DCRP Championships on the Line Saturday Night!
After opening the season in the spring and then battling it out through the summer months, the 2013 Dodge City Raceway Park champions will be determined in Saturday night’s Inaugural Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event.
While the United Rebel Sprint Cars will mix it up atop the 3/8-mile clay oval on Saturday night as well with championship point implications on the line, the track’s five regular title chase divisions will mix it up as well for one last time in 2013.
Leading the way in track championship points into the finale are a handful of drivers including Austin Allen (IMCA Modifieds), Jeff Kaup (United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds), Billy Phelps (IMCA Stock Cars), Dustin Walker (Thunder Cars) and Jarett Lunow (Hornets).
While Woodward’s Cole Traugott tries to finish off the 2013 DCRP season with a third consecutive win, an eighth-place finish or better assures Goddard’s Austin Allen of the track championship. Jesse Smith is Allen’s closest challenger with Jon Herring, Jr., a close third.
Feature Winners: Cody Gearhart 2, Troy Gemmill 2, David Murray 2, Cole Traugott 2, Austin Allen 1, Brendon Gemmill 1, Jon Herring, Jr. 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Austin Allen (Goddard, KS) 1,394, 2. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 1,367, 3. Jon Herring, Jr. (Woodward, OK) 1,359, 4. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 1,333, 5. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 1,322, 6. Beau Davis (Cheney, KS) 1,307, 7. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 1,285, 8. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 1,181, 9. Cody Gearhart (Turpin, OK) 1,066, 10. William Nusser (Larned, KS) 989.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Jeff Kaup can secure the Sport Mod crown with a finish of 24th or better in Saturday’s finale, while only 25 points separate Toby Witthuhn, Austin Walker and Matthew Crowell in the battle for runner-up honors.
Feature Winners: Austin Walker 3, Clay Sellard 2, Mike Shenberger 2, Andy Barton 1, Jeff Kaup 1, Randle McRoberts 1, Clay Money 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 1,494, 2. Toby Witthuhn (Utica, KS) 1,440, 3. Austin Walker (Utica, KS) 1,429, 4. Matthew Crowell (Clearwater, KS) 1,415, 5. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,367, 6. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 1,259, 7. Colby Hagans (Utica, KS) 1,174, 8. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 1,169, 9. Donald Kaup (Mooreland, OK) 1,071, 10. Raymond Blackburn (Dodge City, KS) 1,018.
IMCA Stock Cars:
With the championship secured simply by showing up, Billy Phelps can focus on snaring his first feature win of the season while Marlin Hogie tries to fend off Brett Copeland in the battle for second.
Feature Winners: Brandon Fisher 2, Angel Munoz 2, Michael Pepper 2, Ruben Eichman 1, Marlin Hogie 1, Shannon Maughlin 1, Perry Misner 1, Cody Zimmerman 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Billy Phelps (Mooreland, OK) 1,493, 2. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 1,353, 3. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 1,340, 4. Justin Temaat (Dodge City, KS) 1,274, 6. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 1,221, 6. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,120, 7. Justin Lewis (Larned, KS) 1,114, 8. Mel Law (Dodge City, KS) 1,065, 9. Cody Zimmerman (Dighton, KS) 934, 10. Sonny O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 915.
After a wild mid-season flip, Dustin Walker has made a late rally to take the top spot into the finale and can put the title out of anyone else’s reach with a finish of eighth or better. Cody Davis is the closest within striking range with Matt O’Hair just another eight points back in third.
Feature Winners: Matt O’Hair 2, Tobby Schield 2, Edwin Elliott 1, Scott Messino 1, David Shumard 1, Dustin Walker 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 1,096, 2. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) 1,069, 3. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 1,061, 4. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 1,027, 5. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS), 6. Kim Frodin (Cimarron, KS) 968, 7. W.D. Matteson (Mooreland, OK) 920, 8. William Bauer (Ness City, KS) 892, 9. Michael Penrod (Ulysses, KS) 860, 10. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 788.
Jarett Lunow has dominated the wild and wacky Hornets on the inner asphalt oval with five wins in six tries and can secure the championship with a finish of 15th or better on Saturday night.
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 5, Gage Barton 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 891, 2. Brandon Bogner (Wright, KS) 852, 3. Marci O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 819, 4. James Phelps (Mooreland, OK) 808, 5. James Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) 795, 6. Brendon O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 424, 7. Gage Barton (Dighton, KS) 285, 8. Cheryl Copeland (Fowler, KS) 264, 9. Tristan Barton (Dighton, KS) 145, 10. Jarred Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) 135.
Admission to Saturday’s Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event featuring URSS Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets is just $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
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.