Competitive races, close finishes at Off Road Speedway

By Randy Pospishil

NORFOLK, Neb. (June 8, 2024) – The competitive nature of the feature races and a number of close finishes kept fans’ riveted to the finish line during Saturday night racing at Off Road Speedway.

Those finishes included Cameron Meyer’s green, white, checkered victory in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature, Cameron Wilkinson’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win, and a late pass by Jason Wilkinson to secure second behind Trevor Frisch in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Meyer, whose win was his third at Off Road Speedway this season and second consecutive trip to victory lane at the track, started the 15-lap race five rows back and steadily moved up to force his way into a five-car battle for the lead.

James Roebuck, who led 12 laps after passing pole-sitter Stephanie Reynolds, was challenged by Colby Langenberg, Meyer, Kyle Wilkinson and newcomer Shawn Kelley for most of those laps while five cautions contributed to the pursuers remaining in position to take advantage of any possible mistake by a car in front of them.

That opportunity arrived when Wilkinson made contact with Langenberg and was sent to the rear of the pack, accordingly, leaving Langenberg and Meyer in a battle for second behind Roebuck.

Just two laps after the ensuing caution, Langenberg used momentum coming out of turn two to pass Roebuck for the lead with Meyer making his move moments later while leaving turn four to pull alongside Langenberg.

A caution voided Meyer’s chance at the lead then, but when Langenberg’s car lost traction in turn two following the restart, Meyer sped into the lead with four laps remaining, holding on for the win despite the late caution setting up Meyer’s green-white-checkered dash to victory.

Langenberg finished third, with Wes Hochstein making a late pass of Roebuck to take third.

Cameron Wilkinson didn’t get to the front of the Stock Car feature until the final lap of the 15-lap race, edging Jeremy Hoskinson, who had grabbed the lead during the second lap and held it while Tejay Mielke and Cameron’s brother Kyle battled all race long far a chance at the lead.

Hoskinson entered turn three of the final lap low and with an advantage, but Wilkinson’s use of the high side provided the momentum necessary to pull ahead as the cars reached the flag stand, recording his third Off Road Speedway win of the season.

Hoskinson, who has finished among the top five in three of the division’s five outings, was second once again, while Kyle Wilkinson took third.

Frisch won his first IMCA feature at Off Road Speedway, taking advantage of a starting position on the outside of the front row, bolting into the lead and staying there all 15 laps, with no fewer than five cars in contention behind him.

Dakota Spann paced Parker Vollbrecht, Joe Rosberg, Mark Arduser and Shannon Pospisil, who all had chances at taking over second place.

Ultimately, following the race’s only caution with seven laps left, Rosberg took over second following Spann skidding up high on the track in turn four, but relinquished the spot three laps later to a late arrival at the front by Jason Wilkinson.

Wilkinson pulled even with Rosberg in the backstretch as the cars left turn two, then came out of turn four on the bottom of the track to maintain the advantage as the two reached the finish line.

Wilkinson was second, with Rosberg in third.

Anthony Roth began the IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature in the middle of the 15-car pack.

Within five laps, he was a distant second behind race leader Devin Johnson, but Roth steadily closed the deficit until, with 11 laps remaining and the pair contending with lapped traffic, Roth was able to take the race lead with a pass on the outside coming out of turn four.

Roth and Johnson then battled for the lead during the final 10 laps, finishing in that order as Roth earned his third Off Road Speedway feature win and Johnson picked up his second top five finish of the season at the track. Chase Osborne took third.

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