Roger Rager had been knocking on the door all season long with the Midwest Sprintcar Series but had yet to find victory lane until Friday, July 28th at the Kopellah Speedway. Rager, who just returned to Minnesota following a week of racing with...
Roger Rager had been knocking on the door all season long with the Midwest Sprintcar Series but had yet to find victory lane until Friday, July 28th at the Kopellah Speedway. Rager, who just returned to Minnesota following a week of racing with the ASCS Speedweek series, jumped off the front row and led all 20 laps to take home the $1,000 victory. He became the 6th different winner in 6 races for the MSS this season. Rager, along with fellow front row starter Jimmy Kouba, jumped out to a sizable lead at the beginning of the race, and the two quickly began putting distance between themselves and the rest of the field. Both drivers were running an extremely high groove on the racetrack and at times were perilously close to the concrete retaining wall. By Lap 18, Rager had lapped up to 5th place and was gaining on the fourth place car of Tom Kamrath when Kamrath tangled while lapping Ehren Layton. The #1k and the #51 of Layton both spun in the middle of the speedway forcing the leaders to take evasive action to avoid them. This set up a two-lap dash to the finish and gave Jimmy Kouba a chance to pull right up on the nerf bar of Rager. However, in the open track Rager stretched his advantage and went on to take the win. Kouba followed in second while rookie John Nelson had his best finish with the MSS this season and rounded out the podium finishers. Allan Gilbertson and Spike Lempelius came home in fourth and fifth respectively. Heat races for the MSS Sprints went to Gilbertson and Jimmy Kouba and the North Country Builders/Kouba Family Dash was won by Roger Rager over Jimmy Kouba. The series now takes a few weeks off before returning to the Kopellah Speedway on August 18th. <pre> MIDWEST SPRINTCAR SERIES RESULTS KOPELAH SPEEDWAY, ST. CROIX FALLS, WI JULY 28TH
A-Feature: 1.Roger Rager; 2. Jimmy Kouba; 3. John Nelson; 4. Allan Gilbertson; 5. Spike Lempelius; 6. Joe Kouba; 7. Joseph Kouba; 8. Gene Kelly; 9. Ehren Layton; 10. Tom Kamrath; 11. Greg Kamrath (DNF) 12. Johnny Parsons III (DNF); 13. John Jacob (DNS)
North Country Builders/Kouba Family Dash: 1.Rager; 2. Jimmy Kouba; 3. Nelson; 4. Gilbertson; 5. Layton; 6. T. Kamrath
Heat 1: 1. Gilbertson; 2. Layton; 3. Nelson; 4. Joe Kouba; 5. Parsons III; 6. Kelly; 7. Jacob (DNS)
Heat 2: 1. Jimmy Kouba; 2. Rager; 3. T. Kamrath; 4. Lempelius; 5. Joseph Kouba; 6. Greg Kamrath