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Arcadia, Oklahoma’s Ty Williams Captures $5,000 Drive to Zero

United Rebel Sprint Series 2021 Season Championship

OBERLIN, Kansas (October 13, 2021) – In 2021, the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing joined forces with Kansas’ Drive to Zero program as the presenting partner for the season points chase. With the partnership came a substantial pay day to the Points Champion, pocketing $5,000.

The Drive to Zero program was designed with one goal in mind – to reduce fatalities and serious injuries that occur on Kansas highways – targeting child passenger safety, impaired driving, texting, and seat belt violations. To learn more, visit www.kansasdrivetozero.com.

The persistence, outstanding performances, and perfect attendance of Ty Williams throughout the season assisted in securing the Drive to Zero Points Championship. Williams closes out the season with 5 feature wins, 12 podium finishes, 12 top-five finishes, and 16 top-ten finishes. Quinter, Kansas’ Zach Blurton finished second in the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series point standings, fifty points behind Williams. Hailing out of Jetmore, Kansas, Jeremy Huish completes the top-three in points standings. Fourth in points went to Luke Cranston, followed by Kyler Johnson, Jordan Knight, Jon Freeman, Tyler Knight, Cash Beeson and Taylor Velasquez rounding out the top ten. 

A total of 106 competitors checked in for competition with the United Rebel Sprint Series throughout the season. Of the 106 competitors, there were 13 different feature winners. Ty Williams and Jason Martin topped the leaderboard in feature wins for the season, both with five. Taylor Velasquez captured four URSS victories, while Stu Snyder and Luke Cranston each won two feature events with the series. Claiming one victory was Danny Smith, Jay Russell, Tyler Knight, Steven Richardson, Zach Blurton, Koby Walters, Jeremy Huish, and Kyler Johnson.

Twenty-six races were completed throughout 2021, which took place in two different states at nine different facilities. Only two events were called due to inclement weather. New to the schedule in 2021 were US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO and Bethany Speedway in Bethany, MO, where Jay Russell and Stu Snyder claimed victories.  Also the new I-70 Speedway In Odessa, MO hosted a three day event with Luke Cranston winning the first night and Jason Martin taking the win the following two nights.

 


Taylor Velasquez Victorious at Steve King Memorial Finale

with United Rebel Sprint Series

DODGE CITY, Kansas (October 9, 2021) – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing took to Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday for the Steve King Memorial finale. Saturday’s event also closed out the 2021 season for United Rebel Sprint Series competitors in the Drive to Zero points rivalry.

Twenty-five drivers signed in for Saturday night’s season finale. Two qualifiers determined the 25-lap feature lineup, which saw Taylor Velasquez and Kyler Johnson setting the pace. Velasquez took off with the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back. Koby Walters followed ahead of Kyler Johnson. On lap 2, Johnson slipped back to fifth as Jake Martens and Steven Richardson navigated around. Just one circuit later, Richardson advanced to second while Velasquez continued to gain plenty of cushion room with the race lead in the sum of over two second.

The sixth circuit around saw more maneuvers through the field as Jeremy Huish moved ahead of Johnson to claim fifth. One lap later, Luke Cranston advanced to sixth. Martens moved into third over Walters while Chad Koch took over the seventh running position.

On lap 10, Jeremy Huish saw himself into the fifth position moving Koby Walters back to sixth. Two circuits later, Kyler Johnson regained seventh place from Koch only to give the position one more lap around. Jeremy Huish navigated the surface to move into the top three. A caution flew over the field with nine laps remaining, leaving Velasquez to surrender more than a four-second lead over Richardson.

On the restart, the top seven running competitors mixed things up. Velasquez remained the race leader over Richardson, while Martens advanced to third over Huish. Cranston made a charge into fifth ahead of Walters and Koch. One circuit later, Huish took back over third while Zach Blurton made moves to advance into sixth place. With four laps remaining, Blurton made another charge to move into fifth and then fourth the next time around.

With one lap remaining, Jake Martens regained the fourth position ahead of Blurton. Velasquez went on to win the Steve King Memorial finale by 1.763 seconds over Steven Richardson. Jeremy Huish, Jake Martens, and Zach Blurton completed the top five finishers with the United Rebel Sprint Series.

