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Topic: Hawkeye Downs sets 10 dates for I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Cars
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posted February 18, 2003 11:15 AM
Hawkeye Downs sets 10 dates
for I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Cars
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Feb. 17) - Billed as 'the class too tough to tame,' I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Cars will take their act to the asphalt at Hawkeye Downs Speedway this season.
Nine Friday night races and one Tuesday date have been scheduled for sanctioned Stocks on the quarter-mile track at Cedar Rapids. Opening night for the division is May 9.
"Our super stock class is already so close to the I.M.C.A. Stock Cars. We want to show our drivers that there's not that much difference between them," general manager and race director Jim Amstutz said. "This will also be an opportunity for drivers who race on dirt at tracks like Vinton and Inde-pendence to race on asphalt."
Points races will also be held May 30, June 20 and 27, July 4, 8 and 25, Aug. 1, 8 and 22. Hawkeye Downs is the first paved track in the nation to schedule regular dates for the division.
Both the sanctioned Stocks and Hobby Stocks are on the Tuesday, July 8 Dirt At The Downs pro-gram headlined by the Deery Brothers Summer Series event for I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Models.
Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader, winner of the 2001 series race at Hawkeye Downs, will be back for another run with the Deery regulars.
Stocks and Hobbies will run the inner quarter-mile while the Late Models do battle on the outer half-mile track.
Dirt At the Downs marks the 11th appearance by the Deery Series at Hawkeye Downs, twice in 1989 and annually since 1995. I.M.C.A. sanctioned the Modified class there six seasons during the 1980s.
John Strausser of Cedar Rapids was the winner in what is believed to be the only previous race for sanctioned Stocks at Hawkeye Downs, on July 9, 1991. The driver getting the biggest headline following that night's I.M.C.A. Asphalt Shootout was Dale Earnhardt, who bested Winston Cup competitors Michael Waltrip and Phil Barkdoll in a 10-lap Modified exhibition race.