Jeff Swindell Swipes Wicked City Shootout Opener!
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (September 1, 2012) – Jeff Swindell picked off his first Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MavTV feature win of the year by winning Saturday night’s opening leg of the Inaugural Wicked City Shootout at Dodge City Raceway Park.
And, in the process of collecting his third career series win, Swindell also delivered Randy Washburn of nearby Jetmore, KS, his first career ASCS National Tour victory as a car owner.
While Swindell took top ASCS National Tour honors, other winners on the night included Brendon Gemmill in IMCA Modified action, Bart Baker in United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified competition and Dusty Witthuhn in IMCA Stock Cars.
With Swindell gridding the 25-lap ASCS feature outside the second row, front row outside starter Joe Wood, Jr., of Oklahoma City outgunned pole starter Dustin Morgan and paced the initial eight rounds before clipping an infield tire exiting turn four.
As Wood, Jr., came to a stop, Swindell inherited the point with eighth-starter Brian Brown on his tailtank in second after working past Morgan for third one lap earlier. And, on the restart, Brown slid past Swindell into the lead only to have the savvy veteran shoe return the favor the next time around.
“I knew I was a sitting duck on that restart,” Swindell explained. “He slid me clean though, it was just good, hard racing and I was able to get him back the next time.”
Back into traffic by the midway point, Swindell kept Washburn’s RE Technologies/Pride Ag Resources/Just Joe’s Trucking No. 0 a half straightaway ahead as sixth-starter Logan Forler, who scored an NCRA win at DCRP just three weeks ago, worked his way into second.
With a pair of lapped cars between himself and Forler as one final caution flew with four laps to go, Swindell raced to the stripe unabated with Forler setting for runner-up honors in Harley Van Dyke’s No. 5h entry.
Brown claimed the show position, with Wayne Johnson battling into the fourth and final lock-in position to Sunday night’s Wicked City Shootout finale.
Entering the weekend atop ASCS National points, two-time series champion Jason Johnson raced from 15th to round out the top five.
Rebounding from engine woes in his heat race, Brady Bacon transferred from “B” Main action and charged from 19th to claim sixth, with Johnny Herrera, Morgan, Kaley Gharst and 18th-starter Kyle McCutcheon completing the top ten.
In IMCA Modified action, Brendon Gemmill ran second to current track points leader in the “B” Main and then rallied from 14th to win his fourth feature of the year. And, he did it by taking the win away from grandfather Van Gemmill in the closing circuits.
With B. Gemmill gridding seven rows deep, Tyler Wilson paced the initial ten laps from the pole starting position before V. Gemmill raced into the top spot on the high side. By that time, B. Gemmill had worked up to fourth. Five laps later, B. Gemmill had disposed of Kevin Gray and then Wilson to move into second.
B. Gemmill reeled in the elder statesman of the racing family and took the lead for keeps on the 18th. “Being able to beat him, that’s what makes it sweet. That was a lot of fun,” the defending track champion explained.
Gemmill and Gemmill took the checkered flag ahead of Wilson, Mike Lunow and Gray rounding out the top five.
Bart Baker added his second United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified feature win of the year in a hotly-contested 15-lapper that included five different leaders.
After Larry Grady paced the initial circuit, Andy Barton led the way for three rounds before Jeff Kaup took over on the fifth lap in his quest for a second win of the season at DCRP. But, working his way from 10th, Dylan Bergeron took the point on lap seven only to surrender it four laps later to Baker.
Bergeron battled back into the lead on a final restart and appeared on the way to victory lane until slipping high exiting turn two on the final round and brushing the wall. Baker took quick advantage and raced into the lead for his second win of the year with Bergeron, Kaup, Josh Appel and Brian May rounding out the top five.
Dusty Witthuhn led all the way in the 15-lap IMCA Stock Car feature, yet had plenty of company along the way as Perry Misner and Kyle Clough kept the pressure on until a caution after nine laps bunched the field.
Billy Phelps, Angel Munoz and Sonny O’Hair joined the lead mix over the final half dozen frantic Stock Car circuits, with Witthuhn holding on for his second win of the year in front of Phelps, Munoz, Clough and Misner.
The Inaugural Wicked City Shootout concludes on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by MavTV joined by the United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Poor Boy Kustomz Thunder Cars.
Dodge City Raceway Park September 1 Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 11-Joe Wood, Jr., 2. 17-Josh Baughman, 3. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 4. 45x-Johnny Herrera, 5. 1-Ty Williams, 6. 05-Brad Loyet, 7. 11g-Mike Goodman, 8. 9m-Ricky Montgomery.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown, 2. 77x-Wayne Johnson, 3. 50z-Zach Chappell, 4. 6x-Kaley Gharst, 5. E85-Gary Taylor, 6. 12m-Kyle McCutcheon, 7. 23-Seth Bergman, 8. 21x-Taylor Velasquez.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 5h-Logan Forler, 2. 92-Jordan Weaver, 3. 0m-Steven Richardson, 4. 29-Brandon Hahn, 5. 38-Cody Baker, 6. 99-Brady Bacon, 7. 81-Danny Wood, 8. 21w-Wes Wofford.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 0-Jeff Swindell, 2. 72-Ray Seemann, 3. 9-Gary Wright, 4. 2-Dustin Morgan, 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 6. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 7. 11w-Wyatt Burks, 8. 16k-Kaden Taylor.
