By the URSS
OBERLIN -- The United Rebel Sprint Series has staged some epic battles on the short track at El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, Colo. This Saturday's clash should produce more of the same. In three races at the track this season, two different drivers have come home with wins.
Brian Hardman grabbed his first two URSS career wins in the first two races at the track this season in Calhan. Then it was Colorado's teenage sensation, Jake Bubak, who notched his first URSS victory of his short career.
Bubak has taken the Colorado Region by storm this year. He's won twice and leads the region with 1,762 points after last weekend's second-place finish at I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan, Colo.
Hardman is a distance second in the region with 1,568 points, while his father, Butch, is third with 1,458. Judd Shaeffer is fourth in only nine races with 1,224 points, and Bob Schaeffer -- who won at Fort Morgan last weekend -- is fifth with 1,132 points.
Bubak also leads the national points standings entering the weekend. His 2,188 points are only 68 ahead of Brian Herbert -- the 2008 national champ who is trying to become the first two-time winner of the national crown.
Jeff Radcliffe is third in the national hunt with 2,056, with Brian Hardman (1,930) and Butch Hardman (1,780) rounding out the top five.
The race at Calhan is the next-to-last outing for the Colorado Region. On Sept. 8, the Rebels finish off the region with a return trip to the track.