By the URSS
OBERLIN -- Adam Trimble is quick to point out all the help he's received from his parents, his girlfriend and Rick Lowery of USA Performance Engines. He credits those people with a lot of his success he's had so far this season after the first two races in the Colorado Region of the United Rebel Sprint Series. But Trimble has been holding up his fair share of the responsibility, too. In fact, the Pueblo, Colo., driver snagged a pair of third-place finishes last weekend in Holyoke and Fort Morgan, Colo.
"It wasn't too bad of a weekend," Trimble said. "The momentum kind of carried over through the winter time from Dodge City last year. I feel I've figured out how to drive it better. I had dreams and day dreams about racing, and maybe that's helped out. We hadn't raced at Holyoke for a long time, and we came out of the weekend with two third-place finishes. I just couldn't chase down (Patrick Bourke). Man, that guy was fast."
Now Trimble and the Colorado Region of the URSS heads to El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, Colo. Races are set for 5 p.m. Mountain time Saturday, with grandstands opening at 3 p.m. and hot laps scheduled for 4 p.m.
Adult ticket prices are $11, with seniors and active-duty military at $9. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5, and those 5 and younger are free. Pit passes are $25, and pit gates open at 2 p.m.
Trimble has reason to be excited for the dirt oval in Calhan. He won the last time the Rebels raced on the track last year. He's also won three of the seven times the URSS has competed there. "Calhan has been one of the better tracks for us," he said. "We ran there with the mini sprints when we used to race them a few years ago, and we ran well there. ... I enjoy going there, and the fans are really good there and treat us well." There isn't a lot of banking on the track, meaning drivers will have to use some skill to maneuver around the oval. "The track is kind of different than the other tracks we run on," Trimble said. "It's flatter than others. In the mini sprint, you had to throw it in and hope for the best. There's not really a high side, and you have to be patient. There's usually a little moisture at the bottom the car can grab. If not, it usually takes rubber and then you can really throw it into the corner."
Bourke is riding high after sweeping both races last weekend. He's won two of the seven races at the track, including two of the four races in 2011. Bourke is tied for fourth on the all-time URSS career win list with 17, along with Brian Herbert. C.J. Johnson leads the all-time list with 35, followed by his father, Jon, with 20. Jason Martin is just two shy of tying Jon Johnson.
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