Curt Hansen (9) and Don Hoffman (2) lead the field to green in the 1977 Cornhusker-Hawkeye Challenge. Ed Sanger (95) is positioned right behind Hansen.
Two-time and defending race winner Curt Hansen of Dike, Iowa started on the pole and led until lap 78 when veteran Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa took the lead. From there on Hansen tried to retake the lead several times pulling even with Sanger, but never making the pass. Finally coming off turn four to take the checkers Hansen edged by Sanger to win by a bumper claiming his third straight Cornhusker-Hawkeye Challenge as Iowa drivers continued to dominate the event.
It was a fitting end to a very competitive season of racing at Sunset Speedway.