Off & Running at DCRP!
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 31, 2012) – Dodge City Raceway Park will reach the one-quarter mark of the 2012 racing season as the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas presents the fourth of 16 nights of competition this Saturday night.
Saturday night’s card is the next round of championship action for the track’s five regular racing divisions including the IMCA Modifieds, United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Poor Boy Kustomz Thunder Cars and Hornets.
Through the initial portion of the season, early points leaders at Dodge City Raceway Park include Brendon Gemmill (IMCA Modifieds), Clay Sellard (IMCA Sport Mods), Perry Misner (IMCA Stocks), Dan Rogers (Thunders) and Brandon Sprott (Hornets).
A look at early action…
After chasing past National champion David Murray to the line in the April 21 opener, defending track champion Brendon Gemmill swept through both nights of action on May 4 and May 5 for back-to-back wins including one from six rows deep.
With two wins and a runner-up finish, Gemmill is out to a 20-point advantage over Cody Gearhart, who claimed third-place finishes in the opening two events. Six points back, another six drivers are separated by just three points in the logjam for third.
Current top ten: 1. Brendon Gemmill 119, 2. Cody Gearhart 99, 3. (tie) Mike Martin and Casey Jo Wanger 93, 5. Ryan Heger, Austin Allen and Van Gemmill 91, 8. Cole Traugott 90, 9. Jesse Smith 87, 10. Beau Davis 85.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Despite being shut out of victory lane thus car, defending track champion Clay Sellard is out to the early lead on the strength of three runner-up finishes in as many feature events. His lead is a slim one though, as May 4 feature winner Bart Baker is just one point off the lead pace.
Other winners this year at DCRP include reigning National champion Bryan LaRiviere on April 21 and Jeff Kamp on May 5.
Current top ten: 1. Clay Sellard 117, 2. Bart Baker 116, 3. Dale Wanger 108, 4. Toby Witthuhn 104, 5. Josh Appel 103, 6. Mike Appel 101, 7. Larry Grady 97, 8. Jeff Kamp 72, 9. Andy Barton 66, 10. Doug Byers 65.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Perry Misner edged Nick Tubbs at the line by mere inches to win the April 21 season opener and then made a mid-race move on May 5 to make it two-for-two with a score over Cody Zimmerman.
Misner holds a nine-point edge over Zimmerman with Keith Riley one more point back in third.
Current top ten: 1. Perry Misner 78, 2. Cody Zimmerman 69, 3. Keith Riley 68, 4. (tie) Brett Copeland and Justin Temaat 61, 6. (tie) Mel Law, Reagan Sellard and Mike Kennedy 59, 9. Nick Tubbs 39, 10. Rod Wadel 38.
Poor Boy Kustomz Thunder Cars:
After Cody Davis made a late move to take the win from Dan Rogers in the April 21 season opener, Rogers bounced back for victory honors on May 4 and took over the points lead in the process.
Rogers holds a six-point advantage over Dustin Walker, with Davis another four points back after a DNF on May 4.
Current top ten: 1. Dan Rogers 79, 2. Dustin Walker 73, 3. Cody Davis 69, 4. Jakob Manke 67, 5. Kim Frodin 66, 6. Scott Messino 63, 7. (tie) Bryan Habiger and Dustin Carr 60, 9. Raymond Blackburn 58, 10. (tie) Adam Duesing and Steve Blackburn 55.
The popular Hornets are set for their second outing of the season on the asphalt oval inside the big track after Brandon Sprott held off a charging Jaret Lunow to win the April 21 season opener.
Current top ten: 1. Brandon Sprott 40, 2. Jaret Lunow 39, 3. Dewayne Bowman 38, 4. Jarred Nightingale 37, 5. Kenneth O’Hair 36, 6. Brandon Bogman 35, 7. Derrick Sprott 34, 8. Brendon O’Hair 33, 9. Cheryl Copeland 32, 10. Gage Barton 31
Later this Month:
Following Saturday night’s tilt, the next racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park is the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Boothill Shootout on June 22-23. IMCA Modifieds will be in action both nights as well, with Thunder Cars filling out the Friday card and IMCA Stock Cars rounding out Saturday’s action. Two-day reserved seat combos are available for just $65, with two-day general admission combos available for just $50. Single day tickets are available as well at $40 for reserved seats and $35 for general admission. Advance tickets are available at http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=62.
This Saturday’s racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park goes green at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to Saturday night’s racing action are just $12 for adults. Seniors and Military receive a $5 discount, with children 11 and under admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.
Dodge City Raceway Park will present 16 nights of racing over a dozen different weekends in 2012. In addition to the five regularly featured classes of competition, special events over the course of the year will include World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, USAC Midgets, USAC Sprint Cars, ASCS National Tour, NCRA Sprint Cars, URSS 305 Sprints and BST Modifieds.
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.