Triple Header For URSS Rebels This Weekend
By David Smith Jr.
The United Rebel Sprint Series is set for three straight nights of racing action this coming weekend as the series heads to the Rooks County Fairgrounds in Stockton Stockton, Kansas on Friday night, August 18, before heading to Oberlin Speedway in Oberlin, Kansas for the annual “Bob Salem Memorial,” on Saturday and Sunday night, August 19-20.
Current URSS point leader Zach Blurton will lead the “Rebs” to this triple-header weekend and holds a slim 12-point lead over Steven Richardson in the point standings while Jed Werner is just 24-points out of the point lead.
Oklahoma’s Ty Williams will make the journey into Kansas fourth in the standings while Darren Berry sits fifth. J.D. Johnson, Tracey Hill, Brian Herbert, Aaron Ploussard and Keefe Hemel round out the top ten in the standings.
It has been a season of parity for the URSS as ten different drivers from three states have reached victory lane in the ten events that have been held thus far this season. Among the feature winners include the most recent, “semi-retired” and defending series champion Luke Cranston, Adam Gullion, Andy Shouse, Richardson, Williams, Berry, Terry Richards, Toby Chapman, Todd Schwartz and Jake Bubak.
Friday nights event in Stockton and Saturday night’s opener in Oberlin pays $500 to win while the “Bob Salem Memorial” Sunday night championship finale will pay $1000 to win. There will be a $1500 bonus for the high-point guy after both events in Oberlin, courtesy of Myers Racing Engines, Salem’s Mower Sales, Steven James and Ryan Sargent.
Tickets for Friday night’s Rooks County Fairgrounds event are just $10 for adults and $5 for all youths. Gates will open at 5:00 PM with race action slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Keep in mind this event is part of the annual Rooks County Free Fair.
Both Saturday and Sunday night tickets for the “Bob Salem Memorial” at Oberlin Speedway are just $15 each night for adults, $8 for ages 7-12 while children ages 6 and under will be admitted into the grandstand for free each night.
Officials and staff with the United Rebel Sprint Series would like to thank the following partners who have contributed to the “Bob Salem Memorial” for this coming weekend: Decatur County Beef, Randy Patterson Welding, Victory 1 Roofing and Construction, Performance Fire Protection, Myers Racing Engines, Raye’s Grocery, Inc. Pair A Dice Interior Finishes, Dale’s Fish N Fun, Pat Quinn, Stellar Sales, Creative Collision, Oberlin Concrete, Hilker Trucking, Dust Cloud Construction, Ron’s Applicating Service, R&M Service Center, The Reload, Reeve’s Seed House, Ward Drug, Curcuitech, Eagle Travel Spot, Quality Oil Field Services, Better Built Trailers, Radcliffe Truck Sales, Stallman Construction, Lincoln Repair and The American Legion.
It’s the BIG ONE !!! The Bob Salem Memorial Sprint Car Nationals, Saturday and Sunday August 19th and 20th coming to the Oberlin Speedway in Oberlin, KS.
Saturday night will be the wild, fire breathing URSS Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, Vintage Cars and Mark Andrew with the “Wicked Sickness” Monster Truck will be causing "mayhem" with his Car Smashing, Hill jumping, Wheelie Popping Freestyle exhibition. As a bonus, to you the fans, his wife will also try her hand for her very first performance in front of a live audience. WE TOLD YOU IT WAS GONNA BE MAYHEM !!! !!!
Then on Sunday the Sprint Cars will battle it out for $1000 to the winner of the 30 lap A feature. Also on the card will be the wild and wooly IMCA Modifieds along with a second night of “Wicked Sickness” Monster truck action. DON’T MISS THIS !!!
Tickets are only $15 for Adults…$8 for kids 7-12 and under 6 and under ALWAYS FREE !!!
We would like to thank the following sponsors for making it possible to bring this show to Oberlin Speedway and helping keep the price of admission down for our fans.
DECATUR BEEF, PATTERSON WELDING, EAGLE TRAVEL STOP, RAYE’S GROCERY, DALE’S FISH N FUN, PAIR A DICE INTERIOR FINISHES, VICTORY “1” ROOFING & CONST, PERFORMANCE FIRE PROTECTION, HILKER TRUCKING, MYERS ENGINES, REEVES SEEDS, PAT QUINN, SAPPA VALLEY CONST, OBERLIN CONCRETE, LINCOLN REPAIR, DUST CLOUD CONST. RON’S APPLICATING SERVICE, CREATIVE COLLISION CIRCUITECH, STALLMAN CONST, THE RELOAD, STELLAR SALES, R&M SERVICE CTR, WARD DRUG, BETTER BUILT TRAILERS, QUALITY PLUS OIL SERVICES, RADCLIFFE TRUCK SALES, 2J RACING, FIRST NATL. BANK AMERICAN LEGION, PATRICK MILLER TRUCKING
Cranston King of URSS Belleville 305 Nationals
Luke Cranston’s smooth on the fence driving style has always been a good fit at the Belleville High Banks and Saturday night proved no different as the “semi” retired driver jumped into Danny King’s mount and claimed his 4th victory in the 8th Annual Belleville URSS 305 Nationals in Belleville, Ks.