Kaden Taylor and Steven Richardson topped the charts in qualifier action. Ty Williams was awarded the Keizer Aluminum Wheels hard charger, advancing nine positions to finish tenth.

Full Results


Kyler Johnson Claims Night One of Steve King Memorial

 at DCRP with United Rebel Sprint Series

DODGE CITY, Kansas (October 9, 2021) – Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hameblton Ford Racing competitors took on night one of the Steve King Memorial at Dodge City Raceway Park on Friday night. Twenty-four cars were in attendance, but it was Quinter, Kansas’ Kyler Johnson crossing the checkers first.

Nebraska’s Chad Koch and Kyler Johnson set the pace for the 20-lap feature event. Johnson got off to the early lead on the first lap ahead of Koch, Koby Walters, and Jake Martens, but with one lap in the books the caution flew over the field. The restart was much of the same with the exception of Luke Cranston moving into fourth ahead of Martens.

Zach Blurton started a charge through the field early by advancing from eleventh throughout the top ten. Halfway through the race, Walters made a move ahead of Chad Koch to take over second while Jake Martens advanced into fourth over Cranston. Just two laps later, Martens moved into third ahead of Koch.

On lap 13, Jordan Knight secured the fifth running position over Cranston. With four laps remaining, Cranston would surrender another spot to Steven Richardson, falling back to seventh. With only two circuits left of Friday’s race, the caution flew yet again.

On the restart, Kyler Johnson nabbed ahead with the race lead yet again over Koby Walters, Jake Martens, Chad Koch, and Steven Richardson. By the cross of the checkers, the running order remained the same with Zach Blurton advancing two spots to finish seventh.

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Jason Martin is Lubbock Wrecker Service 305 Nationals Champion

With URSS at I-70!

Lonnie Wheatley, ODESSA, Mo. (September 25, 2021) – Jason Martin has knocked on the door of the previous pair of Lubbock Wrecker Service 305 Sprint Car Nationals with back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2020.

The Liberal, KS, native finished off the job this time around atop the ½-mile I-70 Motorsports Park clay oval by topping Saturday night’s 30-lap championship finale of the Fifth Annual event, a victory that proved to be worth $4,250 including lap money to push his overall take for the three-day event to $5,225.

“I was a little bummed when I pulled the six for the Dash,” Martin commented in victory lane.  “But I also knew that it was a long race and I had time to get there, I just had to rely upon my experience.”

Gridding the feature fourth after gaining a pair of positions in the Weld Racing Pole Dash, Martin moved the Myers-powered Rezac Concrete/Trucks Plus/Bybee Electric No. 5x Eagle into second on the opening round and set his sights on pole starter and early leader Ty Williams.

Williams kept Martin and the battling duo of Zach Blurton and Luke Cranston at bay in the initial rounds before approaching a gaggle of lapped cars a half-dozen laps in.

The Arcadia, OK, threaded his way through six cars while Martin and company got bogged down briefly, allowing Williams to slip away to a half straightaway lead.

“There were some of those guys racing side-by-side and there just wasn’t anywhere to go,” Martin explained.

Full story and results


Martin Masters Lubbock Wrecker Service 305 Nationals Night Two at I-70 With URSS!

 Lonnie Wheatley, ODESSA, Mo. (September 24, 2021) – Jason Martin proved to be the class of the field in Friday night’s second round of Fifth Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service 305 Sprint Car Nationals preliminary competition atop the ½-mile I-70 Motorsports Park clay oval. 

Bouncing back from power steering line woes that cost him several positions late in Thursday’s feature, Martin gunned into the lead at the outset and paced the field all 20 rounds of the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series event aboard the Myers-powered Rezac Concrete/Trucks Plus/Bybee Electric No. 5x Eagle.

“It drives a lot better when you can actually turn it,” the Liberal, Kansas native now calling Nebraska home quipped afterward.

 While Martin paced the entire race amongst heavy lapped traffic, Zach Blurton kept him in reach throughout but couldn’t quite part the waters to make a move for the point.

 Following a red flag for Kevin Dye’s turn four tumble with one lap in the books, the final 19 circuits ran off in non-stop fashion with Martin leaving just nine cars on the lead lap with the skies opening up he parked in victory lane.

