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Students in Wayne, NE get ready to race


Race day is around the corner for students in the tri-state area preparing for the Power Drive Championships, and the team in Wayne, NE is gearing up.

"We just need to go through the cars little by little, make sure there's nothing that we missed, test them a couple times, make sure that there's no small bugs that we didn't notice before that need to be fixed before the race," Wayne High School Senior Garrett Zink said.

Zink and about a dozen other classmates have been working on all-electric vehicles throughout their high school career.

"I came in freshman year. I didn't know much how to weld, I didn't really know much about electronics or anything, pretty much I've learned everything," Wayne High School Senior Evan Lubberstedt said.

And, through this learning process, they've proven their skills.

"Wayne has been very successful over the last three years. Three repeat championships with our 39 car," Wayne Power Drive Advisor Tony Cantrell said.

The main portion of the competition is the 60-minute endurance rally to see how far the cars can go in that given amount of time.

Students design and build the cars, but the most exciting part for many of them is putting them to the test.

"My favorite part is probably the racing, it gets my adrenaline going," Wayne High School Senior Derek Davis said.

"It'd be for sure racing, also. It really gets your adrenaline going and just seeing how well you've built each car, how much time you put in it, how it's worth it in the end," Wayne High School Senior Tyler Wurdeman said.

More than 50 cars will be racing at Saturday's championships. Some of the seniors have been involved in this activity since they were freshman and they said, since this is their last year, it's so important to take home that championship trophy. That way they will be able to say they were 4-time champions.

"I want them to have a lot of fun having it be their last rally and having be something positive to remember," Cantrell said.

"As long as we finish the race, we all think we won," Zink said.

The championships will be held at Werner Park in LaVista, Nebraska.  

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