DCRP Championship Battles Heating Up!
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 29, 2013) – With the initial three rounds of championship chase action at Dodge City Raceway Park in the books, the title battles are already reaching torrid status.
Round four of chase action at DCRP is this Saturday at 7:30 with IMCA Modifieds, United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Thunder Cars on the 3/8-mile clay oval with the wild and wacky Hornets on the inner asphalt oval.
Both the IMCA Modifieds and Thunder Cars divisions have ties for the points lead and only three points separate the top two IMCA Sport Modified contenders with only the IMCA Stock Car and Hornet point leaders having any semblance of breathing room, and that could change in short order on Saturday night.
Thus far, there have been 11 different winners in 11 championship chase feature events atop the nation’s premier 3/8-mile clay oval.
With three different winners through the opening three nights of competition, 2008 track champion Randy Wilson and Austin Allen are knotted atop the point charts with Jesse Smith and Jon Herring, Jr., both within ten points of the top spot. Only 38 points separate the top ten in points.
Feature Winners: Austin Allen 1, Cody Gearhart 1, Brendon Gemmill 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. (tie) Austin Allen (Goddard, KS) and Randy Wilson (Wichita, KS) 390, 3. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 385, 4. Jon Herring, Jr. (Woodward, OK) 382, 5. Cody Gearhart (Turpin, OK) 370, 6. (tie) Beau Davis (Cheney, KS), Danny Keller (Dodge City, KS) and Trenton Gray (Ulysses, KS) 364, 9. (tie) Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) and Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 352.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Jeff Kaup has stood on each step of the podium through the opening three events to hold a slim three-point edge over 2011 track champ Clay Sellard, who slipped to fourth in the most recent event on May 11 after finishing first and second the first two times out. Clay Money became the third different winner in as many events on May 11.
Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 1, Clay Money 1, Clay Sellard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 436, 2. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 433, 3. Matthew Crowell (Clearwater, KS) 402, 4. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 385, 5. Mike Appel (Dodge City, KS) 374, 6. Colby Hagans (Utica, KS) 372, 7. Toby Witthuhn (Garden City, KS) 367, 8. Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) 365, 9. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 354, 10. Adam Stenzel (Hays, KS) 347.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Finishing among the top five each time out thus far has enabled Billy Phelps to build up a 38-piont advantage over Josh Crombie and Keith Riley while three other drivers have graced victory lane.
Feature Winners: Ruben Eichman 1, Shannon Maughlin 1, Cody Zimmerman 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Billy Phelps (Mooreland, OK) 421, 2. (tie) Josh Crombie (Ness City, KS) and Keith Riley (Larned, KS) 383, 4. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 377, 5. Mel Law (Dodge City, KS) 375, 6. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 360, 7. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 353, 8. Justin Temaat (Dodge City, KS) 342, 9. Brandon Fisher (Ensign, KS) 290, 10. Ruben Eichman (Liberal, KS) 268.
With only a pair of Thunder Car features in the books, Cody Davis and Dustin Walker swapped second and fourth place finishes to land in a tie for the points lead with Toby Schield just ten points back in third.
Feature Winners: Scott Messino 1, Toby Schield 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) and Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 283, 3. Toby Schield (Sublette, KS) 273, 4. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 267, 5. Scott Messino (Spearville, KS) 262, 6. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 261, 7. (tie) Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS), Kim Frodin (Cimarron, KS) and William Bauer (Ness City, KS) 255, 10. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 246.
Gage Barton put a halt to Jarett Lunow’s streak of three Hornet wins dating back to the 2012 finale. Lunow holds a 16-point advantage over Brandon Bogner.
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 2, Gage Barton 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 441, 2. Brandon Bogner (Wright, KS) 425, 3. (tie) James Phelps (Mooreland, OK) and Marci O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 408, 5. James Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) 393, 6. Gage Barton (Dighton, KS) 285, 7. Tristan Barton (Dighton, KS) 145, 8. Brendon O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 138, 9. (tie) Cheryl Copeland (Fowler, KS) and Andy Copeland (Fowler, KS) 132.
Tickets to this Saturday’s racing action are just $10 for adults, with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Eighteen overall nights of action at Dodge City Raceway Park over the course of 2013 includes several special events including the TORC Off Road Trucks in April, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on July 5-6, a pair of $1,200-to-win IMCA Modified tilts in July along with USAC Sprint Cars on August 23-24 and four rounds of URSS Sprint Car competition along the way.
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.