By Randy Pospishil
NORFOLK, Neb. (April 23, 2022) – The quest for track championships is officially underway at Off Road Speedway.
For drivers who are pursuing IMCA points in the four divisions contested at Off Road Speedway, the season began in earnest during a windy but competitive Saturday night slate of races.
After an extended absence from racing to deal with an ailing back, Tejay Mielke was denied an immediate trip to victory lane in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature when Cameron Wilkinson snuck inside in turn two then, after the pair navigated turns three and four nearly even, edged Mielke by .12 of a second at the finish line.
Kyle Wilkinson finished a close third.
Ben Sukup and Travis Birkley alternated slide jobs seemingly corner after corner during the first few laps of the IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature before Sukup settled into the lead.
Eventually, three-time defending national champion Cory Dumpert entered the fray and pursued Sukup for the remainder of the race, although unable to threaten for the lead even after a caution with two laps left as Sukup sped to the win.
Dumpert finished second with Birkley third.
Wyatt Lehman got to the front late in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, passing Trent Johnson, who had led most of the race’s previous 12 laps.
Lehman then held off a challenge from Nate Buck, who finished second, while Johnson picked up third place.
Robbie Thome won the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature in a wire-to-wire effort, leading all 18 laps, with David Johnson taking second place ahead of Jonathan Jensen.