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URSS FOUNDER RICK SALEM CALLS IT A CAREER

Bryan Hulbert - OBERLIN, Kan. (September 23, 2022) After 17-years at the helm of the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford, URSS founder Rick Salem has called it a career.

"Well, I guess it’s the end of an era. As of today, I have officially stepped down and away from my baby, the United Rebel Sprint Series. I have had 17 years of joy, fun, a sense of accomplishment, and heartaches, but it is time to step away," stated Rick on his Facebook page on Friday.

"I want to thank all the racers, my crews, sponsors, and fans for your support for the last 17 years. None of it would have been possible without you all."

Purchased by Terry Mattox and Kerry Gorby before the start of the 2022 season, the United Rebel Sprint Series wrapped up the first year under their ownership on September 18 at Concordia Speedway, with Jeremy Huish landing his third win of the year and the 2022 URSS Championship by two markers over Steven Richardson. 86 drivers took part in at least one event this season.

"Can't express enough thanks to Rick for setting the foundation for Kerry and I to take the URSS on to the next era," stated Terry Mattox. "Rick has been fantastic to work with and carried himself and this series professionally. We aim to take what he built and continue to strengthen, and grow the tour for fans and teams to enjoy."

Details on the 2023 season will be released as they are finalized. Updates on the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford can be found at https://www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com.

Anyone interested in information on the United Rebel Sprint Series can contact Terry Mattox at (918) 417-0624.

The United Rebel Sprint Series sanctions RaceSaver Sprint Car racing across Kansas, southern Nebraska, and Western Missouri. For more information, find the series on Facebook or log onto http://www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com.

Submitted By: Bryan Hulbert


Huish Conquers Concordia to Capture URSS Championship!

Lonnie Wheatley, CONCORDIA, Kan. (September 18, 2022) – Jeremy Huish not only won Sunday night’s battle as Sprint Cars took to the cozy confines of the ¼-mile Concordia Raceway clay oval for the first time ever but also won the war that was the United Rebel Sprint Series 2022 season by coming away with the series championship.

Entering the night 12 points in arrears to points leader Steven Richardson and four points behind Luke Cranston, Huish’s third series win of the season aboard the Whitetail Properties Real Estate/Gunderson Racing Inc. No. 88J Sprint Car coupled with finishes of seventh and eighth for Richardson and Cranton, respectively, was enough for the Jetmore, KS, racer to escape with the series crown by a slim two-point margin over Liberal’s Richardson.

“We were all kind of scratching our heads after hot laps, we weren’t really sure what to expect,” Huish commented afterward.  “But they did a great job of prepping the track during the night and gave us a great track for the feature.  But I may be partial since we won.”

Needing things to break his way to make up the 12-point deficit to Richardson, the night worked out in storybook fashion for Huish.

After winning his heat race from the pole position, Huish redrew the outside front row for the 20-lap season finale and found himself out front exiting turn two on the opening round when pole starter Zach Blurton stumbled getting into turn one on the opening corner and fell back to fifth.

 

With Huish in command, a flurry of cautions hindered the initial half-dozen circuits, the last of which proved most consequential when Richardson spun to a stop in turn two while holding down fourth and was relegated to the tail of the field.

“I knew then we could win the championship if I could hold on for the win and Steven (Richardson) didn’t finish any better than seventh,” Huish explained.  “But I was trying not to think too much about that.”

That’s exactly how it played out, as Huish kept the battling duo of Lee Goos, Jr., and a resurgent Blurton at bay over the final 14 non-stop circuits to race on to victory lane with Richardson only able to climb back up to seventh.

As Huish worked the topside out front, Goos, Jr., ultimately got the nod for runner-up honors with Blurton settling for the show position as Jake Martens and Jon Freeman rounded out the top five.

Huish and Goos, Jr., topped heat race action.   full results


BLURTON SWEEPS OBERLIN WEEKEND WITH

UNITED REBEL SPRINT SERIES

 

 

Bryan Hulbert - OBERLIN, Kan. (September 11, 2022) Getting the weekend sweep with the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford, Zach Blurton took the point on Lap 11 and never looked back in the Bob Salem Memorial at Oberlin Speedway.

Moving up from third, the No. 2j took the lead after Luke Cranston retired early. From there, Zach went unchallenged for the win. Steven Richardson crossed second from seventh with Todd Plemons in the show position. The top five filled out with Jeremy Huish and Jon Freeman.

The Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford goes green again Saturday, September 17 at Jefferson County Speedway, and Sunday, September 18 at Concordia Raceway.

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BLURTON TAKES OPENING NIGHT OF BOB SALEM MEMORIAL

WITH UNITED REBEL SPRINT SERIES

Bryan Hulbert - OBERLIN, Kan. (September 10, 2022) The fifth time this season that Zach Blurton has raced to the top of the field with the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford, Zach's latest triumph took place Saturday night in the Bob Salem Memorial at Oberlin Speedway.

