WST: Wissota Sprints Earl Kouba Memorial race report

Jimmy Kouba Takes Earl Kouba Memorial For Wissota Sprints Jimmy Kouba streaked past early leader and polesitter Raleigh Sandberg with about 10 laps remaining and survived several yellow flags to take the victory in the 9th Annual Earl Kouba ...

Jimmy Kouba Takes Earl Kouba Memorial For Wissota Sprints

Jimmy Kouba streaked past early leader and polesitter Raleigh Sandberg with about 10 laps remaining and survived several yellow flags to take the victory in the 9th Annual Earl Kouba Memorial for Wissota Sprints at the Princeton Speedway in Princeton, MN last Wednesday night. Earl Kouba was the famous racing father of Jimmy and Joe Kouba and the grandfather of Joe's son, Joseph. Joe finished in the fifth position and Joseph rounded out the top 10.

Sandberg jumped out to an early lead over fellow front row starter Donavon Peterson and began stretching his lead over the field. Jimmy Kouba, who started third, quickly moved into second and set his sights on the leader. Meanwhile, the #B1st machine of Tony Norem was moving up from 9th to 4th before jumping the cushion in turn 2 and sliding back to 7th. Jimmy Kouba slipped past Sandberg in lapped traffic to take the lead, but Leigh Thomas broke his rear end in turn 1 and brought out the yellow flag, thus relegating Kouba to second.

The restart lineup saw Sandberg leading Kouba, Peterson, Roger Rager, and Ehren Layton rounding out the top 5. Kouba would sneak past Sandberg following a handful of yellows and begin to put some distance on the field. Tony Norem began charging around the high side of the speedway and moved past Sandberg for second. A yellow flag for John Nelson with just 6 laps remaining set up an interesting shootout on a very slick speedway.

On the restart, the fifth-place machine of Layton tangled in turn 4 and laid on its side on the frontstretch. Layton would restart and finish 13th. The final dash proved to be non-dramatic as Jimmy Kouba stretched the lead to pick up his second consecutive victory in the Earl Kouba Memorial and second of the year in Wissota competition. Sandberg slipped past Norem for second with Peterson and Joe Kouba rounding out the top 5. Heats for the 23 Wissota Sprints were won by Layton, Sandberg, and Jimmy Kouba, and the Dash for Cash was taken by Peterson.

-WS-

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