Kosiski is 2002 Shuck Award winner.
(Lincoln NE-September 10, 2002) - Many time NASCAR Late Model racing champion, Joe Kosiski was named the winner of the 2002 Gordie Shuck Memorial Sportsmanship Award by the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Joe will receive his award at the Hall of Fame's induction reception on Thursday evening, September 19, 2002 at the Smith Collection Museum in the Speedway Motors Complex at 300 Victory Lane in Lincoln.
Joe, oldest of the racing Kosiski brothers, not only has a stellar resume as a race driver, but an equally stellar resume as a person who goes out of his way to help his fellow racers. Some of the nationally known stars he has helped include, Rick Eckert, Wendell Wallace and Kelly Boen as well as others. On the local level, Scott Koskovich, Scott Carlson and Tom Svoboda have benefited from Joe's help. One of the most memorable instances occurred when Dave Chase's house burnt down taking his race car with it. Dave was locked in a battle with Joe's brother, Ed, for the point title at Corning, IA., and Dave was also in the running for the NASCAR Regional Championship with his main competition being for that title being Joe. Joe loaned Dave a motor so that he could continue his quest for both championships. Joe has also helped people to get started in the sport including Tom Ackerman who he helped get his first job in racing after tom moved to Charlotte, NC., to become involved in NASCAR.
In addition, Joe, as manager of Kosiski Auto Parts has been a large supporter of racing throughout the Midwest, with programs such as the Kosiski Auto Parts Hammer Down Award for the O'Reilly All-Star Series and the King Of The Hill series at Sunset Speedway and Nebraska Raceway Park. They have also been a sponsor of the United States Modified Series and the National Kidney Foundation Modified Series.
Joe Kosiski's unselfishness off the track have not prevented him from being a ferocious competitor on the track, much like the namesake of the Gordie Shuck Award. Joe is a 12-time champion of Sunset Speedway; a five-time champ of the NASCAR All-Star Tour; a two-time champion of the NASCAR Central region; a two time champion of the NASCAR Midwest region and was the 1986 NASCAR Winston Racing Series National Champion. Gordie Shuck, a 1999 inductee into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, was a many time champion throughout the Midwest and a real gentleman off the track. Gordie passed away in 2001, however, several members of his family will be in attendance to present the award to Kosiski.
In addition the Shuck Memorial Award, six individuals will be inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame. They are, Kenny Gritz, the 1969 Knoxville Nationals Champion; Don Ostendorf, many time NASCAR Sportsman champion in the 1950s; King Rhiley, the 1921 winner of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb; Eddie Rickenbacker, AAA National Championship driver and former owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Cliff Sealock, many time Central Nebraska racing champion; and Doug Wolfgang, five-time champion of the Knoxville Nationals.
Keynote speaker will be three-time Indianapolis 500 champion, Johnny Rutherford, and a special guest for the evening will be Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns. There will also be a silent auction, tours of the Smith Collection Museum and hors d'oeuvres and bench racing at the Firemans Hall following the event. Doors open at 6:15 PM with the event set to begin at 7:00PM.
Cost of the event is $12 per person (ages 6-12, $5); admission will be available the day of the event at the door. For advance reservations write to the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, P O Box 94835, Lincoln, NE 68509. When making your reservations, please list the names of everyone in your party.