(Cedar Rapids, IA 08/28/2009)—Thanks to the efforts of many racers, crew members, fans, Hawkeye Downs staff, and others the show went on at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Friday night. Heavy rains saturated the area for much of the week and overloaded drainage systems at Hawkeye Downs that feed into Prairie Creek. This left Hawkeye Downs Speedway and the pit area looking more like a lake than a race track.

   A small army of volunteers worked to finish pumping water off the track and deal with the numerous “weepers” right up until race time. The program was modified slightly to allow more time to work on the half-mile and the efforts paid off with some great racing.


Rookie IMCA Northern Sportmod driver Blake Carson picked up his first win in that division, beating point leader Scott Kositzky to the stripe for the win in a 20-lap feature. Carson started outside row two and quickly bolted into the lead then survived two restarts to pick up his first win. Scott Kositzky finished second while Aric Becker, Ken Kositzky, and Dave Coghlan filled out the top of the order.


Nathan Ballard racked up his fourth win of the season in Barron Motor Supply IMCA Hobby Stocks after taking the lead from Roland Bohnsack with two laps of the scheduled twenty remaining.  Kandi Floyd led the first half the race before Bohnsack took the point.


Bohnsack held on for second while Scott Siems was third. Last weeks’ winner Duayne Herb was fourth and Deb Mefford finished fifth.


After Friday’s action, Ballard unofficially has a one-point lead over Siems with three point races remaining.


Derek Parrott took top honors in the 25-lap Sunline Hornets feature, his second trip to Coca-Cola Victory Lane this season. Parrott started in the first row and moved out to a big lead early. The caution flag slowed the action a couple times but Parrott maintained a comfortable margin until about seven laps remaining as Brad Chandler started challenging for the top spot. Chandler made a bid for the lead on the last lap but Parrott prevailed. Chandler finished second with Bryce Bailey, Cory VanDerWal, and Dan Burhite also finished in the top five.


Cory Houdek picked up the winners hardware in Barron Motor Supply IMCA Stock Cars which was his first victory of the season. Houdek started inside row three and took the lead from polesitter Chad Siems with just two laps to go. Earlier in the race, point leader Kurt Bohnsack got caught up in an incident involving a couple other cars but was able to continue.


Finishing behind Houdek was Bob Ahrendsen, Dave Ballastaedt, Dennis Hundley, and Kurt Bohnsack. The apparent third-place car of Chad Siems failed post-race inspection.


Bohnsack’s point lead over Houdek is unofficially down to just three points.


Moving to the half-mile for the rest of the Papa Johns Pizza/I-Wireless Championship Series action, Tony Olson picked up his second win of the season in Coors Light Modifieds as he held off repeated challenges for the lead from defending champion Tim Plummer. Olson started the 25-lap feature on the point and had clear sailing until lap ten when Plummer started to make a run for the lead.


Olson was able to hold off Plummer each time and prevailed at the stripe by about a half-second.  Ryan Luedtke finished third, Larry Clausen was fourth, and Steve Lindell was fifth.


Unofficially, Larry Clausen and Tim Plummer are dead even in the points battle.


Dave McCalla and Andy Duggan have been battling for the top slot in Budweiser Sportsmen all season long and Friday night was no exception. Dave McCalla took the lead on lap three from Michael Weber forming a three-car breakaway consisting of himself, Weber, and Andy Duggan.  The three were running nose-to-tail with under ten laps to go with Duggan slipping around Weber with seven circuits remaining.


Duggan made a couple tries for the lead in the last five laps and appeared to have been ready to settle for second until the last lap when he made a furious charge for the win. McCalla was able to hold him off by a scant .111 seconds at the stripe. Weber maintained third, Travis Thompson was fourth, and Greg Hentrich was fifth. McCalla and Duggan are now tied for the points championship in Budweiser Sportsmen.


Finally, Johnny Spaw scored his fifth trip to victory lane of the season as he finished 1.8 seconds ahead of point leader Joey Gase in a forty-lap feature. Spaw took the lead from Jim Ross on a lap nine restart and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. The race was slowed by several minor cautions but Spaw was able to pull away each time.


Joey Gase finished second, Jim Ross was third, Thor Anderson crossed the stripe in fourth, and Justin Jennings posted his highest finish of the season, finishing fifth.