North Platte Ne. native John Webster and Zach Blurton out of Quinter, Ks, led the 19 car field to the green with 3rd starting Nebraska’s Tyler Drueke taking an early lead going into turn one. Fifth starting Cranston would make a bold move around the top to settle into second and by the end of lap one it was Drueke, Cranston, Webster, Blurton and Oklahoma’s Ty Williams rounding out the top five.
Cranston wasted no time getting around Drueke as he drove around him on lap two and began a blistering pace in clean air.
Blurton would make quick work of Webster also on lap two as did Williams on lap 4. Lap 5 got extremely dicey as Blurton would drive under Drueke and Williams would use the very top rim to pass both Blurton and Drueke to move into second and begin his charge to run down the high flying Cranston who had already built up a 15-20 car lead over the field. Wichita’s JD Johnson and Nebraska’s Toby Chapman moved into the top 5 by the halfway point in the 20 lap feature.
As each lap progressed Williams began cutting into Cranston’s lead and by lap 15 was within two car lengths and on lap 17 was on his bumper. Catching Cranston was the easy part, passing him was another. Williams tried one last move driving down to the bottom hard in turns 3 and 4 on the final corner to pull beside Cranston coming off of four but momentum is the key to Belleville and Cranston had it, beating Williams by less than a car length at the finish and collecting the $2000 winners share. click here for more.....
URSS Bullring Nationals go to Gullion
A cloud of dust is how Adam Gullion ended his night. But it came in celebration, not disappointment.
The Nebraska sprint car driver did multiple donuts in celebration Friday night after winning the United Rebel Sprint Series Bullring Nationals at Rush County Speedway in La Crosse in his first trip to the quarter-mile track.
“It’s been a really good trip,” said Gullion, of Lincoln, Neb. “There’s nothing better than winning. It definitely makes the ride home a lot more enjoyable.”
If it hadn’t been for an earlier phone call from Zach Blurton, Gullion might have been racing elsewhere Friday night — or not at all. Instead, he made the long trek to La Crosse on the urging of Blurton, a fellow competitor who races against Gullion when he travels to Nebraska.
“It’s good having him down here,” Blurton said. “I enjoy having his company. They’re like family to us. They’re our home when we go to Nebraska, so we’re more than glad to have them. And it’s good to see them have success when they came down here.”
The success might have belonged to Blurton, if not for the phone call. The Quinter 305 sprint car driver finished second after making a late charge. click here for the rest of the story
By Nick Schwein
Shouse Wins URSS Wheatshocker Crown
A night earlier, Andy Shouse joked that he needed more laps around the dirt oval at RPM Speedway in Hays since he hadn’t raced there for several years.
Apparently, Shouse is a quick learner.
On Sunday night, the 305 sprint car driver from Mustang, Okla., walked away with a victory and $2000 in the ninth Wheatshocker Nationals in Hays. He also took home the Custom Pit Boss Smoker Grille presented by Lance Pittman of S&W Supply for being the high point driver of the Wheatshocker weekend.
Shouse made a late charge en route to finishing second during Saturday night’s qualifier. On Sunday, he drew the fourth starting spot.
“To be honest, we really just do our basic stuff,” Shouse said about being so fast at the 3/8-mile oval. “I think the big thing is we don’t really race at one race track all the time. We usually travel all over and see a lot of different places. I think that definitely helps us when we come to someplace new. It’s always tough when you get locals who have run at this race track a number of times. But we’re usually pretty good when we go to a new race track of getting it figured out in good time.” Click here for the rest of the story and results
Richardson Wins URSS Wheatshocker Prelim
Steven Richardson has been so close to winning the Wheatshocker Nationals in the past.
He remembers that race all too well from 2015.
“About a foot or so,” the Liberal sprint car driver said about finishing second to Zach Blurton in a photo finish.
So Richardson isn’t shy about what it would mean to win the national race at RPM Speedway in Hays — along with the $2,000 payout and an expensive grill as an added bonus.
“Man, honestly, if I were to sweep the Wheatshocker Nationals and take home the grill and the money (Sunday) ... ” Richardson said, trailing off a bit. “Because I love this place so much. The fans here are awesome, and the stands are always packed full. People that come to race here are great. This would be huge. This is my Knoxville Nationals. If that means anything to most racers, that’s how important it is. I wish we could race here more often. I would never leave.” Click here for more.....