Bob Haase Memorial wraps up Off Road Speedway season
The 2018 racing season at Off Road Speedway is officially in the rear view mirror.
As a finale on Saturday night the track hosted the annual Bob Haase Memorial night where feature winners went to victory lane in five divisions, including three of four drivers who took advantage of a starting position on the pole.
Those winners included Shannon Pospisil of Norfolk in the Sports Compacts feature who led all 12 laps and out-distanced the seven-car field to finish ahead Mark Benedict of Norfolk and Dylan Kesting of Hoskins, who finished second and third, respectively.
Robbie Thome, of Spalding, also started on the pole and held on to the lead during all 20 laps of the ‘topless’ SportMods event--despite a race-long battle with Karl Brewer of Vermillion and six cautions which placed all 15 contenders on his rear bumper during those six restarts.
Brewer finish second with Jeremy Gnat of Battle Creek taking third place.
In the Late Models feature--the other topless event of the night--Tad Pospisil of Norfolk also turned a starting position on the pole into a win. Wakefield driver Travis Birkley chased Pospisil for all 25 laps and had his best chance to take the lead during a single-file restart following a caution with three laps remaining, but couldn’t find an opportunity to pass.
Birkley took second place, while Norfolkan Chase Osborne finished third.
The best finish of the night took place in the Stock Cars feature, where Neil Bruns, of Wayne--one of five cars which pursued race leader Shawn Primrose of Norfolk for 17 laps--was finally able to make a move on the outside of turn two and gain ground on the backstretch, taking the lead with just two laps left to take the win.
Neligh’s Jason Wilkinson was second, while Tiffany Bittner of Norfolk was third.
Jeremy Hoskinson of Norfolk also earned a win, coming from the middle of an 18-car field to close the distance on TeJay Mielke, who established a significant lead during the first 13 laps of the 20-lap Hobby Stocks feature.
Hoskinson then took advantage of the race’s only caution, which regrouped the field behind Mielke, pulling even with Mielke by moving inside entering turns one and two and surviving a hard-fought battle during four more laps before securing the lead and the win on the final lap.
Mielke, of Norfolk, was the second-place finisher, ahead of Ryan Fajman of Albion, who finished in third place.