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All-Time Favorite Iowa Track:

 

Hawkeye Downs Speedway – dirt

 

 

 

Best Memories:

I have long thought that Iowa had and has the best local dirt stock car racing of any state in the country. I have so many memories from Iowa racing dating back to the late 60s. The first ever track I visited outside of my boyhood state of Illinois was in Iowa. We went to the Davenport Speedway when I was about fourteen. The Falstaff 100 and later the Miller 100 were some of the best mid-week shows I have ever seen. Every driver in the 24-car feature was a “name” driver from some local track. Even Bobby and Davey Allison would fly in for the show and not be able to run in the top ten. My first sales territory, at the age of 23, covered eastern Iowa. I’ve been in every Jack & Jill grocery store on that side of Iowa! You can bet my sales appointments coincided 100% with every mid-week late model show that was run. You won’t find any better racing than at places like Davenport, Farley, Hawkeye Downs, West Liberty, Independence, Vinton and Dubuque among others.

 

 

My first visit to Knoxville for the sprint car nationals was all the way back in 1979. Ronnie Shuman won it. I’ve been back several times. I’ve seen racing at almost 40 figure 8 tracks in the Hawkeye state. Iowa is one of six states across the country where I’ve seen racing at more than 100 tracks.

 

 

The drivers back in the 60s and 70s were bigger than life. During a 10-year period in the 70s Iowa drivers won the World 100 five times. Iowa drivers commonly won the dirt track stock car nationals during Florida’s Speedweeks. The dirt modified stock car as we know it was invented in 1979 by Keith Knaack editor and owner of the Hawkeye Racing News trade paper. I subscribed to the paper for more than 40 years. As soon as I got it I scanned the entire thing in a matter of moments looking for two things. I wanted to find out where the biggest late model shows were going to be run over the next week or two. This had nothing to do with seeing racing at a new track. I was going to go where my favorite drivers were racing.

 

 

What was the second thing I was hoping to see in the HRN? I wanted to see how my all-time favorite racing driver, Darrell Dake had done. As this is written I have seen racing at 2,545 tracks in 82 countries. Let’s say I’ve seen 50 different drivers at each one of those tracks. That would mean I’ve seen more than 127,000 drivers race at the tracks I have visited. One of them has to be my all-time favorite right? That was Darrell Dake, racing out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Darrell is gone now. He passed away in 2007. I first saw him race at the Sterling Speedbowl in Sterling, Illinois. Later I would watch him race at Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Freeport and even once at my home track, the Peoria Speedway. Darrell, despite living in Iowa all his life raced in the 1960 and 1961 Daytona 500s! Darrell was my favorite. I met him several times. After he passed I corresponded with his wife LaVerle via email. I think she loved it when I shared my admiration for her husband. I actually have a tribute page on my website to Darrell Dake. A link to the page is listed below. Yes, Iowa is my favorite state for dirt track racing by far.

 

 

Darrell Dake tribute page

 

 

 

