OSBORN, Mo. (June 4) – Nineteen IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars were in attendance for Friday’s POWRi Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series debut at Missouri’s US 36 Raceway and Jay Russell was the $1,000 Budweiser Shootout winner. Russell and Jack Potter set the pace for the 25-lap feature, with Russell powering to the lead before a trio of early cautions. Excellent side-by-side action followed amongst the top three cars, as Stuart Snyder slid to the high side with Russell and Kenny Potter just to the inside while Ty Williams began his march forward, moving into fourth. Potter and Snyder dueled for the runner-up position behind Russell as Williams and Mike Houseman Jr. challenged for fifth. Potter moved to second and began a charge on Russell before taking the lead. Snyder moved into second around the high side, but not for long as Russell motored back by Snyder and Potter. Lapped traffic bunched the top six positions back together, all within striking distance for a challenge to the lead. In traffic, Snyder got back to [Read More]
OSBORN, Mo. – Missouri speedplants US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway host first-ever appearances by the United Rebel Sprint Series this weekend, with $1,000 to win Budweiser Shootout shows on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 programs. On Friday, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car competitors head to the Bud Shootout at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, where Mike Sosebee of Sosebee Motorsports has put up $400 for the winner of a pole dash for the top six heat race qualifiers. On Saturday, the series heads to Bethany for the bookend night of the weekend doubleheader. This race also will pay $1,000 to win with $200 to start the main event. “We’re anticipating a good mix of series drivers, local drivers, plus drivers from Nebraska and Iowa,” said promoter Jon Boller Jr. “And the weather is looking great, 88 degrees and beautiful.” Pit passes are $35. General admission both nights is $25 for adults, kids ages 7-12 are $8 and six and under are free. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. both days with hot [Read More]
PARK CITY, Kan. (May 22) – Oklahoma veteran Danny Smith came away with the $1,000 victory when the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford combined forces with the Oil Capital Racing Series for a dual sanctioned event at 81 Speedway. Smith started outside the front row in the 25-lapper and went the distance to win over URSS regular Jordan Knight. Another veteran campaigner, Danny Wood, raced to a third place finish while Jeremy Huish and Kyler Johnson finished fourth and fifth, respectively. A total of 35 competitors entered competition. The victory was Smith’s 11th in his Oil Capital career. Feature results – 1. Danny Smith; 2. Jordan Knight; 3. Danny Wood 4. Jeremy Huish; 5. Kyler Johnson; 6. Whit Gastineau; 7. Tanner Conn; 8. Alison Slaton; 9. Zach Blurton; 10. Kyle Clark; 11. Joe Bob Lee; 12. J.D. Johnson; 13. Connor Atkinson; 14. Terry Easum; 15. Shon Pointer; 16. Chris Kelly; 17. Koby Walters; 18. Tyler Knight; 19. Sheldon Barksdale; 20. Jase Randolph.
OBERLIN, Kan. – The weather has played a major factor in getting the season kicked off for the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing. Last weekend’s event was forced to cancel due to damp track conditions. The series looks forward to a doubleheader weekend on tap this Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22. On Friday, drivers head to “The Bullring” of Rush County Speedway in LaCrosse, Kan., to compete for the $1,000 prize. Friday’s event will pay $200 to start the feature event. The “Bullring” is always a favorite stop on the schedule for drivers and fans alike as the racing is always intense on the ¼-mile speedway. Races are slated to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday will see competitors traveling southeast to 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. for the United Rebel Sprint Series/Oil Capital Racing Series Showdown presented by Park City. The top finisher will be presented with a $1,000 payday and the event will pay $250 to start. Hot laps are scheduled to begin atop the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval at 6 [Read More]
DODGE CITY, Kan. (April 24) – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing kicked off its season atop the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval of Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday. Twenty-one cars were in action for the season opener as Ty Williams claimed the victory. Williams and Connor Atkinson set the early pace for the 30-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event with some heat from Jeremy Huish and Luke Cranston. On lap three, Huish got past Atkinson and lap four saw Cranston passing Atkinson and Huish to take second. Williams, Cranston, and Huish remained in the top three while defending URSS champion, Zach Blurton made his march forward from the 10th place starting position. Cranston pull several slide jobs on Williams only to have Williams cross under and continue to lead. Trouble for Cranston ensued on lap 13, ending his run for the evening. A restart saw Williams, Huish, Blurton, Atkinson, and Herbert sitting within the top five. They remained in position until lap 21, when Taylor Velasquez crept into fifth. A [Read More]
DODGE CITY, Kan. – Last week’s originally scheduled season opener at 81 Speedway for the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing was postponed due to inclement weather. As a result, the season is now slated to kick off this Saturday, April 24 at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan. The 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval opens this year under new management. Long-time Sprint Car driver Craig Dollansky and his team have devoted hours of time and enhancements to the facility leading up to the season. A great field of cars is expected as drivers and teams look forward to racing under the new improvements and promoter. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday with the green flag flying over competition at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $10 with kids 12 and under admitted free of charge. The United Rebel Sprint Series will also award last year’s competitors with their respective trophies during or after the competition Saturday night. The series has partnered with the Drive to Zero [Read More]
WICHITA, Kan. – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing is slated to kick off its 16th season this Saturday, April 17. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Competitors will head to 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan., for the first race of a brimming 32-event schedule in 2021. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Heading into a fresh season, competition is slated to be at its best in 2021. Coming off a slow start and off-schedule year due to restrictions throughout the country last year, the United Rebel Sprint Series looks ahead to the $1,000 to win season opener on Saturday. Under new ownership last year, 81 Speedway’s track surface has been excellent and provides some of the best racing in the state and a great field of cars is slated. The series has partnered with the Drive to Zero program to offer a $5,000 pay day to the 2021 United Rebel Sprint Series Champion. The Drive to Zero program was built with one goal in mind, to reduce fatalities and serious injuries that occur on Kansas highways. The program is designated [Read More]
OBERLIN, Kan. – The United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing has partnered with the Kansas Department of Transportation’s highway safety program “Drive to Zero” as the title sponsor for the 2021 season. The season is set to kick off on April 17 at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. The Kansas-based series will now be referred to as the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambleton Racing. The Drive to Zero program originated with a purpose to reduce fatalities and serious injuries that occur on Kansas highways. The program is designated to target impaired driving, texting, and seat belt violations. The goal of the Drive to Zero program is to ensure that every traveler arrives to their destination safely. “We are really excited about this opportunity to partner with the Kansas Department of Transportation and its Drive to Zero campaign to help spread their message of ‘Don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive and always buckle up,’” said series promoter Rick Salem. The Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel [Read More]
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 [Read More]
WaKEENEY, Kan. – The United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing has set its sail on the two-day WaKeeney Showdown this Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. The weekend’s events will take place atop the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval of WaKeeney Speedway. Saturday’s URSS feature winner will take home $700. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sunday’s winner will earn $1,000. Racing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. General admission is $20 for adults, kids ages 7-12 are $5 and children 6 and under are free both days. The WaKeeney Showdown will conclude the IMCA point season and many non-regular series drivers are expected to attend vying for their last chance at an IMCA championship.