OBERLIN, Kan. – The Bob Salem Memorial is on tap for the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing. The event is held dear to series promoter Rick Salem, as a race honoring his late father. This year along with Salem is a tribute to Tosha Garrison, who was a beloved fan of the series and dirt track racing in general. Racing action will take place atop the ⅜-mile oval of Oberlin Speedway in Oberlin, Kan., on Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14. Races are slated to begin at 7 p.m. both nights, with general admission $15 for adults, children ages 7-12 for $5, and children 6 and under free of charge. An extra $50 has been added to start the feature event both nights, bumping Friday’s feature to $200 to start and Saturday’s feature paying $250 to start. The grand prize for Friday’s feature winner will pay $700, with Saturday paying $1,000 to win. A Let ‘Er Rip Tater Chip Challenge in honor of Tosha Garrison has been added for those in competition both [Read More]
OBERLIN, Kan. – Five IMCA divisions become part of the Friday night racing foundation at Oberlin Speedway. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will be featured on May 14, June 25, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 programs. Co-promoters Joseph Herskowitz Jr. and Nick Kane have traveled across the area, with stops in Colorado and Nebraska, distributing schedules to boost car counts and spectator attendance in their first year at the northwest Kansas venue. “We know it’s going to take some work to get drivers and that you have to have cars to get the fans,” explained Herskowitz. “We are going to keep things simple this year. If we can bring in the cars, we will add three to five events next year, maybe including a two-day special.” The WaKeeney native grew up crewing for his father and raced a bomber at area tracks including Colby, Goodland and Stockton. “Racing has always been in my blood. I always enjoyed it but got [Read More]
OBERLIN, Kan. (Aug. 14-15) – The runner-up on opening night was the winner on night two, when the Mel Hambelton Ford Racing Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series traveled to Oberlin Speedway for the Bob Salem Memorial. Zach Blurton topped the Saturday show for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars after passing Koby Walters for the front spot on the 14th of 25 circuits. Jake Martens, Walters, Monty Ferriera, and Jed Werner rounded out the top five. Monty Ferriera took off with the early lead and stretched his advantage to about eight car-lengths before slipping off of the track and passing the lead position to Walters. Lap 14 found Blurton riding around the top of turn two to get past Walters for the lead while Ferriera worked his way back into fourth. Blurton snuck away with the lead over Walters, navigating through lapped traffic before a restart one lap later. Blurton took off with the lead on the restart while Jake Martens advanced to third over Jed Werner. Monty Ferriera and Jed Werner battled for fourth for several laps [Read More]
OBERLIN, Kansas – The Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing returns to action this Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15 for the Bob Salem Memorial at Oberlin, Kan., Speedway Friday’s event will pay $700 to the winner. On Saturday, the feature winner of the Bob Salem Memorial finale will take home a $1,000 payday. Races are slated to begin at 7 p.m. both nights. Admission is $20, kids ages 7-12 $5, and kids 6 and under free. Jake Bubak captured the feature win in 2019 on Friday night’s event while Jason Martin was the Saturday night Bob Salem Memorial finale feature winner. The Bob Salem Memorial will be streamed live on Speedmax TV (IMCA.TV) for $15 each night or $25 for both nights.
OBERLIN, Kan. (Aug. 18) – Jake Bubak continued his winning ways in United Rebel Sprint Series action Friday, topping the 25-lap feature Saturday at Oberlin Speedway’s Bob Salem Memorial. The win was good for $700. Bubak took charge from his outside front row starting spot from the onset and began stretching his lead, Jake Martens wrestled second from Mark Walinder on lap four and began the pursuit of Bubak in earnest. Bubak proved he was the master through lapped traffic in the caution-free event as he captured his third feature of the year with the URSS and Martens settled for second. Third went to a rim-riding J.D Johnson as he passed both Jeremy Huish and Zach Blurton coming out of turn four to the checkers. Blurton beating Huish to line as he was caught behind a lapped car. Johnson’s bold move earned him the Keizer Wheels hard charger award as he had started 13th. In victory lane after receiving his winning custom plaque, Bubak signed the plaque and gave it to URSS and the Memorial [Read More]