Columbus, Neb. – The Drive Safe Challenge in Grand Island was the setting for the third competition in Nebraska’s five 2013 Power Drive rallies, as teams start heading towards the finals in two weeks.
The Nebraska State Patrol Law Enforcement Training Facility in Grand Island hosted the most recent competition this past Saturday, with winners crowned in four divisions – Advanced, Exhibition, Novice and Standard.
Competition continued between Raymond Central and Columbus Lakeview, which had finished one-two in the first two Power Drive rallies at Lincoln and Hastings. This time, Lakeview prevailed in the Standard division by completing 39 laps during the one-hour competition. Raymond Central was second this week with 36.5 laps, and Adams Central was third with 36.3 laps.
Raymond Central won the Advanced division for a second time, completing 38.75 laps, having won at the Big Red Invitational earlier this month. Wayne High School was second with 37 laps completed, and Harvard was third with 36 laps.
The Exhibition division was won by Pocahontas High School from Iowa, as that team completed 33 laps. Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, also from Iowa, was second with 29 laps completed. The Novice division was won by Syracuse High School, which completed 33 laps.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy also claimed the Best Pit Crew award.
The fourth event in this spring’s five race competition will be held Saturday when Power Drive teams will compete in the Cuming County Open at the Cuming County Fairgrounds in West Point, Neb. Check-in and inspections for teams are at 8 a.m. The first heat will be staged at 10 a.m., and the second heat begins at 12 noon followed by the awards presentation at 2 p.m.
The final race, the Power Drive Championships, will be held May 4 at Werner Park in La Vista, Neb. Power Drive is sponsored by the Nebraska Public Power District and the Omaha Public Power District.