By David Smith, Jr., OKTidbits
HAYS, Kansas – A staple on the series schedule happens as the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing heads to RPM Speedway this coming Saturday and Sunday for the 11th annual Wheatshocker Nationals.
This huge two-night IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event will be held in conjunction with the Ellis County Fair in Hays.
Sunday night’s championship finale will pay $2,000 to the winner. Also, a new Custom Pit Boss Pellet Grill will be awarded to the highest point earner for the two days courtesy of Lance Pittman and S&W Supply of Hays.
Pits will open at 4 p.m. Pit passes will be $30 or $10 for and kids ages 12 and under accompanying a parent or guardian. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fair general admission will be an individual fair pass for $20 (purchased prior to July 12) or a gate ticket price of $15 each night.
The green flag will wave at 7 p.m. each night.
There have been 10 different Wheatshocker Nationals championship feature winners in the 11 events that have been held with C.J. Johnson the only driver to have won this event twice.
The list of drivers who have reached victory lane on the final night of this annual event are: Jake Martens (2018), Andy Shouse (2017), Brian Herbert (2016), Zach Blurton (2015), Jake Bubak (2014), Ty Williams (2012), Kasey Beckham (2011), Johnson (2010), Patrick Bourke (2009) and Johnson (2008).