Over one hundred drivers race in annual 'Loup 2 Loup'

HALSEY, Neb. (KNOP) - One hundred and five drivers raced in the 8th Annual Loup 2 Loup Open Road Race Thursday morning.

Racers line up for the 8th annual Loup 2 Loup race from Halsey to Purdum Thursday morning. (Source: Holly Barraclough, KNOP TV)

It was the annual race from Haley to Purdum, where racers were in a speed category of either: 85, 90, 95, 100, 105 or 110 miles per hour.

The racers went one at a time starting just after 8:30 a.m. to complete the course.

Drivers came from all over Nebraska and out of state. Bill Kelly came from San Diego, California and said he has a strategy when going over 100 miles per hour.

"Try to stay calm, focus on the road, see what's happening," said Kelly. "Cheryl helps me with the landmarks, the left turn and the right turn signs, the speed limit signs, not that they apply, but they indicate the tightness of a turn for example, try to stay calm and I think we succeeded."

Fred Schneider traveled from Beemer, Nebraska with his 1963 Corvette Sting Ray that he restored. "If you want to have a lot of fun, this is the place to come and the people are great it's a fun weekend out here."

Race Director, Bryan Rodocker, said in addition to the fun, it raised money for those volunteering to keep everyone safe.

"It brings a lot back into the community," said Rodocker, "You get your donations come back to your fire departments and EMS for being here. Our Loup 2 Loup board has donated approximately about $60,000 back to the community in the eight years that we've been doing this."

The cost to register for the race ranged from $275 to $325 depending on the speed category.

The race events continue Friday with the one mile shootout and Saturday with the Sandhills Open Road Challenge.