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Hawkeye Downs goes "High-Tech" to keep fans "Up to Speed"


Friday was supposed to be opening night at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids.   Hot laps were scheduled to start at 6:25 p.m.  Mother Nature had other plans.

Race promoter Mike Becker spent the day at the rainy track.  He's working hard to find ways to keep fans up to "speed" when the weather doesn't cooperate.

"We hope to have a little better luck with the racing Gods! A little less rain and a little more sunshine! We've changed some divisions around, we've brought in some different types of cars for racing here at Hawkeye Downs and we're just looking forward to a really good summer of racing."

Hawkeye Downs uses the website Rained Out to notify fans and drivers of delays and cancellations. 

"Folks can go to that, search for Hawkeye Downs, enter their cell phone number and when we make a decision, like we had to do on Friday, we send out a message and it comes across their cell phone as a text and they're up to speed just about as fast as they could be!" said Becker.

Racing events are scheduled to resume April 29th.

"Today, with fuel prices and scheduling and everything we try to keep everyone as informed as quickly as we can. I just can't explain how the entertainment just gratifies all of us that are in the racing world and we'd certainly love to share that with everybody."  said Becker.

To check out events at Hawkeye Downs, click here.

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