Getting the point on Lap 3 from Nebraska’s Monty Ferriera, the No. 45 chased the remained of the 20-lap affair but was not unable to hunt down the No. 2j, who won by 2.520-seconds. Jeremy Huish crossed third, followed by Jordan Knight, who made up three spots for fourth. Up five, Jon Freeman crossed fifth.

Luke Cranston, sixth, was followed by Trefer Waller. The top ten rounded out with Steven Richardson, Tyler Knight, and Chad Salem.

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STEVEN RICHARDSON LEADS IT ALL WITH URSS

AT 81-SPEEDWAY

(Image Credit: David Smith, Jr.) 

 Bryan Hulbert –

 PARK CITY, Kan. (August 20, 2022) Getting back to Victory Lane with the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford, Liberal’s Steven Richardson led start to finish Saturday night at 81-Speedway.

Getting the win by 2.031-seconds, the No. 8j was chased early by Luke Cranston. Coming up from sixth, the runner-up spot changed hands on Lap 8 when Zach Blurton took over the chase. Not able to make up any time from there, the top two were chased to the end by Cranston. Fourth went to Jake Martens, with fifth to Jeremy Huish.

Up six spots, Jordan Knight crossed sixth. Ty Williams, Monty Ferriera, Brian Herbert, and Ray Seemann made the top ten.

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HUISH HOLDS ON FOR URSS SCORE AT RUSH COUNTY SPEEDWAY

(Image Credit: David Smith, Jr.)

Bryan Hulbert – LA CROSSE, Kan. (August 19, 2022) In Victory Lane for the second time in 2022 with the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford, Jeremy Huish parked the No. 88j at Rush County Speedway in La Crosse, Kan. on Friday night.

Taking the lead near the race’s mid-point, after starting fourth, Huish would not go the distance without a challenge from Oklahoma’s Jake Martens, who made a last lap charge at the Jetmore, Kan. shoe, but would have to settle for the runner-up spot. Koby Walters in third was followed by Luke Cranston in fourth. Brian Herbert made up the top five.

Ty Williams, Steven Richardson, Kohl Ricke, Jordan Knight, and Ray Seemann completed the top ten.

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TY WILLIAMS CROWNED FIFTH ANNUAL BELLEVILLE

305 SPRINT CAR NATIONALS CHAMPION!

Lonnie Wheatley, BELLEVILLE, Kan. (August 6, 2022) – Arcadia, Oklahoma’s Ty Williams added another feather to his cap by taking the $7,000 winner’s share in Saturday night’s Fifth Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals 30-lap finale atop the ½-mile Belleville High Banks clay oval.

It wasn’t without some twists and turns along the way before Williams ultimately made what proved to be the race-winning pass in the final pair of corners of the United Rebel Sprint Series event and learned of the victory post-race when apparent winner Steven Richardson fell light at the scales.

While much of the way it looked as if Luke Cranston was destined for a second consecutive Belleville 305 Nationals title, Richardson rallied through the field after an opening lap incident and took command on the final circuit in turns one and two.

Williams followed suit and slipped by Cranston as well in the next pair of corners to chase Richardson across the stripe.

But Richardson’s thrilling charge through the field proved to be all for naught when he rolled across the scales 30 pounds below the minimum weight of 1,550 pounds, handing the win over to Williams aboard the Steve Hilker Trucking/Cattletrucks.com No. 911.

After starting from the pole position, Williams spent the duration of the race pursuing fellow front row starter Cranston and closed in on several occasions as the lead duo blazed a trail on the upper portion of the high-speed oval.

“I felt like we were about equal, and I might have a shot at him (Cranston); I had already decided that I was going to the low side on the last lap to see if I could get by,” Williams explained afterward. “But Steven (Richardson) found the rubber down there first and got by before I moved down.”

Originally of the belief that he was settling for runner-up honors after following Richardson past Cranston, moments later, Williams learned that he was adding the Belleville title to a 305 Nationals win at Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park in May.

“It’s not the way I want to win for sure,” Williams explained. “But that’s the way it goes; that’s what the rules say.”

After gunning into the lead at the outset and leading all the way to the white flag, Cranston settled for runner-up honors. “Those guys just found the rubber down there, I didn’t realize it had come in that strong,” the Ness City shoe commented. “I hate it for Steven (Richardson); that’s a tough way to lose this race.”

Salina’s Jon Freeman filled out the podium in third, with Texas representative Chase Brewer crossing the stripe fourth, while Zach Blurton earned Hard Charger honors by racing from 18th to round out the top five. Much of Blurton’s charge happened early as he made his way to eighth in the opening handful of laps and then battled his way to an ultimate top-five finish.

Chad Koch crossed the stripe sixth, with 20th-starter Landon Thompson, Brett Becker, Jordan Knight, and Jed Werner completing the top ten. Friday night preliminary winner John Carney II stayed near his seventh starting position throughout until he slowed on the final lap with a cut tire and coasted across the line in 15th as the final car on the lead lap.

