Tad Pospisil has spent most of his life going fast.
So it’s hard to blame him for getting restless when he began to hit some bumps in the road.
The 27-year-old from Norfolk made a name for himself racing go-karts, and then decided to make the jump to late models in 2006.
“It was a humbling experience,” he said. “When you come from winning a lot of (kart) races and go to getting your butt kicked … it’s all part of a learning curve. It all takes time.”
Pospisil spent the first part of his Super Late Model career adjusting to the racing circuit and car.
“I was definitely frustrated for the first couple of years,” Pospisil said. “I thought I was a good driver. We just needed to get the race car program to fit me.”
Pospisil quickly found the right fit.
He began winning races, and in 2014 won the Super Late Model season title at I-80 Speedway. He currently sits atop the point standings again this season. This weekend, Pospisil and several other area drivers will take part in Nebraska’s biggest race, the Silver Dollar Nationals, which brings in many of the nation’s top late-model drivers.
“It’s awesome. You get to race against the professionals,” said Pospisil, who won Tuesday's late model main event at Boone County Speedway in Albion. “When they come to town, you pick up your game.”
Pospisil’s interest in racing was influenced by his family. His father, uncle and grandfather raced go-karts, and by age 8, Tad was doing the same at his grandpa’s track. Pospisil would go on to win three national kart championships, competing around the country.
Eventually he wanted to race closer to home.
“(I) wanted to stay home more and started late-model racing locally here,” Pospisil said. “We don’t travel as far as we did for go-karts, at least not yet.”
So Pospisil began making left turns with late models in Albion, Norfolk, Columbus and Wagner, South Dakota. It wasn’t until about three or four years ago that he became a regular at I-80 Speedway. Last season, Pospisil battled Lincoln driver Jase Kaser for the I-80 points crown. A pair of late-season feature victories propelled Pospisil to the championship.
“I kind of hold myself to high expectations, especially considering what we did in go-karting,” Pospisil said. “I wanted to seize the championship, and if we didn’t, I would have been disappointed.”
A couple of victories have put Pospisil atop the standings this season, and he holds a four-point edge over Lincoln’s Matt Buller. Pospisil also is atop the overall SLMR standings.
"So far, the year has been going real good," Pospisil said. "This new car we got (out of Louisiana) has been running real good."
Pospisil's success continues to come with his family close by. His grandfather Jerry, referred to as the "crew chief," owns the No. 4 Texas Energy Mutual car. His brothers and father are part of his crew, too.