Nebraska Sprints visit Off Road Speedway
The largest crowd ever at Off Road Speedway was treated to another visit by the winged-cars of the Nebraska 360 Sprints of the Midwest Sprints Touring Series Saturday night.
Twenty Sprint cars provided the main event--a 25-lap feature which was won by Jack Dover of Springfield, NE, who also happens to be the winningest driver in the history of the MSTS with 16 victories.
Dover, who currently holds a commanding points lead among the Nebraska Sprints drivers, has accumulated six wins and a total of 13 top five finishes in 16 features this season, and has also had success in previous visits to Off Road Speedway, winning on three occasions and finishing second earlier this summer.
Dover, whose ambition is to someday compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, demonstrated his ability on Saturday as he chased leader Ryan Roberts of Aurora for eight laps before taking the lead by darting inside as the pair entered turn four, then deftly weaved through lapped traffic to win by several car-lengths (and 5.1 seconds). Roberts finished second while Lincoln’s Jason Martin took third place.
“Lapped traffic, I’ve always capitalized on that; that’s where I’ve tried to make my ground up or have the guys behind me get held up,” Dover said. “When you’re leading the race, you really don’t know how far behind the second- and third-place cars are or if they’ve found a better line and are right behind you, so I just try to go 110 percent the whole time.”
“I’ve lost races because I didn’t know where second-place was, got passed with three laps to go and lost the race,” he said. “I’ve learned from my mistakes and nights like tonight I’ve been able to capitalize on it.”
Earlier, in regular racing action, Ramsey Meyer of Pierce--the national IMCA Sport Compacts points leader--returned to his winning ways with a narrow win over Parker Vollbrecht of Stanton.
After starting at the back of the nine-car field, the two drivers held a race-long battle for the lead before Meyer secured his 10th win in 11 nights at Off Road Speedway. Vollbrecht, who trails Meyer on the Sport Compacts points list at the track, has finished in the top five in all 11 features this season. Shannon Pospisil of Norfolk finished third.
Another Norfolk driver, Jeremy Hoskinson, won his second-straight IMCA Hobby Stocks feature--and third of the season--at Off Road Speedway.
Hoskinson’s victory concluded a 15-lap race affected by several cautions, including one that forced the repeat of a green-white-checkered sprint-to-the-finish in which Hoskinson held off Neligh’s Cameron Wilkinson at the finish line. Wilkinson, the track points leader in the Hobby Stocks division and also currently ninth on the IMCA national points list--earned his 10th top five finish. Another Neligh driver, Travis Coover, who was competing at Off Road Speedway for the second time this season, finished third.
In the IMCA SportMods feature Norfolk’s Eric Haase battled Karl Brewer of Vermillion for the lead during the first dozen laps before Brewer’s car broke down. On the ensuing restart, Spalding driver Robbie Thome took the lead coming out of turns three and four, then held it for the final eight laps to notch his second win of the season at Off Road Speedway. Haase took second place with division points leader Joey Haase, also of Norfolk, finishing third.
TeJay Mielke of Norfolk won his third-consecutive IMCA Stock Cars feature--and fifth of the season at Off Road Speedway--by leading 15 of the 18 laps and pulling away from the field during a caution-free race.
Norfolk’s Shawn Primrose finished second, while division points leader Jason Wilkinson of Neligh--who is also ninth in the IMCA national points standings--took third place.
Off Road Speedway will host a regular night of racing on Saturday, August 25th, with Championship Night scheduled for the following Saturday.