The DCRP Championship Chases!
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 21, 2013) – While wingless Sprint Cars take to Dodge City Raceway Park’s 3/8-mile clay oval for the only time in 2013 with the final two legs of the USAC Southwest Freedom Tour on Friday and Saturday, plenty of track championship implications are on the line as well this weekend.
Only three nights of competition remain for each of the track’s primary four championship chase divisions including one night of action for each this weekend. All that remains after this weekend is a championship chase card next Saturday, August 31, and then the Jerry Soderberg Championship Memorial event on September 28 that will also include the URSS Sprint Cars.
With the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars in action on both Friday and Saturday, the IMCA Stock Cars and Thunder Cars join in on Friday night’s action with the IMCA Modifieds and United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds filling out Saturday night’s card. Both nights of racing action go green at 7:30 p.m.
In DCRP championship chase action, Austin Allen has recaptured the top position in IMCA Modified points while Jeff Kaup and Billy Phelps retain the top ranking in United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars, respectively.
Austin Allen holds a slight edge with just three nights of action remaining as only 21 points separate the top three that also includes Jon Herring, Jr., and Jesse Smith with just 20 points separating the four drivers ranked fourth through seventh.
Feature Winners: Cody Gearhart 2, Troy Gemmill 2, David Murray 2, Austin Allen 1, Brendon Gemmill 1, Jon Herring, Jr. 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Austin Allen (Goddard, KS) 1,142, 2. Jon Herring, Jr. (Woodward, OK) 1,127, 3. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 1,121, 4. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 1,080, 5. Cody Gearhart (Turpin, OK) 1,066, 6. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 1,063, 7. Beau Davis (Cheney, KS) 1,060, 8. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS), 1,039, 9. Randy Wilson (Wichita, KS) 986, 10. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 945.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
With a DNF last time out, Jeff Kaup’s advantage over Clay Sellard slipped to 21 points as fourth-ranked Austin Walker became the first driver to nab three DCRP victories at DCRP in 2013.
Feature Winners: Austin Walker 3, Mike Shenberger 2, Andy Barton 1, Jeff Kaup 1, Clay Money 1, Clay Sellard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 1,238, 2. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,217, 3. Matthew Crowell (Clearwater, KS) 1,195, 4. Austin Walker (Utica, KS) 1,176, 5. Toby Witthuhn (Utica, KS) 1,166, 6. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 1,149, 7. Donald Kaup (Mooreland, OK) 1,071, 8. Colby Hagans (Utica, KS) 1,042, 9. Mike Appel (Dodge City, KS) 984, 10. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 918.
IMCA Stock Cars:
While Michael Pepper became the first repeat winner in nine Stock Car features last time out on July 26, Billy Phelps still holds down the top spot with a 112-point advantage.
Feature Winners: Michael Pepper 2, Ruben Eichman 1, Brandon Fisher 1, Marlin Hogie 1, Shannon Maughlin 1, Perry Misner 1, Angel Munoz 1, Cody Zimmerman 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Billy Phelps (Mooreland, OK) 1,214, 2. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 1,102, 3. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 1,091, 4. Mel Law (Dodge City, KS) 1,065, 5. Justin Temaat (Dodge City, KS) 1,032, 6. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 947, 7. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 865, 8. Keith Riley (Larned, KS) 852, 9. Justin Lewis (Dighton, KS) 841, 10. Cody Zimmerman (Dighton, KS) 814.
Matt O’Hair has topped two of the last three Thunder Car features to overtake Dustin Walker for the top spot by 42 points.
Feature Winners: Matt O’Hair 2, Tobby Schield 2, Scott Messino 1, David Shumard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 843, 2. Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 801, 3. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) 795, 4. W.D. Matteson (Mooreland, OK) 785, 5. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 774, 6. William Bauer (Ness City, KS) 754, 7. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 739, 8. Kim Frodin (Cimarron, KS) 729, 9. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 674, 10. Michael Penrod (Ulysses, KS) 614.
Jarett Lunow hold down the top positions in the track’s other championship chase division, the Hornets. Lunow has topped four of five Hornet main events to build up a 30-point lead. The Hornets return to action on the inner asphalt oval on Saturday, August 31.
This weekend’s tickets for adults are just $12 for the Friday night portion and $15 for the Saturday Freedom Tour finale. Children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Only two of the 18 scheduled nights of competition at DCRP remain following this weekend’s Freed Tour double including championship chase action on August 31 and the season ending Jerry Soderberg Championship Memorial Event on September 28 that includes URSS Sprint Cars along with each of the track’s regular divisions.
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.