URSS Rebels Ready for 1st Annual Ernie DiCroce Memorial
The 2016 URSS/IMCA Racesaver Sprint Series will invade Colorado Motorsports Park Saturday night for the Inaugural Colorado Motorsports Park Ernie DiCroce Memorial. Join us in honoring one of Colorado’s most iconic racing legends.
Ernie was the founder and former owner of AAI Speed Equipment and Machine Shop, along being a former Sprint Car owner for several drivers, Leland McSpadden, Jan Opperman, Doug Wolfgang, Joe McCarthy and Keith Rauch just naming a few. Ernie and his daughters Gina and Christy ran AAI Speed Equipment in Arvada for over 20 years. Just back in 2001, Ernie was voted in as a Life Member of the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA) for his support. Many racers would gather at AAI to work on their racecars, buy parts or fuel as well as bench racing.
This will be the only Myers Racing Engines URSS National Championship URSS IMCA/Racesaver 305 Sprint car point’s race in Colorado. Gates open at 5pm with a concert by School Of Rock!! Races kick off at 7PM. The 2016 Myers Racing Chase has run five events so far this season. Luke Cranston picked up the Boothill Showdown/ Steve King Memorial preliminary event win at Dodge City Raceway Park July 1st. Jason Martin took the $2,000 Boothill Showdown/Steve King Memorial Feature July 2nd. Zach Blurton picked up the win at Lincoln County Speedway in North Platte Nebraska on July 9th
The latest installment of the Myers National Championship was July 16th & 17th at the “Eight Annual Wheatshocker Nationals” at RPM Speedway in Hays Kansas. Dodge City’s “Flyin’ Brian Herbert” took both nights of the event to pocket a cool $2,500 in total purse money and the coveted Customized Pit Boss pellet grill that was awarded by S&W Supply/Federated Auto Parts to the top point’s earner for the weekend. It was one of the races on Brian Herbert’s Bucket List to win. A stellar field of drivers from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma will be ready to hit the clay once again as they all shoot it out for the top prize.
The top five in National Points are Luke Cranston, Zach Blurton, Darren Berry, Brian Herbert and Jed Werner. The Colorado Points top five are Austin Mclean, Zach Blurton, Justin Medlock, Brian Hardman and Clint Shubert.
Gates open at 5:00 pm with the racing action starting at 7:00 pm. Joining the URSS/IMCA Sprint Cars will be the Sport Modifieds, Colorado 1200 Outlaws. For more information you can visit the CMSP website at http://www.coloradomotorsportsparkllc.com/ . Colorado Motorsports Park is located 44 miles east of Denver, I-70 exit #316.
The United Rebel Sprint Series would like to pass along its condolences as mourns the passing of Dave Gwin from ADI photography. Dave and his wife were just recently in North Platte taking pictures for us and always took pictures when we were in Colorado. You will be greatly missed.
If you can’t make it to the track you can listen to the racing action live on www.RacinBoys.com Just click the URSS link on the RacinBoys website with Kyler Fetters bringing you all of the racing action. For all of your informational needs visit the United Rebel Sprint Series on Facebook or check out the Official URSS website at www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com for schedule updates, rules, race recaps, driver info and much more.
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Brian Herbert Sweeps the URSS “Wheatshocker Nationals”
The Eighth Annual Wheatshocker Nationals Championship night was a race to remember as the Rebels put on a show showcasing the best of young guns and cagey veterans. The thirty lap Feature had a little of everything in it for the fans of all ages. But when the checkered flag fell it was one of the original Rebels who would lay claim to the title, one that Brian Herbert wanted to win for a long time.
Koby Walters led the field to the green and jumped out to the early lead with Jed Werner, Keefe Hemel, Brian Herbert and outside pole sitter Lance Davis rounding out the top five after lap one. Werner made quick work of Walters to take the point on lap two as the young guns were pacing the field. Lap three saw the red flag fly as Taylor Velasquez took a ride in turn four after contact with another car. Velasquez was done for the night but uninjured in the flip.
On the restart Werner once again jumped out to the lead with Walters in tow but behind them three of the URSS’s veterans were on a mission to run down the pair. Keefe Hemel held down the third spot with Herbert and Luke Cranston who had made his way up to the fifth slot from his eighth starting position by lap five. Herbert set his sights on Hemel as the duo would battle for several laps before Herbert took the spot on lap number eleven. Herbert started to reel in Walters gaining ground each lap finally taking the runner up spot away on lap nineteen.
Up front Werner still held the point with Herbert looking to cut into the leader’s advantage. Slowly but surely Herbert worked lapped traffic to position himself to make a run at Werner. Lap twenty-six saw the caution flag wave once again as John Carney’s mount came to a stop in turn two. This set up a four lap shootout for the crown.
Brian Herbert Takes “URSS Wheatshocker Nationals” Preliminary Night Win
The Eighth Annual Wheatshocker Nationals kicked the 2016 Ellis County Fair with 25 teams checking into the gate to do battle at Rolling Plains Motor Speedway. The two night show draws drivers from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. It was Dodge City’s “Flyin” Brian Herbert grabbing the Preliminary night victory to lock himself into the $2,000.00 to win show.
