United Rebel Sprint Series making Thunder Through the Plains stop at 81

By David Smith, Jr., OKTidbits

PARK CITY, Kan. – Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing president Rick Salem has been busy. With counties and states slowly reopening, he has been on the phone contacting track promoters to give his “Rebels” a chance to hit the track. 

He scored a marquee event as the tour will join the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champi­ons appearance at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on Sunday, June 7. 

This $700 to win, $200 to start event for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will be only the second race on the 2020 race season that has suffered through event cancelations and plenty of reschedul­ing. Two-time and defending series champion Zach Blurton won the season opener this past Saturday night at Salina Speedway.

Founded in 2006, this 81 Speedway appearance will be just the sixth time the series has ap­peared at the 3/8-mile oval in its 15-year history.  Past winners include: Jake Martens (2019), Tan­ner Conn (2019), Jason Martin (2018), Chris Kelly (2017) and Brian Herbert (2008). 

Tickets must be purchased online at www.race81speedway.com. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with All Star time trials slated for a 7 p.m. start time.