Tiffany Bittner bests Stock Car field during feature win
After 10 years, and much success, racing in the IMCA Hobby Stocks division, former-Norfolkan Tiffany Bittner--now of Hampton--is competing in the IMCA Stock Cars division for a second year and starting to find similar success.
Last year Bittner won only one feature while finishing with “a ton of top five finishes” in a class she describes as “a very popular class right now--I feel like everybody is moving up into the Stock Cars.”
On Saturday night at Off Road Speedway, Bittner won her first “A” feature of the young 2018 season.
“This year we’ve been doing really good, but not quite as successful as we did in the Hobby Stock--yet,” she said. “We’ve slowed down some; we only run two nights a week, if that. We’re not really going for points--we’ve done that--we’re just here having fun.”
Saturday night’s “A” feature required three tries to get underway, with incidents causing a pair of re-starts before the cars officially completed a lap, and then an additional caution re-grouping the field just one lap into the race. Avoiding much of that chaos, Bittner remained positioned among the six cars competing for the lead.
“It started out rough--when that first wreck happened at the beginning I was spinning to get out of the way and got down in that mud in the infield,” Bittner said. “And when that other wreck happened I got a little airborne there and came down pretty hard, but the car held up and it turned out great.”
When one final caution brought the field together with six laps left--Bittner found herself in a three-wide battle for second, with Chad Bruns (Wayne) 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 move to the inside of the track coming into turn four and, ultimately, earning the win.
“I kept to the bottom; I just took it easy down there, and it was working for me,” she said. “Nobody else was down there, so you’ve got to go where they’re not.”
Brauner, of Platte Center, and Adamy, of Columbus, finished second and third, respectively.
In the IMCA Sport Compacts feature, Pierce’s Ramsey Meyer remained undefeated at Off Road Speedway with his fifth-straight victory, finishing ahead of second-place finisher Shannon Pospisil of Norfolk and third-place finisher Parker Vollbrecht of Stanton.
Conversely, Sal Hernandez of Columbus got his first win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks class at the Norfolk track, grabbing the lead after just five laps to overcome a starting position near the back of the 18-car field and then, despite five cautions bringing the field together, held on for the win.
Cameron Wilkinson of Neligh, who saw his win streak end at three, finished in second place, with Kaleb Jasperson of Pierce finishing third.
Eric Haase of Norfolk also earned his first win of the season at Off Road Speedway in the IMCA SportMods “A” feature, leading 11 of the 15-laps, and finishing ahead of Robby Thome of Spalding and Tyler Afrank of Norfolk, who finished in second- and third-place, respectively.
In the Late Models feature, Zach Zentner of Cedar Rapids earned his first Off Road Speedway win by taking the lead from Eric Vanosdall with a move to the inside of the track in turn two following a caution with six laps remaining.
Vanosdall, who had led the previous 18 laps, finished second while Ben Sukup followed up last week’s victory with a third-place finish. Both drivers are from Norfolk.
Also racing Saturday night were cars representing the Midwest Classic Stockcar Association.
Finishing first during a competitive 12-lap feature was Jerrid Becker of Columbus. Becker, who said he hadn’t planned to race this season--participated in the event “because my buddies needed car count, and I wanted to be here for them.”
Eric Cerny of Rogers and Greg Moravec of Lindsay--who each held the lead at some point during the race--finished in second- and third-place, respectively.
“The car has been parked under a tree since last September until today; I pulled it out and put the battery charger on it, aired up the tires, my five-year-old son washed it, and I raced it here tonight,” Becker said. “Oh, and I had to pull the leaves out of it, so they wouldn’t be blowing out of it onto the track.”
“I might (continue to race) or it might go back under the tree,” he said. “The engine’s got like 50 nights on it, so I really should rebuild it, but it ran pretty good tonight. That was a fun race, when you can race side-by-side like that and not even touch.”