Blue Devil Power Drive Opens Competition With First, Third Place Finishes

Blue Devil Power Drive Opens Competition With First, Third Place Finishes
Courtesy of Tony Cantrell. Power Drive team after first race of the season.

WEST POINT – Warm weather over the weekend brought out the power drive competition for Wayne High to begin their 2019 season.

From Neligh Park in West Point, WHS had two cars take part in the 0.55-mile road course in a 90-minute endurance race.

According to a release from Tony Cantrell (Industrial Technology teacher), car E39 was able to maintain its early lead throughout the race while pitting twice for driver exchanges. Returning driver Sam Perry and first-time driver Nathan Kufner drove the car to victory by 3.3 miles setting a track record at 68 laps during the “Exhibition Class”.

The Blue Devils also debuted a new car, the S22 during the “Standard Class”.

The newly finished car was driven by first-time drivers, Emily Eilers and Meghan Spahr which held second place for the first half of the race until an on-track incident took out car S22 for roughly 27 minutes. Following repairs in the pit, the car was back on the track and able to take home third place, just 0.55 miles behind the runner-up car.

Through the team’s hard work for car S22, Wayne High earned the Best Pit Crew award.

Courtesy of Tony Cantrell. Pit crew working on S22 after on track incident.

The Wayne High power drive team will next be in action on Saturday, April 13 at the UNL tractor test facility on East Campus. This competition will be for a 60-minute endurance rally.