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September 07, 2014 at 01:50:07 PM
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Tatnell Completes Sweep of Kouba Memorial With SCVR Victory
St. Croix Falls, WI
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (9-5-14)

Although he had to wait three weeks to do it, Brooke Tatnell completed a sweep of the 22nd Annual Kouba Memorial when he raced to his 31st career UMSS victory on Friday night September 5 at the St. Croix Valley Raceway in the rain-delayed makeup of the Earl Kouba Memorial portion of this prestigious event. As cloudy skies gave way to a beautiful sunset, there was no chance of rain when a field of 23 UMSS winged sprints signed into the pits at the 1/4 mile dirt oval. Tatnell had won the Ethel Kouba Memorial race back on August 15 at the Princeton Speedway, and he and his Protofab Engineering team were looking for the $2,400 top prize at SCVR. Mission accomplished, as Tatnell took the lead on lap 11 from Cody Hahn and drove the #14 winged sprint to Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup Victory Lane 14 laps later to complete his sweep of the Ethel and Earl Kouba Memorial feature races.

Getting the double round of qualifiers in the books would see Tony Norem, Hahn and 2013 UMSS Champion Chris Graf win the heat races. Challenge races were won by 2009 UMSS Champion Leigh Thomas, and with his second challenge race win of the season, 2011 Co-Rookie of the Year Chad Patterson. Not surprisingly, Tatnell was high point driver after the two rounds and drew the "7" pill for the feature race invert. This put Hahn and Norem on the front row for the 25 lap Earl Kouba Memorial feature. In Challenge race action, Cam Schafer blew a hole in his engine and was done for the night while Rick Kobs flipped in turn one causing enough damage to his #34 Olson sprinter to be a scratch for the feature.

Norem grabbed the early lead at the drop of the green, but the feature race was under caution with three laps in when Norem spun in turn one after an apparent mechanical failure on the front end of his B1st sprinter. Hahn inherited the lead on the restart. Following a caution one lap later for a Tony Kaus spin in turn 3, Hahn continued to hold the top spot when the green flag replaced the yellow. Tatnell was on the move to the front when the red light blinked on for third place runner Brandon Halverson. Halverson jumped the cushion and got upside down after contact with the concrete wall in turn two. Halverson was okay, but his damaged car was towed to the infield. A few laps later, Tatnell worked his way past Hahn for the lead.

The final caution flew with 18 laps recorded when Hahn and Jamey Ogston made contact on the front stretch. Both cars ended up out of the race sitting over in turn two in need of wrecker assistance. The remaining 7 laps clicked off under green with 11th starter Ryan Bowers moving past Richert and Graf. Bowers was closing in on Tatnell but ran out of laps to contend for the win. On the final lap coming out of turn four, Richert snuck by Graf for third at the line. Carson McCarl came from 18th to finish fifth. Thomas finished sixth while Kevin Bradwell with his non-winged motor (with a four barrel carb) in his car rode home with an impressive seventh place finish. Jared Goerges, Jeff Pellersels and Patterson completed the top ten. On the final lap, Dean Brown's #85 sprinter went up in flames in turn 3 following an engine explosion. Brown was okay and was credited with an 11th place finish.


The final night of UMSS competition for the 2014 racing season now comes down to the 14th Annual Jerry Richert, Sr. Memorial at the Cedar Lake Speedway on September 6. Can Ryan Bowers catch Jerry Richert, Jr. in the point standings or will Richert emerge from the final night with his third championship title?

UMSS Race Results - St. Croix Valley Raceway September 5, 2014 (Race #20)
22nd Annual Earl Kouba Memorial (makeup from August 16 rain out)

Gillund Enterprises/JB Distributing Heat #1 (8 laps): B1st Tony Norem, 63 Jerry Richert Jr, 5C Cam Schafer, 28 Jeff Pellersels, 15 Chad Patterson, 29 Leigh Thomas, 7M Bob McVitty, 74 Roger McVitty DNF.

Frattalone Companies Heat #2 (8 laps): 23 Cody Hahn, 9 Jared Goerges, 34 Rick Kobs, 03 Jamey Ogston, 5 Anna Kouba, 91A Reed Allex, 95 Kevin Bradwell, 85 Dean Brown.

Ogston Auto Body & Paint Heat #3 (7 laps): 20G Chris Graf, 14 Brooke Tatnell, 32 Brando Halverson, 199 Ryan Bowers, 52 Jake Lempelius, 3TK Tony Kaus DNF, 27 Carson McCarl DNF.

D&D Motorsports Challenge Race #1 (11 laps): Patterson, Halverson, Goerges, Ogston, Graf, Norem, Brown, Allex, B. McVitty, Lempelius, Schafer DNF, McCarl DNS.

JKD Communications Challenge Race #2 (11 laps): Thomas, Tatnell, Bowers, Richert, Pellersels, Hahn, Kouba, Bradwell, Kaus, R. McVitty, Kobs DNF.

GRP Motorsports Earl Kouba Memorial Feature (25 laps): Tatnell, Bowers, Richert, Graf, McCarl, Thomas, Bradwell, Goerges, Pellersels, Patterson, Brown, Allex, Lempelius, B. McVitty DNF, Hahn DNF, Ogston DNF, R. McVitty DNF, Kaus DNF, Halverson DNF, Norem DNF, Kouba DNF, Schafer DNS, Kobs DNS.

Lap Leaders: Norem 1-3, Hahn 4-10, Tatnell 11-25.

