was second with Lee third. Doug Simon and Brad Daugherty rounded out the top of the order.

 

The final feature of the night was a 40-lap Miller Lite Late Model race. Multiple cautions slowed the race including one on the first lap that sent the field scrambling for cover. Curt VanDerWal led in the early going but never could build much of a lead as the yellow flag kept slowing the action. Johnny Spaw took the lead on a lap 18 restart and was never challenged as he collected his second win of the evening and fourth of the season.

 

Van Der Wal crossed under the flagstand in second followed by Brad Dvorak. Point leader Joey Gase finished fourth and Thor Anderson rallied for fifth.

 

 

 

JULY 24 MAKE-UP FEATURES

SUNLINE HORNETS

FEATURE ( 20 laps)- 1. Nathan Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Bryce Bailey, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3.Brad Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Brad Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5.Chuck Hanson, Marion, IA; 6. Dan Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7.Brogan Fiala, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Shane Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Cory Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa, IA; 10.Jasen Freeman, Cedar Rapids, IA; 11. Jeff Selfridge, Marion, IA; 12.Dakota Dains, Marion, IA; 13. Dallas Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 14. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 15. Christian Grady, Cedar Rapids, IA; 16.Zach Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 17. Jeremy McKeehan, Cedar Rapids, IA; 18. Jose DeJesus, Cedar Rapids, IA; 19. Steve Dighton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 20. Steve Miedke, Cedar Rapids, IA; 21.J.C. Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 22. Charles Evens; 23. J.R. Dvorak, Cedar Rapids, IA; 24. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 25. Corey Williams, Atkins, IA ; DNS- Derek Parrott,Marion, IA; DNS- Anthony Pickart, Cedar Rapids, IA

BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA HOBBY STOCKS

FEATURE (15 laps)- 1. Jeff Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2.Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3.Roland Bohnsack, Clutier, IA; 4. Duayne Herb, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Nathan Ballard, Marengo, IA; 6. Ron Dighton, Marion, IA; 7. Deb Mefford, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Jeremy Robbins; 10. Shaun Myers, Cedar Rapids, IA; 11. Malena Betzer, Cedar Rapids, IA; 12. Jacob Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 13. Kandi Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 14. Kris Jones, Cedar Rapids, IA

BUDWEISER MID-AM SPORTSMEN

FEATURE (18 laps) 1. Andy Duggan, Marion, IA; 2. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Brad Daugherty, Hiawatha, IA; 4. Kevin Lee, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Doug Simon, Marion, IA; 6. Travis Thompson, Atkins, IA; 7. Kevin Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA

MILLER LITE LATE MODELS

FEATURE (40 laps) 1. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Curt VanDerWal, Oskaloosa; 3. Joey Gase, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Logan Hale, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Justin Jennings; 6. Lane Brenden; 7. Darrell Long, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8.Brad Dvorak, Lisbon, IA; 9. Thor Anderson, Bondaurant; 10. Jim Ross, Robins, IA; 11. Brad Osborn, Janesville, IA; 12. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 13. Ron Boelts, Wellsburg, IA

 

JULY 31 RESULTS

“A” MODS  vs. “B” MODS

HEAT 1- 1.Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Tim Dains, Marion, IA; 3. Ken Kositzky, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Blake Carson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Dave Coghlan, Marion, IA; 6. Patrick Flanngan, Marion, IA; 7. Dustin Lacey, Cedar Rapids, IA

HEAT 2- 1. Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Scott Kositzky, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Creston Williams, Atkins, IA; 4. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Bill Flannagn, Marion, IA; DNS-Jonny Williams, Atkins, IA

FEATURE (20 laps)-1. Olson 2.Clausen 3.S. Kositzky 4. Becker 5. Carson 6. C. Williams 7. K. Kositzky 8. Dains 9. P. Flannagan 10. Coghlan 11.Lacey 12. B. Flannagan DNS- Jonny Williams

SUNLINE HORNETS

HEAT  1 (Previous feature winners) 1. Brad Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3.Nathan Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Chuck Hanson, Marion, IA; 5. Shane Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Brogan Fiala, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Jasen Freeman, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Jeff Selfridge, Marion, IA; 9. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Brad Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA

HEAT  2 (non-feature winners)- 1. Dan Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Cory Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa, IA; 3. Dakota Dains, Marion, IA; 4. Steve Miedke, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Christian Grady, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Zach Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. J.R. Dvorak; 8. Charles Evens

HEAT 3 (non-feature winners)- 1. Bryce Bailey, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Jose DeJesus, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Dallas Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Steve Dighton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. J.C, Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Jeremy McKeehan, Cedar Rapids, IA; DNS- Corey Williams DNS- Derek Parrott, Maron, IA

FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Shane Hanson  2. Nathan Chandler  3. Dan Burhite  4. Brad Chandler  5. Jim Hanson  6.Brogan Fiala 7.Chuck Hanson  8. Brad Burhite  9. Bryce Bailey  10. Steve Miedke  11. Jeff Selfridge  12. Jasen Freeman  13.Steve Dighton  14. Cory VanDer Wal  15. Christian Grady  16. Dallas Chandler  17. Charles Evens  18. Zach Burhite  19.Jeremy McKeehan  20.Dakota Dains  21. J.R. Dvorak  22. Jose DeJesus  23. J.C. Floyd  24. Merv Chandler  DNS- Corey Williams  DNS-Derek Parrott

BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA HOBBY STOCKS

HEAT 1- 1.Duayne Herb, Marion, IA; 2. Ron Dighton, Marion, IA; 3. Malena Betzer, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Kris Jones, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Jeff Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Jeremy Robbins, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Nathan Ballard, Marengo, IA

HEAT 2- 1. Roland Bohnsack, Clutier, IA; 2. Shaun Myers, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3.Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Deb Mefford, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Kandi Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Jacob Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA

FEATURE (15 laps) 1. Franks  2. Siems  3. Herb  4. Ballard  5. Myers  6. Bohnsack  7. Mefford  8. Kandi Floyd  9. Jones  10. Dighton  11. Betzer  12. Jacob Floyd  13. Robbins 14. Chandler 

BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY IMCA STOCK CARS

HEAT - 1. Chad Siems, Shellsburg, IA; 2. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA; 3. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Dave Ballstaedt, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Cory Houdek, Marion, IA; 6. Brian Beaty, Palo, IA; 7. Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City, IA; 8. Mark Bolton, Cedar Rapids, IA

FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Bohnsack  2. Siems  3. Ahrendsen  4. Houdek  5. Hentrich  6. Ballstaedt  7. Bolton  8. Beaty

BUDWEISER SPORTSMEN

HEAT- 1. Kevin Lee, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Doug Simon, IA; 3. Brad Daugherty, Hiawatha, IA; 4. Travis Thompson, Atkins, IA; 5. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA; 7. Andy Duggan, Marion, IA; 8. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Kevin Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA

FEATURE (18 laps) 1. McCalla  2. Duggan  3. Lee  4. Simon  5. Daugherty  6. Thompson  7. Ahrendsen  8. Hentrich  9. Franks

MILLER LITE LATE MODELS

FEATURE( 40 laps) 1. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Curt VanDerWal, Oskaloosa, IA; 3. Brad Dvorak, Lisbon, IA; 4. Joey Gase, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Thor Anderson, Bondaurant, IA; 6. Jim Ross, Robins, IA; 7. Lane Brenden, Mitchell, SD; 8. Justin Jennings  9. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Brad Osborn, Janesville, IA  11. Darrell Long, Cedar Rapids, IA; 12. Logan Hale, Cedar Rapids, IA DNS- Rob Boelts, Wellsburg