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Koszkulics to join Motorsports Hall of Fame

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LITTLE HARBOUR — George Koszkulics says he is pleased to be entering the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame.

The veteran Maritime stock car racer is among 10 inductees who will comprise the Class of 2018. Each is being recognized for significant accomplishments and contributions in Maritime motorsports. He is one of six inductees from Nova Scotia, three from New Brunswick and one from P.E.I.

“I guess it’s something that comes once in a lifetime,” he said. “It’s good that someone has recognized you after all these years.”

Koszkulics started racing in 1974 and, in 2018, is still competing. George has had much success and multiple wins as a driver at numerous tracks in the Maritimes, at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, and at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine.

He was a crew member of the King racing team when it fielded cars in the ACT Tour, the NASCAR Busch North Series, and the ASA (with Scott Fraser).

In 2006, he teamed up with Nova Racing, driving No. 88 and preparing cars for 2015 Pro Stock Tour champion and NASCAR Pinty’s Series winner Donald Chisholm, and for all of the NASCAR celebrity drivers who have participated in the IWK 250.

“The biggest thing for me is I got to travel and meet some really nice people and made a lot of friends,” he said.

Koszkulics is recovering from injuries he received when he was involved in a multi-car crash on the first lap as the 150-lap feature at Riverside International Speedway was about to go to a green light to allow the race to officially start.

“Over 40 years racing, I never got hurt,” he said.

He has a sore shoulder and a cast on one hand that may delay his return to racing. He is also trying to wrap up his lobster fishing season.