WaKEENEY, Kan. (Sept. 27) – The Mel Hambelton Ford Racing Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series took to the 3/8-mile dirt track of WaKeeney Speedway for the WaKeeney Showdown finale Sunday night and it was Zach Blurton picking up the $1,000-to-win feature event.
Blurton had started the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car weekend at WaKeeney with the $700 feature win on Saturday.
Kyler Johnson and Todd Plemons were scheduled to set the pace for Sunday’s 30-lap feature event, but trouble ensued for Johnson during the pace lap causing him to pull off the track and Jake Martens took over the pole starting position.
At the drop of the green, Martens marched to the race lead ahead of Plemons while Blurton charged forward to third.
Martens again took off with the race lead following a lap 10 restart while Plemons and Blurton continued to battle for second. Blurton advanced to second and made a charge toward the race leader.
On lap 20, Blurton assumed the lead over Martens who then appeared to have a mechanical issue, falling back to fourth after sweeping off of the track. Ty Williams assumed the second position over Scott Cochran. Taylor Velasquez, from the “B” feature, made a charge forward through the field throughout the 30-lap event.
The red flag flew over the field with five laps remaining. It was Blurton maintaining the race lead and navigating the track to expand the lead. Blurton went on to win the feature event over Ty Williams, Taylor Velasquez, Scott Cochran, and Todd Plemons.
Sept. 26 feature results – 1. Zach Blurton; 2. Jake Martens; 3. J.D. Johnson; 4. Jordan Knight; 5. Jed Werner; 6. John Webster; 7. Luke Cranston; 8. Kyler Johnson; 9. Ty Williams; 10. Ray Seemann; 11. Todd Plemons; 12. Mark Walinder; 13. Cody Lampe; 14. Willie Wynn; 15. Scott Cochran; 16. Taylor Velasquez; 17. Koby Walters; 18. Darren Berry; 19. Dalton Webb; 20. Fred Holz.
Sept. 27 feature results – 1. Blurton; 2. Williams; 3. Velasquez; 4. Cochran; 5. Plemons; 6. J.D. Johnson; 7. Knight; 8. Seemann; 9. Lampe; 10. Tom Belsky; 11. Aaron Ploussard; 12. Fred Holz; 13. Wynn; 14. Martens; 15. Daniel Nekolite; 16. Werner; 17. Walinder; 18. Chad Salem, 19. Walters; 20. Kyler Johnson.