Hardman takes early lead, URSS win at Calhan

By the URSS

CALHAN, Colo. -- Brian Hardman started in a good spot, and he finished in an even better one. That meant the driver in the United Rebel Sprint Series found his way to victory lane Saturday night at El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, Colo. Hardman started outside the front row, alongside his father, Butch. He took the lead early and led all 25 laps of the feature to claim his first career URSS win.

"That is a huge win for me," Hardman said. "It's the first in a sprint car. We won our heat in Holyoke the week before, but this was our first main event win. We were at the right place at the right time."

Butch Hardman started on the pole, but his son was able to grab the lead coming out of turn two to take control. "I knew if I had a chance to get a jump on it I had to because there were some good guys there," the son said. Brian Hardman would lead the rest of the way, surviving a caution that bunched the field back up as well. "I figured I'd be in trouble with the faster guys catching up," he said. But Hardman held his ground and motored his way to the win.

"When I saw the white flag, I couldn't believe it," Hardman said. "I thought, 'Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.' I knew I had to watch my corners and I would win it."

Patrick Bourke, who won twice in the Colorado Region last weekend, made his way through the pack to finish second. Zac Taylor finished third, and Jake Bubak piloted his sprinter to a fourth-place finish. Butch Hardman rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners were Ian Christie and Bubak.

The Keizer Aluminum Racing Wheels Hard-Charger Award went to Patrick Bourke.

Feature results

1. Brian Hardman, 2. Patrick Bourke, 3. Zac Taylor, 4. Jake Bubak, 5. Butch Hardman, 6. Blake Bogenhagen, 7. Blake Smith, 8. Eric Miller, 9. Bob Schaeffer, 10. Tara Jo Christie, 11. Ian Christie, 12. Adam Trimble, 13. Dennis Bellanti.