Johnson collects Late Model win at Off Road Speedway

By Randy Pospishil

NORFOLK, Neb. (June 29) – Jim Johnson raced to his second IMCA Late Model victory in as many nights, coming out ahead of a four-car battle for the lead at Off Road Speedway.

Travis Dickes, Ben Sukup and Chris Johnson battled Johnson most of the race. Ultimately, Sukup was able to pass Dickes for second place with two laps remaining, but fell just short of catching Jim Johnson at the finish line.

Also the Friday winner at Boone County Raceway, Johnson is hoping the two wins might be a turning point. 

“It’s been a rough start, with a new car and new chassis. I’m finally getting it figured out,” he said. “I finally loosened the car up, and it’s been better the last couple of nights; tonight I just drove the wheels off it.” 

With a dozen laps remaining, the leaders caught up to lapped traffic but Johnson was able to avoid losing his momentum. 

“I was running the bottom, saw the lapped traffic and knew I’d have to be up high to clear it,” he said. “(Those drivers) are supposed to hold their line, and they did a really good job of holding that bottom and giving everybody a line outside of them.”

Wes Hochstein picked up his second Off Road Speedway win of the season in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature.

Kyle Wilkinson led the final 12 laps to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.

In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, Jeremy Hoskinson won after passing Shannon Pospisil on a restart with three laps to go. Point leader and race frontrunner Cameron Wilkinson had exited with mechanical problems in bringing out that caution. 

National point leader Ramsey Meyer was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.