Wayne Power Drive Car A22 Wins Second Straight Rally, Car E39 Finishes Third

Wayne Power Drive Car A22 Wins Second Straight Rally, Car E39 Finishes Third
Courtesy photo. Front (l to r): Matthew Kufner-Rodriguez, Brett Johnson. Back (l to r): Assistant Brady Henderson, Landen Roeber, Maria Maturey, Nina Hammer, Braden Adams and Coach Mr. Cantrell.

LINCOLN – Event number two of the 2022 Power Drive Rally season took place over the weekend for Wayne High.

From the University of Nebraska’s Tractor Test Laboratory, the Wayne High power drive team competed on the 0.42-mile track in Lincoln on Saturday. The two vehicles, Advanced Class Car A22 and Exhibition Class Car E39 traveled the course for 60 minutes.

Car A22 racing.

Car A22, driven by Brett Johnson, battled back and forth for the lead during the first 10 minutes of the rally before securing the lead for the remainder of the event. Fast work in the pits by Maria Maturey, Nina Hammer, Braden Adams and Landen Roeber during the scheduled pit stop kept the A22 in the lead with the fastest pit stop in Advanced class.

Car A22 pit stop.

Wayne’s A22 won the rally with 67 laps, a three lap (1.26 mile) lead over second place. This is the second rally win for the A22 this season.

Car E39 racing.

Car E39, driven by Matthew Kufner-Rodriguez, spent the first half of the rally battling for second place, just a few seconds out of first place.  During the scheduled pit stop, the left tire was changed to prevent a blowout and keep the E39 in the race. Unfortunately, this put the E39 two laps down on the leader with 22 minutes to go in the rally. With the time remaining the E39 clocked some of the fastest laps of the day and gained ground finishing third place with 70 laps, just one lap behind the leader.

Car E39 pit stop.

Wayne will be off for a week with Easter weekend approaching and next compete at Motorsports Park in Hastings which is a one mile road course on Saturday, April 23.

Wayne will also be hosting the 2022 EVERON Power Drive State Championships on Saturday, April 30 at 1100 east 10th street (First National Bank Card Center). Admission is free to come and support the Wayne High power drive team as they compete for their 10th state championship.