Aikey dominates “Dirt At the Downs”

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Aug. 5) – Jeff Aikey proved again that he’s just as fast on asphalt as he is on dirt.

                Aikey led the last 31 times around the half-mile oval in winning Wednesday’s “Dirt At The Downs” Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.

                The victory, his third of the season, career fourth at Cedar Rapids and IMCA Late Model tour 51st, paid $2,000.

                Jason Frankel, second behind Aikey in the series point standings, ran in the runner-up spot most of the way. Terry Neal, Ray Guss Jr. and Rob Toland rounded out the top five.

                Neal, piloting Rick Dralle’s car after his own ride expired early in the evening, drew the pole start but Aikey made his move from outside row two and was at the front of the field when the fourth lap was scored.

                He was pulling away before catching up with the back of the pack on the 11th circuit. Frankel made up most of the distance as the two ran in lapped traffic, trying unsuccessfully high and low to make his way into first.

                The front pair continued to negotiate their way through backrunners as the race ran caution-free. Johnny Spaw passed nine cars and finished sixth.


Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Cars, Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Northern SportMods, and Sunline Hornets were also is action on the quarter-mile asphalt in the special Wednesday night event presented by Clear Channel Radio.


Greg Hentrich bolted into the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Car Feature and wasn’t challenged the rest of the way as he scored his first Stock Car win at Hawkeye Downs. Hentrich was chased to the flagstand by Brian Beaty, Cory Houdek, David Ballstaedt, and Chad Siems.


Point leader Kurt Bohnsack finished sixth.


In other Papa Johs/I-Wireless Championship Series action, Jeff Franks scored his fourth straight feature win after securing the point on lap three. Gary Pfantz chased Franks for much of the 20-lap feature but could draw no closer than a car length or so in the final laps.


Pfantz maintained his hold on second while point leader Scott Siems finished third.  Shaun Myers finished fourth and Nathan Ballard was fifth.


Aric Becker proved unstoppable in the IMCA SportMods as he easily out-distanced the field in collecting his first win of 2009. Becker started on the outside of row one, took command at the drop of the green and was never challenged the rest of the way.  Action was halted brefly for a caution with five laps remaining as point leader Scott Kositzky tangled with Dave Coghlan. Blake Carson finished second while Ken Kositzky, Creston Willaims and Jonny Williams filled out the top of the order.


Another large swarm of Sunline Hornets was on hand and three and four-wide racing was again the norm, rather than the exception. Brogan Fiala scored his second trip of the season to Coca-Cola Victory Lane after starting in row two. Brian Franks, a newcomer to the Hornets field came through the pack from 18th to finish in second. Derek Parrott was third, Brad Chandler fourth, and Jim Hanson , fifth.


Point leader Shane Hanson was 8th.




HEAT 1- 1.Jeff Aikey, Waterloo, IA; 2. Terry Neal, Ely, IA; 3. Charlie McKenna, Clear lake, IA; 4. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA; 5. Darrell DeFrance, Mashalltown, IA; 6. Greg Kastli, Waterloo, IA; 7. T.J. Criss, Oskaloosa, IA; 8. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Justin Kay, Wheatland, IA


HEAT 2- 1. Rob Toland, Davenport, IA; 2. Ray Guss, JR.; 3. Jason Frankel, Quincy, IL; 4. Dale Stolte, Springville, IA; 5. Bobby Hansen, Center Point, IA; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, IA; 7. Rob Petshe, Peosta, IA; DNS- Rick Dralle, Waterloo, IA


FEATURE (35 laps) 1. Aikey 2. Frankel 3.Neal 4. Guss, JR. 5. Toland, 6. Spaw 7. Bruening 8. DeFrance 9. Hansen 10. Stolte  11. McKenna  12. Criss  13. Kastli  14. Zrostlik 15. Petshe  16. Kay DNS- Dralle



HEAT- 1. Mark Bolton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA; 3. David Ballstaedt, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Dennis Hundley, Cedar Rapoids, IA; 5. Brian Beaty, Palo,IA; 6. Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City, IA; 7. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Cory Houdek, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Ronnie Godwin, Earlham, IA; 10. Chas Siems, Shellsburg, IA

FEATURE (25 laps) 1. Hentrich  2. Beaty  3. Houdek  4. Ballstaedt  5. Siems  6. Ahrendsen  7. Hundley  8. Bohnsack  9. Godwin  10. Bolton



HEAT- 1. Jeff Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Duayne Herb, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Gary Pfantz, State Center,IA; 4. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Shaun Myers, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Nathan Ballard, Marengo, IA; 7. Kris Jones, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Deb Mefford, Marion, IA; 9. Roland Bohnsack, Clutier, IA; 10. Jeremy Robbins


FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Franks  2. Pfantz  3. Siems  4. Myers  5. Ballard  6. Bohnsack  7. Mefford  8. Herb  9. Robbins  10. Jones



HEAT- 1. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Ken Kositzky, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Blake Carson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Creston Williams, Atkins, IA; 5. Jonny Williams, Atkins, IA; 6. Scott Kositzky, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Dave Coghlan, Marion, IA; 8. Tim Dains, Marion, IA


FEATURE- 1. Becker  2. Carson  3. Ken Kositzky  4.Creston Williams 5. Jonny Williams 6. Coghlan  7. Scott Kositzky DNS- Dains



HEAT 1- (Previous Feature Winners) 1. Natahan Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Brian Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Brad Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Derek Parrott, Marion, IA; 6. Chuck Hanson, Marion, IA; 7. Brad Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Jeff Selfridge, Marion, IA; 9. Brogan Fiala, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 11. Steve Miedke, Cedar Rapids, IA;  12. Shane Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA DNS- Jason Freeman, Cedar Rapids, IA


HEAT 2- (non-feature winners) 1. Dallas Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Jose DeJesus, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Dakota Dains, Marion, IA; 4. Steve Dighton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Charles Evens, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Christian Grady, Cedar Rapids, IA


HEAT 3(non-feature winners) 1. Dan Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Jeremy McKeehan, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. J.R. Dvorak, Robins, IA; 4. Zach Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Ricky Way, Wheatland, IA;


FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Fiala  2. Franks  3.Parrott  4.Brad Chandler  5.Jim Hanson  6.Dan Burhite  7.Nathan Chandler  8. Shane Hanson  9.Brad Burhite  10.Chuck Hanson  11.Dallas Chandler  12. Merv Chandler  13.Selfridge  14.DeJesus  15.Dains  16.Miedke  17.McKeehan  18.Evens  19.Way  20.Grady  21.Dighton  22.Dvorak  23.Zach Burhite DNS- Jasen Freeman