By the URSS
OBERLIN, Kan. -- Don't look now, but teenager Jake Bubak is putting another solid season together.
And Bubak, fresh off his last-lap pass last week to win the United Rebel Sprint Series feature at El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, Colo., is riding high entering the Colorado Region race in the URSS on Saturday at Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, Colo.
Bubak's win at Calhan was his sixth of his young career, all coming the last two years. He sits second in the national points race, only four shy of Luke Cranston.
Both drivers are expected to battle the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Holyoke this weekend. And why not? Along with a possible national title on the line, the track will have double features for the URSS -- which includes the feature from the rained-out June 22 date.
"It will be a good opportunity to come out with the points lead," Bubak said. "We're second in national points right now."
Bubak's confidence is high. Coming off the win, he's also looking to return to a track in Holyoke where he has won at this season. On July 13, Bubak bested the field to win his fifth URSS feature.
Dodge City's Brian Herbert, a two-time national champ, is third in the national points and planning on being there . Cranston leads the way with 1,724, followed by Bubak with 1,720. Herbert has 1,700.
Adam Trimble leads the Colorado Region with 732 points, while Bubak is second with 718. Mark Walinder is a close third (714).
That means a strong outing Saturday could put Bubak in prime position for both points titles.
"It's exciting," he said. "I never would have expected it. Without my dad, I'd never be able to do what I'm doing."
Races are set to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 12. Those younger than 5 are free. Pit passes are $30.
For more information about the track, visit www.phillipscountyraceway.com.
For more information about the United Rebel Sprint Series, visit www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com.