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SANDUSKY Most people pack a cooler to bring their own food and drinks to an event. Not Jim Konczos.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Most people pack a cooler to bring their own food and drinks to an event. Not Jim Konczos. He brings his own snow.

The 30th annual Hangover Race took place at Sandusky Speedway yesterday, and Konczos, of Cleveland, wanted to make sure he would be equipped with snowballs.

"I want to knock the guy's tooth out, but they said I can't do it this year. So I have to aim for cars this year," he said.

Konczos said he's been coming to the New Year's Day race for 16 years and always brings two coolers of snow, which he gets from Brooklyn Ice Rink. Spectators of the race are allowed and even encouraged to throw snowballs at the cars.

"What else in life is there? Racing and tailgating," he said.

Then he added some trash talk.

"My motor home runs faster than that thing," he said.

Kevin Jaycox, Speedway owner, said they run the race every year in any weather. This year, 66 cars from four states participated in the race.

"We don't do anything with the race track. They run in water, snow -- it doesn't matter, it's just a lot of fun," Jaycox said.

More than 650 people were brave enough to sit out in the frigid cold Tuesday afternoon with temperatures that dipped into the lower 20s.

"Race fans are the most dedicated people in any sport. They will sit through anything to watch a race," Jaycox said.

Bill Hart, of Sandusky, said he goes to the Hangover Race every year since it started, and even participated in the first 19 races, 17 of which he won.

"I've seen it colder," he said. "I've actually won this race and my hands were so numb I couldn't hold the trophy, I had to put my arm through the trophy to hold it," he said.