Koby Walters led the field to the green flag and grabbed the point with Brian Herbert, John Webster, John Carney and Austin Mclean rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Carney immediately starting working on the third spot moving up to challenge Webster for the position. Three laps into the race Carney had made to the third spot from his eighth place starting spot. Carney soon was in the tire tracks of runner-up Brian Herbert wasting no time grabbing the position on lap four. The caution flag flew for the first time slowing the field and putting Carney on the leader’s tail tank.
On the restart, Carney used the high side to make his way by Koby Walters for the lead taking over the spot on lap five. Behind the leader, Walters, Herbert, Werner and Blurton comprised the top five after lap six. Back in the pack, Lance Davis started his run to the front coming from his twentieth starting spot making his way up to the twelfth spot by lap number eight. Davis then caught tenth place Austin Mclean and the pair raced side by side for several laps.
Jake Bubak Wins URSS Round At Dawson County Speedway
The United Rebel Sprint Series made its way to the Dawson County Fairgrounds Sunday night to complete its two day Nebraska swing with a visit to the Lexington Speedway. Always a drivers favorite track, twenty-one teams made their way through the pit gates to vie for the win. Three time National Champion Jake Bubak made the trek to Lexington and picked up his first URSS win of the 2016 season.
Darren Berry paced the field to the green flag with third place starter “Flyin’ Brian Herbert” taking the lead down the backstretch with Berry, Bubak, Werner and Huish rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Lap three saw Plains Kansas’s Luke Cranston move up to the sixth position and on the tail tank of Tyler Drueke. Cranston made the pass for the fifth spot on lap five.
Up front Herbert was still showing the way with Bubak drawing closer each lap. Lap seven saw Bubak get around taking away the top spot pushing Herbert back to the runner-up spot. Lap eight saw the caution wave as Howard VanDyke slowed bunching up the field. On the restart Bubak once again bolted to the lead with Cranston sliding his way into second with Herbert, Werner and Huish in the top five. click for the rest of the story
Zach Blurton Wires URSS Field at Lincoln County Speedway
The United Rebel Sprint Series made their way back to the Lincoln County Speedway in North Platte Nebraska Saturday for the third race in the 2016 Myers Racing Engines National Championship. Thirty one teams From Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming made the trek to the 3/8’s mile oval to do battle for the win. Originally scheduled as a Regional event, North Platte racer John Webster worked tirelessly to gain Sponsors for the date and it was added to the National Points chase through his efforts.
Plainville Kansas’s Jed Werner brought the field to the green flag but it was McCook Nebraska’s Darren Beery who took the point with Zach Blurton, Werner, Luke Cranston and Zac Taylor rounding out the top five after the first circuit. Blurton wasted no time making his way around Berry to take over the lead on lap two. Taylor took away the third spot from Cranston on the third circuit. Lap six saw the caution come out for the first time as Steven Richardson came to stop.
On the restart Blurton once again bolted to the lead with Berry in the runner up spot. Further back in the field twentieth starter Austin Mclean started his run to the front. The 2015 URSS National Rookie of the year had picked up five positions in the first six circuits and was looking for more. John Webster who had started twenty first was in Mclean’s tire tracks and challenging Brian Herbert for the spot. Mclean continued his mark making his way to the twelfth spot by lap twenty.
Kris Moore Claims First URSS Win At Wakeeney Speedway
The United Rebel Sprint Series polished off the July 4th weekend albeit a day later than scheduled due once again to Mother Nature's shenanigans of Sunday night dumping 5 inches of rain on the surface. The Rebels made their seventh appearance at the Historic WaKeeney Speedway 3/8's and once again it produced the seventh different winner of the 2016 Season. Dodge City's Kris Moore took his first career URSS win just a few weeks after suffering burns on his right leg in the first hot lap session of the May 30th double header.
Oberlin, Kansas's Aaron Ploussard led the field to the green flag with outside pole sitter Craig Jecha bolting to the lead with Jeff Radcliffe, Moore Zach Blurton and Austin Mclean rounding out the top five after the first circuit.
Moore started to creep up on the second place car of Radcliffe gaining ground each lap. Moore took the spot away on lap four and set his sights on Jecha who had opened up a straightaway lead.
Behind the leaders Blurton was tracking down third running Radcliffe with Mclean in tow. Blurton finally made the pass on lap nine. Further back in the field Jeremy Huish was trying to make the top side work to pass Ploussard and went over the rim of turn four to fall back. Huish tried to make up the ground lost in the miscue as the laps progressed click here for more of the story
Jason Martin takes URSS “Boothill Showdown” Steve King Memorial
Now a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jason Martin rarely gets an opportunity to race in front of his native Liberal, KS, friends and family.
Martin took full advantage of the opportunity to do just that by leading wire-to-wire in the 25-lap URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car portion of the “Boothill Showdown” Steve King Memorial to take the $2,000 winner’s share.
“There was some bad boys behind me, I had to be on my A-game to keep them there,” Martin said after the triumph aboard the Trucks Plus/Midwest Linings No. 5x entry over a field of 39 competitors.
