DCRP Title Chases Winding Down!
Following this Saturday’s card that is headlined by the Inaugural $1,000-to-win Sport Modified Mayhem event, all that remains on the DCRP slate is the Second Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event on September 27 that features URSS Sprint Cars along with the track’s five title chase divisions.
With only one night remaining after this weekend’s card, point ramifications loom large with Saturday’s action that includes the Sport Modified Mayhem event along with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets.
While a couple of title chases are still up for grabs, numerous positions among the top ten in each division are still being contested, with money on the line for each position in the form of season-ending points fund payout.
Saturday’s action goes green at 7:30 p.m.
Down by four points entering last weekend’s event, Wichita’s Austin Allen took full advantage of Ryan Heger’s opening lap tumble by racing to his first win of the year to open up a 44 point advantage. But, Allen’s lead could disappear just as quickly as he got it with a DNF and Heger has scored his lone victory of the year in each of the past two season finales.
Only 40 points separate the five drivers ranked third through seventh including Cole Traugott, Nick Link, Kale Beavers, Jesse Smith and Mike Lunow.
The Modifieds have offered up eight different winners in nine events this season.
Feature Winners: Brendon Gemmill 2, Austin Allen 1, Scott Brown 1, Van Gemmill 1, Danny Keller 1, Joel Lane 1, Clay Sellard 1, Jesse Smith 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Austin Allen (Wichita, KS) 1,173, 2. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 1,129, 3. Cole Traugott (Woodward, OK) 1,094, 4. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 1,084, 5. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 1,078, 6. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 1,060, 7. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 1,054, 8. William Nusser (Larned, KS) 984, 9. Joel Lane (Ulysses, KS) 943, 10. Tracy Link (Hugoton, KS) 919.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Hitting his strongest stride at just the right time, defending track champ Jeff Kaup has topped the most recent pair of events leading into Saturday’s $1,000-to-win Sport Modified Mayhem event, building his championship points lead to 104 points in the process. Kaup has four wins and three runner-up finishes in nine events this season.
The only other driver among the top ten to score a feature win, Josh Appel is just ten points ahead of Toby Witthuhn in the battle for second.
Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 4, Michael Shenberger 2, Josh Appel 1, Nate Ginest 1, Clay Money 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 1,269, 2. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 1,165, 3. Toby Witthuhn (Garden City, KS) 1,153, 4. Austin Walker (Utica, KS) 1,133, 5. Jason Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 1,106, 6. Tristen Barton (Dighton, KS) 1,082, 7. Randle McRoberts (Dodge City, KS) 1,046, 8. (tie) Brian May (Spearville, KS) and Mike Appel (Dodge City, KS) 1,037, 10. Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) 1,007.
IMCA Stock Cars:
While Perry Misner holds a healthy 68 point lead on the strength of four wins in eight events, Dusty Witthuhn moved into second after scoring his first win of the year last Saturday night. Witthuhn is just 23 points ahead of Michael Pepper in the battle for second with Reagan Sellard 23 points behind Pepper.
Feature Winners: Perry Misner 4, Angel Munoz 2, Scott Drake 1, Dusty Witthuhn 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Perry Misner (Garden City, KS) 1,148, 2. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 1,080, 3. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 1,057, 4. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,034, 5. Randy Dowell (Ulysses, KS) 1,008, 6. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 983, 7. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 960, 8. Kyle Tillery (Beaver, OK) 839, 9. Karson Love (Rosston, OK) 675, 10. Justin Lewis (Dighton, KS) 597.
With eight of ten races in the books, it’s a dead heat with William Bauer and Matt O’Hair tied atop the point charts. While the duo can settle it over the next two events, Dan Rogers is 35 points back with a slight chance of playing the role of spoiler.
Feature Winners: Cody Davis 3, Sonny O’Hair 2, Edwin Elliott 1, Matt O’Hair 1, Dan Rogers 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. (tie) William Bauer (Ness City, KS) and Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 1,092, 3. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 1,057, 4. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 994, 5. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 986, 6. Norman Carr (Garden City, KS) 962, 7. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) 868, 8. Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 786, 9. Michael Penrod (Moscow, KS) 739, 10. David Berger (Dodge City, KS) 715.
After winning the Hornet title in 2013, Jarett Lunow is a perfect six-for-six on the inner asphalt oval this year. Can he reel off wins in the last two events to complete a perfect season?
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 6.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 900, 2. Brandon Bogner (Wright, KS), 829, 3. Marci O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 750, 4. (tie) Jarred Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) and Kohle Ricke (Dodge City, KS) 701, 6. Andy Copeland (Fowler, KS) 676, 7. Zak Moore (Dodge City, KS) 396, 8. Tyler Olson (Tyrone, OK) 270, 9. Nathan Barton (Dighton, KS) 213, 10. Cheryl Copeland (Fowler, KS) 132.
Tickets to Saturday’s Inaugural Sport Modified Mayhem event are just $12 for adults with children 11 and under 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.