Car A22 Erases 12-Lap Deficit For First Place Finish, E39 Finishes Runner-Up; Blue Devil Power Drive Earns Best Pit Crew Award

Car A22 Erases 12-Lap Deficit For First Place Finish, E39 Finishes Runner-Up; Blue Devil Power Drive Earns Best Pit Crew Award
Courtesy of Wayne Power Drive. (l to r): Front: Matthew Kufner-Rodriguez, Brett Johnson Back: Coach Tony Cantrell, Assistant Garret Reynolds, Landen Roeber, Maria Maturey, Nina Hammer, Braden Adams, Assistant Brady Henderson.

WEST POINT – With four power drive events on the schedule for the spring season, Wayne High brought home a trio of trophies during their first competition over the weekend.

From Neligh Park in West Point, the Wayne High power drive team competed in the West Point Power Drive rally on Saturday.

Students competed on the 0.55-mile course for 90 minutes trying to travel as far as possible on two automotive batteries.

Exhibition class car E39, driven by Matthew Kufner-Rodriguez, completed 75 laps during the day. A late race flat tire slowed down the E39, but quick work in the pits got it back on the track for a runner-up finish.

Courtesy of Wayne Power Drive. E39 on left A22 on right.

Advanced class car A22 began the race with chain issues, but the pit crew was able to get it up and running. Driver, Brett Johnson pushed hard throughout the remaining time of the rally to come back from a 12 lap deficit to win the Advanced class competition by one lap.

The pit crew of Maria Maturey, Nina Hammer, Braden Adams and Landen Roeber were busy throughout the event. The group completed two scheduled pit stops for each car along with making repairs to keep the cars on the track. Their efforts awarded them the ‘Best Pit Crew’ of the day.

The Wayne High power drive team will next compete in Lincoln at the UNL Tractor Testing Laboratory on Saturday, April 9.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 30 as Wayne will once again be hosting the 2022 EVERON Power Drive State Championships at 1100 east 10th street (First National Bank Card Center). Admission is free to come and support your home team as Wayne competes for their 10th state championship.

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