“I’ve never closed on lapped cars that fast, it was pretty wild,” Martin said.

Blurton settled for runner-up honors for the second night in a row after working his way sixth to second in just three laps with Thursday winner Luke Cranston filling out the podium in third. Pole starter Randy Martin was fourth with Toby Chapman filling out the top five.

Full Results


Cranston Captures URSS I-70s Lubbock Wrecker Service 305 Nationals Opener!

Lonnie Wheatley, ODESSA, Mo. (September 23, 2021) – Luke Cranston already has the Belleville 305 Nationals crowns to his credit this season.

Now, the Ness City, KS, racer is seeking to add another feather to his cap with this weekend’s United Rebel Sprint Series-sanctioned Fifth Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service 305 Sprint Car Nationals atop the I-70 Motorsports Park clay oval.

He is off to a strong in that pursuit by racing to victory lane in Thursday night’s 20-lap preliminary main event that kicked off the three-night tilt that culminates with Saturday night’s $3,000-to-win championship finale.

Cranston chased Kyler Johnson for the opening dozen rounds before battling into the lead in traffic and then beat Zach Blurton to the checkered flag with Johnson settling for the show position.

“It was really a blessing to start up front in that one,” Cranston said after the triumph aboard the Myers-powered Southwest Family Farms No. 20 Maxim .  “I’m looking forward to the next two nights, hopefully we can keep it out front.”

Full results


Ty Williams Dominates at 81 Speedway with United Rebel Sprint Series

PARK CITY, Kansas (September 18, 2021) – Sixteen cars attended Saturday’s event at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas with the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing. The night saw Oklahoma-native, Ty Williams, with a dominating performance over the field from the drop of the green to the checkered.

Williams also captured the dash win ahead of Kansas’ Jordan Knight, placing them on the front row for the 25-lap feature event. Williams quickly hurried off the race lead ahead of J. Knight and Luke Cranston. On lap three, Jeff Stasa advanced to fourth ahead of Jeremy Huish and Texas’ Marcus Thomas. Huish and Thomas both reclaimed their position on lap five.

Full results


SCHEDULE CHANGE !! The Steve King Memorial at DCRP that was originally scheduled for October 7th - 9th has been changed to only Friday and Saturday the 8th and 9th. Hope to see you all there as we honor one of our Kansas racing heroes !!


ATTENTION DRIVERS, CREWS AND FANS !!!

We have secured special motel rates for the upcoming Lubbock Wrecker 305 Nationals at I-70 Motorsports Park this coming Sept 23rd thru 25th.

The Holiday Inn Express in Oak Grove (15 mi. from the track) is offering single or double rooms for $95 plus tax. Just call 816 205 8200 and let them know you are with the United Rebel Sprint Series (URSS)

Also the Econo Lodge in Oak Grove special rates are $72 single and $78 double. Call 816 690 3681 and let them know you are with the the URSS.

Hope to see you all there !!!


Jeremy Huish Cashes in on First United Rebel Sprint Series Victory of Year

at Dodge City Raceway Park

DODGE CITY, Kansas (August 21, 2021) – Sixteen cars checked in for competition with the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing on Saturday. Racing action took place at the prestigious Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas. The Jetmore native of Jeremy Huish went on to capture his first victory of the season with the United Rebel Sprint Series on Saturday.

Taylor Velasquez and Kohl Ricke led the field to the drop of the green for feature action. The start saw Jeremy Huish with a blast around the front row to take over the race lead by lap one. Velasquez and Ricke would follow, but Jeremy Campbell was ready to pounce for the third position. On lap two, Campbell made the pass and secured third.

Jordan Knight then challenged Ricke and obtained fourth with three laps in the book. The eight circuit around the 3/8-mile clay oval saw a lead change, when Velasquez was first to the line over Huish. Just one lap later, Huish reclaimed the top position and began navigating lapped traffic. With eleven laps remaining, the caution would fly over competition.

