Kouba Captures First ASCS Win in Mighty Axe Nationals Opener at NCS! BRAINERD, Minn. (August 30, 2008) -- Joseph Kouba collected his first career American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains Region feature win by leading the final 15...
Kouba Captures First ASCS Win in Mighty Axe Nationals Opener at NCS!
BRAINERD, Minn. (August 30, 2008) -- Joseph Kouba collected his first career American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains Region feature win by leading the final 15 circuits of Saturday's 25-lap main event to top the opening night of North Central Speedway's Mighty Axe Nationals.
Kouba took the lead away from Brad Barickman for good on the 11th round en route to taking the checkered flag in front of Eric Lutz, current ASCS Northern Plains points leader Lee Grosz, Curt Lund and Brett Geldner.
Starting outside the front row, Kouba gunned into the early lead before surrendering the point to Barickman on the third round. Barickman, Kouba and Grosz diced for the lead for several rounds before Kouba took command of the race on the eleventh circuit.
Lutz climbed to second two laps later, with Grosz taking over third after another pair of rounds.
Barickman, Jerry Richert, Jr., and Lund won Saturday's heat races.
ASCS Northern Plains Region Results from I-90 Speedway:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 34-Brad Barickman, 2. 5x-Dave Glennon, 3. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 4. 1b-Brett Geldner, 5. 5m-Troy Manteufel, 6. 10-Kevin Nickel. DNS: 45-Tony Norem.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 62-Jerry Richert, Jr., 2. 55-Joseph Kouba, 3. 34tw-Roger Rager, 4. 29-Leigh Thomas, 5. 14-John Nelson, 6. 20g-Chris Graf.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 87-Curt Lund, 2. 5-Eric Lutz, 3. 18-Ryan Wilson, 4. 4J-Lee Grosz, 5. 37-Sye Anderson, 6. 25-Ken Melanson.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 55-Joseph Kouba, 2. 5-Eric Lutz, 3. 4J-Lee Grosz, 4. 87-Curt Lund, 5. 1b-Brett Geldner, 6. 62-Jerry Richert, Jr., 7. 14-John Nelson, 8. 18-Ryan Wilson, 9. 34tw-Roger Rager, 10. 37-Sye Anderson, 11. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 12. 25-Ken Melanson, 13. 5m-Troy Manteufel, 14. 20g-Chris Graf, 15. 5x-Dave Glennon, 16. 34-Brad Barickman, 17. 10-Kevin Nickel. DNS: 29-Leigh Thomas, 45-Tony Norem.
ASCS Northern Plains Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Lee Grosz 1,260, 2. Eric Lutz 1,228, 3. Dave Glennon 705, 4. Jody Rosenboom 627, 5. Jack Dover 596, 6. Clint Garner 564, 7. Jason Tostenson 510, 8. Jake Peters 430, 9. Curt Lund 422, 10. Gordy Vogelaar 416.