2019 racing season begins at Off Road Speedway

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.com NORFOLK, Neb. (April 20) – Ninety cars were on hand and late-lead changes were the norm on opening night Saturday at Off Road Speedway.  The best race of the night may have been the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature where Colby Langenberg overcame a starting assignment on the inside of the fourth row and a significant lead by Jeremy Gnat and Robbie Thome before securing the win on the final lap of the 20-lap event. “I kind of got caught up with a couple guys that were running side-by-side, so I couldn’t go anywhere,” Langenberg said. “Finally they separated, and I was able to shoot through. I got to third, but the leaders were a long ways out there, so I knew I was going to need a caution.”  That caution, the only one that occurred other than an initial restart, gave Langenberg the chance he needed with just three laps left. “With about five to go, I could tell I was faster than those guys and was starting to reel [Read More]


Late Models become fifth IMCA division racing Saturdays at Off Road Speedway

NORFOLK, Neb. – IMCA Late Models will have another regular weekly home in the Cornhusker State.   The newly sanctioned division joins four other IMCA classes on Saturday programs at Off Road Speedway.   “We’ve been looking for an organization with solid motor and tire rules,” said promoter Jerry Pospisil, who met with IMCA President Brett Root and Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard before announcing his decision to sanction. “IMCA has a complete set of rules that are pretty well cut and dried.”  The 1/3-mile dirt oval in Norfolk had been part of a Late Model series with other tracks in eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. While Norfolk drivers fared well in that tour, Pospisil pointed out that they’ll now have the opportunity to race close to home, earning point fund shares while competing in national, state and local track levels.   “There’s already a very strong field of Late Model drivers at Off Road Speedway,” noted Stannard, “and I expect those numbers to grow with the new sanctions at Norfolk as well as [Read More]


Meyer resumes winning ways at Off Road

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.com NORFOLK, Neb. (Aug. 18) – In front of the largest crowd ever at Off Road Speedway, national Mach-1 Sport Compact point leader Ramsey Meyer returned to his winning ways with a narrow victory over Parker Vollbrecht on Saturday night. After starting at the back of the field, the two held a race-long battle for the lead before Meyer se­cured his 10th win in 11 nights at Norfolk. Jeremy Hoskinson, won his second straight IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. The victory was his third locally of the season and concluded a 15-lap race affected by several cautions, including one that forced the repeat of a green-white-checkered finish in which Hoskinson held off Cameron Wil­kinson at the finish line. Eric Haase battled Karl Brewer for the lead during the first dozen laps of the Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMod main before Brewer broke. On the ensuing restart, Robbie Thome took the lead coming out of turns three and four, then held it for the final eight laps to notch his second win of the [Read More]


Poessnecker makes long-awaited return to victory lane

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.com NORFOLK, Neb. (Aug. 4) – It’s been a long time between wins for Dusty Poessnecker. So his excitement was no surprise after his win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature Saturday at Off Road Speedway. A family-comes-first decision in 2013, to establish a local business in his hometown of Atkinson, put Poessnecker’s racing career on hold for four years until this season. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” he said. “But I needed to concentrate on my family and the business, a hometown body shop which I bought from my uncle.” So this rseason, with the business underway and with the help of Dale Bittner of Big Daddy Rac­ing, Poessnecker – who began racing when he was 11 years old – is back on the racetrack. “I couldn’t have done it without Dale. He put me back in a racecar,” Poessnecker said. “I got back into racing this season in the Hobby Stocks (division), where I’ve had some success over the years, with four or five [Read More]


Lightning, record crowd at Off Road Speedway

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.com NORFOLK, Neb. (June 23) – Lightning provided a fitting background display to the south of Off Road Speedway during Saturday night’s races, contended in front of well over 1,000 fans, be­lieved to be the biggest crowd ever at the Norfolk oval. Colby Langenberg earned his long-awaited first Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win of the sea­son, after starting five rows back in the field. Langenberg secured the lead with six laps remain­ing, darting between Joey Haase and Troy Bruns, then winning by several car lengths. “It’s been a struggle. We started the year down at Beatrice and had a heck of a car, ran second and third down there, then struggled for about five weeks with motor and carburetor issues,” Langen­berg said. “It felt good to finally get the monkey off our back and get a win this year. I had four wins last year and have been trying to get that first one this year.” Cameron Wilkinson returned to victory lane for the fourth time in seven IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock [Read More]


