Eilen Gets Revenge at Hawkeye Downs
After Being Injured at Hawkeye in 2010 Eilen Completes Comeback
The Miller 100 presented by McGrath Powersports at Hawkeye Downs Speedway ended with revenge to the track from winner Jonathan Eilen. Last year, Eilen hit the wall coming out of turn two and sustained season-ending injuries which required months of rehabilitation. He returned with the ASAMT full-time this season and won his first event of 2011 at the very track that bit him in 2010.

“It was great to show the track who was boss,” said Eilen. Eilen took advantage of the double-file restart after a caution. Leader Nathan Haseleu started on the inside followed by second place, Tim Schendel. Eilen opted for the outside and was able to get a run on Haseleu and the rest was history.

With the threat of rain earlier in the week, the day turned out to be a perfect day for racing. It was sunny and warm with a perfect breeze and not a cloud in the sky as the day went on. The fans started to fill the stands around 5:00PM, just as qualifying was getting started.

Current point leader, Andrew Morrissey was the ECHO Quick Cut Qualifier for the third time this season with an 18.386. He was followed by Nick Murgic with an 18.475 and the youngster from Hinckley, OH, Matt Tift with an 18.486. Chris Weinkauf was fastest in the second practice session with an 18.659 and Dan Fredrickson was fastest in the first session with an 18.851.

Nathan Haseleu started on the pole after an inversion of 11. He took the lead and checked out from the field for the first 57 laps. Tim Schendel was the only one keeping him in his sites for most of those laps. When the caution flew on lap 56, Eilen took the lead two laps after the restart and continued to pull away from the field for his first win of 2011.

It was a pretty rough night for several ASA Midwest Tour Stars. During one of the cautions of the night, several Touring Stars, including Nick Murgic, Steve Carlson, and Ross Kenseth, as well as last week’s Iowa Speedway winner, Jeff Choquette, all went into the pits to make adjustments and returned to join the field before it went green.

Travis Sauter was having a great day making his move up into the top three when he and the #35 of Joey Gase made contact sending them both to the rear. Jacob Goede started in 15th position and charged his way into third. Point leader, Andrew Morrissey had another consistent night finishing in fourth.

Morrissey now has a 47 point lead over Ross Kenseth and Skylar Holzhausen has a 144 point lead over Joel Theisen for the Rookie of the Year honors with three events remaining.

The ASA Midwest Sunoco Sportsman Tour and ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour were also in attendance at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.

Ten Sportsman drivers were on hand for the Hawkeye 35-lap event. Bryan Turtle took the top spot in the practice session with a 22.281. Farmington, MN’s, Dillon Sellner was the quick qualifier with a 22.160 followed by point leader, Chris Marek with a 22.190 and Bryan Turtle with a 22.220.

All ten drivers started the the main event. It did not take long for Chris Marek to take the lead and go home with his second consecutive Hawkeye Downs Speedway victory.

Jerome “Suds” Suderland and Scott Lawver led the field to the green followed by David Einhaus and Stephanie Losiniecki. Einhaus held his own for a while on the outside but slipped back to sixth and stayed there. Losiniecki and Lawver also slipped back to 8th and 9th, while fast qualifier Sellner finished 10th.

Scott Null who had what appeared to be serious problems earlier in the night finished in 3rd. Overall it was a great night for the ASA Midwest Sunoco Sportsman Tour. There is only one event left to wrap up the Sportsman championship. The next event is Saturday, October 1st at the National Short Track Championship at Rockford Speedway.

The ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour continued its excitement in 2011 with a 40-lap feature. John Wood was showing the way topping the qualifying chart with a 19.504, followed by nephew Chad Wood in the MAC Racing owned #2 truck with a 19.547 and point leader, Austin Luedtke with a 19.676. John also had the fastest practice time with a 19.724.

It was another exciting feature event with the ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour. The invert put first time truck driver, Scott Ollerman on the pole followed by youngster, Camden Murphy. It did not take long for John and Chad Wood to make their way to the front of the field.

It started to be a battle of the Wood family as Jerry took over the lead. John was running him down followed by Chad, but Austin Luedtke could not be counted out. In the end Jerry was able to hold on to the win for the second consecutive year followed by brother John. Austin Luedtke took home the final podium finish in third while Chad Wood finished in fourth. Rick Corso rounded out the top five.

The next event for the ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour is Saturday, August 20th at Marshfield Motor Speedway followed by their championship weekend October 8th and 9th at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway for the annual Oktoberfest weekend.

The next event for the ASA Midwest Tour is Sunday, August 21st at Raceway Park in Shakopee, MN. More details are available at asamidwesttour.com.

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A sweet win for Jonathan Eilen at Hawkeye.
Eilen (#77) battles with Nathan Haseleu for the lead. (Photos by Doug Hornickel)