Struggling Kosiski breaks through with TORA win

MAYETTA, Kan. (Aug. 24, 2002) -- Veteran driver Steve Kosiski captured his first Topless Outlaw Racing Association (TORA) feature win of the season at Thunderhill Speedway. For Kosiski, who competes in several late-model dirt track series, the...

MAYETTA, Kan. (Aug. 24, 2002) -- Veteran driver Steve Kosiski captured his first Topless Outlaw Racing Association (TORA) feature win of the season at Thunderhill Speedway.

For Kosiski, who competes in several late-model dirt track series, the win couldn't have come at a better time.

"It's been tough for quite a while for us," he said. "The competition has gotten tougher and we've fallen off the pace some. It's good to be running up front again."

Jim Anderson, a regular in the World Dirt League, easily won his heat race and nabbed the pole position for the A feature. But Anderson changed engines between the heat and the feature and had problems getting everything to work right. He quickly faded at the beginning of the feature and did not finish.

Kosiski started the feature on the outside of Anderson and grabbed the lead early. Right behind him was Kelly Boen, WDRA regular who had won the previous two TORA events. Boen twice passed Kosiski for the lead -- once on the high side and once on the low side -- going into turn one, but each time a yellow flag wiped out the pass and put Kosiski back in front.

"Once we got straightened out after the yellows, Steve had seen all my moves and he wasn't going to fall for them again," Boen said.

Kosiski pulled away on each restart, leaving Boen to battle Mike Brown for second. For several laps, Boen and Brown raced side-by-side around the speedway, which allowed Kosiski to increase his lead.

Midway through the race, Brown slipped around Boen for second and set his sights on the leader. But for Brown, who blew a motor Aug. 18 on the Belleville (Kan.) highbanks, his backup engine mysteriously lost power in one cylinder a couple of laps later.

"We gained on Kosiski before dropping the cylinder and I honestly think I could have caught him," Brown said, smiling but disappointed.

With an underpowered racecar, Brown quickly lost second place to Boen, but still managed to finish third. Defending champion Larry McDaniels finished fourth after starting 13th and maintained his season points lead over Brown.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mike Brown , Jim Anderson