TRACK CITY STATE COUNTRY DATE TRACK TYPE
1 Davenport Speedway  Davenport Iowa United States Pre-1980 INNER-DO
2 Davenport Speedway  Davenport Iowa United States Pre-1980 OUTER-DO
3 Eldon Raceway Eldon Iowa United States Pre-1980 DO
4 Farley Speedway  Farley Iowa United States Pre-1980 OUTER-DO
5 Hawkeye Downs Speedway  Cedar Rapids Iowa United States Pre-1980 DO
6 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa United States Pre-1980 DO
7 Marshalltown Speedway Marshalltown Iowa United States Pre-1980 DO
8 Shelby County Speedway Harlan Iowa United States Pre-1980 DO
9 Southern Iowa Speedway Oskaloosa Iowa United States Pre-1980 DO
10 West Liberty Fair Speedway West Liberty Iowa United States Pre-1980 DO
11 Hawkeye Downs Speedway Cedar Rapids Iowa United States June 6, 1989 OUTER-PO
12 Thirty-Four Raceways Burlington Iowa United States July 8, 1992 DO
13 Lee County Speedway Donnellson Iowa United States July 9, 1992 DO
14 Independence Motor Speedway Independence Iowa United States August 10, 1993 DO
15 Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway Dubuque Iowa United States August 12, 1993 DO
16 Bloomfield Speedway Bloomfield Iowa United States August 20, 1993 DO
17 Iowa State Fair Speedway Des Moines Iowa United States August 19, 1995 DO
18 Hawkeye Raceway Blue Grass Iowa United States October 6, 1996 DO
19 Louisa County Speedway Columbus Junction Iowa United States April 18, 1997 DO
20 Crawford County Speedway  Denison Iowa United States July 22, 1998 DO
21 Greenbelt Speedway Eldora Iowa United States July 23, 1998 DO
22 Benton County Raceway Vinton Iowa United States August 16, 1998 DO
23 Algona Raceway Algona Iowa United States September 18, 1998 DO
24 Hancock County Speedway Britt Iowa United States September 19, 1998 DO
25 Clay County Raceway Spencer Iowa United States September 20, 1998 DO
26 Tipton Speedway Tipton Iowa United States May 28, 1999 DO
27 Butler County Raceway Allison Iowa United States June 2, 1999 OUTER-DO
28 Boone Speedway Boone Iowa United States September 9, 1999 DO
29 Grundy Center Fairgrounds  Grundy Center Iowa United States September 23, 2000 DF8
30 Greene County Speedway  Jefferson Iowa United States September 24, 2000 DO
31 Greene County Speedway  Jefferson Iowa United States September 24, 2000 DF8
32 Stuart Speedway Stuart Iowa United States May 20, 2001 DO
33 Hamilton County Speedway Webster City Iowa United States June 1, 2002 DO
34 Adams County Speedway Corning Iowa United States June 15, 2002 DO
35 Mid America Motorplex Pacific Junction Iowa United States June 16, 2002 PRC
36 Price Motors I-35 Speedway Mason City Iowa United States June 16, 2002 DO
37 Brooklyn Raceway  Brooklyn Iowa United States July 7, 2002 DO
38 Brooklyn Raceway  Brooklyn Iowa United States July 7, 2002 DF8
39 What Cheer Speedway What Cheer Iowa United States September 7, 2002 DF8
40 Barnes City Figure 8 Track  Barnes City Iowa United States September 8, 2002 DF8
41 Cresco Speedway Cresco Iowa United States July 18, 2003 DO
42 Echo Valley Speedway West Union Iowa United States July 19, 2003 DO
43 Jones County Fairgrounds Monticello Iowa United States July 19, 2003 DO
44 Nordic Speedway Decorah Iowa United States July 19, 2003 DO
45 Warren County Speedway  Indianola Iowa United States May 21, 2004 DO
46 Warren County Speedway  Indianola Iowa United States May 21, 2004 DF8
47 Dallas County Speedway  Adel Iowa United States June 26, 2004 DF8
48 Butler County Raceway  Allison Iowa United States June 27, 2004 DF8
49 Webster County Fairgrounds  Fort Dodge Iowa United States June 27, 2004 DF8
50 Sioux Speedway Sioux Center Iowa United States May 30, 2005 DO
51 Hawkeye Downs Speedway  Cedar Rapids Iowa United States June 3, 2005 INNER-PO
52 Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds  Avoca Iowa United States June 5, 2005 DF8
53 Blackbird Bend Motorsports Speedway Onawa Iowa United States July 29, 2005 DO
54 English Creek Speedway Melcher Iowa United States July 30, 2005 DO
55 Bull Valley Speedway  Audubon Iowa United States August 1, 2005 DF8
56 Crawford County Speedway  Denison Iowa United States May 28, 2006 DF8
57 Buena Vista Raceway Alta Iowa United States June 7, 2006 DO
58 Chickasaw Big Four County Fairgrounds  Nashua Iowa United States July 29, 2006 DF8
59 Iowa Speedway  Newton Iowa United States September 15, 2006 PO
60 Calhoun County Raceway  Rockwell City Iowa United States September 16, 2006 DO
61 Harrison County Fairgrounds  Missouri Valley Iowa United States September 16, 2006 DF8
62 Calhoun County Raceway  Rockwell City Iowa United States June 23, 2007 DF8
63 Jamaica Raceway Jamaica Iowa United States June 23, 2007 PO
64 Iowa Speedway  Newton Iowa United States June 24, 2007 PRC
