Kouba earns spot on Wall of Fame with win at Huron's Dakota State Fair Speedway. HURON, SD/BYRON, MN ~ JULY 30, 2003 ~ Jimmy Kouba will now be etched in the historic Dakota State Fair Speedway Wall of Fame with his win in WISSOTA Championship ...
Kouba earns spot on Wall of Fame with win at Huron's Dakota State Fair Speedway.
HURON, SD/BYRON, MN ~ JULY 30, 2003 ~ Jimmy Kouba will now be etched in the historic Dakota State Fair Speedway Wall of Fame with his win in WISSOTA Championship Sprint Car July 28th event at the Huron, SD oval. Kouba will join the likes of Barney Oldfield, Jerry Richert, Sr. and Doug Wolfgang on the prestigious marker. Located at the backside of the Grandstand, this historic landmark give the names of drivers who've won special race events as well as season championships dating back to 1914.
"It is a tremendous honor to win this race and add my name to the list of champions on the Wall of Fame," said Kouba. "I was fortunate to re-draw well and had a great car tonight. Several opportunities went my way with yellow flags and lapped traffic. Jamie (Kouba, crew chief and Mrs. Jimmy Kouba) made the right call with the setup for the feature. I was able to move around on the track wherever I needed to get through traffic once the leaders caught the slower cars. It always feels good to win, but this one is just a little more special with the history of this track and the events they have held over the years."
The 2001 WISSOTA National Sprint Car champion started on the outside front row of the feature as a result of a top-three finish in his heat race placing him in the drivers who re-draw for their starting positions in the feature. A total of twenty cars lined up to do battle for the winner's trophy. At the drop of the green, Kouba dropped into second and chased Chuck Swenson for one-half the 25-lap race. Several yellows slowed the event and allowed Kouba to keep Swenson in his sights.
Following a yellow flag, Swenson momentarily slowed as the field took the green flag for the restart. Kouba took advantage of the situation to take the lead and never look back.
Kouba, son of the late Earl Kouba, many-time Colorado midget champion, ran out of fuel on the cool down lap and had no more usable rubber on both rear tires.
"Sometimes when something is meant to be, things just go your way," Kouba concluded. "We had exactly enough fuel and tires to make it to the finish. Fortunately, we got there first. This is just a great night for our team and family."
The victory is Kouba's third in 2003 WISSOTA National Touring Series competition. The next event for the Byron, Minnesota based driver will be Saturday, August 2 at North Central Speedway, Brainerd, MN.