17 Ryan Kostreba

17 Ryan Kostreba

Driver Hometown: Elk River
Age Began Racing: 27
Occupation: Engineer
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Facebook Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/KostrebaRacing

How did you get into racing? I helped Mark Froehlich when he started racing. In 2006, I decided to go racing and Mark helped me get my first street stock up and running.

What is your favorite night at the track? Any night of racing is a good night, but I would say that anytime the fans get to come on the track and see the cars and drivers up close is really fun. It gives you the chance to interact with them, show them up close the cars and answer any questions they have.

What do you do when you aren’t racing? I spend a lot of time with my kids in other sports, either at games or practicing.

What is your best racing memory? I won a street stock feature at Ogilvie in 2011 where my left front tire blew out half way through the race. I was able to keep the lead on multiple restarts and I held on just long enough to win the race. The tire was shredded and parts of it were laying all over the back stretch. The remains of the tire are hanging on my wall in the shop to this day as a trophy and memory of that night.

Any other fun facts you’d like to share about yourself? I am looking into running a Road coarse endurance race at BIR this summer. I always thought it would be fun and I may have the opportunity to do it this year.

What do you wish more people knew about racing? Since there is no Home team to cheer for, many people don’t think racing would be fun to watch. But once they come to the track, everyone has a great time and really enjoys the races. The key is to give them a reason to come. Hopefully we can put on a great show when they are here.

What’s the biggest challenge you face with racing? Keeping the budget within reason while still being competitive can be a tough task, but when you do it, there’s nothing better than spending the night at the track.

Do you have any advice for someone that is new to racing? If you want to race and be competitive, ask the guys that have been around for a long time and ask every question you can think of. Then do what you feel is best for your experience and budget.

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