65 Mitchell County Fairgrounds  Osage Iowa United States July 14, 2007 DF8
66 Carroll County Fairgrounds  Coon Rapids Iowa United States August 4, 2007 DF8
67 Maxville Fire Department  Maxwell Iowa United States August 4, 2007 DF8
68 Iowa Speedway  Newton Iowa United States August 5, 2007 TEMPORARY-PO
69 Lyon County Fairgrounds  Rock Rapids Iowa United States July 15, 2009 DF8
70 Rapid Speedway  Rock Rapids Iowa United States July 24, 2009 DO
71 Mineral City Speedway Fort Dodge Iowa United States August 3, 2009 DO
72 Farley Speedway  Farley Iowa United States January 3, 2010 INNER-DO
73 Clarke County Speedway  Osceola Iowa United States July 10, 2010 DO
74 Clarke County Speedway  Osceola Iowa United States July 10, 2010 DF8
75 Hardin County Fairgrounds  Eldora Iowa United States July 10, 2010 DF8
76 Woodbury County Fairgrounds Moville Iowa United States August 5, 2010 DF8
77 Keokuk County Expo Raceway  Sigourney Iowa United States September 5, 2010 DO
78 Keokuk County Expo Raceway  Sigourney Iowa United States September 5, 2010 DF8
79 Franklin County Fairgrounds Speedway  Hampton Iowa United States July 17, 2011 DO
80 Franklin County Fairgrounds Speedway  Hampton Iowa United States July 17, 2011 DF8
81 Floyd County Fairgrounds  Charles City Iowa United States July 22, 2011 DO
82 Floyd County Fairgrounds  Charles City Iowa United States July 22, 2011 DF8
83 Fayette County Speedway West Union Iowa United States July 26, 2011 DO
84 Dallas County North Track Adel Iowa United States October 1, 2011 DO
85 Cerro Gordo County Multi Purpose Center Mason City Iowa United States February 4, 2012 INDOOR-PO
86 Jackson County Speedway Maquoketa Iowa United States April 21, 2012 DO
87 North Iowa Fairgrounds Mason City Iowa United States July 11, 2013 DF8
88 North Iowa Fairgrounds Mason City Iowa United States July 11, 2013 INNER-DO
89 Osceola County Fairgrounds Sibley Iowa United States July 19, 2013 DF8
90 Primghar Racetrack Primghar Iowa United States July 13, 2014 DF8
91 Shelby County Speedway Harlan Iowa United States July 13, 2014 DF8
92 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa United States July 14, 2014 INNER-DO
93 Adair County Fairgrounds Greenfield Iowa United States July 18, 2014 TEMPORARY-DRC
94 Mills County Fairgrounds Malvern Iowa United States July 21, 2014 DF8
95 Lee County Speedway Donnellson Iowa United States August 2, 2014 DF8
96 Jefferson County Fairgrounds  Fairfield Iowa United States June 25, 2015 DO
97 Jefferson County Fairgrounds  Fairfield Iowa United States June 25, 2015 DF8
98 Delaware County Fairgrounds Manchester Iowa United States July 15, 2015 DO
99 Delaware County Fairgrounds Manchester Iowa United States July 15, 2015 DF8
100 Mahaska County Fairgrounds Oskaloosa Iowa United States July 17, 2015 DF8
101 Plymouth County Fairgrounds LeMars Iowa United States July 29, 2015 DF8
102 Jacobson Exhibition Center Des Moines Iowa United States January 22, 2016 INNER-CO
103 Barnes City Figure 8 Track  Barnes City Iowa United States July 23, 2016 DO
104 Rod Graalfs Memorial Arena (Westfair) Council Bluffs Iowa United States July 29, 2016 DF8
105 Heartland Challenge Carlisle Iowa United States August 19, 2016 DRC
106 Newton Kart Club Newton Iowa United States June 23, 2017 DO
107 Wall Lake International Speedway Wall Lake Iowa United States June 24, 2017 DF8
108 Delaware Speedway Delaware Iowa United States August 5, 2017 DO
109 East Okoboji Lake Ice Oval Okoboji Iowa United States January 27, 2018 ICE-OVAL
110 Crystal Lake Ice Oval Forest City Iowa United States February 3, 2018 ICE-OVAL
111 Butler County Fairgrounds Allison Iowa United States June 25, 2018 INNER-DO
112 Chambers Acres Rockwell   Iowa United States August 11, 2018 DF8
113 Chambers Acres Rockwell   Iowa United States August 11, 2018 DO
114 Maquoketa Speedway Maquoketa Iowa United States September 15, 2018 DRC
115 Blencoe Speedway Blencoe Iowa United States September 16, 2018 DO

 

If you see a track link in the above list simply click on it to be transferred to my Trackchaser Report. Here you will be able to read about my adventure at this particular track. Not only will you learn about my time at the track but you’ll hear about all of the interesting people, places and things I encountered during the entire trip, coming and going, to that speedway. Most of my Trackchaser Reports will also include a photo album and YouTube video. Check it all out. Don’t be afraid to use the “search” box in the upper right corner of my website’s home page. Just type in the track name or whatever and you’ll be directed to the place you want to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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