By lap sixteen series point leader, Ty Williams, took over the sixth position from thirteenth. Just four laps later, he advanced to fifth over Colorado’s Todd Plemons. With three laps remaining, Velasquez saw difficulties and fell back throughout the field. Knight took over second with Campbell following in third. Jeremy Huish went on to win the 25-lap feature event with Jordan Knight second. A post-race disqualification saw Ty Williams rounding out the podium finishers, while Todd Plemons and Zach Blurton completed the top-five.

full results 


Koby Walters Wins United Rebel Sprint Series Bob Salem Memorial Finale

with Last Lap Pass

 

OBERLIN, Kansas (August 14, 2021) – Sixteen cars checked in for competition on Saturday night with the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing. Racing action again took place atop the 3/8-mile oval of Oberlin Speedway in Oberlin, Kansas for the Bob Salem Memorial finale, honoring Tosha Garrison. Koby Walters claimed victory with a last-lap pass around Monty Ferriera, taking home the $1,000 pay day. 

Monty Ferriera and Koby Walters set the pace for Saturday’s 25-lap feature event, but it was Ferriera taking off with the early lead ahead of Walters and Jake Martens. With just four laps in the books, Jeremy Huish made a move on Martens to take over the third position. Luke Cranston found himself advancing to fifth place.

Zach Blurton made a valiant effort as he marched forward from an eleventh place starting position. By lap six, Blurton found himself sitting in seventh. He and Todd Plemons would later battle for the sixth position until Blurton advanced on lap sixteen. 

With one lap remaining, Koby Walters navigated the track flawlessly reeling in race leader, Monty Ferriera. At the line, Walters took over the lead ahead of Ferriera, winning by. 200 of a second and going on to capture his first Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series of the season. Ferriera came in second, with Jeremy Huish, Jake Martens, and Luke Cranston completing the top-five finishers.

Full Results


Ty Williams Victorious on Night One of Bob Salem Memorial

with United Rebel Sprint Series

OBERLIN, Kansas (August 13, 2021) – Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series competitors took to action for night one of the Bob Salem Memorial honoring Tosha Garrison at Oberlin Speedway on Friday night. Sixteen cars checked in for competition atop the 3/8-mile dirt oval located in Oberlin, Kansas. Current series points leader, Ty Williams, was victorious on the first of two nights.

Todd Plemons and Koby Walters set the pace for Friday’s 20-lap feature event. Plemons took off with the early lead ahead of Walters and Jeremy Huish. Huish took the runner-up position on lap two, only to surrender the position back to Walters one lap later. Ty Williams charged to fourth ahead of Zach Blurton on lap two but would get both Huish and Walters to claim second on lap four.

Two circuits later, Williams powered around Plemons to claim the top spot. Walters navigated around Plemons with eight laps in the books. One lap later, Huish powered around Plemons to gain third.

Just past the halfway point, Williams found lapped traffic to play in his favor, as he put some distance between himself and second running, Koby Walters. Jake Martens and Luke Cranston made moves throughout the second half of the race, moving into fourth and fifth. Zach Blurton and Monty Ferriera found their way around Plemons to take over sixth and seventh.  full results 


Cranston Captures URSS Belleville 305 Nationals Crown!

Lonnie Wheatley, BELLEVILLE, Kan. (August 8, 2021) – After earning the pole position on Saturday night, Luke Cranston put the finishing touches on the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series’ Fourth Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals by wiring the field in Sunday’s 30-lapper to take the $7,000 victory atop the ½-mile Belleville High Banks clay oval.

Cranston outgunned Friday preliminary winner Jason Martin for the point at the drop of the green flag and set a blistering pace throughout aboard the Myers-powered Southwest Family Farms No. 20 Maxim to post the emotional win.

“This is big, I’ve been wanting this one so bad,” Cranston said afterward.  “This is competition is so tough and it’s fun racing with guys like Jason (Martin).  Man, this Myers engine is just so dang fast.”

Martin tried to keep pace but could only watch Cranston slip away into the distance of the laps clicked off in the non-stop affair.

“Somebody splashed some mud up early and we lost a cylinder, we were up to 260 degrees in the first few laps,” Martin said after the runner-up finish aboard the Myers-powered REZAC Concrete/Trucks Plus/Bybee Electric No. 5x Eagle .

Stu Snyder raced into the runner-up position on the opening lap only to surrender it to Martin soon after and then held third the rest of the way aboard the Myers-powered No. 5 JR1.

While the top three held steady throughout, 11th-starter Jordan Knight ultimately outlasted Kyler Johnson in a spirited battle for fourth with Johnson rounding out the top five.  click here for full results 


Jason Martin Mauls Belleville 305 Nationals Prelim Field on Friday!

