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Joe Kosiski Retains Top Spots In NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division II
Jun 14, 2006 - updated Jun 14th, 2006 2:35pm
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Daytona Beach, Fla. --
For Immediate Release:(June 13, 2006)
It appears that to win the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division II championship, competitors will have to first get by Joe Kosiski. The veteran driver from Omaha, Neb., continues to hold the top two spots in the NDWS Division II rankings. For the second consecutive week, Kosiski is ranked twice in the standings, by virtue of leading the NASCAR points at both facilities where he races - I-80 Speedway at Nebraska Raceway Park, in Greenwood, Neb., and Adams County Speedway, in Corning, Iowa. Kosiski, the 1986 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national champion, finished third in Late Model action at Adams County Speedway last Saturday, but finished 12th at I-80 Speedway on Sunday. He has accumulated 770 points, with two wins and 11 top-five finishes.
Two drivers who may soon challenge Kosiski's dominance in the standings are two tough I-80 Speedway rivals. Leon Zeitner, of Lavista, Neb., and Ed Kosiski, Joe's younger brother from Ralston, Neb., trail Joe Kosiski in the NASCAR point standings at I-80 by just 10 points. Under NASCAR's points format, the NASCAR points leader at each track is ranked in the Division standings. Should Zeitner or the younger Kosiski surpass Joe in NASCAR points at I-80, they'd earn a slot on the Division II leaderboard. Meanwhile, moving into the third spot in this week's standings with 662 points is Bobby Oglesby - who finished third in the Late Model feature at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday. Oglesby, of Bloomingdale, Ga., has four wins, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes this season.
Dave Byrd, of Pacific Grove, Calif., remains fourth in the NDWS Division II standings with 608 points. The veteran West Coast competitor visited victory lane on Sunday, becoming the first driver to score multiple wins this year in Western Late Model action at Altamont Motorsports Park in Tracy, Calif. Byrd, who also competes at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, Calif., has an overall record this year of three wins, nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Drivers are awarded NASCAR points in each event, along with bonus points depending on the number of cars competing in each feature event. If there are 15-20 cars in a race, drivers receive 10 bonus points; if there are 21 or more cars in the field in a given race, drivers receive 20 bonus points apiece. The NASCAR points leader at each track is ranked in the Division standings, which are based on each driver's best 16 points finishes and can include results from any tracks within the Division.
At the end of the season, the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division champions can win a $25,000 bonus. The Division champion with the highest point total overall is awarded the national championship and an additional $50,000 bonus.
.NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division II Leaders as of June 13 (best 16 points finishes)
Driver, Hometown, Home track, NDWS points
1. Joe Kosiski, Omaha, Neb., I-80 Speedway, 770 points
2. Joe Kosiski, Omaha, Neb., Adams County Speedway, 770
3. Bobby Oglesby, Bloomingdale, Ga., Oglethorpe Speedway Park, 662
4. Dave Byrd, Pacific Grove, Calif., Altamont Motorsports Park, 608
5. Pete Anderson Jr., Stockton, Calif., Stockton 99 Speedway, 438
6. Meme DeSantis, Temple, Pa., Grandview Speedway, 416
7. John Blewett III, Howell, N.J., Wall Township Speedway, 392
8. Shane Brafford, Concord, N.C., Concord Motorsport Park, 362
9. Stuart Ricks, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Myrtle Beach Speedway, 358
10. Joe Aramendia, Schertz, Tex., San Antonio Speedway, 348
11. Steven Gannon, Redding, Calif., Shasta Raceway Park, 348
12. Jean Francois Bouvrette, St. Jerome, Quebec, Autodrome St.Eustache, 248
13. Fred Whiteman, Edmonton, Alberta, Edmonton InternationalRaceway, 214
14. Phil Baril Jr., Haverhill, Mass., Lee USA Speedway, 60
15. Mike Leaty, Williamson, N.Y., Spencer Speedway, 60
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