(Cedar Rapids, IA  08/15/08)—Several thousand race fans jammed Hawkeye Downs Speedway to the rafters Friday night for Casey’s General Stores Night and the ‘Walk a Lap with Landon” promotion designed to raise money for local flood relief. NASCAR Nationwide series rookie and Cedar Rapids native Landon Casill returned “home” to Hawkeye Downs Speedway to race and to raise cash for The Salvation Army and Aid to Women as they continue to assist local flood victims.  An exact total of the money raised isn’t known yet but initial reports early in the evening were that nearly $8000 had been donated by fans at the race. The money raised was to be matched up to $10,000 each by Cassill, Hendrick Motorsports,  Dale Earnhart, Jr., and Kyle Busch. 


            Steve Carlson and the other four fastest qualifiers in Late Models, including Landon Cassill,  all opted to take a challenge from the fans and start at the back of the feature event in hopes of winning bonus purse money. The rest of the Late Model field was inverted based on qualifying. It took a couple tries to get the 40-lap Miller Lite Late Models feature rolling but once it did the fast cars at the back of the field quickly moved to the front.


            By the ninth trip around the Hawkeye Downs half-mile Steve Carlson and Landon Cassill were running first and second with Carlson pulling away a bit with each passing lap. However, that lead was erased with six laps remaining setting up a sprint to the finish. As the green flew Cassill broke loose as he hit the throttle spinning on the front stretch.  That put Curt VanDerWal in the challenger position but Carlson was able to pull out a 1.3 second win, his sixth of the season.. VanDerWal was second while Johnny Spaw was third, Dudley Fleck fourth, and Griffin McGrath held off Cassill for fifth.


            Randy Coghlan notched his second trip of the season  to Victory Lane in Budweiser Sportsmen. Coghlan pulled out to a huge lead after starting on the point  , Michael Weber started running him down  but Weber ran out laps after shaving a nearly five second lead down to just .190 seconds at the finish line. Point leader Dave McCalla crossed the line in third followed by Kevin Lee, and Bob Ahrendsen.


            Larry Clausen was awarded the win in the Coors Light Modified feature after  the #88 of apparent race winner Arlo Becker didn’t pass post-race tech inspection. Clausen had battled Becker over the last couple laps but couldn’t make an outside pass stick as they charged to the checkers.  Tony Olson finished second in the revised order followed by Mike Schulte, Tim Plummer, and  Cory Houdek.


            Rodney Grother picked up his first win since moving to the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Car division as he beat out Bob Ahrendsen, Dave Ballstaedt, Kurt Bohnsack, and Brian Franks. Grother moved to Stock Cars from the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks and has shown steady improvement over the course of the season.


            Shawn Myers started up from and stayed well ahead of the pack in the Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stock feature to collect his first win in the division since moving up from the Sunline Hornet division. Gary Pfantz, who leads the division,  finished second after wrestling the position from Ed O’Brien in the last five laps. O’Brien maintained third while Dennis Klinsky and Roland Bohnsack rounded out the top five.


            In the Sunline Hornets, Brad Chandler scored his sixth victory of the season. Jim Hanson posted a second place finish which will put him  at the top of the points chart after point leader Derek Parrott finished seventh.  Shane was third while Nathan Chandler finished fourth and Jonny Williams fifth.


            Finally, in IMCA Sportmods, Brian Gibson piloted the D56 to the win, his first of the season in just two starts. Gibson has not been in competition at Hawkeye Downs for several years but has driven in several classes, including Late Models previously. Arnie Reif collected second and Aric Becker was third. Current point leader Ryan Luedtke finished fourth and Scott Kositky was fifth.









1. Steve Carlson, West Salem, WI; 2. Curt Van DerWal, Oskaloosa, IA; 3. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Dudley Fleck, Cedar Rapids, IA;5.  Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Landon Cassill, Charlotte, NC; 7. Brad Dvorak,  Lisbon, IA; 8. Jim Ross, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Logan Hale, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Jon Leonard, Vinton, IA; 11. Nick Greif, Monticello, IA; 12. Jill George, Cedar Falls, IA; 13. Joey Gase, Cedar Rapids, IA; 14. Brad Osborn, Janesville, IA; 15. Thor Anderson, Bondaurant, IA; 16. Ron Boelts. Wellsburg, IA




1. Randy Coghlan,  Toddville, IA; 2. Michael Weber, Ryan, IA; 3. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Kevin Lee, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Doug Simon, Marion, IA; 7. Mel Schappert, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8. Kevin Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Travis Thompson, Atkins, IA; 10. Mark Hauder, Dubuque, IA




1. Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Mike Schulte, Norway, IA; 4. Tim Plummer. Norway, IA; 5. Cory Houdek, Marion, IA; 6. Scott Strauss, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Steve Lindell, Marion, IA; 8. Darrell Long, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids, IA  DQ-Arlo Becker, Norway




1. Rodney Grother, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Dave Ballstaedt, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City, IA; 5. Brian Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Scooter Dulin, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA; 8. Mark Bolton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Brian Beatty, Palo, IA; 10. Chad Siems, Shellsburg, IA; 11. Jim Kennedy




1. Shawn Myers, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Gary Pfantz, State Center, IA; 3. Ed O’Brien, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Dennis Klinsky, Ely, IA; 5. Roland Bohnsack, Clutier, IA; 6. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Duayne Herb, Marion, IA; 8. Kandi Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Jeremy Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Deb Mefford, Marion, IA; 11. Malena Betzer, Cedar Rapids, IA; 12. Matt Lacoursiere, Cedar Rapids, IA; 13. Kris Jones, Cedar Rapids, IA



1. Brad Chandler, Vinton, IA; 2. JimHanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Shane Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Nate Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Jonny Williams, Atkins, IA; 6. Jeff Selfridge, Marion, IA; 7. Derek Parrott, Marion, IA; 8. Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Brad Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 10. Brogan Fiala, Fairfax, IA; 11. Cory Van der Wal, Oskaloosa, IA; 12. Ron Dighton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 13. Dan Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 14. Jasen Freeman, Cedar Rapids, IA; 15. Jose DeJesus, Cedar Rapids, IA; 16. Connie Binder, Clutier, IA; 17. Willie Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 18. Dallas Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA



1. Brian Gibson,  Walford, IA; 2. Arnie Reif, Hiawatha, IA; 3. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids, IA 4. Ryan Luedtke, Norway, IA; 5. Scott Kositzky, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Michael Mitchell, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Jamie Huff, Center Point, IA