By the URSS
OBERLIN -- He's holding out hope it will be a good weekend. If that pans out, Tom Belsky might just be able to grab his first United Rebel Sprint Series career victory.
Belsky will get a chance to race close to home this weekend as the Rebels hit Nebraska for a doubleheader. On Saturday, the URSS will compete at Platte Valley Speedway in North Platte, Neb. -- Belsky's home town -- then head to Lexington, Neb., for a show Sunday at Dawson County Raceway.
"It will be kind of nice to not spend a lot of time on the road," Belsky joked.
All joking aside, he's ready for the weekend. More importantly, he hopes he has the car ready to roll both nights.
"It will be really nice if we can get the car working and the set-up figured out," he said. "We're running a new chassis this year, and we haven't got it set up right yet. It seems we're always loose."
Both tracks at 3/8-milers, but Belsky said the Lexington track can be a bit tackier at times. The Rebels have compete twice in North Platte since 2008. That year, Mike Woodruff won the feature.
A year ago, Darren Berry won the race. In fact, Berry swept the weekend races in August a year ago. He also won the next night at Lexington.
"Hopefully we'll be able to do like Darren Berry did last time, win them both," Belsky said.
Belsky also is rolling out the red carpet for the other drivers Saturday. He's hosting a barbecue at his house on race day.
"It's going to be nice to not have to drive four or five hours to go racing," he said.
"I should have a better chance than average there. I've ran a lot more laps on that track. But I'm not about to take anything for granted. There's a lot of tough guys in the URSS."
The Rebels have competed 11 times at Dawson County Speedway in the series' history. Eight different drivers have won at the track, including Brian Herbert. Herbert has two wins there, including the last one May 20.
Herbert leads the Kansas Region with 1,142 points, followed by Jeff Radcliffe (1,136) and Ray Seemann (1,114).