The feature got off to a tumultuous start as six cars tangled in the opening corner, including Richardson, Todd Plemons, Tyler Drueke, Thompson, Brandon Bosma, and Gunnar Pike. Plemons and Drueke were done for the night while Richardson tagged the field and began his dramatic charge, cracking the top ten by the tenth round and making his way to fourth by the time a final caution flew with three laps remaining when Bosma slowed on the track.

Working the bottom of the track, Richardson worked forward and into the lead after the white flag only to run afoul of the scales.

Freeman established the quickest overall qualifying lap of 16.874 seconds with Stu Snyder, Williams, Brewer, and Jack Potter, topping heat race action before Drueke and Blurton won the twin “B” Mains.

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CARNEY COLLECTS BELLEVILLE 305 SPRINT CAR NATIONALS PRELIMINARY WIN!

Lonnie Wheatley, BELLEVILLE, Kan. (August 5, 2022) – John Carney II etched his name into the history books as a feature winner atop the storied ½-mile Belleville High Banks clay oval by topping Friday night’s 20-lap Fifth Annual Belleville Fifth Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals preliminary feature.

Carney swept into the lead on the high-side of the track on the 12th round and kept the dicing trio of Luke Cranston, Zach Blurton and Steven Richardson at bay the rest of the way to snare the $2,500 winner’s share aboard the Coyote Candle Company No. 74b Sprint Car.

Carney was holding down the third position on a lap ten restart precipitated by a red flag for Boyd Peterson’s ride along and then up-and-over the turn three and four guardrail.

Carney made quick work of the lead duo as action resumed and went on to secure the United Rebel Sprint Series-sanctioned win.

“We didn’t make any adjustments under the red flag,” Carney explained afterward. “I felt like we were just starting to get really good right before the red. The track really didn’t change, the car just kept getting better as the race went on, we were just a little too tight to begin with.”

Defending Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals champion Cranston led the field to the green flag with Carney alongside. But it was third-starter Richardson racing into the lead in the opening pair of corners and setting the pace ahead of Cranston and Carney in the early going.

Cranston began to move in to challenge after a handful of laps and slid past Richardson in turn two for the point on the tenth round with Richardson making a counter-move only to have the red flag appear.

Richardson led just two more laps before Carney raced past both he and Cranston en route to victory lane.

Cranston settled for runner-up honors, explaining that, “I don’t think we had anything for him (Carney), he found the top before I did and it was too late then.”

Blurton picked off a pair of positions after the red-flag stoppage to fill out the podium third as Richardson settled for fourth with Stu Snyder advancing a handful of positions to round out the top five.

Ty Williams earned Hard Chargers honors by racing from 14th to sixth with Jeremy Huish, Todd Plemons, 17th-starter Tyler Drueke and Jordan Knight completing the top ten.

After Jeff Stasa established the quickest overall lap of 17.584 seconds in qualifying, Cranston, Huish, Plemons and Blurton topped heat race action with Drueke and Jon Freeman winning the twin “B” Mains.

The Fifth Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals wraps up with Saturday night’s $7,500-to-win and $1,000-to-start championship finale.

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KOBY WALTERS LEADS IT ALL WITH URSS

AT DODGE CITY RACEWAY PARK

Bryan Hulbert – DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 23, 2022) Finding his way to the flag stand first every time around Saturday night, Koby Walters captured the win at Dodge City Raceway Park with the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford.

Winning by 0.736-seconds, the No. 33 was chased by Zach Blurton, who made it to second from sixth. Luke Cranston third was followed by Steven Richardson and Jeremy Huish to complete the top five.

The Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford races again on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30 at Rush County Speedway in La Crosse, Kan.

Fans not able to attend URSS events in 2022 can see them live on http://www.racindirt.com.

The United Rebel Sprint Series sanctions RaceSaver Sprint Car racing across Kansas, southern Nebraska, and Western Missouri. For more information, find the series on Facebook or log onto http://www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com.  full results


A Word From The Series Founder

 

Welcome to our United Rebel Sprint Series official web site. With the growing support of committed competitors and supporting tracks, an affordable sprint car series is now full throttle.  We are now booking dates to area race tracks that will bring back affordable Sprint Car Racing to promoters and participants alike.  This series bottom line is affordable open wheel racing... period.  We have got to keep the costs down on this class to insure it's growth and make it a profitable opportunity for track promoters.  Thus making this series a winner for everyone  ....  including the fans.

 

Our pay structures of $700 to $2,000 to win and $150 to $200 to start the main, it is designed to bring new competitors into the series and make it feasible to travel to the area tracks insuring full fields.  We have adopted a set of rules and feel they keep the costs low and the competition close. By enforcing them we can keep it affordable to all.  This series has the potential to grow like wild fire and is a great concept to keep open wheel racing alive to all competitors and racetracks. I want to thank you all for your interest and the overwhelming support you have shown for this series.

 

Please feel free to contact me at any time for more information.



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