Omaha, Neb. (April 23, 1977) – Joe Kosiski of Omaha and Bob Shryock of Estherville, Iowa, withstood the challenges of 50 top late models to split the twin 50-lap features Saturday night at Sunset Speedway’s fifth annual $5,000 Spring Invitational.
The cold front which brought rain to delay the start of the races, stretched the program until midnight, before Kosiski and Shyrock claimed their $500 victories.
Shryock, in the first feature, took the lead midway through when Jack McDonald of Eldridge, N.D., broke a rear axle. Bill Rice of Des Moines, who had led early in the 50-lapper, finished second ahead of multi-time Sunset point champion Bob Kosiski of Omaha.
In the second feature, Joe Kosiski won his second big race in two weeks (he won the week before in Kansas City), by beating Kent Tucker of Aurora, Neb., to the checkered flag.
Drivers from Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota participated in an annual event that has seen Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa, Bob Kosiski, Bill Martin of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Bob Saterdalen of Oronoco, Minn., win previous titles.
Feature #1 –
1. 1. Bob Shryock, Estherville, Iowa
2. 2. Bill Rice, Des Moines
3. 3. Bob Kosiski, Omaha
4. 4. Kent Tucker, Aurora, Neb.
5. 5. Tim Eliason, Duluth, Minn.
6. 6. Dwaine Hanson, Lakefield, Minn.
7. 7. Joe Kosiski, Omaha
8. 8. Duane Errett, Harlan, Iowa
9. 9. John Oswalt, Kansas City
10 10. Jack McDonald, Eldridge, N.D.
Feature #2 –
1. 1. Joe Kosiski
2. 2. Ken Tucker
3. 3. Bob Kosiski
4. 4. Mike Dibben, Kansas City
5. 5. Tim Eliason
6. 6. Dwaine Hanson
7. 7. John Oswalt
8. 8. Duane Errett
9. 9. Ernie Brookins, Fargo, N.D.
10. Bob Shryock