Earl Kouba Memorial race set for June 19 PRINCETON, MN ~ May 30, 2003 ~ The 11th annual Earl Kouba Memorial event for WISSOTA sprint cars has been scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2003 at Princeton Speedway, Princeton, MN. The WISSOTA sanctioned...
Earl Kouba Memorial race set for June 19
PRINCETON, MN ~ May 30, 2003 ~ The 11th annual Earl Kouba Memorial event for WISSOTA sprint cars has been scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2003 at Princeton Speedway, Princeton, MN. The WISSOTA sanctioned event will boast championship contenders not only in the sprint car division but mid-west modifieds and street stock competitors as well. Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises; Donahue Harley Davidson/Delano Sports Center; and Princeton Auto Center - Chevrolet will be event sponsors.
"This is a special event for WISSOTA sprint car racers," said Donny Schatz, 1996 Earl Kouba Memorial winner and star of World of Outlaws and United States Auto Club national touring series. "When I won this race, I was just really starting my sprint car racing career. It was an important win on the way to my WISSOTA national championship in 1996. I never had an opportunity to meet Earl Kouba but his family has carried on his spirit and his obvious love of sprint car racing with this event. I am proud to have this victory on my resume and to have "Mom" Kouba as one on my biggest fans even though I now race all over the country."
In addition to Schatz, youngest Kouba son and 2001 WISSOTA national champion Jimmy has won the event twice. Older brother Joe has finished third three times. Other winners include Minnesota racing legend Roger Rager, Dean Brown, Curt Lund, Brian Schnee, Tony Noreem, Spike Lempelius and Randy Nygaard.
"I'm not sure if it's the extra money that makes everyone drive so hard or if they just want to impress Mom Kouba", said Jimmy. "But Dad's memorial is a tough event to win. Just look at all the past winners and each year's also-rans... it's a Who's-who of upper Midwest Sprint champions and hard chargers.
"Winning it meant a lot to me, but I'm family. What impresses me is how much it seems to mean for everyone else. Besides, what sprint driver wouldn't want their name tagged as a "winner" in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame!"
The sprint car feature will pay a very impressive $2000 to win. The prestigious Earl's Fast Dash will carry an additional bonus of $400 to win. As is the tradition for the Earl Kouba Memorial race, the dash and feature winners' names will be engraved on ECK Memorial plaques and be displayed at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, IA. For further information see www.princetonspeedway.com.