LIMA, Ohio – The ability to win back-to-back in any sporting event takes both skill and some luck, but to make it three wins in a row in the same event over a three year period makes its more a case of skill and quality preparation.
Jeff Koz completed the rare feat by besting a 19-car field to win the 15th annual Steve Brown Memorial for the Budweiser Thunderstocks at Limaland Motorsports Park Friday night.
Although Koz had an excellent starting position, from the inside of row number two, he had to battle a pair of former Brown Memorial winners to finally post the historic win. Front row starters Barney Craig and Tony Anderson have been two of the most dominant performers in the division for a decade or more.
Craig took the lead from the start of the event with Koz and Anderson giving chase. The three cars produced some thrilling action with Koz trying to work inside of Barney Craig on the fast Limaland racing surface. The only caution of the event allowed the second place running Koz to close the gap with Craig.
A restart following the yellow flag on lap number nine gave Koz the opening he needed and the veteran executed a defining pass inside of Craig to take over the race lead. From that point, Jeff Koz rode the middle groove of the track and held off Tony Anderson and Frank Paladino to complete the first ever three-peat in winning the coveted Steve Brown Memorial.