Written by Krystle Graber Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:38
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Cedar Rapids, IA (July 5, 2014)  It was a rainy Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa when the ARCA Midwest Tour teams showed up for the Coors Light Summer Showdown at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.  The rain threatened cancelling the show, but thankfully it began to let up around 2p.m.  By 3:30 p.m. personal vehicles were on the track to help the drying process.

After the lengthy rain delay ARCA Midwest Tour Officials decided to give teams a short twenty minute practice before qualifying.  Jonathan’s practice went well and he qualified in the fourth position for the feature event.

The stands filled up and racing action began only an hour late from its’ scheduled time.  Jonathan Eilen would find himself quickly moving to the third position and began to get comfortable there. He wasn’t about to wear out his tires too early in the race.

Not too long after, Jonathan noticed his car wasn’t handling as well as it had the first twenty-five laps. Unfortunately he would slip through the field, and without any cautions he was unable to make any changes or gain any ground. Eilen would end up in the eighth position at the end of the race.

“Man, it wasn’t exactly the night we had all hoped for.” Stated Eilen after the race. “The car just didn’t handle the same way it had here in the past. We’ll get ‘em next time though.”

Eilen, and the ARCA Midwest Tour, will have a four-week break before traveling to Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, WI on Saturday, August 9th. They will follow that race right away on Friday, August 16th at Norway Speedway in Norway, Michigan before making it back to Eilen’s home track, Elko Speedway, on Saturday, September 20th.  The season will conclude at LaCrosse Speedway for the annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:43