DCRP Title Chases Taking ShapeMay 5, 2016
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 5, 2016) – With three nights of competition logged into the books in April, the chases for the 2016 division championships at Dodge City Raceway Park are beginning to take shape.
And that action will continue on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. with the NCRA/Gomuddy.com NSL 360 Sprint Cars headlining the night’s card that includes title chase action for the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Out to the early lead in the title chases are Taylor Velasquez, Nick Link, Jeff Kaup, Tyler Tipton and Cody Davis. A quick look at each chase follows…
Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars:
A top-five finisher in each of the opening three events of the year, Taylor Velasquez is out to the early lead by just six points over Tyler Knight with defending champ Luke Cranston another three points back in third as only 19 points separate the top five. The DCRP Sprint Car ranks return to action on May 21, though Velasquez, Cranston and others will likely put in the bigger powerplant to contend for Saturday night’s $2,000 NCRA/NSL winner’s share.
Feature Winners: Brian Herbert 1, C.J. Johnson 1, Koby Walters 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Taylor Velasquez (Turpin, OK) 418, 2. Tyler Knight (Spearville, KS) 412, 3. Luke Cranston (Ness City, KS) 409, 4. Brian Herbert (Dodge City, KS) 408, 5. Mike Peters (Wichita, KS) 399, 6. Tracey Hill (Liberal, KS) 372, 7. Koby Walters (Liberal, KS) 370, 8. Steven Richardson (Liberal, KS) 348, 9. (tie) Kris Moore (Dodge City, KS) and Jordan Knight (Wright, KS) 326.
After a pair of runner-up finishes to start the season, a cut tire on the final lap of the most recent feature hurt Nick Link’s cause. He still hangs on to the lead entering Saturday’s action, though it’s down to just three points over Ryan Heger.
Feature Winners: Cody Gearhart 1, William Nusser 1, Cole Traugott 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Nick Link (Rolla, KS) 402, 2. Ryan Heger (Hugoton, KS) 399, 3. Cody Gearhart (Turpin, OK) 385, 4. Joel Lane (Ulysses, KS) 379, 5. Mike Lunow (Dodge City, KS) 377, 6. Kale Beavers (Pierceville, KS) 369, 7. William Nusser (Larned, KS) 364, 8. Kevin Gray Ulysses, KS) 362, 9. Jack Kirchoff (Garden City, KS) 352, 10, Trent Gray (Ulysses, KS) 330.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Gunning for a fourth consecutive track championship, Jeff Kaup has won two in a row to build an early 32 point advantage over Kevin Tabor.
Feature Winners: Jeff Kaup 2, Dakota Sproul 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup (Woodward, OK) 441, 2. Kevin Tabor (Dodge City, KS) 409, 3. Brian May (Spearville, KS) 400, 4. Kyle Wiens (Newton, KS) 387, 5. Adam Stenzel (Hays, KS) 375, 6. Alex Wiens (Newton, KS) 350, 7. Mike Appel (Dodge City, KS) 330, 8. Tanner Brunson (Minneola, KS) 311, 9. Austin Walker (Utica, KS) 283, 10. Bart Baker (Dodge City, KS) 267.
IMCA Stock Cars:
Opening night winner Tyler Tipton has a slight four-point edge over defending champ Michael Pepper, who won the last time out.
Feature Winners: Michael Pepper 1, Tyler Tipton 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Tyler Tipton (Weskan, KS) 295, 2. Michael Pepper (Lakin, KS) 291, 3. Marlin Hogie (Ulysses, KS) 256, 4. Chris Oliver (Holcomb, KS) 255, 5. Ondre Rexford (Montezuma, KS) 245, 6. Kyle Pfeifer (Hill City, KS) 145, 7. Angel Munoz (Lamar, CO) 138, 8. Dusty Witthuhn (Bazine, KS) 135, 9. Aaron Gray (Hays, KS) 132, 10. Bruce Plumisto (Colby, KS) 129.
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
With three Hobby Stock winners in as many nights, reigning champ Cody Davis is out to the early lead by just six points over Tobby Schield as only 13 points separate the top five.
Feature Winners: Shannon Anderson 1, Cody Davis 1, Reagan Sellard 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Cody Davis (Bucklin, KS) 414, 2. Tobby Schield (Sublette, KS) 408, 3. Duane Wahrman (Pratt, KS) 406, 4. Matt O’Hair (Laverne, OK) 402, 5. Reagan Sellard (Bucklin, KS) 401, 6. Bryan Habiger (Ingalls, KS) 393, 7. David Berger (Dodge City, KS) 387, 8. Danny Schulte (Dodge City, KS) 369, 9. Michael Penrod (Moscow, KS) 365, 10. Tyler Walker (Dighton, KS) 352.
Tickets to Saturday’s NCRA/Gomuddy.com NSL Sprint Car special at Dodge City Raceway Park are just $20 for adults with children eleven and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.
The complete 2016 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.