Racing continues next Friday night, September 4.





A HEAT #1 (previous winners)- 1. Brad Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2.Nathan Chandler, Cedar Rapids,IA; 3. Derek Parrott, Marion, IA; 4. Brian Franks, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Jasen Freeman. Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Jim Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Chuck Hanson, Marion, IA


A HEAT #2 (previous winners)- 1. Shane Hanson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2.Brad Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3.Merv Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4.Bryce Bailey, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5.Brogan Fiala, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6.Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Steve Miedke, Cedar Rapids, IA


B HEAT- 1.Dan Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2.Cory VanDerWal, Oskaloosa, IA; 3.Dallas Chandler, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4.Jose deJesus, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5.Zach Burhite, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. JC Floyd,Cedar Rapids, IA; 7.Christian Grady, Cedar Rapids, IA; 8.Charles Evens, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9.Corbin McCombs


FEATURE(25 laps)- 1.Derek Parrott 2.Brad Chandler 3.Bryce Bailey 4.Cory VanDerWal 5.Dan Burhite 6.Brad Burhite 7.Brogan Fiala 8.Jim Hanson 9.Nathan Chandler 10.Jasen Freeman 11.Brian Franks 12.Shane Hanson 13.Tony Olson 14.Dallas Chandler 15.Zach Burhite 16.Merv Chandler 17.Jose deJesus 18.Steve Miedke 19.Chuck Hanson 20.Corbin McCombs 21.Charles Evens 22.Christian Grady 23.JC Floyd



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


FEATURE (20 laps) 1.Carson 2. S. Kositzky 3.Becker 4.K.Kositzky 5.Coghlan 6.Dains 7.J. Williams DNS-C. Williams



HEAT 1- 1. Roland Bohnsack, Clutier, IA; 2.Jeff Franks, Rowley, IA; 3.Duayne Herb, Marion, IA; 4.Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5.Jeremy Robbins, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Shane Koopman, Cedar Rapids, IA


HEAT 2- 1.Deb Mefford, Marion, IA; 2.Nathan Ballard, Marengo, IA; 3.Kandi Floyd, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4.Ron Dighton, Marion, IA; 5.Shaun Myers, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6.Matt Petrzelka

FEATURE (20 laps) 1. Ballard 2.Bohnsack 3.Siems 4.Herb 5.Mefford 6.Floyd 7.Petrzelka 8.Myers 9.Robbins 10.Franks 11.Dighton 12.Koopman



HEAT –1.Chad Siems, Shellsburg, IA; 2. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA; 3.Brian Beaty, Palo, IA; 4. Cory Houdek, Marion, IA; 5. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 6. Dave Ballstaedt, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7.Kurt Bohnsack, Iowa City, IA; 8. Mark Bolton, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9.Dennis Hundley, Cedar Rapids, IA


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



FEATURE (25 laps) 1. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2.Tim Plummer, Norway, IA; 3.Ryan Luedtke, Norway, IA; 4. Larry Clausen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 5. Steve Lindell, Marion, IA; 6. Arlo Becker, Norway, IA; 7. Aric Becker, Cedar Rapids, IA



FEATURE (25 laps) 1. Dave McCalla, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Andy Duggan, Marion, IA; 3. Michael Weber, Ryan, IA; 4. Travis Thompson, Atkins, IA; 5. Greg Hentrich, Hiawatha, IA; 6. Bob Ahrendsen, Cedar Rapids, IA; 7. Brad Daugherty, Hiawatha, IA



FEATURE ( 40 laps) 1, Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids, IA; 2. Joey Gase, Cedar Rapids, IA; 3. Jim Ross, Cedar Rapids, IA; 4. Thor Anderson, Bondaurant, IA; 5. Justin Jennings, LaGrange, MO. 6. Brad Dvorak, Lisbon, IA; 7.Curt VanDerWal, Oskaloosa, IA; 8.Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids, IA; 9. Brad Osborn, Janesville, IA; 10. Lane Brenden, Mitchell, SD; 11. Curt Tillman, Rockford, IL; 12.Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids, IA; 13. Mason Mitchell 14. Tim Plummer, Norway, IA; 15.Ron Boelts, Wellsburg, IA