“B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright, 2. 12m-Kyle McCutcheon, 3. 99-Brady Bacon, 4. 05-Brad Loyet, 5. 0m-Steven Richardson, 6. 23-Seth Bergman, 7. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 8. 81-Danny Wood, 9. 11w-Wyatt Burks, 10. 1-Ty Williams, 11. E85-Gary Taylor, 12. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 13. 16k-Kaden Taylor, 14. 11g-Mike Goodman. DNS: 9m-Ricky Montgomery, 21w-Wes Wofford.
“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 0-Jeff Swindell, 2. 5h-Logan Forler, 3. 21-Brian Brown, 4. 77x-Wayne Johnson, 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 6. 99-Brady Bacon, 7. 45x-Johnny Herrera, 8. 2-Dustin Morgan, 9. 6x-Kaley Gharst, 10. 12m-Kyle McCutcheon, 11. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 12. 05-Brad Loyet, 13. 23-Seth Bergman, 14. 92-Jordan Weaver, 15. 72-Ray Seemann, 16. 29-Brandon Hahn, 17. 38-Cody Baker, 18. 0m-Steven Richardson, 19. 17-Josh Baughman, 20. 11-Joe Wood, Jr., 21. 50z-Zach Chappell, 22. 9-Gary Wright.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 16-Kevin Gray, 2. 3h-Ryan Heger, 3. 53-Tyler Wilson, 4. 13-Cole Traugott, 5. 22k-Brad Keller, 6. B38-Jimmy Berends, 7. 22n-Nick Shenberger. DNS: 32-Jason Edwards.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 44-Mike Lunow, 2. 62d-Derrick Dorbush, 3. 01-Jesse Smith, 4. 88j-Jack Kirchoff, 5. 33-Jason Lunow, 6. 5-Clayton Hogie, 7. 98-Danny Keller.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 18-Austin Allen, 2. M15-Mike Martin, 3. 36-Travis Simmons, 4. 3c-Casey Jo Wanger, 5. 57-Joel Lane, 6. B21-Chadd Brown, 7. 97-Glen Thompson.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 21-Van Gemmill, 2. 7n-William Nusser, 3. 01x-Beau Davis, 4. G3-Brendon Gemmill, 5. B4-Jared Baird, 6. 1n-Nick Link, 7. G28-Ryan Grubbs.
“B” Feature (15 Laps): 1. 13-Cole Traugott, 2. G3-Brendon Gemmill, 3. 3c-Casey Jo Wanger, 4. 22k-Brad Keller, 5. 22n-Nick Shenberger, 6. 1n-Nick Link, 7. 57-Joel Lane, 8. 97-Glen Thompson, 9. B21-Chadd Brown, 10. B38-Jimmy Berends, 11. 88j-Jack Kirchoff, 12. 33-Jason Lunow, 13. G28-Ryan Grubbs, 14. B4-Jared Baird, 15. 5-Clayton Hogie, 16. 32-Jason Edwards, 17. 98-Danny Keller.
“A” Feature (20 Laps): 1. G3-Brendon Gemmill, 2. 21-Van Gemmill, 3. 53-Tyler Wilson, 4. 44-Mike Lunow, 5. 16-Kevin Gray, 6. M15-Mike Martin, 7. 13-Cole Traugott, 8. 3h-Ryan Heger, 9. 3c-Casey Jo Wanger, 10. 1n-Nick Link, 11. 01-Jesse Smith, 12. 22k-Brad Keller, 13. 57-Joel Lane, 14. 01x-Beau Davis, 15. 62-Derrick Dorbush, 16. 7n-William Nusser, 17. 97-Glen Thompson, 18. 36-Travis Simmons, 19. 18-Austin Allen, 20. 22n-Nick Shenberger (DNS).
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 92-Jeff Kaup, 2. 4p-Dylan Bergeron, 3. 56m-Mike Appel, 4. 85c-Clay Sellard, 5. 10T-Toby Witthuhn, 6. 55d-Don Strecker, 7. 75-Bailee Clift.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 81-Brian May, 2. 65-Josh Appel, 3. 37-Bart Baker, 4. 15b-Andy Barton, 5. 8-Larry Grady, 6. 91-Jordan Meyer.
“A” Feature (15 Laps): 1. 37-Bart Baker, 2. 4p-Dylan Bergeron, 3. 92-Jeff Kaup, 4. 65-Josh Appel, 5. 81-Brian May, 6. 10t-Toby Witthuhn, 7. 8-Larry Grady, 8. 91-Jordan Meyer, 9. 15b-Andy Barton, 10. 56m-Mike Appel, 11. 85c-Clay Sellard, 12. 55d-Don Strecker, 13. 75-Bailee Clift (DNS).
IMCA Stock Cars:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 80-Perry Misner, 2. 9s-Sonny O’Hair, 3. 88-Mel Law, 4. 2m-Angel Munoz, 5. 20b-Brandon Clough, 6. 19-Brett Copeland, 7. 15k-Danny Schulte, 8. 22-Micheal Pepper.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 2. 11k-Kyle Clough, 3. 46w-Cody Williams, 4. 2-Eric Munoz, 5. 07-Justin Temaat, 6. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 7. 11m-Billy Phelps.
“A” Feature (15 Laps): 1. 10-Dusty Witthuhn, 2. 11m-Billy Phelps, 3. 2m-Angel Munoz, 4. 11k-Kyle Clough, 5. 80-Perry Misner, 6. 20b-Brandon Clough, 7. 46w-Cody Williams, 8. 88-Mel Law, 9. 2-Eric Munoz, 10. 19-Brett Copeland, 11. 07-Justin Temaat, 12. 2s-Reagan Sellard, 13. 15k-Danny Schulte (DNS), 14. 22-Michael Pepper (DNS).