Tuesday, August 29, 2023

1960 – Nebraskan Sets Mark at St. Paul


St. Paul, Minn. (August 29, 1960) – Bob Kosiskie of Omaha, Neb., had a field day Monday afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair, driving a 1959 Thunderbird to win the 100-lap International Motor Contest Association late model stock car feature and set a new world’s record for 6 miles in winning the second heat.

Kosiskie turned the 12 lap on the half-mile dirt oval in 5 minutes and 29.39 seconds, cracking the old standard of 6 minutes and 9.82 seconds, set by Ernie Derr of Keokuk, Iowa, on the same track in 1956.

Kosiskie took the lead on the first turn of the first lap of the 50-mile run and eventually built his advantage to a full lap lead over second-place finisher Dick Hutcherson of Keokuk, Iowa, driving a 1957 Chevrolet.

Dick Johnson of St. Paul won the first heat while Gerry Harrison of Topeka, Kan., was the consolation winner.

Results –

1. Bob Kosiskie, Omaha, Neb.
2. Dick Hutcherson, Keokuk, Iowa
3. Buzz McCann, St. Paul
4. Ernie Derr, Keokuk, Iowa
5. Art Brady, Peoria, Ill.
6. Jerry McCredie, Keokuk, Iowa
7. Lenny Funk, Otis, Kan.
8. Jerry Kauffman, Minneapolis
9. Dick Pellow, New Brighton
10.John Jones, Marshall

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