Lonnie Wheatley, BELLEVILLE, Kan. (August 6, 2021) – Jason Martin made the trek to the United Rebel Sprint Series’ Fourth Annual Belleville 305 Sprint Car Nationals on a mission.

And he made his way through Friday’s preliminary event in impressive fashion, earning the pole position for the feature event by racking up the most points in heat and qualifying race action and then leading all 20 rounds atop the ½-mile Belleville High Banks clay oval to collect the $2,500 winner’s share.

Slicing through traffic much of the way in the non-stop affair, Martin took the checkered flag with a gaudy 5.977-second advantage aboard the Myers-powered REZAC Concrete/Trucks Plus/Bybee Electric No. 5x Eagle with J.D. Johnson holding off a late bid from Luke Cranston for runner-up honors.

Despite the dominant outing, the Liberal, Kansas native now calling Crete, Nebraska home still spies room for improvement.

“We were a little too tight in the qualifier, so I freed it up for the feature and freed it up too much,” Martin explained afterward.  “I felt like I was just barely hanging onto it at times.”

After outgunning fellow front row starter Tyler Drueke for the point on the opening round, lapped traffic proved to be the biggest obstacle with Martin putting all but the top 13 finishers at least one lap down as all 23 starters that took the green flag lasted to see the checkered flag after scheduled fifth-starter Dusty Ballenger suffered pre-race mechanical problems that cut his night short.

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Zach Blurton Captures United Rebel Sprint Series Victory

 at Bullring Nationals Finale

LACROSSE, Kansas (July 31, 2021) – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing saw twenty-one competitors back in action for the Bullring Nationals finale on Saturday. Quinter, Kansas’ Zach Blurton cashed in on the $1,000 pay day atop “The Bullring” of Rush County Speedway in LaCrosse, Kansas.

Kyler Johnson and Ty Williams led the field to the green for Saturday’s 30-lap feature event. Williams rushed to the race lead ahead of JD Johnson and Zach Blurton. Three laps in, Blurton advanced into second with JD Johnson, Luke Cranston, and Kyler Johnson in tow.

Much of the first half of the race remained the same top-five runners until trouble ensued for the race leader, Ty Williams,  as he was collected in a tangle with two lapped cars. Williams was unable to continue with severe damage.

The restart saw more trouble ensue as Gullion and Cranston collected coming to the green. Another restart showed Blurton to continue with the race lead, while Jed Werner and Kyler Johnson began a charge to move into second and third. With five laps remaining, Cranston moved into fifth from the tail of the field. Zach Blurton went on to claim the victory over Jed Werner and Kyler Johnson. Koby Walters and Luke Cranston completed the top-five finishers with the United Rebel Sprint Series. full results


Steven Richardson Tops the Field for Night One of Bullring Nationals

with United Rebel Sprint Series

LACROSSE, Kansas (July 30, 2021) – Twenty-one cars checked in for night one of Bullring Nationals competition at Rush County Speedway in LaCrosse, Kansas with the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing. Steven Richardson cashed in on Friday night’s top prize in a tight battle for the top three positions.

Series points leader, Ty Williams, and Richardson set the pace for the twenty-five-lap feature event. Richardson rushed to the lead with Williams following, both ahead of Jack Potter and Jon Freeman. Lincoln, Nebraska’s Adam Gullion moved into the fifth position on lap six. On the ninth circuit, Potter took over the runner-up position from Williams while Gullion advanced to fourth.

Just past the midway point, Williams charged back ahead of Potter to reclaim the second position. One lap later, Potter slowed allowing Gullion to move into third ahead of Jeremy Huish and Jordan Knight. A hard-charging Zach Blurton used lapped traffic to his benefit, charging into the top-five with three laps remaining.

