DCRP Title Chases – The Final Night!September 14, 2018
The 2018 championship points battles boil down to Saturday night’s Sixth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.
The event that fires off at 7:00 p.m. includes a full card of Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars versus the United Rebel Sprint Series along with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
While several championships remain up for grabs, positions throughout the top ten of each division are still in question.
Leading the way into Saturday’s card are Steven Richardson, Nick Link, Jeff Kaup, Dusty Witthuhn and Reagan Sellard.
A look at this year’s championship chases…
Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars:
Liberal’s Steven Richardson can secure the crown with a top-five finish on Saturday night. But, if he falters at all, Dodge City’s Brian Herbert could be there to pounce on the championship opportunity with a strong night. The battle for third is a tight one as well with only 36 points separating the quartet of Koby Walters, Ray Seemann, Jordan Knight and Tyler Knight.
Feature Winners: Taylor Velasquez 2, Luke Cranston 1, Brian Herbert 1, J.D. Johnson 1, Jake Martens 1, Steven Richardson 1, Koby Walters 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Steven Richardson 1,139, 2. Brian Herbert 1,122, 3. Koby Walters 1,077, 4. Ray Seemann 1,059, 5. Jordan Knight 1,050, 6. Tyler Knight 1,041, 7. Taylor Velasquez 1,007, 8. Kris Moore 982, 9. Ross Essenburg 958, 10. Luke Cranston 925.
Rolla’s Nick Link can put away his second track title in three years with a finish of seventh or better on Saturday, though Kevin Gray and William Nusser are both lurking in the shadows with a chance to snare the title if Link misses out on a good night.
Feature Winners: Clay Sellard 3, Brendon Gemmill 2, Kevin Gray 1, Nick Link 1, Todd Shute 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Nick Link 1,109, 2. Kevin Gray 1,087, 3. William Nusser 1,076, 4. Kale Beavers 1,058, 5. Jack Kirchoff 1,052, 6. Joel Lane 965, 7. Tom Beavers 952, 8. Jesse Smith 891, 9. Clay Sellard 850, 10. Jesse Hoskins 733.
IMCA Sport Modifieds:
Woodward’s Jeff Kaup has secured his fifth track championship in six years but it’s pure chaos in his wake. While Bart Baker has a semi-firm hold on second, just one point separates Jarett Lunow and Brian May in the battle for third while only 20 points is the difference between the trio of Alex Wiens, Kyle Wiens and Daylon Bergeron in the fight for fifth.
Feature Winners: Robert Elliott 2, Jeff Kaup 2, Mike Roach 2, Daylon Bergeron 1, Brandon Kenney 1, Jarett Lunow 1, Freddy McCoy 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Jeff Kaup 1,503, 2. Bart Baker 1,334, 3. Jarett Lunow 1,301, 4. Brian May 1,300, 5. Alex Wiens 1,280, 6. Kyle Wiens 1,269, 7. Daylon Bergeron 1,260, 8. Kohl Ricke 1,050, 9. Freddy McCoy 1,044, 10. Brad Johnson 1,042.
IMCA Stock Cars:
The Stock Car chase hangs in the balance as well, with Bazine’s Dusty Witthuhn able to put it away for keeps with a finish of ninth or better. Chris Oliver could capitalize if Witthuhn stumbles while just a dozen points separate Marlin Hogie and Tyler Walker in the scrum for third.
Feature Winners: Angel Munoz 3, Troy Burkhart 2, Dusty Witthuhn 2, Landon Maddox 1, Shannon Maughlin 1, Chris Oliver 1, Tyler Tipton 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Dusty Witthuhn 1,574, 2. Chris Oliver 1,554, 3. Marlin Hogie 1,337, 4. Tyler Walker 1,325, 5. Shannon Maughlin 1,284, 6. Ondre Rexford 1,247, 7. Gregg Schell 1,026, 8. Troy Burkhart 851, 9. Donald Kaup 783, 10. Angel Munoz 733.
IMCA Hobby Stocks:
An appearance from Bucklin’s Reagan Sellard makes it two track championships in a row with the battle for fifth among Chad Kelley, Tom Reed and Mike Davis the greatest hurly-burly of the Hobby Stock ranks with only 25 points separating the trio.
Feature Winners: Duane Wahrman 4, Tathan Burkhart 2, Reagan Sellard 2, Lyle Russell 1.
Current Top Ten in Points: 1. Reagan Sellard 1,349, 2. Duane Wahrman 1,232, 3. Brett Copeland 1,200, 4. Sheri Berger 1,130, 5. Chad Kelley 1,035, 6. Tom Reed 1,020, 7. Mike Davis 1,010, 8. Matt O’Hair 867, 9. Jacob Huse 776 10. Danny Schulte 737.
General admission for Saturday’s Sixth Annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship Event at DCRP is just $20 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Additionally, tickets and pit passes from the rain-shortened September 1 event are good for admission.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dodge City located at 201 4th Avenue is the official lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park. Race fans staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Dodge City will want to request the special DCRP rate for their visit when making reservations. Contact the Holiday Inn Express at 620-225-1000.
In total, the 2018 season at Dodge City Raceway Park is slated for 17 nights of action. The complete 2018 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.