Start Your Engines! Sandhills Open Road Challenge August 8-10


ARNOLD—The Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) returns to Central Nebraska this week.  Since the early 2000s the annual event has grown from 34 drivers to more than 120.

SORC is an annual 55-mile open road race and is one of the most demanding event of its kind within the United States, featuring hazards and straits, S curves, and ninety-degree turns that challenge drivers. The race is comprised of several separate speed classes based on driver’s experience and car safety equipment.

August 8-10 the SORC committee invites one and all to view the high-speed action. The Loup to Loup Open Road Race will begin in Halsey at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 8.

Friday is the Shootout Races at 8 a.m. on the Cozad/Callaway County Road. The “One Mile Shootout” began in 2002 and is now an integral part of the SORC activities. The current speed record for the one mile is 224.77 MPH set in 2009.

The action continues on Saturday, August 10 with the SORC race at 8:30 a.m. in Arnold. Weekend events also include a burnout contest, car parade and show, BBQ, and free street dance.

KBBN radio, recognized as the “official voice” of SORC, will provide live radio coverage of this week’s activities. On Saturday, KBBN will partner with News Channel Nebraska for a special radio and television broadcast of the Sandhills Open Road Challenge. Coverage will begin at 8 a.m. The radio broadcasts all three days can be heard on KBBN 95.3 FM and kbbn.com.

For television coverage, News Channel Nebraska is available on many Nebraska cable and satellite providers. Check your local listings for availability in your area. The telecast will also be streamed live and can be accessed here: NCN streaming event page.

Once the race is complete, a complete replay of the action will be available to watch here: NCN event replays.

For more information regarding this year’s SORC activities, click on the link below which will direct you to the official website of the Sandhills Open Road Challenge.

SORC Website

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