DCRP Championship Battles Heating Up!
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 8, 2014) – With the URSS Sprint Car season opener in the spotlight at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night, four of the track’s championship chase divisions will be in action as well with the title chase pictures taking shape.
Along with the URSS Sprint Cars, the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Hornets will be in action Saturday night with racing action firing off at 7:30 p.m.
With Jake Bubak kicking off his URSS title defense, Ryan Heger leads the way into Saturday in the IMCA Modifieds with other leading DCRP title contenders on Saturday including Jeff Kaup in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Perry Misner in IMCA Stock Cars and Jarett Lunow in Hornets.
A look at the DCRP title chases…
Picking up wins in each of the previous two DCRP season finales, Hugoton’s Ryan Heger is getting off to a fast start in 2014 with a pair of third-place finishes in the opening three events propelling him to a 24-point lead over Cole Traugott, who snared a pair of late-season wins in 2013. Only 19 points separate the drivers ranked second through seventh, including sixth-ranked and defending champion Austin Allen who comes off a DNF after a run-in with past national champ David Murray last week. Three drivers have reached victory lane in as many events thus far in 2014 with Ulysses shoe Joel Lane earning a first career Mod win last Saturday.
Feature Winners: Van Gemmill 1, Joel Lane 1, Clay Sellard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 408, 2. Cole Traugott (Woodward, OK) 384, 3. Kale Beavers (Ulysses, KS) 380, 4. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 375, 5. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 370, 6. Austin Allen (Wichita, KS) 367, 7. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 365, 8. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 340, 9. Jack Kirchoff (Garden City, KS) 330, 10. Chadd Brown (Great Bend, KS) 320.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
While Michael Shenberger has taken two of three wins, Woodward’s Jeff Kaup has opened up a 53-point advantage over Jason Lunow in his title defense with a win and two runner-up showings with only 22 points separating the seven drivers ranked second through eighth.
Feature Winners: Michael Shenberger 2, Jeff Kaup 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 440, 2. Jason Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 387, 3. Austin Walker (Utica, KS) 382, 4. Toby Witthuhn (Garden City, KS) 377, 5. Randle McRoberts (Dodge City, KS) 373, 6. (tie) Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) and Jeremy Sigler (Great Bend, KS) 366, 8. Tristen Barton (Dighton, KS) 365, 9. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 355, 10. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 344.
IMCA Stock Cars:
2012 track champ Perry Misner is two-for-two thus far including a $750 score in the April 19 Great Plains Stock Car special event. Michael Pepper isn’t far off the pace in second though with Dusty Witthuhn, Reagan Sellard and Randy Dowell among those also eyeing the top spot.
Feature Winners: Perry Misner 2.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Perry Misner (Garden City, KS) 300, 2. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 276, 3. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 261, 4. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 257, 5. Randy Dowell (Ulysses, KS) 246, 6. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 239, 7. Kyle Tillery (Beaver, OK) 232, 8. Ron Hartman (Ulysses, KS) 214, 9. Justin Lewis (Dighton, KS) 201, 10. Ron Rich (Elkhart, KS) 198.
Reigning champ Dustin Walker has emerged atop the point charts with three top-five finishes in as many features, holding a slim 13-point lead over William Bauer. Idle this weekend, Thunder Cars return to action May 24.
Feature Winners: Cody Davis 2, Dan Rogers 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 421, 2. William Bauer (Ness City, KS) 408, 3. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 404, 4. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 397, 5. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 384, 6. Michael Penrod (Moscow, KS) 377, 7. Rob Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 373, 8. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 363, 9. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 395, 10. Duane Mathes (Kinsley, KS) 353.
Defending champ Jarett Lunow is class of the Hornet field with wins in each of the opening pair of events, though it took some last lap heroics for the Dodge City shoe to take the most recent win.
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 2.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 300, 2. Jarred Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) 290, 3. (tie) Kohle Ricke (Dodge City, KS) and Brandon Bogner (Wright, KS) 279, 5. Marci O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 267, 6. Cheryl Copeland (Fowler, KS), 132, 7. (tie) Mandy Switzer (Sublette, KS) and Nathan Barton (Dighton, KS) 129.
Tickets to Saturday’s season-opening URSS Sprint Car event at Dodge City Raceway Park are just $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.
Season passes are also available for all 13 nights of DCRP competition (excluding the World of Outlaws Boothill Showdown in July) for just $140. Contact the track at 620-225-3277 for Season Passes. World of Outlaws Boothill Showdown tickets for July 4-5 may be purchased in advance at http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=129.
Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.