CEDAR RAPIDS – Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Tim Plummer is probably stuffed by now.
The 30-year-old race car veteran has practically locked up season points titles in both the modified and late model divisions at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. He took another step closer to matching his 2010 feat last night, sweeping the modified and late model features for the third straight week.
Plummer, of Norway, was believed to be the first to win two half-mile titles in the same season. He proved to himself that he was able to manage each of his cars and produce a consistent performance weekly.
“To win the season points deal means you’re one of the best every week,” Plummer said. “You’re the most consistent, which is pretty hard.”
Plummer captured his 11th modified victory of the season. He opened by chasing Ryan Luedtke for the first five laps, but got a huge opportunity when Brian Gibson’s flat tire forced a caution with 15 laps to go.
On the restart, Plummer dove to the inside of Turn 1 and took the lead. He pulled away from the field for a comfortable win.
“It seems like for whatever reason my car runs well enough for a few laps to get by a guy,” Plummer said. “Then it’s just open traffic.”
Modified dominance is nothing new for Plummer. He won seven straight track championships in that class from 2003-10. The team, led by his uncle, Martin Schulte, has the modified dialed in so he can focus more on late model adjustments.
“The modified has been good,” Plummer said. “I haven’t had to do much to it.”
Plummer battled Jay Jaspers in the first few laps and then distanced himself from the field for a fourth win this year. He has improved more with that car after losing some races in the last laps. Plummer solved the problem and is running as strong as ever.
“The last couple of years I’ve really struggled,” Plummer said. “I’ve definitely had my share of struggles this year, too, but we kind of turned the corner and got things figured out.”
The numbers of the late model class have dwindled this season. The last two features have consisted of just five cars. Griffin McGrath, who leads the division with eight wins, has not raced every week. Plummer admits more cars would result in more satisfaction, but it doesn’t negate what he has done.
“Some of the cars are pretty good and everybody’s getting better,” Plummer said. “Obviously, the more cars there are the bigger sense of accomplishment you’ve got.”
Jacob Floyd posted a special win last night, claiming the hobby stock feature. It comes two weeks after his mother, Kandi Floyd, won in the same class.
The night started rough, losing power steering in the heat races. He overcame it to gain his first career victory.
“I pulled it off somehow,” Jacob Floyd said. “I don’t really know how.”
Ben Glascock earned his second straight sportsman victory. Glascock was part of a three-way battle for first with a few laps left. Glascock, Jim Hanson and points leader and defending champion Dave McCalla were three wide around the first two turns. Hanson battled McCalla for the lead, allowing Glascock to move in front of both.
“The car was handling real good,” Glascock said. “(Hanson) was racing hard with McCalla. He left me the door on the bottom side. It’s good to go there, so fine by me.”
Glascock was unfazed rolling into victory lane on a flat left rear tire, possibly caused by post-race contact from Hanson. The competition, especially from McCalla, has motivated Glascock, who looks to add to his three feature wins this season.
“We got the car fast,” Glascock said. “I thank him for it, because we work on our car to be fast and beat him. I’m already looking forward to next week.”
Kevin Korsmo raced to his first feature win of the season. The Wall of Fame member took the lead with 11 laps remaining in the 30-lap contest. He survived a pair of restarts and held off Kyle Diercks to the finish.
Korsmo said the talent in the legends field created some doubt whether he would win again.
“It was so much fun,” Korsmo said. “It’s so competitive. It’s so hard to start from the back. I don’t take anything for granted.”
C.J. Van Horn was named the hornet feature winner. It was his first victory. Race officials disqualified the original winner after the contest.
HAWKEYE DOWNS SPEEDWAY
Heat winner – Matt Petrzelka
Feature – 1. Jacob Floyd, 2. Jason Sherman, 3. Malena Betzer, 4. Brian Bries, 5. Adam Petrzelka
Heat winner – Jim Hanson
Feature – 1. Ben Glascock, 2. Dave McCalla, 3. Hanson, 4. Bob Ahrendsen, 5. Dave Ballstaedt
Trophy Dash – Scott Kositzky
Heat winners – 1st: Kevin Korsmo; 2nd: Austin Kunert
Feature – 1. Korsmo, 2. Kyle Diercks, 3. Tim Goettsch, 4. Kunert, 5. Rod McGlothlen
Heat winner – Ryan Luedtke
Feature – 1. Tim Plummer, 2. Luedtke, 3. Brian Gibson, 4. Craig Bender, 5. Jim Dixon
Heat winners – 1st: Brad Schmidt; 2nd: Todd Ness
Feature – 1. C.J. Van Horn, 2. Dan Schmidt, 3. Kurt Bohnsack, 4. B. Schmidt
Heat winner – Tim Plummer
Feature – 1. Plummer, 2. Andy Edwards, 3. Jay Jaspers, 4. Scott Siems, 5. Chad Siems