Drivers at Off Road Speedway have just one more opportunity to position themselves for a chance at a points title before “Championship Night” rolls around.

With the season winding down, the most closely contested points race is in the IMCA Late Models division where just two points separate a pair of Norfolkans — Chase Osborne (338 points) and Ben Sukup (336) — with Hoskins’ Eric Vanosdall and Stanton’s Nelson Vollbrecht also in contention with 329 and 328 points, respectively.

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O'Neill Stock Car driver Fred DeSive (31K) is met in victory lane by his son, Nate DeSive of O'Neill, after the elder driver won his first feature at the track Saturday night at Off Road Speedway.

In Saturday night’s action, those four finished in the top four places as Vanosdall took advantage of a situation involving contact on the back stretch between the two cars vying for the lead. As a result, that incapacitated the car of Bloomfield’s Devin Johnson and sent his uncle, Jim Johnson of Plainview, to the rear of the field.

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Hoskins Late Model driver Eric Vanosdall (9) celebrates after winning in the feature Saturday night at Off Road Speedway.

Vanosdall then held off Sukup in a two-car competition for first place, while Vollbrecht took third ahead of Osborne.

Although Fred DeSive of O’Neill won the IMCA Stock Cars “A” feature, points leader Cameron Wilkinson of Neligh, with a third-place finish, increased his points lead when Platte Center’s Austin Brauner — who trailed Wilkinson by just 17 points after winning two straight features recently to increase his win total at Off Road Speedway to three —was unable to finish Saturday night’s race because of engine trouble.

Cameron’s brother Kyle is now 22 points behind Cameron, with TeJay Mielke of Norfolk drawing even with Brauner at 311 points by finishing second on Saturday, 25 points behind the leader.

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Norfolk Stock Car driver Jeremy Hoskinson (26) gets caught up in the air during an incident in the feature Saturday night at Off Road Speedway. Also involved was Tanner Pettitt of Norfolk (12T), Austin Brauner of Platte Center (10A), Ron Pettitt of Norfolk (12), TeJay Meilke of Norfolk (77) and Eric Haase of Norfolk (45x).

The points race in the IMCA Hobby Stocks division could have become closer when Neligh’s Jason Wilkinson, who had accumulated five wins in the previous eight nights of racing to establish a 27-point advantage over O’Neill’s Nate DeSive, was forced out of the race with a blown engine midway through Saturday’s feature. But DeSive, with a sixth-place finish, was unable to cut into the lead.

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Norfolk Stock Car driver TeJay Meilke (77) gets caught up in an incident in the feature Saturday night at Off Road Speedway. Also involved was Tanner Pettitt of Norfolk (12T), Austin Brauner of Platte Center (10A), Ron Pettitt of Norfolk (12), Jeremy Hoskinson of Norfolk (26) and Eric Haase of Norfolk (45x).

Norfolkan Gage Koch won the Hobby Stocks “A” feature Saturday night for his first Off Road Speedway win of the season. Travis Coover of Neligh and Wyatt Lehman of Norfolk finished in second and third place, respectively.

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Norfolk Hobby Stock driver Gage Koch (96) leads Parker Vollbrecht of Stanton (12x) and Trent Johnson of Bloomfield (19) in the feature Saturday night at Off Road Speedway.Koch led all 15 laps to win the race.

Colby Langenberg of Norfolk benefited from the absence of Kyle Prauner, also of Norfolk, in Saturday night’s IMCA SportMods competition. Langenberg, with a fourth-place finish in the feature, increased his points lead from 11 to 48 points over Prauner.

Meanwhile, James Roebuck of Genoa won a SportMods feature for the second time at Off Road Speedway after starting on the pole, handling restarts following five cautions, and overcoming repeated challenges throughout the race from Columbus driver Brian Osantowski, who took second place ahead of David Johnson, also from Columbus.

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Genoa SportMod driver James Roebuck (75) celebrates after winning the feature Saturday night at Off Road Speedway.

One more regular night of racing will be Saturday, Aug. 15, at Off Road Speedway, with Championship Night a week later before the two-night Bob Haase Memorial wraps up the 2020 season Aug. 28-29.

In other news

While flowers in gardens and porch pots are gasping for breath, the flowers behind Roxie’s Elegant Bridal on Norfolk Avenue are in full bloom.

The “minefield” that used to await us as we stepped out onto the deck has disappeared. It’s been safe for two days now. Safe … but sad.

Norfolk Catholic returned to the field Friday night after last week’s game against Oakland-Craig was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.