Sunday, April 14, 2013

This Week in Racing History - 1985

April 14 - Joe Kosiski, the oldest of the Kosiski brothers from Omaha, Neb., took command of the late model division on Sunday afternoon at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo., as he took home the best part of the $13,000 Winston/NASCAR Inaugural 100. Kosiski started on the inside of the fourth row and immediately started chasing early leader Gene Claxton. By the second lap he moved into second and on lap 7 moved to the high side of turn four to take the lead for good. Rick Egersdorf of St. Paul, Minn., moved into the second spot but was unable to catch Kosiski and settled for runner-up honors. Bob Hill of Story City, Iowa, took third, Vic Bentlage of Jefferson City, Mo., was fourth and Claxton dropped back to finish fifth.

April 14 - Doug Wolfgang of Sioux Falls, S.D., made a daring move thru traffic with a lap and a half remaining to capture the 30-lap World of Outlaws/Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout sprint car feature at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon. Wolfgang pushed the Weikert Livestock #29 around Sammy Swindell of Bartlett, Tenn., coming off the second turn on lap 29 and held the top spot the rest of the way to notch the $7,250 victory. It was Wolfgang's 52nd career WoO win and his sixth Eldora triumph. Swindell crossed the line right on Wolfgang's tail to collect the $4,450 runner-up prize. Swindell had taken the lead on lap 14 after Wolfgang had headed the pack for the initial 13 circuits. Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Ind., tried a last-lap move around the lead pair but had to settle for third. Brad Doty of Fredricksburg, Ohio, earned fourth and Jack Hewitt of Troy, Ohio, rounded out the top five.

April 14 - Roger Long, the veteran chauffeur from Oakwood, Ill., chalked up his first late model victory of the season at East Moline, (Ill.) Speedway on Sunday evening. Driving a 1985 Firebird, Long inherited the lead on lap 7 when early leader Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., had the misfortune of right rear tire go down during a caution. The real battle in the 30-lap main was for positions second thru fourth with Ron Weedon of Pleasant Valley, Iowa, Gary Webb of Davenport, Iowa, and Roger Dolan of Lisbon, Iowa, swapping positions back and forth. When the dust cleared, Webb would grab second with Weedon in third, Dolan taking fourth and Ray Guss Jr. coming back from the flat tire to score fifth. East Moline's Gary Reinhart would lead all 20 laps in winning the IMCA modified feature ahead of 1984 IMCA national point champion Mike Cothron.

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