On lap 23, Gullion and Blurton both moved ahead of Williams to take over second and third. The remaining two laps provided excitement, as Gullion and Blurton reeled in on Steven Richardson. Richardson went on to claim the victory by nine-hundredths of a second over Adam Gullion with Zach Blurton completing the podium. Ty Williams and Jordan Knight completed the top-five finishers for night one of Bullring Nationals with the United Rebel Sprint Series. full results


Stuart Snyder Claims URSS Victory at US 36 Raceway

OSBORN, Missouri (July 25, 2021) – The sizzling summer heat was in full force on Friday at US 36 Raceway for the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing. Thirteen cars were in attendance for the second ever United Rebel Sprint Series appearance at the 3/8-mile, but it was Lincoln, Nebraska’s Stuart Snyder taking the top prize with a last lap pass.

The 20-lap feature event saw Jay Russell and Stuart Snyder with front row starting positions. Russell took off with the early lead out of turns one and two, but Snyder challenged back by diamonding the apex in three and four. Red would fly over the field for Kevin Dye flipping in turn three over the cushion.

A complete restart again had Russell prevailing with the race lead, while Snyder bounced violently through turn one. Snyder was able to gather control of the car, and started to reel back in on Russell for the lead. Mike Houseman, Jr. sat in third while Zach Blurton and JR Topper dueled for fourth place. Snyder closed in on the race lead but was unable to make a move. Zach Blurton claimed fourth and began to challenge Houseman, Jr. for third. full story and results


Taylor Velasquez Sweeps Weekend with United Rebel Sprint Series at Dodge City Raceway Park

DODGE CITY, Kansas (July 18, 2021) – Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series competitors took to the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval of Dodge City Raceway Park on Friday and Saturday. A full field of competition was in attendance both nights, but it was Taylor Velasquez dominating the weekend and capturing both wins.

On Friday, Luke Cranston and Taylor Velasquez set the pace for the night’s 25-lap feature event. Cranston took off with the early race lead while Velasquez and Jordan Knight battled for the runner-up position. Velasquez prevailed, claiming the second spot before challenging Cranston for the lead. On lap six, Velasquez made a move, took the lead, and never looked back.

On lap eight, Huish challenged Knight to take over third before then hunting down Cranston to then move into second. Velasquez navigated lapped traffic to perfection, putting some distance between himself and Huish. Just past the halfway point, series points leader, Ty Williams, continued his march forward from eleventh to get past Knight and Huish to take over the second spot. Velasquez went on to win by nearly 13.5-seconds. Ty Williams and Jeremy Huish completed the podium, while Jordan Knight and Koby Walters rounded out the top five finishers.

On Saturday, it was Taylor Velasquez and Jeremy Huish leading the field to the green for 25 laps. Velasquez jumped to the early lead with Huish, Luke Cranston, and Zach Blurton trailing. A restart on lap two saw Ty Williams navigate past Blurton for fourth. Huish remained within reasonable distance of Velasquez for the race lead.

With six laps remaining, Huish experienced an issue allowing Cranston to take over second and Williams into third. Williams used the remaining five laps to gain ground on Cranston and take over second with a last-lap pass. Velasquez captured his second victory of the weekend with the United Rebel Sprint Series with Williams and Cranston completing the podium. Zach Blurton and JD Johnson rounded out the top-five finishers on Saturday. Full results 


Jason Martin Crowned Wheat Shocker Nationals Champion with United Rebel Sprint Series

HAYS, Kansas (July 11, 2021) – Twenty-two cars checked in for competition for the Wheat Shocker Nationals finale on Sunday with the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing. It was Lincoln, Nebraska’s Jason Martin putting on a dominating performance and cashing in on the night’s $2,000 top prize.

The front row of Sunday’s 25-lap feature event was composed of Jason Martin and Steven Richardson, who were the top finishers of the pole dash. Jason Martin jumped to the early lead with Luke Cranston and Zach Blurton trailing by about a second for the first five laps. On lap eight, Martin began navigating traffic, stretching the race lead.

Saturday’s feature winner from Arcadia, Oklahoma, Ty Williams, maintained the fourth position until lap ten, when Taylor Velasquez made a move to obtain the position. It wasn’t until lap sixteen when Williams reclaimed the fourth position.

