Title Chases Heat Up at DCRP!
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 1, 2013) – With the inaugural Dodge City Modified Stampede just a couple of short days away, the track championship battles are already heating up at Dodge City Raceway Park.
The 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval hosts the inaugural Dodge City Modified Stampede on Friday and Saturday with a $1,200 winner’s share up for grabs for each night’s IMCA Modified feature winner.
While first place offers up $1,200, the balance of the top five each night collects $800, $600, $550 and $500 with $275 for tenth and $150 to start.
The United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Thunder Cars will be in action on both nights as well.
Both nights of racing action go green at 7:30 p.m. General admission for adults is just $15 each night, with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Wichita’s Randy Wilson is out to the early IMCA Modified track championship points lead with other early leaders including Clay Sellard (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Billy Phelps (IMCA Stock Cars), Cody Davis and Dustin Walker (Thunder Cars) and Jarett Lunow (Hornets).
A pair of fifth-place finishes has “The Big Kahuna”, Randy Wilson, out to the early points lead after Turpin, Oklahoma’s Cody Gearhart topped the March 30 season opener and then two-time and defending track champion Brendon Gemmill of Ponca City, OK, raced from 16th to win the April 20 feature event.
Feature Winners: Cody Gearhart 1, Brendon Gemmill.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Randy Wilson (Wichita, KS) 270, 2. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 268, 3. Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 250, 4. Beau Davis (Cheney, KS) 248, 5. Danny Keller (Dodge City, KS) 246, 6. (tie) Trenton Gray (Ulysses, KS) and Jon Herring, Jr. (Woodward, OK) 241, 8. Austin Allen (Goddard, KS) 240, 9. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 238, 10. Jack Kirchoff (Garden City, KS) 226.
United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds:
After winning the March 30 season opener, 2011 track champion Clay Sellard holds a four-point edge over April 20 victor Jeff Kaup.
Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 1, Clay Sellard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 295, 2. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 291, 3. Matthew Crowell (Clearwater, KS) 270, 4. Mike Appel (Dodge City, KS) 264, 5. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 259, 6. Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) 257, 7. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 252, 8. Colby Hagans (Utica, KS) 243, 9. Donald Kaup (Woodward, OK) 232, 10. Toby Witthuhn (Garden City, KS) 226.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Podium finishes of third and second in the initial two rounds of action has Billy Phelps out to the early lead with a 13-point advantage over Josh Crombie after Shannon Maughlin and Cody Zimmerman claimed the initial pair of wins.
Feature Winners: Shannon Maughlin 1, Cody Zimmerman 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Billy Phelps (Mooreland, OK) 286, 2. Josh Crombie (Ness City, KS) 273, 3. Mel Law (Dodge City, KS) 255, 4. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 248, 5. Keith Riley (Larned, KS) 245, 6. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 234, 7. (tie) Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) and Justin Temaat (Dodge City, KS) 230, 9. (tie) Shannon Maughlin (Dighton, KS) and Cody Zimmerman (Dighton, KS) 150.
Swapping second and fourth place finishing positions in the initial pair of events, Cody Davis and Dustin Walker are deadlocked atop the point charts with Scott Messino and Toby Schield victorious in the initial pair of events.
Feature Winners: Scott Messino 1, Toby Schield 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) and Dustin Walker (Buffalo, OK) 283, 3. Toby Schield (Sublette, KS), 4. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 267, 5. Scott Messino (Spearville, KS) 262, 6. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 261, 7. (tie) Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS), Kim Frodin (Cimarron, KS) and William Bauer (Ness City, KS) 255, 10. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 246.
Jarett Lunow is two-for-two this year after closing out the 2012 season with his first Hornet score. Hornets return to action next Saturday, May 11, on the card that includes URSS Sprint Cars along with the track’s five championship divisions.
Feature Winners: Jarett Lunow 2.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 300, 2. Brandon Bogner (Wright, KS) 290, 3. James Phelps (Mooreland, OK) 279, 4. Marci O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 276, 5. James Nightengale (Dodge City, KS) 267, 6. Gage Barton (Dighton, KS) 135, 7. (tie) Cheryl Copeland (Fowler, KS) and Andy Copeland (Fowler, KS) 132.
Following this weekend’s Dodge City Modified Stampede, action at DCRP continues on Saturday, May 11, with the first URSS Sprint Car appearance of the year along with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Hornets.
Eighteen overall nights of action at Dodge City Raceway Park over the course of 2013 includes several special events including the TORC Off Road Trucks on April 12-13, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on July 5-6, a pair of $1,200-to-win IMCA Modified tilts on May 3-4 along with USAC Sprint Cars on August 23-24 and four rounds of URSS Sprint Car competition along the way.
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.