By Randy Pospishil
NORKOLK, Neb. (June 4) – Tiffany Bittner’s win in Saturday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature at Off Road Speedway involved a change of strategy that paid off when she got to the front midway through the 15-lap race.
“I started fourth row outside, and I knew the hole in turn three was on the bottom line where I like to run, so I ran the high side and tried to be smooth and keep the car under me,” Bittner said. “I just ran away with it at the end.”
Bittner passed leader Tracy Buck on the inside while Brent Jochum attempted to pass on the outside. After a period of three-wide racing, Bittner sprinted to the finish line ahead of Buck and TeJay Mielke, who finished third after moving inside when Jochum slid wide in turn two with three laps remaining.
Bittner, who during her 10-year racing career has earned national recognition by winning the Lady Eagle award four straight years, indicated that her goals have changed.
“I didn’t win it last year because we didn’t run for it and we’re not running for it this year. It got to be a lot of work with a full-time job, trying to get to tracks on time. So we gave that up, and we’re just out there having fun,” she said. “This win tonight is the fourth of the season. I feel like we’re doing pretty good. The most wins I’ve ever gotten is nine, so I would like to trump that and get 10 this year.”
Other winners Saturday night included Dustin Jackson in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Jackson won a race-long duel with Lance Mielke while Shannon Pospisil took third.
Shawn Primrose notched the win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, finishing well ahead of Hans Houfek and Kyle Becker.
In the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event, Kyle Prauner bounced back from last week’s wreck for his fourth Off Road Speedway win of the season, sprinting away from the field after taking the lead from Jeremy Gnat with 14 laps remaining. Dylan Pospisil and Derik Fox finished second and third, respectively.