On lap 22, Blurton made a pass around Cranston to take over the runner-up position. Martin went on to claim the victory by nearly four seconds, Blurton second, and Cranston holding onto the final podium finisher in third. Ty Williams and Jeremy Huish completed the top five, while Velasquez, Koby Walters, Jordan Knight, Jed Werner, and Kyler Johnson completed the top ten. full results


Ty Williams Victorious at Wheat Shocker Nationals Preliminary Night with

 United Rebel Sprint Series

HAYS, Kansas (July 10, 2021) – Twenty-four cars checked in for night one of Wheat Shocker Nationals competition with the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing on Saturday. A dicey RPM Speedway gave fans spectacular racing action. Arcadia, Oklahoma’s Ty Williams claimed the preliminary night victory, his third win of the season in series competition.   Full story and results

 


Jason Martin Dominates Independence Day at Belleville High Banks

with United Rebel Sprint Series

BELLEVILLE, Kansas (July 5, 2021) – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series took to action atop the famed ½-mile of Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kansas on Independence Day. Twenty-two cars were in attendance for Sunday’s event, but it was Lincoln, Nebraska’s Jason Martin taking home the $1,000 pay day.

A 6-lap dash lined up the first eight cars for the feature event, which had Jason Martin and Ty Williams setting the pace. Jason Martin took off with the early lead, but a caution flew over the field for a slowing JD Johnson with one lap in the books. The restart saw Martin take off with the lead, while Williams and Jeremy Huish battled for the runner-up position. Nebraska’s Tyler Drueke and Stuart Snyder moved into the top-five, but a caution flew again reverting to the previous lap.

On the restart, Martin again prevailed with a fantastic start, while the top-ten cars battled for position. Snyder would move into sixth around Drueke. Jason Martin stretched his lead over Ty Williams, while Huish and Blurton battled for third. Snyder moved into fifth while the top-five navigated lapped traffic. Jason Martin went on to claim victory with Ty Williams and Jeremy Huish rounding out the podium. A post-race penalization put Huish back two positions, moving Zach Blurton into the third position. Stuart Snyder and Huish rounded out the top-five finishers with the Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series.

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Ty Williams Triumphs Battle at Rush County Speedway with United Rebel Sprint Series

LACROSSE, Kansas (July 3, 2021) – Twenty cars were in attendance for Saturday night’s show at Rush County Speedway in LaCrosse, Kansas with the Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing. Saturday’s event saw Arcadia, Oklahoma’s Ty Williams sweeping the night.

A 5-lap dash lined up the first three rows of the feature, which placed Williams and Ray Seemann to set the pace. Williams took off with the early lead, but not without pressure from Nebraska’s Adam Gullion. Gullion and Williams traded off positions on the bullring for a large majority of the race. Williams would run the high line in one corner while Gullion rode the bottom lane, never losing sight of the race lead.

A late-race caution flew over the field, shaking up the mix of positions across the top-five. Seventh place starter, Zach Blurton got his nose into the battle by getting up to third, and battled hard for the top spot with Gullion and Williams. Ty Williams went on to the checkered with the victory, with Gullion, Blurton, Seemann, and Werner closing out the top-five finishers. click here for full results

 


Tyler Knight Victorious with United Rebel Sprint Series at 81 Speedway

 

PARK CITY, Kansas (June 19, 2021) – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing took to the 3/8-mile semi-banked 81 Speedway on Saturday night. Thirteen cars were in attendance, but it was Wright, Kansas’ Tyler Knight cashing in the victor. 

Chad Salem and Jon Freeman set the pace for the 25-lap feature event. Tyler Knight took off with the early lead, with Jordan Knight and Ty Williams following. Zach Blurton began his march forward within the first five laps advancing position on JD Johnson and Jon Freeman to move into fourth.  click here for full results


Taylor Velasquez Victorious with United Rebel Sprint Series at Dodge City Raceway

 

DODGE CITY, Kansas (June 12, 2021) – The POWRi Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing took to competition atop the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval of Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas on Saturday night. Sixteen cars were in attendance. Liberal, Kansas native, Taylor Velasquez, walked away victorious ahead of Jeremy Huish and Zach Blurton. 

Brian Herbert and Zach Blurton set the front row of the 25-lap feature event. Blurton took the early lead with Velasquez, Jordan Knight, and Jeremy Huish trailing. Blurton pulled ahead with about a straightaway advantage over Velasquez. On lap four, Huish advanced to third over Knight while Velasquez closed the gap between he and the race leader. full story


Stu Snyder Triumphs Field at Bethany Speedway Debut with

United Rebel Sprint Series

BETHANY, Missouri (June 5, 2021) – The POWRi Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing debuted at yet another Missouri facility on Saturday. Fifteen cars were in attendance atop the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval of Bethany Speedway in Bethany, Missouri. The feature event was action-packed with several position changes, but it was Lincoln, Nebraska’s Stu Snyder claiming victory.  

