URSS Releases 2016 Tentative Schedule and Announces Partnership with Racesaver/IMCA
The United Rebel Sprint Series will kick off its Eleventh Season of 305 Sprint Car Racing. The Series that was built on affordable Sprint Car racing is pleased to announce that starting this season, the series will run under the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Sanction. The Series that was founded with the motto “Having More Fun Than The Law Should Allow” is looking forward to putting on the best shows possible for all of its loyal followers and the partnership with Racesaver/IMCA which will enable the series to grow even bigger in 2016 and beyond.
Opening night for the 11th annual series is April 10 at WaKeeney Speedway. The final point’s night is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Dodge City Raceway Park.
The partnership with the IMCA Sanctioning will open the Series up and enable the URSS to pick up race dates not only in Kansas, but also in Western Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado, which has been a robust region with the URSS in the past.
The 2015 Season was a reflection of what the Series was founded on, “Parity” in competition. The Myers Engine/URSS National Points Championship featured nine different winners in the ten National Points events held. Jake Bubak of Golden, Colorado did what founder Rick Salem thought would be impossible to pull off: Bubak claimed his third straight National Crown.
The Kansas Region Championship was no different as fifteen different drivers claimed victories in the nineteen races in the past season. Quinter Kansas’s Zach Blurton took the Championship with a string of top ten finishes including 3 wins this season. Blurton made all but one of the 19 races in the Kansas Region and used solid finishes and a single DNF to win the Kansas Points Championship. Blurton adds his third title to his resume in his nine years of racing with the URSS Series. Blurton was the 2010 National Rookie of the Year as well as the 2010 Kansas Region Rookie of the Year.
A stout field of URSS Veterans were joined by an unbelievably strong group of rookies in 2015. The National Rookie of the Year, Austin Mclean out of Greeley, Colorado qualified for six out of the ten National Race events and used a string of strong finishes to win the title by a mere 8 points. In the Kansas Region, Liberal, Kansas driver, Tracey Hill made all 19 of the Kansas Region races this season and took advantage of his rookie season by starting the A Feature in 12 of those 19 starts.
“I started this series to bring affordable Sprint Car racing back to Kansas. Tracks couldn’t afford it and drivers couldn’t afford it,” explained Salem. “When I started, I wanted to get everybody on the same page. I went through all the rules and ours were basically the same as RaceSaver’s.”
“The United Rebel Sprint Series ranks as one of the premier series for the division,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “Their events will complement weekly shows at many of our sanctioned tracks in the four-state area.
2016 URSS TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Sun 10th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sat 17th LONGDALE SPEEDWAY, LONGDALE, OK (N)
Sun 24th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sat 30th RPM SPEEDWAY, HAYS, KS
Sun 15th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sun 29th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Mon 30th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sat 4th THOMAS COUNTY SPEEDWAY, COLBY KS
Sun 12th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sun 26th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Fri 1st DCRP, DODGE CITY, KS (N)
Sat 2nd DCRP, DODGE CITY, KS (N)
Sun 3rd WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sat 9th Lincoln Co Speedway, NORTH PLATTE, NE
Sun 10th DAWSON CO SPEEDWAY, LEXINGTON, NE
Fri 15th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS (N)
Sat 16th RPM SPEEDWAY, HAYS KS (N)
Sun 17th RPM SPEEDWAY, HAYS KS (N)
Sun 24th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sat 30th COLORADO MOTORSPORTS PARK, BYERS, CO (N)
Fri 5th RUSH CO. SPEEDWAY, LACROSSE KS (N)
Sat 6th BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS (N)
Sat 14th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sat 27th BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS (T,N)
Sun 28th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sat 1st-4th RACESAVER NATLS, LINCOLN, NE ( NO URSS POINTS )
Sun 11th WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS
Sat 17th LONGDALE SPEEDWAY, LONGDALE, OK (N)
Sat 24TH DCRP, DODGE CITY KS (N)
(Additional dates will be added)
The United Rebel Sprint Series would like to thank all of its fans, sponsors, racing teams and track promoters for ten great years of Sprint Car Racing at its finest.
United Rebel Sprint Series 2015 Season Recap
The United Rebel Sprint Series capped off its Tenth Season Celebration with all four of its Points Championships going down to the wire in the final race of the season. Parity was the name of the game this season with the URSS as it had only three repeat winners. It is the bedrock that the series was founded on and provides the fans the best show on dirt year after year.
The 2015 Myers Engine URSS National Point Series featured nine different winners in the ten races which comprised Championship. The Championship went down to the wire as the top four spots were within 34 points of each other. Arvada, Colorado’s Jake Bubak prevailed to become the only driver in URSS history to take the National Championship three consecutive years. Bubak’s road to the crown wasn’t without its drama as a rare DQ at the Bullring Nationals on July 31 in Lacrosse Kansas left an opening for the other challengers to take advantage of. But Bubak used consistent finishes in the remaining nine races to capture the crown finishing no worse than seventh place in those races to three peat as the URSS Champion.