After a sixth-place run from 18th in Friday’s preliminary event, Martin earned a position in Sunday’s redraw after heat race action and pulled the pole starting position for the feature event with reigning track champion Luke Cranston alongside.
Martin gunned into the lead at the outset and kept Cranston at bay throughout, surviving three minor cautions in the opening 15 rounds and then one final stoppage after 22 laps when Keefe Hemel and Ty Williams went for a wild double-flip in turn two.
Martin held off Cranston on the final three-lap dash to the stripe with John Carney II tuning up for the NCRA portion of the event by taking the final podium position in third. Jeremy Huish was fourth with Mike Peters rounding out the top five. click here for all results
Cranston takes URSS Dodge City Prelim
In the 20-lap URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car feature, Luke Cranston took advantage of a lap six restart and never looked back en route to his second consecutive DCRP triumph aboard the Myers Racing Engines/S&S Trailer Sales No. 20 entry.
“The car was working really good early on, it felt like it slowed a little later in the race though,” Cranston commented.
If it lost any speed at all, it wasn’t noticeable as Cranston weathered several cautions along the way to capture the victory in the first URSS National event of the season.
While Cranston rallied from the sixth starting position to take the lead away from Darren Berry on a lap six restart, the battle for position in his wake was intense throughout with current DCRP points leader Taylor Velasquez ultimately making his way into the runner-up position by sliding past Mike Peters with the white flag in sight.
Peters settled for third behind Cranston and Velasquez with Steve Richardson finishing fourth after losing a pair of positions following a lap 13 caution. Ty Williams raced from 14th to round out the top five with the top passing jobs turned in by Jason Martin (18th to sixth) and Zach Blurton (20th to seventh) earning him the Keizer Wheels Hard charger award. click here for all results
$100,000 up for grabs for URSS during “Month of Money”
Through the month of July and the first week of August the United Rebel Sprint Series/IMCA Racesaver will compete for an estimated $100,000 in total purse money during a 13 race stretch that begins July 1st in Dodge City, KS and ends Aug 6th at the famed Belleville Highbanks in Belleville, KS. This will be the largest combined payout for the “Month of Money” in the 11 year history of the URSS. This will also be the start of the 13 race URSS National championship battle, all of which pay a minimum $1000 to win and $200 to start. These races will also award IMCA state and National points.
“I am excited to be able to bring this month of high paying races to our drivers and invite drivers from other organizations to also come run with us. 305 sprint cars have come a long way and people would have laughed at me several years ago if I had told them 305 sprints would be running for these kind of payouts. But here it is… and I feel it will only get better as it continues to grow” said URSS founder and promoter Rick Salem.
Saturday July 9th will begin the only Rebel races in the state of Nebraska as they invade Lincoln Co. Speedway in North Platte, NE. This race will pay $1500 to win and will also award National URSS points. The following day they will travel down I-80 to Lexington Speedway in Lexington Ne for a regional $500 to win show. Look for many of the Nebraska Sprint Series drivers to compete on this weekend along with the URSS regulars as it will also award Nebraska IMCA points.
The weekend of July 15th through the 17th is one of the biggest weekends on the calendar as the Rebels will first hit the track Friday night for the first of two scheduled National shows at the famed Wakeeney Speedway. This race will pay $1000 to win, with a starting pay of $200. From there the race teams will travel 30 miles down the highway to RPM Speedway in Hays, KS. for the 8th Annual Wheatshocker Nationals two day event, July 16th and 17th. This has always been one of the biggest weekends on the URSS Schedule for many years. Saturday’s qualifying program will pay the winner $500, leading up to Sunday’s Championship race paying $2000 to win and $200 to start. Also for the third year there will be a “Custom” Ozark Mountain pellet grill given away to the high point driver of the three day weekend, presented by Lance Pittman of S&W Supply/Federated Auto parts out of Hays, KS.
Sunday July 24th will be a Kansas regional race, paying $500 to win, at the Historic Wakeeney Speedway. John Lashelle and his crew have furnished an excellent track with multiple grooves this year and drivers always look forward to running there.
The following weekend on Saturday night, July 30th, the Rebels will head to the great state of Colorado for the only scheduled National race at the new Colorado Motor Sports Park in Byers CO. Athough CMSP has 8 URSS West races on their 2016 schedule this will be the only $1000 to win and $200 to start National points paying race of the season.
The “Month of Money” will end Friday and Saturday August 5th and 6th as the traveling group will start the weekend off Friday night in Lacrosse, Ks at Rush Co. Fairgrounds for the 10th Annual “Bullring Nationals”. This race paying $1000 to win has always been one of the drivers and fans favorite races of the year. Being the smallest track the Rebels run on it always provides some of the most exciting 2 and 3 wide racing of the year. From the smallest track to the largest and fasted track on the schedule, the Rebels will then travel to Belleville KS on Saturday to end the run at the Famed Belleville Highbanks for the Belleville Nationals. This race run with the Midget Nationals will pay $2000 to the winner with a minimum of $300 to start the A main and will complete a little over a month of some of the biggest paying races in 305 sprint car history.
Motels for Hays Weekend
Baymont Inn and Suites
$65 double or single