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Kevin Korsmo staying busy at Hawkeye Downs

CCEDAR RAPIDS — Kevin Korsmo all but sleeps at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.

In addition to working full-time as race director, the Legends series driver has added mentor to his growing list of responsibilities. Korsmo’s son, Kacey, has jumped behind the wheel of a Legends car this season.

“Now that I have my boy into racing, it’s added a whole new dynamic,” said Korsmo, who locked up second place for the season in the Legends series last night. “Honestly, my passion now is more for him than for me.

“But, when I get in a racecar, the old competitive spirits come out and you want to race.”

That was evident in the season championship feature event. Korsmo led a few laps before Dave McCalla overtook him for the lead. However, the green-and-white 52 stayed right on McCalla’s bumper until the end. McCalla’s win secured the Legends series title.

“It’s the first season in a long time I can remember not winning a race,” Korsmo said. “Congratulations to Dave (McCalla). He’s been on fire this year and has had a great season.”

As a whole, Kosmo said that Hawkeye Downs got off to a slow start on the season. He said the competitive spirit still is alive on the track, but some of the supporting roles were not as strong. Next season, the Downs will be ready to start their engines as early as December.

“We’ve got some momentum,” Kosmo said. “We’ve got some good people where they need to be and I’m excited for next season.”

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A double late model feature certainly helped with momentum. Twin 20-lap events bookended the evening, one a makeup from an earlier rain out. Griffin McGrath held a healthy 21-point lead coming into the evening. McGrath finished second in both features. Brody Willett claimed both feature wins.

“We’ve been testing some things over the last couple of weeks,” McGrath said. “We were really good at the beginning of the season and when you get to that point, about 90 percent of what you try isn’t going to make you faster. But 10 percent does and you don’t know until you try it.”

McGrath held strong throughout the season to unseat Brian Gibson as the Late Model points champion. Gibson was the champion in 2016 and 2017, but finished second this season. Kurt Bohnsack won the Hobby Stock series, while Nathan Ballard claimed the top spot in the Hornets Division. CJ Van Horn claimed the season championship in the Sportsmen series.

“This is really the first year we’ve run all season here,” McGrath said. “It’s been fun. About three weeks ago, we decided to just run out the season here.”

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