Championship Battles Heating Up at DCRPJune 5, 2015
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 5, 2015) – With the United Rebel Sprint Series invading Dodge City Raceway Park for the first time of the year on Saturday night, the track’s championship points battles are in full swing.
Last week’s racing action resulted in three lead changes with Jeff Kaup, Ron Hartman and Cody Davis each moving to the top of their respective point charts in IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Clay Sellard extended his lead in IMCA Modified points with a third consecutive win, though the battle for position behind him is tight throughout the top ten.
Luke Cranston leads the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars into Saturday night’s action as Jed Werner is out to the early URSS Kansas points lead through the initial three events with a 24-point advantage over Steven Richardson.
Racing action goes green at 7:30 p.m.
Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars:
Saturday’s makeup of the May 9 rainout is the first of four visits for the United Rebel Sprint Series and the third round of competition for the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars after Ty Williams and Luke Cranston have both posted first career DCRP wins in the opening two rounds.
Feature Winners: Luke Cranston 1, Ty Williams 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Luke Cranston (Ness City, KS) 291, 2. C.J. Johnson (Quinter, KS) 279, 3. Brian Herbert (Dodge City, KS) 271, 4. Ray Seemann (Jetmore, KS) 270, 5. Ty Williams (Arcadia, OK) 264, 6. Zach Blurton (Great Bend, KS) 258, 7. Keefe Hemel (Dodge City, KS) 238, 8. Kris Moore (Dodge City, KS) 235, 9. Cody Lampe (Jetmore, KS) 233, 10. James Riner Wichita, KS) 232.
Clay Sellard is off to a three-for-three start to build up a 48 point lead over defending champ Austin Allen, who is just three points ahead of Jimmy Brozek in the battle for second with Ryan Heger making a leap to fourth after chasing Sellard to the line last Saturday.
Feature Winners: Clay Sellard 3.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 450, 2. Austin Allen (Goddard, KS) 402, 3. Jimmy Brozek (Stafford, KS) 399, 4. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 378, 5. William Nusser (Larned, KS) 372, 6. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 352, 7. Brad Keller (Dodge City, KS) 350, 8. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 348, 9. Danny Keller (Dodge City, KS) 346, 10. Travis Simmons (Dodge City, KS) 342.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Two-time and defending champ Jeff Kaup made the jump from fifth to first in points after chasing Josh Appel to the stripe last week, though his lead is just two points over Appel father Mike. Only 15 points separate the top five.
Feature Winners: Josh Appel 1, Jeff Kaup 1, Jeremy Sigler 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 413, 2. Mike Appel (Dodge City, KS) 411, 3. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 403, 4. Josh Appel (Dodge City, KS) 401, 5. Jeremy Sigler (Great Bend, KS) 398, 6. Jason Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 373, 7. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 372, 8. (tie) Kamren Gruber (Great Bend, KS) and Brian May (Spearville, KS) 357, 10. Darren Coyle 334.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Posting his second runner-up finish in a row after a third-place run in the season opener, Ron Hartman took advantage of Michael Pepper’s first night outside of the top five to shoot to the top of the point charts. Hartman is five points ahead of Pepper with Dusty Witthuhn just two more points back in third.
Feature Winners: Michael Pepper 2, Jason Rogers 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Ron Hartman (Ulysses, KS) 431, 2. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 426, 3. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 424, 4. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 396, 5. Randy Dowell (Ulysses, KS) 392, 6. Kyle Tillery (Beaver, OK) 384, 7. Chris Oliver (Garden City, KS) 381, 8. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 351, 9. Mel Halling 174, 10. Jason Rogers (Selden, KS) 150.
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Cody Davis picked off his second win in three tries to break out to an 11 point lead over fellow Bucklin shoe Reagan Sellard.
Feature Winners: Cody Davis 2, Matt O’Hair 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) 435, 2. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 424, 3. Zach McLemore 390, 4. Clint Long 376, 5. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 372, 6. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 291, 7. Tommy Fose (Salina, KS) 267, 8. (tie) Michael Penrod (Moscow, KS) and Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 255, 10. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 220.
General admission tickets to Saturday’s action are just $15 for adults, with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit admission is $30.
The 2015 slate of events at Dodge City Raceway Park includes 15 nights of competition with a number of special events along the way, highlighted by the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Boothill Showdown on July 3-4.
The track’s full slate of events is available at http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
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.