Horejsi cashes in at Kossuth County

Jim Horejsi held off Kelly Shryock in the race to the $2,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers Thursday night at Kossuth County Speedway. (Photo by Jane Burd, Icon Images)

By Greg Grabianowski

ALGONA, Iowa (June 15, 2023) – Almost to the day, it had been 21 years since Jim Horejsi pulled his no. 21 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car into victory lane at Kossuth County Speedway.

But the Marshall, Minn. driver was the winner of the $2,000 to win special at the oval to highlight an exciting evening of dirt track racing on Thursday, June 15.

“I raced here opening night of 2002 in my Stock Car and had the lead late, thinking I was going to win,” said Horejsi, already B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible. “But I got a flat tire with two laps to go so I came back the next week because I thought the track owed me one.”

“This feels really good, especially with my last win here in a stock car coming 21 years ago. It is a race track I always enjoyed running on and tonight was no different.”

Horejsi slowly closed the gap on Elijah Zevenbergen and became the new leader of the race on lap nine. Kelly Shryock stayed close to Horejsi until he briefly touched the front wall on lap number 19 and fell back a bit from the leader.

Shryock reeled Horejsi back in by 23 but Horejsi was just too strong on this night and went onto earn the $2,000 first place winnings as the 30-lap race went green, white, checkered.

Nick Meyer topped the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified main and Mike Smith was g-o-n-e once he got to the front of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field.

Matt Looft led the way to the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod checkers and Devin Jones scored the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact win.

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