BRIAN FRANKS WINS WILD SUPER STOCK FEATURE AT ‘DOWNS
By Brad Grupe
(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 081701)—Brian Franks won the 50-lap ‘Wholly Smokes 50” for Barron Motor Supply Super Stocks at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Friday night. Other winners were Larry Clausen in the Miller Time Modifieds, Scot Johnson in Budweiser Sportsmen and Greg Kastli and Marty Diercks each picked up “Powerade 25” wins in the Aggregates Late Models. The Coca-Cola 2-Driver Cruisers were also on the card Friday night with the tandem of Steve Luedtke and Mike Carver surviving for the win.
Franks, who also won the “Wholly Smokes 50” last season, worked his way through the pack to the front and then held off separate challenges from the likes of Aric Becker, Doug Simon, Brian Helle and points leader Brad Dvorak before securing the win. Becker finished second, Simon third, Helle fourth and Dvorak fifth.
Larry Clausen posted a superb performance in the Miller Time Modifieds using a pass on the backstretch to move from fourth to first to take the lead early in the race. Clausen then held off point leader Mike Schulte to secure the win. Finishing behind Schulte were Scott Wennermark, Brian Allen and Trent Ross.
Scot Johnson took a flag-to-flag trip to Coca-Cola Victory Lane in the Budweiser Sportsmen feature but not without some late pressure from rookie Ross Kurth. Kurth posted his strongest performance of the season in finishing second. Paul Walder finished a fine run in third followed by Tom Burke and Dave Johnson. Current point leader Curtis Van Der Wal finished in sixth.
Greg Kastli took the win in the first of two “Powerade 25” races in the Late Models after taking the lead on the restart following an early caution that saw two cars battling for the lead take each other out. Kastli maintained a safe lead throughout the balance of the race and was followed to the checkered flag by Les Cady, Jeff King, Jim Ross and TJ Schaefer. The second place finish by Cady is his strongest finish at Hawkeye Downs since joining the Late Models.
Marty Diercks won his second feature in as many weeks collecting top honors in the second Late Model feature. Diercks slipped underneath Doug Hite with ten laps to go to pick up his third trip to the podium this season. Hite finished in second with point leader Curt Martin, still driving with a broken hand, finishing in third. Jim Ross equaled his finish from the earlier feature winding up fourth and Kastli was fifth.
Steve Luedtke and Mike Carver collected the checkers in the 2-Driver Cruiser feature, which turned into more of a battle for survival as cars were spinning and crashing throughout the twenty-lap feature. Shellie and Jerry O’Brien finished in the second slot with Eric and Ed Gintert holding on for third.
HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY-CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Results for August 17, 2001
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY SUPER STOCKS
Qualifier #1- Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids
Qualifier #2- Ron Fisher, Shellsburg
B Feature- Clint Houdek, Anamosa
FEATURE (50 laps)
MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS
Heat #1- Jim Ross, Cedar Rapids
Heat #2- Brian Allen, Hiawatha
Heat #1- Scot Johnson, Ankeny
Heat #2- Dave Johnson, Ankeny
Heat #3- Martin Ballard, Marengo
AGGREGATES LATE MODELS
FEATURE #1 (25 laps)
FEATURE #2 (25 laps)
COCA-COLA TWO-DRIVER CRUISERS