Jacob Dye and Mike Houseman, Jr. set the pace for the 25-lap feature event. The initial start resulted in hard contact between several cars and a flipping Chad Salem into turn one. Salem walked away unscathed. A complete restart saw Houseman taking off with the early lead, followed by Dye and Snyder. Snyder would then take over the second position while Ty Williams began his march forward from the ninth place starting position. Snyder soon went on to take the lead around the bottom with Houseman keeping a steady pace in second. Kyler Johnson moved up to challenge Williams for third while Snyder began stretching the lead. full results

 


Jay Russell Tops the Field at US 36 Raceway with United Rebel Sprint Series

OSBORN, Missouri (June 4, 2021) – Nineteen cars were in attendance for Friday night’s POWRi Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series debut at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Missouri. The Missouri weather offered hot conditions, and the racing was even more fierce!

Jay Russell and Jack Potter set the pace for the 25-lap feature event atop the high-banked oval. Russell powered to the lead on lap one, but not without heat from Lincoln, Nebraska’s Stu Snyder on the bottom. Kenny Potter powered to second and began charging for Russell when the caution flew for a car spinning in turn four. The restart saw Snyder and K. Potter dueling for the runner-up position, but not before another caution flew for a car slowing down the backstretch. full story and results 


SMITH CAPTURES URSS VS. OCRS SHOWDOWN AT 81 SPEEDWAY

The Drive to Zero United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford combined forces with the Oklahoma based AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series IMCA Sprint Cars for a duel sanctioned event at 81 Speedway.

A total of 35 competitors entered competition, but it was Oklahoma veteran Danny Smith who came away with the $1,000 payday atop the 3/8’s mile Park City, Kansas oval for his 11th career OCRS victory.

Smith started outside front row in the 25-lapper and went the distance to win over URSS regular Jordan Knight. Another veteran campaigner, Danny Wood of Norman, raced to a third place finish racing with OCRS while URSS regulars Jeremy Huish and Kyler Johnson finished fourth and fifth. Whit Gastineau charged from 12th starting to finish sixth ahead of Tanner Conn and Alison Slaton. Defending URSS champion Zach Blurton settled for ninth and Oklahoman Kyle Clark earned the Keizer Wheels hard charger honors coming from 17th to 10th after finishing second in the first B main.

Winners of the five heat races were Smith, Kyler Johnson, Tanner Conn, Jeremy Huish and Jase Randolf with Joe Bob Lee and JD Johnson winning the two B mains. 

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Ty Williams Takes United Rebel Sprint Series Thriller In Dodge City

                                                                                                          ( Photo by Red Larson )

DODGE CITY, Kansas (April 25, 2021) – The Drive to Zero POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing kicked off their 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 Arcadia Oklahoma’s Ty Williams claimed the season opener victory.

Ty Williams and Connor Atkinson set the pace for the 30-lap feature event. The start saw Ty Williams out to the early lead ahead of Atkinson, but not without some heat from Jeremy Huish and Luke Cranston. On lap three, Huish would get past Atkinson, and lap four saw Cranston foregoing Atkinson and Huish to take the second position.

Williams, Cranston, and Huish remained in the top three, while defending United Rebel Sprint Series Champion, Zach Blurton made his march forward from a tenth place starting position. Cranston would 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 his way into the fifth position.  full results



United Rebel Sprint Series Partners with Drive to Zero Program for 2021 Season

 

OBERLIN, Kansas (March 4, 2020) –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, Kansas. The Kansas based series will now be known 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 child passenger safety, 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 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 Hambelton Ford Racing 2021 Points Champion will now cash in on a $5,000 pay day for the “Drive to Zero points Championship. Additional incentives come with the partnership with the Drive to Zero Program for United Rebel Sprint Series drivers and fans and participating race tracks.

Series drivers look ahead to an aggressive 32 race schedule for the upcoming season, with a few tracks that are new to series slated for competition.

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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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