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1981 - Kosiski Tops Iowa State Fair

Steve Kosiski of Omaha won the 50-lap late model feature at the Iowa State Fair Speedway. With Kosiski are flagman Bill Newman (left) and trophy sponsor Ron Perdock. – Dean Malone Photo

Des Moines, Iowa (August 22, 1981) – Steve Kosiski of Omaha drove the perfect race Saturday night to win the 50-lap Iowa State Fair Invitational for late model stock cars.

Kosiski won his heat, which put him in the second row for the start of the feature. He kept his position at the start until taking over the second spot from early leader Ron Jackson of Burlington. Jackson dropped to third while Mike Niffenegger of Kalona took over the top spot.

Niffenegger and Kosiski battled for the lead from the 20th lap on. Kosiski didn’t take the lead until the final ap when he passed Niffenegger on the final set of turns.

“I got inside of Mike coming into the third turn,” Kosiski said afterwards. “As we both came through the corner, I could feel my car shoot around him and I took the checkered.”

Jackson followed Kosiski and Niffenegger across the finish line followed by Billy Moyer Jr. of Des Moines and Dave Chase.

Other heat winners besides Kosiski were Jackson, Niffenegger, Tom Hearst of Wilton and Craig Jacobs of Des Moines. Dave Chase of Council Bluffs won the Race of Champions and Bill Rice of Des Moines grabbed top honors in the consolation.

sults –

Heat #1 – Ron Jackson, Burlington
Heat #2 – Tom Hearst, Wilton
Heat #3 – Mike Niffenegger, Kalona
Heat #4 – Steve Kosiski, Omaha
Heat #5 – Craig Jacobs, Des Moines
Race of Champions – Dave Chase, Council Bluffs
Consolation – Bill Rice, Des Moines
Feature –
1. Steve Kosiski
2. Mike Niffenegger
3. Ron Jackson
4. Billy Moyer, Jr., Des Moines
5. Dave Chase
6. Gary Webb, Davenport
7. Bill Zwanziger, Waterloo
8. Jim Anderson, Des Moines
9. Duane Steffe, Colona, Ill.
10.Rusty Patterson, Washington
11.Larry Kelley, Cedar Rapids
12.Ken Davidson, Indianola
13.Craig Jacobs
14.Dick Elliot, Mt. Ayr
15.Bill Rice

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