While many area events are being canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, our friends in Arnold will be hosting open road racers from all across the nation. For the 20th year, the Sandhills Open Road Challenge will take place this weekend.
Drivers began arriving in the small Custer County community 35 miles north of Gothenburg on Wednesday, and the event will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 8. One of the highlights of the SORC is always the One Mile Shootout, which takes place on the Cozad-Callaway County Road. Spectator seating will be provided for the event 12 miles north of Cozad on Road 421. The road will close at 7:30 a.m. and the shootout begins at 8 a.m.
On Friday afternoon the race cars will “cruise” the streets of Arnold beginning at 2:30 p.m., before lining up downtown allowing spectators to get a close up look at the cars. The annual burnout contest will start at 4 p.m. west of the bowling alley in Arnold.
The road race itself takes place on the Arnold-Dunning road which is a beautiful scenic drive through the Sandhills. The road will close at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, so if you want to watch you better get there early. The race begins at 8:30 a.m.
Other activities will be held at the Arnold City Park in conjunction with SORC, including bounce houses and a free-will donation barbecue at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Comedian Gayle Becwar will perform in the park at 6 p.m., and local favorite Rascal Martinez will perform at Grazers Bar & Grill beginning at 9 p.m. The event will conclude with a fireworks display at Old Mill Park in Arnold Saturday night at dusk.