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November 15, 2018 - 2018 In Review: Kosiski Rebounds with Competitive and Consistent Season
Omaha, Nebraska (11/15/2018)- Andrew Kosiski and Team 53 capped off the 2018 race season last month at the I-80 Speedway’s Cornhusker Classic with a pair of runner up finishes; but the campaign that started in April saw many highlights for Kosiski, including racing his way into the Malvern Bank Go50 and finishing on the podium at the Knoxville Raceway.

Here we review the 2018 season and sit down for 10 questions with the driver of the Certified Transmission No. 53.

In 2018, Kosiski and team traveled to 14 different tracks within four different states. Making 34 starts, Andrew collected 19 top fives, and 28 top ten finishes, including a season’s best 2nd place finish five different times.

Racing for the season long championships at both I-80 Speedway and the Adams County Speedway, Kosiski earned a pair of top five points finishes in 2018. Finishing runner up by just 12 points at I-80 Speedway, Andrew also collected runner up rewards in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Nebraska State Championship. At the Adams Co. Speedway, “AK” brought home 4th place honors at the track and in the state of Iowa standings. With the combined starts, Kosiski finished 96th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Top 500 results.

Andrew also traveled with the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series in 2018. Competing for a top five points finish all season long, an engine failure at the Junction Motor Speedway in August ended Kosiski’s title run and secured a sixth place finish in the standings.

Now it’s time for 10 questions with Andrew Kosiski, reviewing 2018 and looking ahead to 2019.

1. Describe 2018 in one word and why you feel it was that?
AK- “Relief! After 2017, I thought I wasn’t going to figure out the way these cars of today work and I wouldn’t be consistently competitive again. Well it wasn’t and I think we will stay towards the top awhile.”

2. What do you feel was your biggest accomplishment in 2018?
AK- “Running competitively up front and getting a bunch of top five’s and top ten’s.”

3. What do you feel was your biggest let down of 2018?
AK- “Two things. Not winning a race and not winning the (NASCAR) Nebraska Championship after we lead over half the year.”

4. What do you contribute to your increased top five finishes this year? (56% of starts in 2018 from 17% in 2017.)
AK- “My whole program changed this year. Cars, motors, sponsors, hauler, media, help, car design, literally everything. I needed a cleansing and a restart after a poor 2017 season. Everything was fun and working good, that’s why the finishes were where they were.”

5. How was it working with Jimmy and Chris Mars from MB Custom this year?
AK- “Amazing! I knew they were good and I knew their cars were good. I didn’t realize how good of people they were and how much help I would get. I’m excited to be working with them again this coming year and hopefully for a long time.”

6. What track do you wish you could run in 2019 that you haven’t raced in awhile or at all?
AK- “Locally I’ve always enjoyed Mayetta (Thunderhill Speedway) and Wheatland (Lucas Oil Speedway), they are generally not on our series schedule but I try to find time to go. Nationally, Eldora. I will go one day, just not sure when.”

7. Do you have any off season plans to step up your program in 2019?
AK- “Everything will be the same as 2018, except rebuilding a motor that we blew up. I will go to PRI and see if anything new catches my eye. Lastly, I may go down to Arizona to watch the races and talk to a few guys and see if there is anything new they are doing.”

8. What’s your preliminary plans for 2019? Series? Tracks?
AK- “Malvern Bank Series. I-80 (Speedway) weekly. We’ll hit a few specials here and there. Just would like to get 45-50 (races) on the schedule and let the rain take care of the rest.”

9. What’s your number one goal for 2019 as of right now?
AK- “Every year I say let’s keep the car in one piece, then we can compete for championships. I want to do the exact same, but my number one goal is to win races. Everybody likes a winner and I owe it to everyone who helps.”

10. Is there anyone that you want to thank or give a shout out to?
AK- “All my sponsors and anyone associated with them. I have so many great people behind me and I appreciate them all.”

In 2018 Andrew Kosiski piloted the red and white #53 MB Custom chassis sponsored by Certified Transmission, Select Auto, Kosiski Auto Parts, All Makes Collision, and Omni Inventive Care. For more information on Andrew Kosiski Racing and Team 53, please visit