Championship Chases at DCRP to be Settled on Saturday NightSeptember 15, 2017
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (September 15, 2017) – It all began back in April. Now, a quick five months later, the 2017 championship battles come to a close with Saturday night’s Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.
Saturday’s card that fires off at 7:00 p.m. includes a $750-to-win Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car vs. URSS Sprint Car feature event courtesy of Comfort Suites along with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
The Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event has evolved into one of the track’s marquee events with drivers eager to add their name to the list of winners. Defending race winners include Jake Bubak (DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars), Cole Traugott (IMCA Modifieds), Jeff Kaup (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Michael Pepper (IMCA Stock Cars) and David Berger (IMCA Hobby Stocks).
Along with vying for the regular season-ending win, final positions throughout the top ten in each of the five divisions will be settled as well.
A look at the top ten going into Saturday’s Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event is as follows…
Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars:
Taylor Velasquez can secure his second consecutive track championship by racing his way into Saturday night’s feature event. Velasquez is among the eight different drivers that have posted wins in the last eight events after Ty Williams opened the season with back-to-back wins. Defending Soderberg Memorial winner Jake Bubak is among those eight drivers as well.
Feature Winners: Ty Williams 2, Zach Blurton 1, Jake Bubak 1, Luke Cranston 1, Tyler Knight 1, Jake Martens 1, Kevin Ramey 1, Taylor Velasquez 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Taylor Velasquez (Turpin, OK) 1,265, 2. Tyler Knight (Wright, KS) 1,212, 3. Kris Moore (Dodge City, KS) 1,139, 4. Jordan Knight (Wright, KS) 1,108, 5. Brandy Jones (Dodge City, KS) 1,060, 6. Ross Essenberg (Wichita, KS) 1,046, 7. Brian Herbert (Dodge City, KS) 915, 8. Brandon Sprott (Dodge City, KS) 868, 9. Ray Seemann (Jetmore, KS) 808, 10. Ty Williams (Arcadia, OK) 696.
While Clay Sellard simply needs to show up to add the IMCA Modified track title to a previous Sport Mod crown, the battle in his wake is fierce with defending champ Nick Link leading a six-way battle for runner-up honors. Only two points separates the trio ranked eighth through tenth with Tracy Link on the outside (by just 21 points) and looking in.
Similar to the Sprint Car ranks, the IMCA Modifieds have offered up eight different winners over the last eight races after Cole Traugott opened the season with back-to-back wins.
Feature Winners: Cole Traugott 2, Kale Beavers 1, Brendon Gemmill 1, Tracy Link 1, William Nusser 1, Randle McRoberts 1, Mike Petersilie 1, Clay Sellard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Clay Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,209, 2. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 1,092, 3. Kevin Gray (Ulysses, KS) 1,077, 4. Randy Wilson (Wichita, KS) 1,069, 5. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 1,058, 6. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 1,043, 7. Jack Kirchoff (Garden City, KS) 1,037, 8. (tie) Tom Beavers (Pierceville, KS) and Jesse Smith (Dodge City, KS) 987, 10. Joel Lane (Ulysses, KS) 985.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
While Jeff Kaup puts the finishing touches on a fourth track title in five years, the battle for second is fierce with just 16 points separating the trio of Brian May, Kyle Wiens and Alex Wiens.
Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 4, Dustin Daniels 1, Brandon Kenny 1, Dakota Sproul 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 1,028, 2. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 887, 3. Kyle Wiens (Newton, KS) 884, 3. Alex Wiens (Newton, KS) 871, 5. Joey Maupin (Dodge City, KS) 834, 6. Jarett Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 811, 7. Kohl Ricke (Spearville, KS) 773, 8. Dan Rogers (Buffalo, OK) 729, 9. Tanner Brunson (Dodge City, KS) 675, 10. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 643.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Colorado’s Angel Munoz pounced on the early lead and never let up, picking up five of seven wins thus far to open up a commanding 145 point lead over Ondre Rexford.
Feature Winners: Angel Munoz 5, Michael Pepper 1, Tyler Tipton 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Angel Munoz (Lamar, CO) 1,040, 2. Ondre Rexford (Parts Unknown) 905, 3. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 846, 4. Travis Baird (Chester, OK) 657, 5. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 641, 6. Gregg Schell (Cheney, KS) 639, 7. Chris Oliver (Holcomb, KS) 526, 8. Jack Pepper (Lakin, KS) 511, 9. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 508, 10. Shannon Maughlin 481.
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
Reagan Sellard has reeled off back-to-back wins to move atop the point charts, but the lead is a tenuous one at just 19 markers ahead of Duane Wahrman. A finish of sixth or better in Saturday’s finale will assure a Sellard title.
Feature Winners: Reagan Sellard 3, Duane Wahrman 2, Brett Copeland 1, Matt O’Hair 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 1,019, 2. Duane Wahrman (Pratt, KS) 1,000, 3. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 966, 4. Tyler Walker (Dighton, KS) 952, 5. Brett Copeland (Fowler, KS) 920, 6. Gerald Walker (Dighton, KS) 811, 7. Danny Schulte 755, 8. Tom Reed (Kalvesta, KS) 747, 9. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 646, 10. Jacob Huse 595.
Past Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship Winners:
2016 – Jake Bubak (DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars), Cole Traugott (IMCA Modifieds), Jeff Kaup (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Michael Pepper (IMCA Stock Cars), David Berger (IMCA Hobby Stocks).
2015 – Taylor Velasquez (DCRP vs. URSS Sprint Cars), Brendon Gemmill (IMCA Modifieds), Jamie French (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Angel Munoz (IMCA Stock Cars), Reagan Sellard (IMCA Hobby Stocks).
2014 – Taylor Velasquez (URSS Sprint Cars), Jesse Richter (IMCA Modifieds), Nate Ginest (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Ron Hartman (IMCA Stock Cars), Cody Davis (Thunder Cars), Jarett Lunow (Hornets).
2013 – Zach Blurton (URSS Sprint Cars), Ryan Heger (IMCA Modifieds), Josh Appel (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Ron Hartman (IMCA Stock Cars), Dan Rogers (Thunder Cars), James Phelps (Hornets).
General admission for Saturday night’s Fifth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event is just $20 for adults, while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Comfort Suites located at 2700 West Wyatt Earp Boulevard in Dodge City, KS, is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park. The Comfort Suites official internet site is located at https://www.choicehotels.com/kansas/dodge-city/comfort-suites-hotels/ks193. Those staying at the Comfort Suites will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit.
The 2017 season at Dodge City Raceway Park consists of 14 total nights of scheduled racing action, culminating with the return of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series for the “Boot Hill Showdown” on October 27-28. The complete 2017 schedule of events at Dodge City Raceway Park 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.