First Off Road Speedway win for Missouri racer 

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.com NORFOLK, Neb. (June 16) – Taylor Caldwell made the most of a visit to his hometown of Stanton this past weekend, returning to his racing roots long enough to win the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at Off Road Speedway, in a borrowed car. “I got out of racing for about nine years until this year and John Dunklau was nice enough to let me run his SportMod this season to get back in to it,’ said Caldwell, who lives and works in Lib­erty, Mo. “I was fortunate enough tonight to put it in the winner’s circle.” Caldwell took advantage of his starting position on the outside of the front row and took control of the race early on, winning handily ahead of Jeremy and Joey Haase. A quick start in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature allowed TeJay Mielke to immediately grab the lead from his second row inside position. Mielke then withstood four cautions to lead all 18 laps for the win. After starting in the middle of the [Read More]


Bittner bests IMCA Stock Car field at Off Road

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.com NORFOLK, Neb. (June 9) – After 10 years and much success racing an IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Tiffany Bittner is competing in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division for a second season and starting to find similar success. Last year Bittner won one feature while finishing with “a ton of top five finishes” in a division she describes as “a very popular class right now … I feel like everybody is moving up to the Stock Cars.” On Saturday night at Off Road Speedway, Bittner won her first feature of the young 2018 season. Avoiding much of the early race chaos, Bittner remained positioned among the six cars compet­ing for the lead. When the final caution brought the field together with six laps left, Bittner found herself in a three-wide battle for second, with Chad Bruns and Austin Brauner, behind leader Doug Adamy. Three laps later, after Bruns drifted up the track, that competition transitioned into a three-wide contest for the lead with Brauner and Adamy, which Bittner secured after a [Read More]


Meyer continues Off Road streak 

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.com NORFOLK, Neb. (June 2) – Ramsey Meyer made up ground from a starting position four rows back, then established a commanding lead in extending his Mach-1 Sport Compact win streak at Off Road Speedway to four straight Saturday night. Shannon Pospisil and Tanner Uehling finished second and third, respectively. In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, Cameron Wilkinson also added to a consecutive-win streak – his third win in a row – but in much closer fashion, holding off Jeremy Hoskinson by a matter of inches at the finish line after taking the lead from Hoskinson with just two laps remain­ing. Ryan Fajman finished third, his first top five finish of the season at Norfolk. Another hometown driver, Justin Addison, earned his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win of the sea­son in a feature which involved 18 cars and plenty of three- and four-wide racing before the leaders pulled away from the field. Jason Wilkinson took second with Chad Bruns third. After a week off, the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods returned [Read More]


Wilkinsons win two at Off Road

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.com NORFOLK, Neb. (May 26) – Cameron Wilkinson won his second straight IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock race Saturday at Off Road Speedway, after squeezing through the six cars aligned ahead of him to take the lead within two laps. He remained there during the caution-free 15-lap event to win handily. Jeremy Hoskinson and Gage Koch finished second and third, respectively. Cameron’s father Jason followed suit with a win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Wilkinson went to the front by going low in turn three and four with 11 of 15 laps remaining and cruised to victory ahead of Chad Bruns. Kyle Wilkinson won the duel with Tanner Pettitt for third, edging Pettitt at the finish line by just over a car length. In the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature, Ramsey Meyer remained undefeated at Off Road Speedway this season with his third consecutive victory.


Off Road Speedway’s 2018 season off and running

By Randy Pospishil sports@norfolkdailynews.co NORFOLK, Neb. (April 28) – With a large crowd on hand, the 2018 season at Off Road Speed­way began Saturday night. “We’ve got 84 cars here tonight, which is an increase from last year, and a great crowd for the first night,” promoter Jerry Pospisil said. “The track is really good, it’s slick, and that’s what we like. We’re real excited about the year, especially if we can keep the car count up around 80–that’s the best in the business around here.” With an increased purse this season for classes that consist of 20 cars or more, Pospisil noted that two of Saturday night’s classes, the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, already met that criteria on opening night. Racing action began with Ramsey Meyer starting on the pole and leading all 12 laps in the IMCA Sport Compact feature to take the first checkered flag of the season at Off Road Speedway. Tan­ner Uehling finished second with Parker Vollbrecht in third. Robby Thome won the Karl Chevrolet [Read More]