CARLSON, HENECKE, SCHULTE SCORE HAWKEYE DOWNS SHOOTOUT WINS
DAVE STEELE TOPS USAC SPRINTS IN RAIN-DELAYED SUNDAY SHOW
(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 090901)—The curtain closed on the 2001 racing season at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Sunday but the “final act” took a lot longer than expected as rainy weather forced the track to be dried at least three times during the day. With USAC Sprint Cars and ESPN in the house, as well as the Hawkeye Downs racers and a group of diehard fans, officials made the commitment to run the show ands that’s exactly what they did.
Steve Carlson, who scored some feature wins early in the season in the Aggregates Late Models returned for the Midwest Plumbing/PRP Shootout and scored a relatively easy win in the 20 lap affair. Carlson started outside row three and had the lead three laps after the green waved finishing ahead of Marty Diercks, TJ Schaefer, Dave Naylor and Doug Hite.
John Henecke, last years’ Budweiser Sportsmen champion started on the point in the JR Motorsports Shootout for that division, built a comfortable lead and landed in victory lane after the 20-lap race. The best battle on he track was for third, which eventually went to Scot Johnson. Andy Duggan, Scot Johnson, Dave Johnson and division champ Curt Van Der Wal rounded out the top five.
Mike Schulte has been the dominant driver in the Miller Time Modified division all season and Sunday was no different as the Norway driver drew the pole for the Performance Concept Shootout. Schulte pulled away from the pack as a great battle raged for second between Arlo Becker and Brian Allen. The two continued to battle throughout the race until Becker slipped a bit and Allen took the spot. Scott Wennermark finished in third, Larry Clausen was fourth, and Jim Williams was fifth.
Chad Siems took top honors in the Hoopers Hooch Shootout for the Barron Motor Supply Super Stocks finishing ahead of Tim Dains, Jayson Scott, Derrick Griesehop and Aric Becker. This shootout, along with the others were made up of feature winners, the past season champion, the top rookie in the division and any “wildcard” entries need to fill the field.
BJ Goodin wasted little time in getting the lead in the A-1 Performance Marine Legends and as he has done all season coasted to the win. The shootout for the Legends was sponosored by Foreman Hydraulics. Chris Sevey emerged from a wild scramble for the second spot with Kevin Foreman, Kyle Hinrichs and Tom Frady making up the top five finishers.
Jonathon Vennard of Vincennes, IN was the top qualifier in the Stoops Freightliner USAC Sprints turning the Hawkeye Downs oval in 17.562 seconds. The heat races which were scheduled as part of the event, dubbed the Hatworld. Com/Hawkeye Downs Sprint Car Classic, were scrubbed after a rain shower soaked the track three laps into the first heat.
Among those on hand assisting in drying the track after that shower was Tony George, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. George was on hand watching stepson Ed Carpenter who races with USAC.
Dave Steele of Tampa, Fl won the 30-lap feature for the sprints after taking the lead from Dave Darland on the 19th trip around the half-mile Hawkeye Downs oval. Steele then held off Brian Tyler to secure the win. Tracy Hines finished third, Ed Carpenter fourth, and JJ Yeley was fifth.
The Sprint Car feature was red-flagged on lap 11 as Jason McCords car burst into flames after an oil line came loose and he bailed out near the front stretch. He was uninjured but the car was badly damaged in the fire.
This was the last event on the 2001 schedule. The first event of the 2002 season is tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2002.
HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY-Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hatworld.com Hawkeye Downs Sprint Car Classic
All-Star Shootout Races
AGGREGATES LATE MODEL/MIDWEST PLUMBING/PRP SHOOTOUT
BUDWEISER SPORTSMEN/JR MOTORSPORTS SHOOTOUT
MILLER TIME MODIFIED/PERFORMANCE CONCEPTS SHOOTOUT
BARRON MOTOR SUPPLY SUPER STOCKS.HOOPERS HOOCH SHOOTOUT
A-1 PERFORMANCE MARINE LEGENDS/FOREMAN HYDRAULICS SHOOTOUT
HATWORLD.COM USAC SPRINT CLASSIC
(top ten finishers)