Championship Night at Off Road Speedway
Track championships were determined in five divisions of racing Saturday night at Off Road Speedway.
Among those drivers winning titles were two ‘runaways,’ a father and son combination, a first-ever title, and another which can only be described with the words, “That’s racing.”
Ramsey Meyer of Pierce in the IMCA Sport Compacts class and Cameron Wilkinson of Neligh in the IMCA Hobby Stocks entered the night with points leads of 21 and 20 points, respectively, and secured their championships during the first two “A” features on the night--Meyer, who is also in contention at the national-level, with his 11th win in 13 nights of racing at Off Road Speedway, and Wilkinson with a sixth-place finish that was good enough to keep points runner-up Jeremy Hoskinson of Norfolk at bay.
Parker Vollbrecht of Stanton finished second in the Sport Compacts feature Saturday night, with Shannon Pospisil of Norfolk taking third.
In the Hobby Stocks feature Joe Rosberg notched his first Off Road Speedway win of the season, while Lance Mielke took second-place and Wyatt Lehman was third. All three drivers are from Norfolk.
Just four points separated points leader Joey Haase of Norfolk and Pierce driver Cameron Meyer entering the IMCA SportMods feature, meaning Haase had to cross the finish line ahead of or close behind Meyer.
After starting five rows back and side-by-side, the two drivers both made steady progress through the field, and by race’s end were contending for the feature win.
Ultimately, the drivers holding the top three positions in the points list took the top three places in the feature--in reverse order--with Norfolk’s Colby Langenberg, third-place in points, narrowly winning the race by one-half car length ahead of Meyer, and Haase finishing a close-third to earn his first points championship at Off Road Speedway.
A third-place finish in the IMCA Stock Cars feature allowed Jason Wilkinson of Neligh--father of Hobby Stocks champion Cameron--to win his track title for the Wilkinson Racing Team.
Winning the feature was Ron Pettitt of Pierce--his first of the season--with Shawn Primrose of Norfolk taking second.
The most dramatic points championship of the night, however, was determined during the “A” feature in the Bragging Rights Limited Late Models division where just two points separated points-leader Jim Johnson of Plainview and Cedar Rapids driver Zach Zentner--meaning that Zentner needed to finish three places ahead of Johnson to take the championship.
While Norfolk’s Ben Sukup led all 25 laps of the race for his third win of the season, Zentner made his way from the middle of the pack into second place, while Johnson stayed close until falling back several places with just five laps remaining.
Multiple cautions during those final laps brought the field together, but also maintained the number of cars between Zentner and Johnson that would allow Zentner to take the title until, inexplicably, Zentner spun out in the final turn of the final lap--allowing Johnson’s eighth-place finish to secure the points title. Zentner was awarded 10th-place in the feature.
Travis Birkley of Wakefield and Nelson Vollbrecht of Stanton finished in second- and third-place, respectively, in the feature.
Off Road Speedway will host a draw/re-draw night of racing on Saturday, September 8th, before closing out the season with the two-night Bob Haase Memorial event on September 21st and 22nd.