The 2015 Myers Engine URSS National Rookie of the Year went down to the wire as well as a pair of fourteen year old drivers went to the final race. Greeley Colorado’s Austin McClean and Liberal Kansas’s Tracey Hill took to the track to duke it out to which of the young guns would walk away with the title. The pair made all 10 National Point races in the 2015 season which made for a classic showdown. The points lead shifted back and forth during the season between the two and was the closest ROY race in URSS History. Austin McClean used his qualifying for 6 out of the 10 National Feature races giving him the edge he needed to take the 2015 Myers Engine URSS National Rookie of the Year Championship by a mere 8 points.
The 2015 Kansas Region points’ battle was a tight one as well, with parity also being the main story as well. In the 19 races held in the Kansas Region 15 different drivers took the checkered flag during the 2015 season. Quinter Kansas’s Zach Blurton took the Championship with a string of top ten finishes including a three wins this season. Blurton made all but one of the 19 races in the Kansas Region and used solid finishes and a single DNF to win the Kansas Points Championship. Blurton adds his third title to his resume in his nine years of racing with the URSS Series, Blurton was the 2010 National Rookie of the Year as well as the 2010 Kansas Region Rookie of the Year.
The 2015 Kansas Region Rookie of the Year went to 14 year old Tracey Hill of Liberal Kansas. Hill made all 19 of the Kansas Region races this season and made the most of his rookie season by making the A Feature in 12 of those 19 starts. Tracey’s highest finish was a third place at the August 29th race held at RPM Speedway in Hays Kansas. Look for great things to come in the future from Tracey as he is one of the hot shoes to follow in the URSS Series.
The United Rebel Sprint Series would like to thank all of the Teams, Drivers, Sponsors, Track Promoters and especially all of the fans for making the Tenth Anniversary Season a huge success. Without you the Region would not have an affordable Sprint Car Series to enjoy. The season was as competitive as ever with 15 different drivers visiting Victory Lane in the 2015 Season.
Velesquez wins URSS battle at DCRP
as Bubak Claims 3rd Championship
The curtains came down on the URSS 2015 season at Dodge City Raceway Park with Turpin, Oklahoma’s Taylor Velasquez topping the Sprint Car portion of the Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship for the second year in a row.
While Velasquez wired the field in the 30-lap URSS feature it was Colorado’s Jake Bubak claiming his 3rd URSS National Championship in a row with his 5th place finish.
For Velasquez, the triumph in the non-stop 30-lapper marked his first victory of the year aboard the Fronk Oil Co./Piper Trucking No. 21x.
“In nine years in the big Sprint Cars, this has been by far the worst,” a relieved Velasquez commented afterward. “It feels good to finish with a win.”
Starting third, Velasquez needed less than a lap to dispose of front row starters Darren Bowman and Kris Moore for the lead and set sail.
The 24-year-old held nearly a straightaway lead over Kris Moore and Zac Taylor by the time traffic came into play after eight laps, with Taylor and J.D. Johnson slipping around Moore for second and third, respectively, by the tenth lap. Click here for more.....
Zac Taylor Claims
the URSS Bob Salem Memorial Sprint Nationals Crown
The final night of the Bob Salem Memorial Sprint Car Nationals at Oberlin Speedway in Oberlin, KS saw thirty one teams check in at the gate to earn points in the second to last “2015 Myers Engine URSS National Points” race of the 2015 season. When it was all said and done, 2013 URSS National Rookie of the Year Zac Taylor picked up the feature win from his fifth starting spot.
At the drop of the green flag 14 year old Tracey Hill led the field with Scott Cochran, Jeremy Huish, Zac Taylor and Keefe Hemel rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Taylor and Huish would swap places several times in the next two laps battling for the third spot. Saturday’s preliminary feature winner, Brian Herbert made his to the fifth spot by lap five pushing Hemel back to sixth. CJ Johnson was making his way up to sixth by lap seven and set his sights on Herbert.
JD Johnson had made his way past Hemel on lap nine grab seventh place. Up front, Hill continued to pace the field when Cochran running in the second spot got caught behind a lapped car and lost the position on lap eleven to Huish. Huish began his drive up to try and challenge Hill for the top spot as the leader began to encounter more lapped traffic. Zac Taylor caught Cochran and dove under him in turn three to take away the third spot on lap fourteen. Meanwhile CJ Johnson had caught Herbert and the battle between the pair heated up. Further back in the pack, eleventh starter Jason Martin had been steadily picking off cars as he drove to the front. Martin made his way up to the eight spot by lap sixteen.