This weekend, Custer County welcomes open-road racing enthusiasts from all across the country for one of the premiere events of the summer. The Sandhills Open Road Challenge is a 55- mile rally style open road race through the scenic Nebraska Sandhills. Arguably the most demanding event of its kind in America, the SORC offers a duanting series of "S" Curves, straights, and 90 degree turns to challenge the most talented of drivers. The SORC pioneered the concept of the one mile shoot out in 2002 and enjoys great popularity with drivers and spectators alike.
The race begins in Arnold Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. The event brings more than 100 high-performance cars from across the nation to this community in the Sandhills every year.
This afternoon (Friday, Aug. 10) will feature the parade of cars in downtown Arnold at 2:30 p.m. The cars will be on display in Arnold from 3-6 p.m., with a burnout contest at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, the road closes at 7 a.m. for the big race. There will be a BBQ in the Arnold City Park from 5:30-6:30, and the awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. A free street dance west of Jim's Bar will round out the weekend.