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Petrzelkas battling for Hobby Stock title

CEDAR RAPIDS — Matt Petrzelka’s three-year grip on the Hobby Stock division at Hawkeye Downs Speedway may finally be showing signs of loosening — not only from a former champion, but his own brother as well.

“It&# [...]

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Experience pays off in WoO Late Models main event

INDEPENDENCE — You can’t buy experience.

That was the refrain from Darrell Lanigan in Victory Lane on Thursday at Independence Motor Speedway, after he won the World of Outlaws Late Model main event and pocketed a cool $ [...]

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Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings: July 23

Welcome to the Inside Track's Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings, which returns after a week away. Each week of the racing season, the Gazette's Jeremiah Davis will rank the area's top 10 drivers across all divisions.

Think the list sh [...]

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Racing community comes together again

WEST LIBERTY — It’s been said before the racing community is like one big family.

Sure, there are times not everyone gets along. Racers are there to beat each other and fans are there to root for their favorite car or dr [...]

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Auringer dominates 20th Hogan Memorial

VINTON — Memorial races are always a little bittersweet by nature.

That’s especially so for the annual Hogan Memorial race, held each year at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, honoring Dick and Janet Hogan. The event cel [...]

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Late finish sparked by Montoya, Carpenter wreck

NEWTON — In each of its eight installments, the IndyCar Series’ annual stop at Iowa Speedway has brought with it good — and often great — racing, with some exciting finishes along the way.

Saturday night&#x [...]

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Hunter-Reay uses late pit stop to power to win

NEWTON — There’s a saying that floats around pit areas at racetracks across the country: “Tires are king.”

Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay put an exclamation poin [...]

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Jones wins battle of rising NASCAR stars

NEWTON — Every so often, there are nights in NASCAR's top three series when you realize you're watching the sport's future grow up before your eyes.

Last night at Iowa Speedway was one of those nights, as two of the rising [...]

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Unpredictable conditions in store for IndyCar at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON — It’s well-documented the unique challenges Iowa Speedway presents IndyCar drivers, but there was another that reared its head repeatedly during a rainy practice and qualifying day Friday.

With the NASCAR Camping [...]

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Truck Series features good mix of youth and veterans

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has always been considered a developmental series — the Class AA of NASCAR, as it were.

It’s the first step in national touring series for NASCAR, and many of today’s Sprint C [...]

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Iowa Speedway offers a bit of old school

The IndyCar Series is full of variety.

From the tracks to the drivers, there’s something for everyone wherever the top United States open-wheel series goes. There are Colombians, Brazilians, French, English and American drivers [...]

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Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings: July 9

Welcome to the Inside Track's Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings. Each week of the racing season, the Gazette's Jeremiah Davis will rank the area's top 10 drivers across all divisions.

Think the list should be different? Tweet him at < [...]

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Kay continues IMCA Late Model dominance

WEST LIBERTY — For the last year or so — mid-2013 to now — IMCA Late Model racers have, for the most part, been chasing one driver all across Eastern Iowa.

Wheatland native Justin Kay has been the man to beat wh [...]

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Summer Shootout gets in despite bad weather

CEDAR RAPIDS — For much of Saturday, it wasn’t looking good for the Coors Light Summer Shootout at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.

Rain fell on Cedar Rapids all morning and into the early afternoon, threatening to postpone or ev [...]

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Merv Chandler Memorial decided among his sons

CEDAR RAPIDS — When the Merv Chandler Memorial 42 was announced to be run in conjunction with the ARCA Midwest Tour in the Coors Light Summer Shootout at Hawkeye Downs, three of Merv’s sons instantly had plans to run the race. [...]

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