Cautions: (4)

Victory Lane photo courtesy of Vince Peterson at Track Rat Photos.

September 07, 2014 at 01:50:39 PM
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Brooke Tatnell Tops UMSS Portion of Kouba Memorial At Princeton Speedway
Princeton, MN
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director (8-15-14)

The Ethel Kouba Memorial portion of the 22nd Annual Kouba Memorial event was held at the Princeton Speedway on Friday night August 15, as the UMSS winged and Traditional non-winged sprint cars filled the pits. Brooke Tatnell became the first three-time winner of the event when he passed leader Chris Graf on lap 9 of the 25 lap feature race and went on to pick up the $1,200 first place prize money. Tatnell was driving the potent Protofab Engineering #14 sprint car, and he kept his UMSS winning streak intact with six appearances with the series in 2014 producing six trips to Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup Victory Lane.

Seventeen UMSS winged sprint cars signed into the pits on a pleasant summer evening for racing. A large crowd gathered to watch both divisions in action for the first time at Princeton. Along with their non-winged counterparts, the Princeton Speedway pits had a total of 33 sprint cars. The UMSS winged sprint utilized their usual double round of qualifying races with passing and finishing points awarded. Young female sensation Paige Polyak from Tiffin, Ohio drove to an impressive win in the first heat. 2013 UMSS Champion Chris Graf topped the second heat while Tatnell raced to an easy win in heat #3. Rookie racer Ryan Bowers and second-year sprint car driver Gunner Cummings won the Challenge Races. Tatnell was the high point earner and drew the seven pill for the feature race invert.

As luck would have it, the young Challenge Race winners would comprise the front row for the 25 lap Ethel Kouba Memorial main event. Gunner Cummings grabbed teh early lead over Ryan Bowers. The race was just one lap old when Nick lusk got upside down on the front stretch to bring out the red flag. Lusk was okay, but his car sustained heavy damage and was done for the night. Cummings continued to lead on the restart, as the high-banked 1/4 mile oval had a lot of grip and was fast. Graf got by Cummings for the top spot on lap 5, and less than a lap later the yellow blinked on when Polyak slipped over the berm in turn two. Paige restarted at the tail.

Graf held the lead over Cummings while Tatnell was already up to third in just five laps. Tatnell got by Cummings one lap later and closed in on Graf. Graf changed his line from the top to the bottom, so Tatnell moved up top and a lap later had the lead. The final 20 circuits clicked off caution-free, as Tatnell drove to his 30th career UMSS victory. Graf and Davey Heskin had a good battle for second late in the race, as the two drivers swapped the spot a couple of times. Graf was able to hold off Heskin. Bowers and Cummings completed the top five. Tony Norem, Polyak, Leigh Thomas, Cody Hahn and Jerry Richert, Jr. rounded out the top ten finishers.

The first night of the Kouba Memorial saw all four members of the Kouba racing family who are still active drivers participate in the Traditional sprint car part of the program. Anna Kouba was the only driver to do double-duty, as she also raced in the winged sprint car portion of the show. Anna got upside down on the opening lap of her heat race, but she returned to compete in the Challenge Race and feature event.

The second night of the 22nd Annual Kouba Memorial was scheduled to take place the following night at the St. Croix Valley Raceway, but persistent light rain showers finally caused the race to be postponed. Night #2 of the Kouba Memorial will now be held on Friday, September 5 at the St. Croix Valley Raceway with both divisions on the program. The Earl Kouba Memorial will pay $2,400 to win the UMSS winged sprint portion. The UMSS sprints will race the following night at the 14th Annual Jerry Richert, Sr. Memorial giving them a double header weekend at two tracks located about a half drive apart from each other. Sprint car fans will certainly want to make plans to attend both shows on the weekend of September 5-6, as the battle for the UMSS Championship likely will come down to the final two races.


UMSS Race Results - Princeton Speedway August 15, 2014 (Race #17)
22nd Annual Kouba Memorial Night #1 - Ethel Kouba Memorial

Leigh Thomas Construction Heat #1 (6 laps): 19 Paige Polyak, 91 Davey Heskin, 10 Leigh Thomas, 34TW Gunner Cummings, 5T Mark Toews, 5 Anna Kouba DNF.

Bevlor Utilities Heat #2 (6 laps): 20G Chris Graf, B1st Tony Norem, 63 Jerry Richert Jr, 199 Ryan Bowers, 23 Cody Hahn, 15 Chad Patterson.

Donnohue Designs Heat #3 (6 laps): 14 Brooke Tatnell, 91A Reed Allex, 5M Troy Manteufel, 29 Nick Lus, 03 Jamey Ogston DNS.

Mastell Brothers Trailer Service Challenge Race #1 (8 laps): Bowers, Thomas, Tatnell, Toews, Polyak, Manteufel, Norem, Patterson, Ogston DNS.

Protofab Engineering Challenge Race #2 (8 laps): Cummings, Heskin, Graf, Richert, Hahn, Lusk, Kouba DNF, Allex DNF.

Ethel Kouba Memorial Feature (25 laps): Tatnell, Graf, Heskin, Bowers, Cummings, Norem, Polyak, Thomas, Hahn, Richert, Manteufel, Patterson, Toews, Ogston DNF , Kouba DNF, Lusk DNF, Allex DNS.

Lap Leaders: Cummings 1-4, Graf 5-8, Tatnell 9-25.

Cautions: (3)

Victory Lane photo courtesy of Vince Peterson at Track Rat Photos.

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