The Sandhills Open Road Challenge returns to the area this week. The annual event began in 2000 and now enters its 18th year. The event has continued to grow in popularity. SORC is an annual 55 mile open road race similar to the European rally style of racing. It is arguably the most demanding event of its kind held in the USA. With more than 50 hazards and straits as long as three miles, the course offers a true challenge to drivers. The race is comprised of several separate speed classes with the individual driver’s experience and car safety equipment helping to determine the class drivers can participate in. The race will take place Saturday morning in Arnold, NE at 8:30. As the event has grown through the years, other events have been added. In 2002, the first “One Mile Shootout” took place. The event is now an integral part of the SORC activities. This year’s shootout will take place Friday morning at 8. The current speed record for the one mile is 224.77 MPH set in 2009. In addition to the Sandhills Open Road Challenge, drivers will have to opportunity to participate in the Loup 2 Loup road race which will take place today. Scheduled start time is 8:30. The L2L course is comprised of a north and south leg between Halsey and Purdum of approximately 21 miles. KBBN radio, recognized as the “official voice” of SORC, will be providing coverage of this week’s activities. Join us for live radio coverage of today’s Loup 2 Loup race and tomorrow’s One Mile Shootout. 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 8am. The radio broadcast can be heard on KBBN 95.3 FM and kbbn.com. For television coverage, News Channel Nebraska has partnered with several cable companies around the state of Nebraska. Check your local listings for availability in your area. The telecast will also be streamed live and can be accessed by visiting sandhillsexpress.com and clicking on the NCN Sports Now link.
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.