Johnson: South Fayette's Kosky revved up for NHRA event
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Mike Kosky of South Fayette knows something about winning NHRA national events at the famed Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa.
Kosky, a 69-year-old retired mechanic, is the defending Top Alcohol Dragster champion of the Auto Plus Nationals, scheduled for Oct. 5-7, and a three-time winner of the event.
"Racing at Maple Grove, we know the track pretty well and we know how to set the car up for the track." Kosky said. "We like the track. We're the only three-time Alcohol Dragster winner there, and what is ironic about that is we won with three different makes of engines [Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Chrysler]."
Go to www.nhra.com for details on the third event in the NHRA Countdown at Maple Grove Raceway.
The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series returns to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Saturday. Along with the wingless sprints will be the Super Late Models, the FASTRAK Late Models, Sportsman Late Models, the Hobby Stocks and Young Guns. Action begins at 7 p.m. with Sunday as a rain date.
Pittsburgh Raceway Park won the IHRA Drag Racing Division 3 Summit Team Finals for the fourth time in six years on Sept. 23 at PRP in New Alexandria. PRP won the overall team standings by 5.5 points over Beaver Springs Dragway in central Pennsylvania, and the 2011 Finals Champions, Quaker Motorsports Park in Salem, Ohio.
Rich Zemrose from Elmora won the Summit Super Series run-off in Top ET while Lewie Wrotman of Pittsburgh was the runner-up in the Junior Dragster.
Zemrose and Wrotman will head to Memphis, Tenn. in October for the IHRA Tournament of Champions and Summit Super Series Championship. Also representing Western Pennsylvania in Memphis will be: Brent Darroch from Monaca, Mia Tedesco from Murrysville, Emily Volkman from Coraopolis, Patrick Forster of Pittsburgh, Kevin Romeo from Hannastown and Scotty Campbell from Avonmore.
Pittsburgh Raceway Park continues drag racing into October, highlighted by the Ghost, Goblins and Gearheads event Oct. 5-7, featuring Pro-Mods, Outlaw Dragsters and trick or treats at 7 p.m. for kids. Go to www.pittsburghracewaypark.com for details.
• Monster Mania returns to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Oct. 6 with 410 Outlaw Sprints, Super Late Models, Big Block Modifieds, FASTRAK Late Models and more. Go to www.ppms.com for schedule.
• Lernerville Speedway closes out its on-track activities with the DIRTcar Steel City Stampede on Oct. 25-27. The event will feature the DIRTcar Sprints, Late Models, Big Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman/Stocks, Pro Late Models, UMP Mods, 4-cylinders, Mod Lites, 305 Sprints and an Enduro. Go to www.lernerville.com for more information.
• On Nov. 10, the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club will host the annual Old Timers meeting and dinner at the Heidelberg VFD hall from noon to 6 p.m. in Heidelberg. The festivities include racing films from the 1980s and photo collections dating back to the '50s along with many racing legends in attendance. Call 412-841-5855 for information.
First Published September 28, 2012 12:00 am